Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Drive Week Electric Down Under. David holding court. Photo courtesy of Majella Waterworth.


Tesla Model 3 — It’s Not Just Grunt, It’s Also Comfort & Convenience

Some information in this piece conveyed to David Waterworth by Majella Waterworth

Before presenting the Tesla Model 3 to curious people at two recent EV events, we had a conversation about how to prepare the car. Majella wanted to clean it and take out the baby seats. I disagreed. I like to demonstrate that this car is used for daily activities — gets grubby, has some lolly wrappers on the floor, and quite often has a couple of rug rats in the back seat. Just as we have different views on presenting the car, it seems we also answer some different questions.

After the these days, as we relaxed and debriefed with a drink on the back deck (our mouths were dry from answering so many questions), it struck me how different some of the conversations were that my wife had had with other ladies in Cleveland and Bracken Ridge (Brisbane suburbs) compared to mine. 

She told me about the couple who walked and rolled by — she was in a wheelchair. She looked longingly at the car and was about to move on when Majella said: “Your wheelchair will fit in the boot.” We have a daughter who is currently recovering from FND and using a wheelchair. Then followed a wonderful conversation about how a Tesla could be used by someone with mobility needs.

Many mums and grandmothers commented on the car seats and how much their children/grandchildren would love the car. Then Majella showed them Fart Mode. 0–100% love in a nanosecond. They could have fun with the kids in this one!

A heavily pregnant woman was excited about the heated seats and the lumbar support. The lack of clutter in the dashboard, the ease of use of the air-conditioning controls, and the use of voice commands all were commented on positively. Majella explained the departure scheduling to a business woman. To another, she conveyed the convenience of being able to cool down the car before returning with the shopping and a hot cranky child (this is Queensland after all).

Many of the ladies were keen to accessorize their Model 3s — floor mats, dash mats, trunk mats, jack plugs, covers for the roof, wood grain covers for the dash, handmade sheepskin seat covers, you name it. I like it the way it is — well, perhaps with a sunshade over that glass roof in summer.

Just as there appears to be a difference in the questions that rev-head hot rodders ask (how fast does it go?) and environmentalists ask (do they recycle the batteries?), it appears that women have different expectations of a car to those of men.

So, it’s not just grunt and range, it’s also comfort, convenience, and perhaps a bit of bling.

Majella is a mother and grandmother. She has practiced her people skills over many years in retail. She is an amateur gemologist who enjoys faceting gemstones she has found herself.

Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Former Tesla Battery Expert Leading Lyten Into New Lithium-Sulfur Battery Era — Podcast:

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Written By

David Waterworth is a retired teacher who divides his time between looking after his grandchildren and trying to make sure they have a planet to live on. He is long on Tesla [NASDAQ:TSLA].


You May Also Like

Clean Transport

Production of the Tesla Cybertruck is on its way, and with the Model Y surpassing an important sales milestone in the first quarter, becoming...


Growth continued for the Norwegian plugin EV market in May 2023, as combined plugin share hit almost 90%, up from 85% a year ago....


A week ago, I was contacted by a company called TESCAMP. They wondered if I would like to try out their mattress for the...

Clean Power

In this time of global cost of living crisis, community housing tenants in Adelaide’s north will enjoy reduced power bills following the installation this...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.