One thing you WILL need a gas station for

One thing you WILL need a gas station for

Checking the tires! Yes you can have one of those "toy" compressors at home, but they are a real nuisance. I assume air is free at gas stations in the USA? it is here in Australia. Lots of people pull in simply to pump up their tires and drive off. The air supply is well removed from the pumps at all gas stations i visit.

Velo1 | 18/12/2012

Not always free in U.S., but often only 25-50 cents to put air in tires.

Brian H | 18/12/2012

Free to customers is the usual I've seen.

lightly | 18/12/2012

In NY nothing is free. Paid $.75 last week for exactly 2 minutes of air. Well I guess that price will go up in the future when we all pull up in our EV's to the corner "air station". :)

BYT | 18/12/2012

I purchased the Tesla Motor's compressor that works with the 12 volt connector in the car, it works great!

Chuck Lusin | 18/12/2012

How about a Sig Red air compressor? Just add the NEMA 14-50 plug, and plug it in when the car is out. You will not need the gas station anymore!

Mark E | 19/12/2012

I have a proper compressor in the garage. I never use a servo any more unless travelling.

BYT | 19/12/2012

@Chuck Lusin, you don't need all of that, the $50 option from Tesla works just fine... :)

Chuck Lusin | 19/12/2012

@ BTY,

Yea, I already have two compressors at home, the Tesla one is a bit more portable. The monster size, Sig Red and NEMA 14-50 was kind of a joke?

Joshua Burstyn | 19/12/2012

What will I need a gas station for?

Entertainment. Watching my neighbours spend $50+/tank is going to be good fun. :-)

jackhub | 19/12/2012

I have not used a gas station air compressor since they started charging. I have a foot pump that works fine up to 100 PSI.

sagebrushnw | 19/12/2012

@ Jewsh

Sometimes $50 is easier to come by than $50K-$100K. Rather be driving the Model S but it does cost a lot of cash.

nickjhowe | 19/12/2012

@BYT - did you buy the $50 compressor from Tesla? They call it a tire repair kit. What else does it come with?

BYT | 19/12/2012

@Chuck Lusin, sorry, I missed that, didn't make a lot of sense and it turns out it was because my sense of humor was on off at the time of my reading that... :)

@nickjhowe, I did purchase it, the Tire Repair Kit, and this is what Tesla say's it is:

"The tire repair kit contains a bottle of sealant and an air compressor to patch up small punctures. In the event of a puncture, simply attach the hose from the sealant bottle (included in the mechanism) to the tire valve and the compressor (powered by your vehicle's 12V outlet) will force both sealant and air into the tire, effectively repairing the hole and filling the tire. Keep proper tire pressure maintained with the Tire Repair Kit as well, although independent of the tire sealant."

It does have the bottle of sealant built into the case and using a clear hose that attaches to the separate air compressor hose would force the sealant into the tire to patch it. Otherwise you can just use the compressor standalone to fill the tires. It also has some needles and other small adapters for filling soccer, basketball or football's. :)

FLsportscarenth... | 19/12/2012

Actually you are helping those poor sods that have to buy petrol, by switching to pure electric early, you are reducing demand and reducing their pain a tiny bit, the same way that users of toll outer beltways (think 407 ETR and TX 8 Sam Houston Tollway) provide congestion relief to less affluent users of the older freeways (401 and 610 respectively).

Truth be told the average american can not afford a Tesla now, even if they were aware of them and wanted one, remember unemployment is still high and average wages are down and the US has been in a long shallow depression since 2006 and lot of people who made $25 - $30 an hour back in 2005 are now making $15 - $12 an hour now... And those are the lucky ones who have a job. I know a lot of decent hardworking and educated people in that boat...

So if you see some guy spending $50 to fill up his 2002 Mustang, do not laugh at him, you have to feel sorry for him, he is probably making 30% less than he did 8 years ago, or his wife may be down to half time, out of work or who knows what.

When you see some dumb-dumb with a 2012 Navigator feel free to laugh... In 2011 you could have bought a Volt or reserved a Tesla... Point being is that he had a choice... Not just to be nicer to the environment but to break dependence on foreign oil, to insulate yourself from the next oil shock.

I recommend that you watch NatGeo's 'after oil' - what would happen if all the oil reserves disappeared. Tesla drivers would be fine - especially those with a Solarcity array. But that idiot who bought the Navigator would be up the creek... Sadly that guy in the old Mustang would be too...

Spiky | 19/12/2012

My current car I purchased new, it is over 165,000 miles. I have never needed to add air to a tire. They do get checked at oil changes. (would love to get rid of those) And I live in a place where the temp ranges from -10 to 90 every year, or worse. Bad tires in Australia?

Mark E | 20/12/2012


No, but I'm surprised you never have to put air in a tyre - or check it. We have rough roads and often lots of debris that puncture tyres.

Being a motorcyclist I check tyre pressure regularly - and can often tell when it is off by the way the vehicle drives, or rides.

BossFox | 20/12/2012

On the rare occasion I just get the footpump out. It's only to add a few PSI so takes a few minutes.

I've got a compressor, but unless it's flat it's too much hassle.

Much better to pump it up a little by footpump at home than drive to a petrol station, warming the tyres up and then getting an incorrect pressure reading.

But that's just me. :-)

nickjhowe | 20/12/2012

@BYT - thanks. I already have a battery operated compressor; is the sealant branded? If poss I'd like to just buy some rather than the TM compressor kit.

BYT | 20/12/2012

@nickjhowe, it embedded into the unit, I'll see if I can pry it open and get information off of the can for you.

By the way, I get the tire pressure is low warning every morning and sometimes in the afternoon(specifically when it's cold and it's been around 36 and 45 degree's around here lately), I made sure all tires are at 42psi, should I set them all to 45 instead?

dborn | 20/12/2012

@spiky I am amazed you never put air in a tyre! Mine vary all the time in Sydney. That is with premium tyres and checked valves!!

Tesla229 | 20/12/2012

I've also discovered that, since I no longer go to a gas station (YAY!), I've had to actually go out and buy a squeege to clean my windshield occasionally....