A few updates worth posting ... not a surprise as the IL SOS gives IL residents no choice on non-EL plate renewals but to go with new electric vehicle plates so when my wife's 'SMART' Environmental plates were expiring they issued us 2828x EL. Hey the state needs its revenues right! On other 'EL' plate spotting, the highest I've seen is 3035x EL on a Model X around the North Shore. Lots of new Model Y's out and about as well ... seeing more Chevy Bolt's, Audi e-tron's and definitely used LEAF's on the road (many used LEAF's seem to be resold by Carmax and other non-Nissan dealers based on the rear license frames/dealer sticker on their rear hatches).
In my own fleet - upgraded my '17 Model 3 LR RWD to a '21 Model 3 LR AWD, its true that the Model 3's are holding their resale value pretty well -- mine also only had a year left on its regular warranty and 38K+ miles on it and Tesla has made a number of improvements worth the upgrade. Interesting for those with older M3's, did shop around for best resale value and Tesla gave the best numbers (tried Carmax and Carvana) plus you get the IL sales tax credit for the first $10K of value if you trade-in so you should factor that in (each state is different so worth checking). The new M3 now has the heat pump, laminated glass (is noticeably quieter), matte black accents, new/better designed center console w/wireless charging and powered trunk, seats are also a bit more comfy. Switched from Red to Midnight Silver as to my eye the black accents looked better with the gray as well as stayed with the standard 18" wheels than the 19"s on my old M3; the newer wheel cover design looks much better than the earlier ones and Chicago potholes were not kind to the thinner side wall tires with the 19"s -- best bet if you like the 19"s is to have 2 sets of wheels/tires as the winter months are the roughest around the Midwest. As for the AWD on the M3 - definitely worth it - didn't really ever get stuck with the RWD but it would struggle a bit in deeper snow -- if you opt for one now and you don't have access to an AWD 'winter' car get snow tires - its been well documented to be just as good but most people won't bother. Lastly - the new LR M3 gets 350+ miles on a charge now so less stops on long trips - have not had it very long but have been quite pleased with the upgrade - its no wonder that the M3 is the best selling EV out there, it's just that good!
We still have one ICE in our fleet, an older VW Touareg - pre-ordered a VW ID.4 AWD (although VW offered to move us up to their 1st Edition RWD run - here in the Midwest AWD would suit us better so we'll wait). Had considered and test drove a Model Y but just couldn't warm up to it -- definitely has great cargo space, decent ride height and range - view out the back is limited (of course you could use the rear camera which is phenomenal!) but didn't like the ride as a bit stiff (drove the one w/20"s which could be part of it) - car is definitely not as 'nimble' as my Model 3 so maybe I'm just a bit spoiled. We'll also be replacing the '18 smart which will be coming off lease in mid-July so with the latest crop of EV's coming will be some other choices to consider. Have owned several VW's going back many years so wanted to give them a shot - was quite happy with my year with the used e-Golf as an interim EV while I waited for my first M3 and despite the whole diesel gate scandal, I think they're back on track so we'll see -- the ID.3 has done quite well in Europe but not without some teething pains.
As a side note on home charging ... my more than reliable Schneider EVlink L2 charger (have been using it for close to 10 years now!) charges the new '21 M3 a bit faster as it shows 31 mi/hr vs. 29 mi/hr on the '17 (probably is an actual 30 mi/hr as its charges at 7.7 kw on 40A circuit). Don't plan on replacing it until it finally stops working as that charge rate is just fine for overnight charging (handles the smart which we're almost charging daily as well as the Tesla). Tesla's own Wall Charger maxes out on the M3 at 44 mi/hr but that would require bumping up the circuit to 60A and of course w/o some kind of adapter would not be able to use it on a non-Tesla. Having Tesla Solar panels really off-sets the operating costs for these EV's -- drove the Touareg during the worse weather days while waiting for the new M3 and didn't like the $60 fill ups ... you definitely get spoiled living with EV's; especially being able to simply plug it in once you get home!
2021 Tesla Model 3 LR AWD; FSD
2018 smart ED Brabus (leased)
2017 Tesla Model 3 LR RWD; FSD (traded-in for Model 3 AWD)
2015 VW e-Golf LE (traded-in for Model 3)
2012 Nissan LEAF SL (traded-in at 5 yrs; 46K miles)
EVSE: 10/07/11 Schneider EVlink