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Discussion in 'Personal Introductions' started by tfederov, Aug 20, 2017.

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  1. tfederov

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    Hi gang! Just wanted to introduce myself and apologize in advance for all the newb questions you'll be getting from me over the next few weeks/months. Hopefully I can spin up quick and contribute to those newer than me down the road.

    I'm the current owner of a 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid getting about 39mpg which is nothing to sneeze at but the (lack of) trunk space is killing me. The car made sense when I was driving an Explorer and had to drive about 35 miles one way to work but now that the trip has dropped to about 11 miles one way I think I can upgrade to a more "normal" car with a "normal" trunk. Just in advance questions I will have will be around purchasing in Texas and how all the tax, tag, title, where to pick it up, etc. happens, help with trying to wrap my mind around converting mpg to how it works with EV (kw/h, etc.), and simple math when it comes to the purchase price.

    Looking forward to getting to know all of you!
     
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    Welcome.

    Many of your questions have no doubt been asked before, you will get better answers if you search the forum first.

    Thank you kindly.
     
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    #3 MelindaV, Aug 20, 2017
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    Not sure the Model 3 (with the seats up) will have much more trunk space than your fusion. The rear trunk is 15cu ft check out the linked thread for pix, conversation on the trunk:
    https://model3ownersclub.com/threads/the-trunk.23/

    For how it works converting to an EV, easy, you plug it in when you get home, and every morning it has a full “tank”. The Model 3 standard range Model has 220 mile range and the long range Model 310 mile range.

    As a generaluzation, you will go about 3 to 4 miles per kWh of electricity (and TX has some of the lowest rates!) so if you are trying to figure out how much your 22 mile round trip will cost it should be about $0.40 a day-ish

    Titling and taxes and all that will be silmilar to any other car.
     
  4. SoFlaModel3

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    Welcome to the site!

    Here is the equation I used for fuel vs. electricity...

    I drive about 1,572 miles per month.

    My car gets 24 miles per gallon, so I buy 65.5 gallons per month. At about $2.50/gallon that's a total spend of $163.75

    Let's say the Tesla gets 310 miles on 75 kWh. I will use 380 kWh per month. I pay $0.09086/kWh through Florida Power & Light. That means an extra $34.53 in electricity.

    I look good to save $129.22/month which means my payback on a $500 Nema 14-50 outlet install is 3.9 months...
     
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    Welcome, dear adopted Texan from Michigan!

    Though I agree with @Topher it is advisable to search the forum first (the search functionality with the little magnifying glass on top is quite good), don't hesitate to add any other newbie question that would remain unanswered! :)
     
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    Thanks all for the warm welcome. Having participated in other forums before I promise to use the search as much as I can before releasing the hounds. :)
     
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    Hiya,

    Welcome to the site. I'm in Ft Worth a few miles west of ya.
    Drive a Tesla Model S which I ordered, trade-in (volt) and picked up
    while in TX.

    My paperwork was handled through rep out of Denver, CO.
    Ordered new car online. Sent in all documents online.
    Insurance cards, Drivers License, payment through MyTesla site.
    Car was picked up at the Dallas SC.
    Trade-in done through Ft Worth Gallery, car traded in same time I
    picked up Model S75D.
    Tesla handled all DMV paperwork. They transferred my tags over
    and placed paper tags on the rear. Took about 30 days to go through.
    Sent paper and sticker to me. Tesla installed my front and rear plates
    while getting some work done in Dallas at the SC.

    Dallas SC offered me a loaner while they completed some minor
    work on the car. I didn't mind sitting around waiting for the car.
    Very much enjoyed conversations with other owners in the lounge.
    Also enjoyed talking with new owners. And I wanted to drive my car.
    Now if they had offered me P100DL I might of taken them up on the offer.

    I believe my trade in allowance through Tesla was fair. I factored in a few
    items that pushed me over into accepting the offer.
    Tax savings on new car. Offer was highend of Kelly Blue Book for trade-ins,
    offer was better than CarMax. Savings in not having to drive a rental waiting on
    delivery of my new tesla. And not having to deal with hassle of trying to sell online.
    Trying to get money, returning calls, keeping car clean, etc.

    Hope that helps. Oh if you drive to Dallas SC avoid Mockingbird at all costs.
     
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