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I know it is difficult to believe, I was in the same boat

Posted by vvk (more from vvk) on Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:44:41 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Re: Let me explain, Tom G [Profile/Gallery] , Mon, 17 Jul 2017 19:29:11
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> First, I never get receipts because in all my years of driving, receipts just become more slips of paper in my wallet

In my opinion, it is very important to get receipts because of bad gas. If you get bad gas, which happens often enough, having a receipt may mean the difference between getting your repair bills reimbursed or not.

> Recharging at home seems a great idea, almost like getting something for next to nothing, but how much recharging takes place overnight?

For me, almost 100%. Plug it in, and forget about it. The car is always ready in the morning. Public charging stations are a non-issue. For traveling there are superchargers.

> Also, unless charging from solar panels (as Scott mentioned) there is some charge for the electricity. It's not free.

For me, the cost is 1/8 of the cost to fuel my BMW.

> there aren't nearly enough charging stations to accommodate all the cars that would need them

This is where most people just don't get it. This is the biggest argument in the minds of most people who have not owned a long range EV and the biggest non-argument in the minds of the people who have. Public charging stations DO NOT MATTER! I would not care at all if there were zero stations in the world. Not at all. As long as I can drive more than 150 miles a day and charge at home and use superchargers on long trips -- I don't care about public charging stations. They do not exist in my mind. Public charging stations are convenient sometimes but they are absolutely unnecessary. And most of them are just WAY too slow. I don't want to spend 8 hours recharging on a level 2 charger at the mall or at the store -- it just takes too long. I can see chargers at hotels, if you can charge there overnight during your sleep. But VAST majority of public chargers just don't matter.

> I find it's hard to imagine supercharging at home, isn't that 480v?

At home you use a regular 240V outlet. Most Tesla owners install a NEMA 14-50 outlet. Some use their clothes dryer outlet. I have a NEMA 14-50 outlet that recharges my Model S at 30 miles or range per hour of charging.

> The model 3 (or whatever it's called) doesn't get free super charging correct? What's the charge time and cost in those cases?

No free supercharging but supercharging will be available for long trips. The cost will be comparable to the cost of gas. Considering the car will be relatively affordable, I say it is a good deal.

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