Book Review: Getting Ready for Model 3 by Roger S Pressman

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A few months ago, the owners of reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing a copy of their latest book, Getting Ready for Model 3. Of course I would! However, it was just a couple days before I went to France and then it got lost in the shuffle.


Mrs. Huntington in Paris

So, this review is WAY overdue. And quick disclaimer, I am not getting paid in any way to write this. If I had been hired to write this, I’d have been fired a long time ago for taking too long!

Getting Ready for Model 3 Book Review

The Physical Book

Let’s start with the first thing you notice. This book is a great size. At 145 pages, you can read it in just a couple days. It doesn’t feel too big or too small.

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It’s also made with some really nice glossy paper, and even better, is packed full of fantastic color images, charts, quotes, and other great visuals. This really helps the book “pop” and makes it incredibly easy to read and understand.

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Great full color glossy images are everywhere in Getting Ready for Model 3

This was a book that had to be put together fairly quickly due to the nature of it, so there are a few places where it shows. For example, in one spot, the text is noticeably smaller for a paragraph before going back to normal size. These are pretty minor issues though, and don’t effect the readability.

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The Content

The actual content of the book is outstanding. It does a great job layout everything from start to finish in a way that’s easy to understand even for somebody who knows nothing about Tesla. For example, the first chapter goes into the basics of electric cars, which is something I never actually thought about. I admit that before this I didn’t know the difference between kilowatts and killowatt-hours, and gave little thought to volts, amps, and how the charging actually works. This was extremely helpful to be included.

The book then goes into the details of the Model 3 and vehicle configuration. There’s a lot of great info here as well, and also a bit of speculation, because we simply do not know what all Tesla is going to offer. However, most of the speculation is more than just random guessing. For example, they talk about how somebody made an estimate of the size of the car based on the wheel size and distance between them. Smart stuff!

Range Anxiety

gallery-2 (1)One major theme of the book seems to be the range of the Model 3. They touch on “range anxiety” which is basically the feeling of “what if I run out of gas” but for electric cars. Usually there’s a gas station nearby, but the current lack of charging stations makes some people nervous.

The book points out that this is changing quickly though, and by the time the car is out, there will be over 40,000 charging stations in the US. They have some other great points on how range anxiety isn’t that big of an issue, but I’ll let you read it to find out. It really helped change my mind though.

Final Thoughts

If you’re thinking about getting a Model 3, this book is a must-read. You could spend a month looking on the internet for all of this info, and they’ve done the work for you and compiled it into a perfect package. Plus, there’s plenty in this book that you won’t find online either. And let’s admit, there are some pretty divided opinions on Tesla out there and you can’t always trust what you read online. It’s clear the the author knows his stuff.

If my word’s not enough, check out the other reviews on Amazon. Plus, it’s only $9.99, and you can’t beat that.

Let me know what you think of it in the comments!