"But here’s the thing. As a piece of new driving technology, the Bolt totally works. But the adoption curves and take-up rates of new technologies aren’t driven simply by the efficacy of the technology in and of itself. New innovations require infrastructure to reach their full market potential. Often that infrastructure has to be built by companies other than those who build the original products. And right now, electric cars remain hindered by a massive infrastructure gap."
Except the SUPERCHARGING NETWORK.
I sometimes think of the first time you talk to anyone who has never owned an EV. Imagine the scenario. (I'll call him ICE):
ICE: I heard you have a Tesla?
Me: Yup. Love it.
ICE: Where do you charge it?
Me: At home most of the time.
ICE: But what about on trips. [Insert crazy once every five year trip.]
Me: I can go anywhere. There's a network of 1000 fast charging stations that take about half an hour. Then you can drive another 2-4 hours, without stopping. And Tesla has installed another 10,000 at malls, casinos, wineries, hotels and other destinations that are free for guests.
ICE: But how do I find them?
Me: It's in built into the dash. Push a button and the pop up all over the map.
ICE: Do I need an adapter.
Me: Nope. But if you ever want to try any of the other slow/expensive and inferior networks, Tesla includes a set of adapters.
ICE: How much does it cost to charge on road trips?
Me: It's free for life. 400kWh/year. If you use up the free kWhs, then it's about $10 for a 2-300 miles of range. Plus they "put an old school drive-in, roller skates & rock restaurant at one of the new Tesla Supercharger locations in LA, near 405.
ICE: Wow. I'm buying a Tesla.
Here's a little morality play. Let's try that again with EVERY OTHER EV ON THE PLANET TODAY:
ICE: I heard you have a Bolt?
Me: It's great as a second car.
ICE: Where do you charge it?
Me: At home.
ICE: But what about on trips? I drove last year to my grandma's house from Idaho to Zzyzx
Me: I'd take your gas car. There's some charging, but it's pretty slow. I mean hours of charging. Average driving speed 20 miles per hour if you account for charging. I tried once to drive from [insert very reasonable trip of about 300 miles] and it was crazy. I said never again. I'll take the gas car on long trips and drive the Bolt for my trips in town.
ICE: How do you find the charging spots?
Me: There are a variety of apps for that.
ICE: Do I need an adapter?
Me: Yes. And you still not be able to use some charging stations. It can be frustrating. And they don't often work. And they don't always provide the charging speed claimed. It sucks.
ICE: How much does it cost to charge your Bolt on a road trip?
Me: Costs about twice as much to fuel as a Prius.
ICE: I heard that Tesla opened up their supercharger technology to all the other carmakers. So you can charge your Bolt at a supercharger, right?
ME: That would be really really nice, and would allow me to use my Bolt for all of my driving, but unfortunately not. [HT @mntlvr23]
ICE: Wow. I think I'll keep my gas car until they have it all figured out.