SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Springfield company is the first in Missouri to bring home its brand new Tesla Model 3.
Sun Solar reserved this car in 2016 and now that it’s here, the company says it will be used to spread the message of sustainability.
“We wanted to show our commitment to sustainability as a company,” said CEO Caleb Arthur.
Sun Solar’s new Tesla Model 3 has already been branded and will be used as a marketing tool for the company but it will also be an educational piece promoting a more green lifestyle all around.
“When somebody thinks about a sustainable lifestyle and putting solar panels on their house, no longer having utility there, and then still hopping into a gas powered car. How do we become more sustainable in driving back and forth to work and picking their kids up?” Arthur said.
He says this type of technology makes life more convenient and helps reduce pollution. The software inside updates automatically, much like your phone and the apps on it.
It takes about 30 minutes and costs less than $5 to charge an electric car, and that will last you about 240 miles.
“And you can start creating what I would call a neutral carbon footprint,” he said.
Arthur says electric cars are the future, and in the long run, like solar energy at home, can help you save money.
“You can replace a car payment with a Tesla car payment, and you can replace your utility bill with a solar loan payment,” he said.
The public will have a chance to check out the Tesla Model 3 for themselves on April 21 at Mother’s Brewing Company Earth Day celebration.
“People can come get in the car, check it out, kick the tires, and realize that it is virtually the same kind of car they drive now, it just doesn’t have tailpipes and doesn’t have an exhaust,”
The Model 3 starts at $35,000. This one was close to $50,000 after adding a longer battery life.