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Posted by vvk (more from vvk) on Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:54:35 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: I still don't understand all of the attraction, MI-Roger [Profile/Gallery] , Sat, 15 Jul 2017 14:40:18
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> But the car needs to be charged at the same frequency (or nearly so) that an ICE car needs to be refueled.

The difference is that you are charging AT HOME.

I remember reading about a natural gas Civic on Edmunds and thinking how great it would be to be able to refuel at home overnight. This is the same thing, only cheaper. It takes literally 10 seconds to insert the recharging cable into the car. It is VERY different from having to stop by a gas station to refuel. I don't have a gas station at home. The only gas station close to my house closes at 8 pm. The next closest station closes at 9 pm. I find it extremely inconvenient.

> The Supercharger recharge time is 30 minutes rather than under 5 minutes for a tank of fuel.

I love taking the Tesla on long trips. Autopilot aside (90% of the drive is done by the car,) the supercharging experience feels significantly better than refueling an ICE car. I have found that I really do not spend any more time supercharging than I do refueling at a gas station. By the time everyone has gone to the bathroom, the windshield is cleaned, the trash is taken out and the kids are buckled in, it is the same 15-20 minutes at the gas station, minimum. Since we mostly travel at night, my wife and kids usually wait for me to finish refueling the car before walking inside -- this is an additional delay that does not happen when we take the Tesla. It takes 10 seconds to connect the cable and then all of us walk away to do our business. Also, since we mostly travel at night, often times I am not sure how to find a 24 hour gas station in rural areas, so I stop for gas well before the fuel tank is empty. With supercharger locations always known and usually in nice areas, it is much more relaxing and worry free. There are also no fuel smells, no payment delays, no delays getting the receipt (happens) and hassle of any kind. Nice, clean, quiet -- superb experience all around.

If you ask any Tesla owner about supercharging, the answer you will get most of the time: the car is ready before we are. This is almost always the case. When the car has charged enough to get to the next supercharger, you get a notification on your smartphone. This invariably happens before we get back to the car.

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