If you haven’t yet heard of a Tesla car, where have you been? Tesla is becoming more popular in recent years and there are now more on the UK roads than ever! They have been praised for their futuristic technology, sleek looks, and environmental benefits.
Tesla has built a very loyal fan base in recent years and now drivers say they won’t buy anything else but how do you if a Tesla is right for you? Our guide below explores the pros and cons of owning a Tesla and how to determine if a Tesla could be the next car for you.
What is a Tesla?
Tesla is an American automotive company that specialises in electric vehicles. Their main aim is to accelerate the world's transition to sustainable energy. Currently on the market in the UK are the Tesla Model S, Model 3, Model X and Model Y.
The Tesla Model 3 tends to be most popular amongst UK drivers in 2022 and was the 2nd best-selling car of the year in 2021 too! The Model 3 is the cheapest new car to buy in the Tesla range and prices can start from £40,000!
Advantages of owning a Tesla car:
There are so many reasons why drivers tend to choose a Tesla for their next car! Let’s take a look at some of the biggest benefits of having a Tesla in our life.
1. Environmentally friendly
One of the biggest selling points of owning an electric car is the impact that they have on the environment. Electric cars such as Tesla don’t produce harmful pollutants into the environment. This helps to slow the speed of climate change, improve air quality, and increase human health.
When it comes to new technology used in cars, Tesla really is hard to beat! One of the biggest developments for Tesla is the use of autopilot and self-driving features available in all current Tesla models.
Tesla also benefits from a sleek looking centre console that has no buttons and instead has a full touchscreen. The Tesla app also makes it easy to connect to your vehicle and remotely control a whole range of features.
3. Lower running costs
Vehicles that run on petrol or diesel have higher running costs than fully electric cars. For many, the cost of buying a Tesla can be expensive but the running costs can make it cheaper to win in the long run.
Charging your Tesla can be much cheaper than refuelling your car and maintenance costs can be lower too. All Tesla models are also exempt from London congestion charges, and vehicle exercise duty and have access to clean air zones such as the London ULEZ.
Many electric cars are criticised for their speed and power when compared to a petrol or diesel alternative. However, people looking for an EV with impressive speed will not be disappointed by any Tesla model. The Tesla Model S can reach 60mph in just 2.4 seconds and is the fastest accelerating production car.
Disadvantages of owning a Tesla:
With all of the benefits above making it seem like getting a Tesla is a no brainer, there are a few factors which may influence your decision to purchase one.
1. Purchase price
As quickly mentioned above, even the cheapest Tesla model may be out of reach for many consumers. The Tesla Model 3 starts from over £40,000 and can make it difficult for many UK drivers to buy one outright.
There are many used Tesla on the market that you can choose to finance but this will be subject to personal circumstances. Bad credit car loans are possible but you may struggle to get approved with a negative credit history.
2. Electric range
Tesla can benefit from some of the longest technical ranges, but many drivers are still out off by range anxiety. Range anxiety is when electric car drivers are worried that their EV will run out of battery before they reach their destination. Unlike fuelling your car, charging your Tesla can take time too.
3. Performance in colder weather
It’s a well-known fact that electric cars don’t perform as well in the winter. And unfortunately for us in the UK, it tends to be colder for the majority of the year.
Only the Model Y currently has heat pumps which help to warm the vehicle. All models do come with a heating system but using this too much will reduce electric range and will need to be charged quicker.