It comes as no surprise that many early electric vehicle adopters had to make an entire lifestyle switch in order to drive these “cars of the future.” Thanks to numerous advancements in EV technology over the recent years, driving electric doesn’t mean you have to make any sacrifices.
Three Vehicles In One
TOCA Member Andy Patterson is a prime example of this. He uses his 2021 Tesla Model Y Dual Motor Long Range as a modern-day workhorse. His prized Model Y has taken the place of three vehicles that he previously used on a daily basis. Before Tesla came into his life, he used a 2013 Chevrolet Volt as a daily commuter, a 2014 Toyota Prius as his work vehicle, and a 2015 Chevrolet 1500 Cargo Van for his large work deliveries.
The Smartest Mobile Office
His Model Y keeps him safe and connected on the road by allowing him to attend his sales calls while Autopilot makes sure he is properly centered and distanced in the lane. The Model Y has more than enough cargo capacity for him to deliver his medical equipment and the satellite navigation system ensures that he gets to his destination on-time. The cargo area of Andy’s Model Y swallows up hospital beds, power wheelchairs, patient-lifting handicap ramps, and any other piece of medical equipment you can think of! It’s seriously impressive.
His Model Y is also great for family duties. He can fit all three of his small children in car seats across the back and he has taken several trips with the family thanks to Tesla’s robust Supercharger network.
Only The Beginning
Andy says that his Model Y “is a Swiss Army knife, jack of all trades, go everywhere, do everything vehicle. To say I am pleased would be just a little bit of an understatement.”
We are proud to have owners like Andy Patterson in our club who utilize every feature and aspect of their Tesla to ensure that the future of driving can really be a no-compromise, electric mode of transportation and not just the “hot new car” on the market.
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Since receiving their Model 3, nicknamed “Starship”, in March 2018, the Siebert family of 4 has had numerous adventures across the U.S. in their vehicle. From California to Washington DC, Key West to South Dakota, Starship has been everywhere.
The Perfect Vehicle For Adventure
The Sieberts have not only enjoyed multiple road trips in their Model 3, but they've even had the opportunity to visit a few campsites across the United States. They told us "one of our adventures took us down the PCH with all of our camping gear in tow. We pitched a tent, stayed for a few nights and explored the area, then packed up and moved down the coast in 'one full charge.' One rainy day in Napa Valley took us to a library to escape the weather (yes, conveniently they had a charger). We were greeted by the Mayor of this small town who was hosting a salsa contest. We sampled recipe after recipe. A 12-year old girl with a tasty guacamole dip who took the win! It’s surprises like these, in unexpected places, that we would never experienced if we didn’t have Starship."
With over 100,000 miles on the odometer, they have decided to “take her to her leader”. They plan to take their next journey to SpaceX's Starbase in Texas to hopefully watch a Starship launch in person. The Sieberts' ownership experience is one of many that contradicts the common misconception that road tripping in a Tesla is inconvenient and boring, it's actually quite the opposite!
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