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Whether you are looking for a new vehicle or a used inventory vehicle from Tesla, ordering a Tesla on the Isle of Man is the same procedure as it is anywhere else on the globe.

I ordered my Model 3 in early May 2020, during the first COVID lockdown. Little did I know at the time how long the lockdown would last. However, I'd had my eye on buying a Tesla for some time and was eager to pull the trigger.

Whether you are looking for a new vehicle or a used inventory vehicle from Tesla, ordering a Tesla on the Isle of Man is the same procedure as it is anywhere else on the globe. Simply go to tesla.com choose your configuration and place your order with a £100 deposit.

There’s no need to talk for hours at a dealership, go through needless negotiations or talk to any pushy car salespeople. It’s simple and the price on the website is the price you pay. The cost savings from not having a sales force are passed directly onto the consumer. You can tell this because a Tesla, specifically the Model 3 in my case, is an incredibly good value for money vehicle when all things are considered (no expensive petrol, no servicing, very few parts to break, monthly updates over the air, autopilot included etc)

The ordering Process

While you’re on the tesla.com website, there are two options, order a new Tesla or one from the inventory.

I followed the custom order option but you can save some money if you can find what you want in the inventory.

Standard Range Plus, Long Range & Performance

Teslas come with a whole bunch of features included as standard, which makes ordering incredibly easy. Once on the custom order page, for the Model 3 you can select between the Standard Range Plus, Long Range or Performance. I went for the Long Range as I feel it has the best of both worlds. Over and above the standard option, you’ll get the premium interior & sound system (which is amazing!). You'll also get around 80 extra miles of range and a much faster 0-60 with the option to further improve this to just 3.7 seconds with the optional acceleration boost post-purchase.

The Performance model is slightly faster than the Long Range with Acceleration Boost with a few changes to the brakes and suspension. I think the Long Range is the best all-round for value but it depends on your day to day requirements and budget of course.

Colour and Wheels

Once you’ve chosen your base model, select your colour and wheels. I’d seen a blue one on the Island and loved it, so I ordered that with the Tesla classic aerodynamic wheels.

For the interior you can choose between black and white. I told you Tesla keeps things simple!

Enhanced Autopilot and Full Self Driving

Finally, you have the important choice of adding Enhanced Autopilot. You get standard Autopilot for free with all modern Teslas. This will drive your car within its lane on the motorway or dual-carriageway, which is great for driving in the UK. While it’s not recommended, Autopilot does work on the Isle of Man. I’m able to travel between Douglas and Peel, often without any interventions, and I can also travel to Castletown or over the mountain most of the way without steering or pedal input too. This is worthy of a separate post but I’d be happy to demo this with anyone interested.

Enhanced Autopilot will overtake cars on the motorway and take your exit as long as you have your destination input to the built-in sat-nav (Navigate on Autopilot)

With Enhanced AutoPilot, you also get Autopark (between two cars), including parallel parking and Summon which is mostly a party trick at this stage but it can be useful to move the car forward via the app when someone parks too close, or to put the car into the garage without sitting inside.

If you’re a believer in Full Self Driving, then you can add this into your order too. I work in IT and I understand the challenges of FSD. However, after talking to people that know people in the FSD software team at Tesla and seeing some of the beta software, I now believe that Full Self Diving is possible and is likely to be available within a year from now.

The FSD price keeps going up as new features are added, so if you believe that the current price is worth it then be sure to order it now to lock in the price. What I can say on this is that once FSD is ready (and the regulators agree) then your car will become a big income generator. Imagine a world where your car will turn into a taxi or delivery vehicle while you are at work. Instead of costing you to keep the car it will turn into an income generator. This is why the value of FSD is estimated to be around $100,000 over the lifetime of the vehicle once it is feature complete.

Perhaps I’m optimistic on this but knowing what I know and after seeing it in action, I do believe it will happen, if not this year then next.

One thing to keep in mind is that you’ll need the FSD option if you want your car to automatically stop at traffic lights and stop signs. This works now, even on the Isle of Man and it’s very good!

Finally, place your order and be greeted with the Hedgehog meme. (You’ll become familiar with all the Tesla jokes soon enough. Yes, all Teslas come with “fart mode”!)

Pre-Delivery Paperwork

Once you’ve placed your order, you'll be contacted depending on what finance option you chose. If you’re leasing or financing the vehicle then you’ll be contacted with steps on how to arrange this. If you’re a cash buyer then you won’t need to pay anything further until a few days before collecting the vehicle.

One thing I recommend is a few days after placing your order, call Tesla and ask them if there is a new inventory vehicle to match your order. I did this and there was an identical vehicle already on it’s way to the UK which I believe had been cancelled. The ships take a while to arrive in to the UK so it’s certainly worth seeing if they can match you to one already on its way. By doing this I was able to take delivery of my car within just 3 weeks rather than the 2 months I was originally quoted.

Tesla's contact numbers are emailed to you after placing your order.

Once the email requesting payment is sent to you, get that out of the way and be sure to call the next day to ensure that it’s all gone through. At the end of each quarter, Tesla are incredibly busy so it’s worth a call to ensure everything is in order.

Tesla will send you links to a few documents and YouTube videos to familiarise you with how to use the car. You’ll need this if you have a contactless delivery during COVID.

Delivery Day

When choosing a delivery day, I’d advise choosing an early morning appointment so that any identified issues can hopefully be resolved the same day. This is important because there are no delivery centres on the Island and an extra day in the UK, if needed, could be an inconvenience.

Due to the COVID restrictions, I was unable to leave the Island to collect my vehicle. Fortunately, my father lives in the UK and he collected the vehicle for me.

If you live within a certain radius, Tesla will drop off your car at your house, however, I opted to collect from the service centre so that if there were any issues, they could be addressed on the day.

My father tells me that the whole experience was contactless. The key card for the car was all he needed to collect from the office as I had already signed for everything online before collecting.

After an inspection of the car, there were zero issues, no panel gaps or obvious paint issues. (Don’t believe everything you read on the forums!) If you do spot issues, be sure to identify them. This is key, especially with no service centre on the island.

Transportation to the Isle of Man

If you can go to the UK to collect your vehicle, you’ll need to book the ferry in the usual way.

If you're getting someone to drive the car onto the ferry for you, you’ll need to contact the freight office of the Steam Packet to book this.

Due to COVID, the staff would not drive the car on, so you’ll need to have someone at the ferry terminal in good time to be able to drive the car onto the ferry.

The Steam Packet request that you keep the windows open and wipe down the interior, leaving the key card on the driver's seat.

By this time you should have the Tesla App downloaded on your phone. Log in with your Tesla email and password. Your car will be there and you’ll be able to track it and open/close the car, windows etc. remotely if requested by the Steam Packet.

Once the ferry gets to the Island, you’ll need to walk onto the boat with a high-vis jacket. The Steam Packet ask that you meet them at the weighbridge, near the check-in booths. Once the ferry is docked, you can walk on and figure out how the fancy door handles work on the Tesla!

Once you’re in the car, put your foot on the brake and push the right stalk down once and you’re set! (This took me 5 embarrassing minutes to work out, even after watching all the YouTube videos about 10 times!)

Post Delivery

Tesla called me a few days later to check that everything was okay. I had a couple of questions about ordering the acceleration boost. You just buy it on the app and the car instantly reboots with the new performance. In typical Tesla fashion, it was very easy to do!

I decided to get the front and impact areas of the vehicle protected with a PPF (Paint Protection Film). I highly recommend this over any ceramic coatings. DC Valeting were great, definitely go and see them if you’re interested in keeping the paint new and super easy to clean.

As there is no Tesla service on the Island, you’ll need to take the car to a UK service centre if you have any warranty issues. The only issue I’ve had is a driver's door seal break but I’m happy to leave that until I can travel to the UK. Be sure to log issues within the app so there is a record.

Given the fuel and servicing savings (yes, Teslas require very little servicing), I gather that shipping the car back to the UK if anything went wrong wasn’t too much of an issue. I’m one year into my Tesla ownership now and I could not be happier! My Model 3 is the best thing I have ever bought for reasons that would take far too long to write here. I’m always showing people the car so please feel free to reach out if you’d like the unofficial “tour” and acceleration demonstration!

For a tour of my Model 3 and to answer any of your questions, please feel free to contact me any time via the contact page.

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I was invited to take a test drive in the new Volkswagen ID.3 that Jacksons have at their dealership here on the island as a demonstration vehicle.  I was greeted by Matthew Jones who had arranged the test drive.

Matthew was very welcoming and after all the paperwork was done to make things legal we both walked out to where the ID.3 was parked.

Introducing The Car

The car is a Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition in Makena Turquoise.

It has a 58 kWh motor called Pro Performance with manufacturer stats of 263 miles of range & 0-62  mph of 7.3 seconds.

The car was unlocked and Matthew showed me around the car and focused on the driving controls. The car was easy to learn where everything is, it is the first time I have ever driven a car with the gear selector on the right hand side near the steering wheel however the ergonomics felt right.

After getting the climate control adjusted to how I like, I was left with the car to myself. I took a look around and took some photos, then I was ready to start driving.

On The Road

I first decided to head down to the airport so I would have the chance to test how responsive the car is especially on Richmond Hill. I had the car set in comfort mode.

In that mode on that hill from 20mph the car responded quickly up to the 50mph speed limit, I was impressed. The rest of that section was a quiet cruise out to the airport and back. Next was a town test in Douglas & Onchan using the Promenade & Summer Hill, again the car took it in its stride.

Just before leaving Onchan, heading in the Laxey direction, while waiting at Avondale Road traffic lights I found on the onboard computer system a mode called sport so I engaged it. Sport is one of four modes, those being Eco, Comfort, Sport, Individual. Setting off for Whitebridge Hill I noticed a more lively throttle response, I really let the speed drop off first before on the steepest part accelerated up to the speed limit. The response was even quicker in Sport mode, even uphill, than comfort on Richmond Hill. It even pinned me back in the seat. Performance is excellent. I soon put it back into comfort mode for the rest of the day.

I made a visit to the Laxey charging point, not to charge up though as I had plenty of range left but to see how long the charge cable is from the car charging socket to the charging station. Even parking front in and with the charging socket towards the rear of the car on the drivers side the cable was long enough, with a good foot & a half spare. So no stretching the cable needed.

My Parents View

On my way back to Jacksons I decided to pick my parents up as I knew they would be heading into Douglas. My father would sit up front next to myself & my mother behind me.

My father found the car very easy to get in and out of and comfortable to sit in. High praise as my father is awaiting a hip and knee replacement and finds my own car very uncomfortable, especially getting in & out but also not enough leg room.

My mother also liked the car while sat in the back. Positive words so far from both as even my mum has arthritic knees.

We traveled back via Groudle and the car took the rough road very well with a good balance and ride. All too soon after dropping my parents off in town it was back to Jacksons to hand the car back.

My Verdict...

I simply I did not want to hand the car back, I am very impressed by the car as a whole. It is the perfect car for me so I better get saving and hope my lottery numbers come in then I will definitely purchase one.

This is the longest drive I have ever had in an EV. Yes I did drive some Nissan N200E Vans back in 2016 at Portbury Docks near Bristol as a job but that was 1/2 mile max at speeds up to 20mph. So not a good test drive. After handing back the keys to Matthew I asked him some questions and an answer he gave me sums up EVs well here on the island: “All EVs are suitable for the island”.

So that is food for thought, I can see the future for EVs and the ID.3 is very much part of the equation.

More Information

The ID.3 goes from "Life" trim to "Tour", including the 1st Edition that makes 7 trim levels. The price range goes from £32990 - £42290 with the 1st Edition coming in at £38880.

All ID.3’s come with the Pro Performance motor & 58KWh battery, except Tour trim that has a 77KWH battery that  is capable of 0-62 of 7.9 sec & a range of 336 miles that is called Pro S.

At the moment depending on what trim & colour ID.3 you wish to purchase you could get your car pretty quick if one is available. However, if the one you want is a factory order it can take 2 - 3 months for delivery.

Servicing is on a yearly schedule with an interim service then a yearly major service etc etc. No fixed service price for either is used yet but sure it will come about in the future.

I must thank Matthew Jones from Jacksons for all his help and getting the test drive authorisation for me so I could do this review it is greatly appreciated.

In spring 2021 a get together is planned for existing EV owners, home charging point providers, garages and other interested parties to show non EV users what is available and what it is like to be an EV user on the island.

With the ban on new petrol & diesel cars looming the move to alternative fuels such as electric is inevitable. But buying a new car/bike/van is a big financial commitment so where do you go to find out more about the suitability of EV driving on the island? EV show - IOM

In spring 2021 a get together is planned for existing EV owners, home charging point providers, garages and other interested parties to show non EV users what is available and what it is like to be an EV user on the island.

The event will be indoors and EV owning volunteers can show their bikes/cars/vans and answer basic questions from the public.

Also needed are EV related businesses such as garages and charging point installers who will bring along their products to show the public what is available – and maybe even offer a test drive.

If you are interested in taking part in any capacity please join EV show – IOM on Facebook and/or message the group to let us know in what way you would like to take part. This event cannot take place without willing volunteers so please join in and help us move EV use and infrastructure forwards.

More details to follow as they become available.

Posted on behalf of Sharon Griffin, organiser.
Please visit the EV Show - IOM Facebook group and take a look at Isle of Man Sustainable Living

On Wednesday 9th October at 7.30pm the IOM Climate Change Coalition are hosting Paul Allen of the Centre for Alternative Technology at Loch Prom Church. He will be presenting the results of their ongoing research.

On Wednesday 9th October at 7.30pm the IOM Climate Change Coalition are hosting Paul Allen of the Centre for Alternative Technology at Loch Prom Church. He will be presenting the results of their ongoing research.

From the IOM Climate Change Coalition’s Facebook Events page:

Making Zero Carbon Isle of Man a reality?

How do we wean ourselves off fossil fuels and make the vision of zero carbon a reality?

On Wed 9th October we have the opportunity to find out. Paul Allen of the Zero Carbon Britain project will be giving a presentation at Loch Promenade Church in Douglas, hosted by the Isle of Man Climate Change Coalition (IOM CCC). Paul's talk starts at 7.30pm, and is free / by donation. The talk is titled 'Zero Carbon Britain – rising to the climate emergency'.

During his visit, Paul will also be making a presentation to members of Tynwald at the invitation of Minister Geoffrey Boot; and will be the guest of an event for 6th formers.

We're very pleased that Paul has accepted our invitation to speak. He is interested in what can be done here, as we have a fairly small population and manageable size, big potential offshore renewable energy, we make our own laws, and own most of our own infrastructure. This means we have much more freedom to act quickly than most places of a similar size.

Since 2007 the Zero Carbon Britain project has been working on how Britain can phase out the need to burn fossil fuels, using existing technologies. They bring a positive, practical, evidence-based, and solutions-focused approach to acting on the climate challenge.

Zero Carbon Britain modelling shows that ‘we can deliver a modern lifestyle, create employment, help reduce poverty, improve our wellbeing, and ensure that the future we leave for our children and generations to come is safe and sustainable.’'

Since the IPCC report was released a year ago, Zero Carbon Britain have been inundated with requests from local and regional governments for help with drawing up climate action plans. Paul has also been extremely busy with speaking engagements: at energy conferences, the Welsh Assembly, UK Parliament, and UN climate conferences.

Paul has worked with renewable energy for 30 years, developing a wide range of systems, including solar medical systems for use overseas.

To find out more, see Zero Carbon Britain
www.cat.org.uk/info-resources/zero-carbon-britain
www.zerocarbonbritain.org and the Isle of Man Climate Change Coalition Facebook page www.facebook.com/iomclimatechangecoalition/

Over the few of years that the EVIOM Facebook page, Twitter feed and various other places online (inc Google Newsstand, Apple News, Tumblr and maybe some I've forgotten about) we have gathered a decent following. The mother ship is this blog, it feeds all the others.

It's been rather quiet on here for the past year due to other commitments. In order to keep things relevant, up to date and most importantly informative and entertaining we're asking for contributions from EVIOM followers on and off the Isle of Man to submit articles and suggestions.

We're looking articles on:

  • Vehicles you own
  • Vehicles you've tested
  • Vehicles you've or looked into buying
  • Stories about EV trips you've taken
  • Stories about what it's like to own an EV on the Isle of Man
  • Stories about visiting the Isle of Man in an EV
  • Opinion pieces of EV related subjects

We're also open to suggestions on what you'd like to see on the page. It would be great to get some different voices, opinions and experiences shared via this blog and associated social media channels.

If you'd like to submit an article, suggestion, etc please email them to mail@eviom.im.*

*Please make sure you have the right to use any images submitted with articles.

Duffy Motorsport return to to Isle of Man TT in 2019, following their 6th place in the 2018 TT Zero one lap race. Piloted by Englishman Shaun Anderson, the Brammo based bike achieved an average speed of 74.789 mph.

For 2019, rider Anderson is joined by team mate Mike Norbury. The bike, still based on the Brammo Empulse, will see some substantial updates made by the Duffy Motorsport team, including:

  • A new, larger, battery pack
  • Brake and suspension upgrades
  • A new bespoke fairing

For 2019 the bikes will be powered from solar energy, with the help of KAST Energy Technologies, who have developed the paddock charging system to be used. This is a solar array and energy storage system for the paddock which will harvest and store energy.

Team Director, Ryan Duffy, has over 14 years experience working with cars and motorcycles and has been heavily involved with electric vehicles since 2011. For more information please visit www.duffy-motorsport.com.

Qualifying practice for the 2019 SES TT Zero begins on Wednesday 29th May with the one lap race taking place on Wednesday 5th June.

Some of you pointed out last month that the new 22Kw charge point located at The Bungalow on The Mountain had been blocked by a container.

Manx Utilities have advised that the  Department of Infrastructure have now moved the container to re-establish access to the charge point.

Please be aware that work continues on the site. There may be other temporary restrictions as well as vehicles and equipment moving around in the area so please take care.

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There have been a few new charge points installed recently, all around the Ballacottier/Isle of Man Business Park area. We'll bring you the updates in three parts as each are unrelated.

Manx Utilities have made some changes to their public and fleet charging facilities. Due to an increase in demand by the public for their Ballacottier HQ charge points and the growth of the authorities' own EV fleet they have assigned four charging bays for public use and installed an additional set of charging bays for their own vehicles.

You will no longer be required to ask at reception to use the  public charge points as these are now dedicated public points. However, due to demand on these points and spaces it's asked that EV drivers respect the new 2 hour, fair usage limit now applied. It's our understanding that signage has been erected to indicate the new limit. The two charge post have two 32 amp/7kw Type 2 (Mennekes) connectors and two 16 amp commando sockets. That's a total of 8 available points, but there are only four spaces. You'll need to use the appropriate cable for your vehicle. Take a look at our useful reference page.

The other charging bays are reserved for Manx Utilities vehicles only. It's great to see an increase in charge point availability here and the separation of public and private bays should make everyone's life easier.

The public charge points have been added to PlugShare and Zap-Map as well as out own map.

Photo courtesy of Nigel Clucas via Facebook

Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday's (June 18th 2018) EV Meet-Up.

It was great to see a line up of EVs parked up in pit lane from 2011 to 2018 Nissan Leafs to Renault Zoes and a VW Golf GTE.

A special thanks to Mr Ralph Peake MHK, Matthew Bawden (Department of Infrastructure) & Richard Bujko (Manx Utilities) for attending and updating us all on the direction the Isle of Man Government is taking, the creation of an EV sub-committee and a 5-year plan. We look forward to hearing more in the near future.

The meeting was kept as informal as possible and we heard some good points raised and excellent questions asked which sparked (pun intended) some discussion. We hope that everyone who attended found it useful and informative.

Due to the success of this meet-up it was agreed that another should be arranged to take place shortly after Manx Grand Prix. For the next meeting we hope to have an update from our Isle of Man Government representatives on their progress and we would like to encourage more non-EV owners and the EV-curious to come along to ask questions and learn a little more about owning an Electric Vehicle on the Isle of Man. It would also be great to get a wider variety of EVs and Plug-In Hybrids (PHEVs) to come along.

Keep an eye on this blog as well as Facebook and Twitter regarding the next meet-up. We'll announce something as soon as we have the date and venue confirmed.

In the meantime, for those new to this site please take a look around at our Map, Useful Stuff section and some of the past posts and articles. Please subscribe (button below) to this blog, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep up to date.

Whether you drive an Electric Vehicle (EV) or just want to know more about them, why not come along to the TT Grandstand Pit Lane at 6:30 p.m. on Monday 18th. June 2018, where we hope to have a gathering of several models for you to view.

At 7 p.m. we will hold an informal, open EV forum meeting in the Press office discussing a wide range of topics affecting Electric Vehicles on the Isle of Man.

Once again, please 'like and share' to help us get the message out. Click here for the event on Facebook.

 

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