Hey guys. Electric car newbie here. I've been trying to do research but I still know very little at this point. I live in Northeastern South Dakota. Currently we have a Chevy Suburban for hauling around our 3 kids. We will be looking to trade it off in the next 8 to 12 months. I've been looking really really hard at the Model X. I would love to go to an electric car. However I have a few issues/questions mostly due to the fact that I live in such a remote area.
First problem is lack of charging abilities where I live. Now I would probably opt for the 100D with the high amp charger because of the amount of miles that we drive in a year and the added range. But even then I think we would still have issues. For around home and daily commuting the X would work great. Plug it in at home every night and we are more than good to go. The issues come when we want to take trips. We travel to Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Minneapolis fairly often. Rapid City would be fine, as there are Superchargers on I-90 on the way there, easily within range. Sioux Falls we could get there by utilizing the Supercharger in Mitchell, but there's nothing in Sioux Falls and I don't know if we could go from Mitchell to Sioux Falls, run around town for a couple of days, and make it back to Mitchell. Then the big one is Minneapolis. We take highway 212 through Watertown and across Minnesota to Minneapolis. There is very very little for chargers along that route! I know that Tesla claims 295 miles of range, but I also know through reading that I will never see that 295 except on perfect, ideal conditions. What is the realistic amount of range that I could plan for on a trip? Also, if I have the high amp charger, how fast will the car recharge on J1772 or on RV plug ins? Because that will be what I'll be forced to track down while on the road. There are plenty of campgrounds along the way that I could stop and utilize an RV plug.
Second problem is lack of dealerships. The closest one is in Minneapolis. A 5 hour drive and I already detailed the difficulty we would have in getting there due to lack of charging along the way. What is the reliability of the Model X like? I usually end up in Minneapolis 2 to 3 times a year. If the reliability is good and I can plan some maintenance while there things work out pretty well. However, if they require a lot of maintenance and I'm going to have lots of problems having a dealer that far away could become a major issue.
Thanks for taking the time to read all of this. Sorry if any of these are stupid questions. As I said, I'm very new to the whole electric car thing. Hopefully you guys can alleviate some of my concerns and I'll end up joining your ranks in the next year or so!