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is that they seem a bit illusory. Sure, you can get 310 miles out of a $90,000 Tesla S, and that can work great for commuting or short biz trips, but it's not all that good for a 'real world" car.
These examples are biased toward the way I use my 9K and my wife's 9-5, but the differences are huge.
I have a client in upstate new York that I can drive to in 6.5 hours. But they are 380 miles away. So stopping to recharge makes that a 8-9 hour trip.
I can't take a Tesla to our second home which is 725 mies away without a couple of lengthy stops, neither of which is convenient. There's no reason to turn a 12.5 to 13 hour drive into a 15-17 hour one just to juice the battery. Right now we do the run with one gas stop, even with a bike and a Thule box on the roof.
Plus, I'm not at all sure a Tesla can run at a sustained 75-80 mph, the speeds we normally run on those routes. I hear they don't do sustained speeds well.
Don't get me wrong. I think the Tesla and the EVs that are in or entering the market are great, but they have some real limits that make them second, rather than primary cars, at least for us. But $90K for a commuting rat seems a bit steep to me.
Just my $0.02.
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Posts in this Thread:
- OT: Polite question to the Tesla S Owners here, MI-Roger , Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:50:56
- Yes, the range is true, vvk, Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:50:33
- Re: OT: Polite question to the Tesla S Owners here, Dave The Ice Age Knave , Fri, 9 Feb 2018 19:52:13
- The problem with EV ranges...., Noel , Fri, 9 Feb 2018 14:16:10 <-- Viewing This Message
- These kinds of trips are no problem at all, vvk, Mon, 12 Feb 2018 20:55:20
- Re: The problem with EV ranges...., EGD , Sun, 11 Feb 2018 18:16:18
- Idle fees, A1-turbo, Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:07:24
- Re: The problem with EV ranges...., Snowmobile , Sat, 10 Feb 2018 06:03:34
- Re: The problem with EV ranges...., Craig, Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:05:15
- I'm not an early adopter and think Teslas are, Noel , Sat, 10 Feb 2018 11:28:05
- Re: I'm not an early adopter and think Teslas are, No Snaab, Sat, 10 Feb 2018 15:58:01
- It depends. We can do the whole run in one day, Noel , Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:09:35
- I agree 100%, MI-Roger , Sun, 11 Feb 2018 07:54:48
- Sad reality of vehicle range, MI-Roger , Sun, 11 Feb 2018 08:53:40
- 4 mph, vvk, Wed, 14 Feb 2018 04:02:33
- lease does not make any sense, vvk, Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:02:47
- autopilot, Snowmobile , Tue, 13 Feb 2018 07:16:49
- Plug-In Hybrids, i.e. Chevy Volt, Bill Homer, Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:38:341
- Chevrolet Bolt, A1-turbo, Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:53:09
- Re: Sad reality of vehicle range, Dave The Ice Age Knave , Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:44:19
- Current Tesla ranges, A1-turbo, Fri, 9 Feb 2018 12:02:13
- Re: OT: Polite question to the Tesla S Owners here, Justin VanAbrahams , Fri, 9 Feb 2018 09:54:30
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