Still consider buying a model 3 but haven't decided yet.
I read BMW will present an EV 3-series at the Paris Motor Show this year.
Model 3 is a great looking car, but the waiting time sucks. Likely the model 3 will come on EU market at the same time as BMW 3-series EV. So this might be a serious competition.
BMW makes also great looking cars. So it more or less comes down to price and option offered.
So far the Model 3 is poorly equipped. Only a sedan, no instrument cluster, no HUD, likely a tow bar where I have to lay on the floor to mount (not electric like BMW).
In Tesla's favor is their supercharging network which is awesome. Way faster than CCS etc.
Autopilot is great but seen on TeslaBjørns videos, there are still many situations it can't handle. Don't know it a BMW 3-series will have some sort of AP, but doesn't seem
to be something customers are requesting.
I'm afraid the interior of the model 3 is too controversial for many. No air vents in the dash, the center display not integrated into the dash, steering wheel with few controls, lack of voice commands,
Model 3 will be strong if they offer body panels in aluminum, which BMW will not. BMW's software sucks like ¤#"!¤. So dated and with no options. Takes 1-2 min to lock the doors from the smartphone. BMW apps are terrible. Every smartphone beats the iDrive software + apps by 10 years. Not that Model 3 software is perfect, but still way better. The navigation in Tesla is not good. TomTom and Garmin makes way better navigations with waypoints.
BMW has a terrible after sales support. No real software updates after you bought their cars. Which will make a 3-series EV dated in a few years if not already when leaving the shop. Holy moly. Who want's CD/DVD player or MP3 on a disc (BMW). Spotify and good playlists or internet radio. Tesla is here way better with their entertainment system.
The seats in model 3 will likely not be the same high standard as BMW. It's almost limitless what BMW offer in seat configurations.
I assume 3-series EV will meet model 3 range with a 60-70 KWh battery. Anything else would make no sense.
That is really a tough choice to make. So really looking forward to see the model 3 and 3-series EV.
I think Tesla could easily beat BMW, but I think they will stay with the controversial interior of the model 3. BMW has the worst software one can imagine and they will always lack years behind competitors. But BMW makes beautiful cars and interior is well though out with a lot of options. I do how ever think that Tesla will be cheaper that BMW.
What I tend to see on YouTube is a lack of objective review/preview when talking Tesla. It seems like people are willing to forgive and accept much as long as Tesla is the brand name. I would sometime prefer an open discussion about pro and con.
I'm not concerned about range or charging. There is electricity in all world, so charging is not a problem, it just takes time.
What I read is that Tesla's paint is not as strong as other manufactures. Read also about denting the hood with your hands due to missing support on the back side.
Another issue BMW and Tesla face is their high insurance costs due to the many BHP and because people just makes more accidents in fast cars. The Tesla S costs almost 2.000 USD/year which is not good. Yes I saw some time ago that Elon wanted to offer his own insurance company....but I assume this is only considering US customers.
It's fun to have a car which can go 0-60 Mph / 0-100 Kmh in less than 6 sec. But the cost for driving so is high. 19" or 20" wheels are not cheap and wont last long if one step hard on the pedal.
And do we need these fast cars? Yes it's fun, but it costs on tires, insurance etc. In most of the world the speed limits are so low that we don't need the insane acceleration. Maybe Tesla or BMW could offer a version which could NOT accelerate that fast and the customers could get the cheaper insurance and tires last longer.
I would like to see the model 3 with a normal metal roof. I mean, people may be impressed by the open roof with glass, but I wouldn't want to pay for replacing all that glass after a stone chip in the wind screen. Never heard any Youtubers talking about that :-)
When model 3 is coming, we can expect people has to pay for supercharging. But what is the actual price / Kwh? That could be interesting. Then it can be compared with home charging prices and also price for driving ICE cars. I know the price for CCS charging in my country and this is INSANE. Something like 1 USD/KWh in the City. Not sure that this is cheaper than ICE driving and when adding insurance to that calculation....hmmmm.
A lot of thoughts to go through. When considering going from ICE to EV and to Tesla :-)