Rare Tesla 3 Purrs Into Town

Word on the street is that Westport has more Teslas than any other town in the state.

But only one is a Tesla 3.

That’s the new affordable electric sports sedan. After state and federal incentives, the Model 3 starts at $25,000, according to a press release from the Westport Green Task Force. (A Westporter who works for Tesla says the cost is actually $35,000 to $40,000.)

Over 180,000 people pre-ordered the car within 24 hours of its announcement last July.

Production is sluggish though. So far, only 2,500 have come off the line.

But Westporter Bruce Becker — an architect and member of the Westport Electric Car Club — took delivery of his on Monday. He says it’s one of only 3 Tesla 3s in Connecticut.

Becker brought his vehicle to Staples High School this afternoon. It was part of a “high tech show-and-tell” for interested students.

First Selectman Jim Marpe checks out Bruce Becker’s Tesla 3.

The event took place at Staples’ charging stations, outside the fieldhouse.

Becker calls Westport “a leader in the transition to electric vehicles — an important driver for environmental, public health and economic reasons.” He says that besides the highest per capita number of Teslas, our town also leads in per capita registration of all kinds of electric vehicles.

First Selectman Jim Marpe lent his support. Noting Westporters’ long support of sustainable solutions, he said, “The town is proud to support EV ownership through its network of public EV charging stations.”

Besides Staples, there are chargers at the library, Town Hall, train stations, and in a few commercial and private residential areas.

Electric vehicles lined up near Staples’ charging stations today (from left): Chevy Bolt, Tesla S, Volkswagen, Tesla X, Nissan Leaf,

15 responses to “Rare Tesla 3 Purrs Into Town

  1. Yet Connecticut is one of a handful of states to actually ban the sale of Teslas. Connecticut residents must travel to a neighboring state to pick up a Tesla. Besides the inconvenience (travel, temporary registration tags), Connecticut’s ban results in the loss of countless Connecticut jobs that would become available at Tesla dealers throughout the state. The issue? Tesla is not a franchise model. Can’t make this up, especially with the budget crisis our state faces.

    • Hartford has always been ‘in the pocket’ of the state’s local dealer groups; as evidenced by the continuation of the ridiculous ‘dealer conveyance’ fees that are levied on CT auto buyers (both new and used). These fees average between $350-$400 per vehicle; and basically give consumers the right to buy a car from an in-state dealer with the promise that they will convey the plates and registration to the buyer. Since we are now living in the ‘digital age’ this represents another way for the dealer to pad his profit margin (akin to selling under-coating), at the expense of CT consumers. Until this fee is expunged, buy your vehicles out-of-state. BTW: I have made it a point to discuss this with our representatives on more than one occasion, and ‘they will look into it’,,,whatever that means.

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  3. Our state needs to allow direct sales of Teslas. Why should our neighbors make money and deprive our residents the right to buy the car in CT?

    On Jan 10…Tesla scored a major victory on Wednesday after the California-based electric car maker was given the green light to sell its vehicles to consumers within the state. Lawyers from the state Division of Motor Vehicles concluded that state law barring auto manufacturers from selling directly to consumers was only applicable to franchise auto dealers and not Tesla, who operates independently through company-owned stores.

    With its business license finally approved, Tesla is planning on opening its first showroom in Rhode Island on Route 2 in Warwick. Tesla will be selling its fleet of premium electric vehicles at 870 Quaker Lane, which is the site of a former Hyundai dealership. While the majority of details about Tesla’s first store within the state remain unknown, expectations are high that the Silicon Valley-based electric car maker would formally start selling its cars within a few months.

  4. i dont understand why there is so much free endorsement of this vehicle. There are many electric vehicles and fuel efficient vehicles. I dont like to see politicians supporting 1 particular brand.

  5. Bruce Redman Becker

    This is an urgent matter since bills have to be raised before February 23rd. Please click on this URL to petition our legislators to raise and co-sponsor a bill allowing direct EV sales before the deadline lapses:


    Connecticut residents will be much healthier and wealthier once our State Senators and Reps get this done, and we are free to transition to electric cars. Everyone will be better off when we can spend our gas money in ways that don’t degrade air-quality and public health – plus EVs are really fun to drive!

  6. Rebecca Ellsley

    I think it’s great we have all these charging stations available in town. But I was also told it is free to recharge your car? Is this true that now as westport tax payers getting to pay for the refueling / recharging of people’s cars for them? Please tell me the person wasn’t correct at the library when I asked them about the car. I am all for going green and saving the environment. But at this regarding is it costing us as tax payers for a select few? I was told they get a credit card but it doesn’t actually cost them anything. I asked was it banking there unused hours off the grid to be used later. She said no. So need to ask.

    • The American Lung Association has found that every gallon of gas burned by car drivers results in $1.16 in public health costs – so driving EVs saves all taxpayers money.


    • It depends on the charging station, and the company/organization that installs/maintains it. Pretty much any charging station has the ability to require a fee per charge or per Kwh of electricity, it is up to whoever owns it if they want to allow it for free or how much to charge. (i’m not familiar with the ones at Town Hall or the train station, so I can’t say if those are free or not, I’m sure others can chime in)

      Specifically for Teslas, Tesla owns/operates “supercharger” stations (located mostly on highways/main roads, you can see the map at https://www.tesla.com/supercharger) which charge directly to the credit card you have linked on your account.

      Other major charging networks are ChargePoint and Blink which each allow you to link to a credit card for charging, and you can get a card with a barcode or keyfob or something to swipe/scan.

  7. Moving to electric cars and hybrids is getting easier and less expensive. The new hybrids and all electric cars now drive at least as well and often better than gas powered equivalent cars. Our family started with a 2007 Toyota Prius (still averaging 50 mpg and so far has over 130,000 miles), and never looked back to gasoline cars- and now also have a 2016 Avalon Hybrid (40mpg) and a 2017 Highlander Hybrid SUV (27mpg).

    With more fast recharging stations, better batteries allowing more than 300 mile ranges and rapidly decreasing purchase prices- it is only a matter of time before everyone will make the switch to all electric cars!!

    Toyota led the early change to hybrids that get high mpg. Tesla is leading the charge to all electric cars with every major auto maker in hot pursuit.

    Tesla has only one business model- non franchised and company owned salesrooms- Hopefully this will not remain a political football interfering with Connecticut citizens buying Teslas locally /in state!