I'm considering purchasing a Tesla vehicle, here are some of the questions I'd like help with:
1. Distance from purchase: I live in Vermont, and we don't currently have a showroom for Tesla Motors in the state, so I would have to either go to one of the Boston area showrooms or Quebec, funnily enough the Quebec showroom is actually closer to me (2 hrs away vs 2.5hrs away for MA showrooms). Will this be a issue for pickup/delivery? Also How is service affected by this? Also are there any show rooms closer I haven't found? (Checked Tesla website and assumed it was up to date with all locations).
2. Phantom Drain: Especially during the winter this is a consideration for me. Currently the longest semi-regular trip is 100mi round trip and probably 5 mi of driving around town with 4-7 stops taking around 6 hrs. Would a LR model 3 or 100kwh s/x make this trip w/o charging in town? (There is a super charger there so I could always top up)
3. Tax rebates: Vermont is a ZHEV state, but currently doesn't offer incentives directly, the electric utilities here have a few rebates from what I've seen so far, anyone know of anything else in the Vermont area to help EV adoption? I already know about the $7,500 federal income tax rebate and the possible, and the various incentives given by the Electric Utilities in the area, I'm just looking for some other ideas on that front. Also what's this thing about the "hummer tax loop-hole" for Model X?
I'm about 40 minutes from the Interstate, so I'll skip the Autopilot self driving packages as it seems like currently it only helps on the Interstate. I will probably install either a NEMA 6-50 outlet or a dedicated charger pretty soon after delivery. Also I think it would help to pull the trigger on the purchase to go get a test drive at some point to convince the (others), again, do we have to go all the way to one of the show rooms? (2+ hrs away).
I want a Tesla.
Showrooms closer to VT than Quebec/Botson?
Phantom drain during the winter for 100mi round trip with 5mi of driving at location?
Tax rebates other than the $7,500 federal one?
How to convince people EVs are viable/Tesla isn't "mainstream enough yet"
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