Getting Ready for Model 3 by Roger Pressman helps prepare the hundreds of thousands of future Model 3 owners for the joys and challenges of owning one of the best EVs in the world.
Early into my Model S ownership, I reviewed Owning Model S by Nick Howe and sold by EVANNEX which was a great introduction to Tesla Model S ownership, but a lot has changed since then. Getting Ready for Model 3 covers those changes and prepares the next generation of Tesla owners for life with their Model 3s.
I received a review copy of Getting Ready for Model 3 a while back and wanted to share my thoughts on it.
The book is available in paperback and kindle formats and is available from Amazon or via the EVANNEX site. Fortunately, the awkward eBook format used for Owning Model S was avoided. EVANNEX said they also have eBooks on iTunes, Barnes & Nobles, and Kobo too. I’d love to see an Audible (audio book) version of the book be made available sometime.
From EVANNEX, the paperback book costs $9.95 plus shipping. Amazon offers the both the kindle and paperback versions for $9.95 each and has a variety of shipping options — it may not be too late to get this book for the holidays and it would make a great present.
Generally, the book targets people who have ordered and are waiting for the Model 3. In the book, Roger speculates that a large portion of those waiting on the Model 3 will be first time Tesla owners, and many of those will also be first time EV owners. For anyone who reserved a Model 3, the book is a valuable resource.
For current Tesla owners, the book is a great summary of what is known about the Model 3 and a review of the basics of owning an EV. For these owners, where the Model 3 is likely their second or more EV in the family, the book could be a great resource to get other family members up to speed.
If you’re a total Tesla fan and troll the Tesla and TMC forums daily, read all the news and know the specs of the Model 3 inside and out, then this book may not be for you. The Tesla world is changing quickly. The book was written after the first Model 3 reveal but before the second (Autopilot 2.0), and other things like Powerwall 2.0 were introduced later too. Still, even watching Tesla news daily doesn’t necessarily prepare you for setting up your own PCI (Personal Charging Infrastructure) as Roger calls it or other EV basics so it still may be applicable.
Roger also covers what we do and do not know about the Model 3 and the possible configurations that may be offered. He spends a good amount of time on charging infrastructure which is so important to new EV owners and provides a number of scenarios, tips, and recommendations.
Along the way, Roger speculates on various areas of the Model 3’s design, options, and delivery. What will the final interior design be like? What will the dash look like? How soon will your car be delivered? In each case, Roger uses his long experience as a Tesla owner and major aftermarket supplier (he’s also the founder of EVANNEX) to make educated guesses on how things will turn out.
My favorite estimate of his was this one:
If you were among the first 100 reservation holders in the door of any of the 92 Tesla stores in the United States, assume you’re in the first 10,000 reservations.
Yup, that would be me. He later goes on to estimate that those in that group should expect delivery by the October-November 2017 time period. Time will tell if Roger is correct, but I’d certainly be happy if he was! Using his logic, Model 3 reservation owners can estimate their own potential delivery dates.
Roger thinks I’ll get my Model 3 by November 2017.
I found the writing to be very clear with a good number of illustrations, charts, pictures and callouts that highlighted the key facts. The only thing that bugged me as I read the book was in coverage of options for the Model 3 where “Ka Ching!” appeared after every add-on option description. I get it, options cost money and I plan on loading up my Model 3, but I think the humor was over-used in this one spot. Fortunately, it was a minor complaint on an otherwise great book.
Overall, as an existing Model S owner, I found the book to be a great review of ownership experience and summary of the current state of the Model 3.
For the masses of future first-time Tesla owners, the book is critical resource full of good advice and knowledge on EVs, Tesla and the Model 3 and should definitely be on the “must read” list.
With the Holidays almost upon us, the book would be a great gift (for someone else or yourself) and the quiet times between parties would be a great time to digest all the great information Roger provides in Getting Ready for Model 3.
If you’ve read Getting Ready for Model 3, we’d love to hear what you thought of it in the comments below.