Range Anxiety

This year, like last year, our summer vacation is in sunny (hopefully) Florida. Unlike last year, not only will we not be in the middle of a pandemic, we will be driving in the Tesla Model 3.

There are a few reasons why I want to take the Tesla this year:

  • Navigate on Autopilot (the trip is largely straight interstate driving, which the current NOA is built for)
  • I’ve had the car for over a year and haven’t driven out of state thanks to the Rona
  • The Model 3 is a much less tiring car to drive than my wife’s Honda CRV.

Last year, we drove our geriatric 2014 Honda Odyssey. The bar for improvement is low. It isn’t that the odyssey is a bad minivan, it is not. The biggest friction points are toward ride comfort, lack of driver assist and a 2014 infotainment system that was unusable even when it was “current”. Adding to the calculation was the request of the then 11yo to bring her bike with us, as it’s what you do in Orlando. Bike. In Orlando.

No.

So all that in mind, the Tesla gets the nod.