We all knew free and unlimited was not a sustainable model as Tesla scales up to mass market.
We also know that as of now, Model S and X vehicles come with an included 400 kWh allotment of supercharging, to be renewed annually on your anniversary date.
In case the Model 3 comes with a similar allotment, I wanted to break down some real world experience to illustrate what that might look like.
Last week, my husband and I took a pretty epic road trip in our Model S. We hit 18 superchargers and two destination chargers. We spent most of the drive doing 9 miles per hour over the speed limit. Our terrain was all over the map (literally) and ranged from very flat to a huge mountain climb then descent. All told our trip was 2,655 miles and took 768 kWh. The weather was warm and we had the air conditioner on for most of the trip - but it was not hot enough that the AC had to work extra hard.
We had two adults (okay, 1 adult plus me - kid sized) and a week worth of luggage, plus several gallons of water on board. Our tires are toward the end of their lives and winds were not a factor.
I say all this to say that assuming a modest 10% increase in efficiency for being a smaller, lighter vehicle, the model 3 could have done this same 2,665 mile trip for 691 kWh.
That equates to about 1,500 miles for 400 kWh.
What could that look for you and your family?
6 round trips from Washington, DC to New York
1 way from Boston to Disney World
2 round trips from San Diego to Las Vegas
2 round trips from Chicago to Nashville
Assuming you start at home with a full charge, you get more.
Assuming you start at home with a full charge AND charge at your destination while there, even more.
Where do you live and like to travel? We can figure out some potential free trips!
Just don't come to Pennsylvania, toll costs are outrageous!