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5,000 Miles Without Fumes

Tesla Model S

Range Anxiety?
One of the big complaints about electric vehicles is the fear that you’ll run out of charge. Since March, we’ve never been impacted by the range of our vehicle. We’ve driven from South Jersey (near Philadelphia) to NYC and back. We’ve driven through Philadelphia, circled around and back. We’ve driven to North Jersey, driven to multiple locations and returned. In each case we had over 90 miles left in the tank.

Range issues will become less and less of a concern as the supercharging network is built out. Truth be told, I will have to drive my wife’s car for a trip to Columbus, OH as superchargers won’t be available for that route until 2015.
When superchargers blanket the US, range anxiety will be a fleeting concept. The only issue will be that you have to wait 30 minutes to refuel 150 miles worth of range. While this may seem inconvenient, it is rare that we need it and if we do, it won’t be a big issue taking a few minutes extra to walk the dog and getting a bite to eat. Tesla also introduced a battery swapping program, but for 30 minutes, it doesn’t seem worth it to me. I can see it being more effective for taxis and hardcore driving.

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