Range Anxiety - In My Gas Powered SUV!

Range Anxiety - In My Gas Powered SUV!

For those of you who are worried about range, here's what happened to me today:

Like most people, I've been busy juggling work with holiday shopping, errands, etc. So I leave home this morning in my gas powered SUV, with my "To Do" list, on my way to the first stop, the Post Office. That's when I realize that my gas tank is almost on "E". So I bust out laughing when it occurs to me that this won't happen anymore, because next week I'm due to take delivery of my Model S, and from that point forward, I will leave home each day with the Model S registering "Full".

So I figure since I'm not on "reserve" fuel yet, I can get a couple of errands in before refueling at my preferred "cheaper" gas station. When I finally get to my preferred gas station, the "reserve fuel" light is on. BUT, all the bays are full and I really don't have the time to wait. So I drive another two blocks to my backup gas station, and guess what? ALL of their bays are full too! So now range anxiety kicks in big time! I drive 5 more blocks and arrive at another gas station with 2 open bays, and spend $60 to fill-er-up. Enough gas for one more week. I could have driven for 5 weeks in my Model S on $60 of electric fuel!

So the next time someone tells you that it only takes them 3 minutes to fill up with gasoline, you tell them my story.
Happy Motoring!

gregv64 | 18. joulukuu 2012

I have range anxiety all the time in my ICE, because I hate stopping for gas and wait as long as possible until doing so. I can't wait until my car is magically filled each night by the power fairies.

Liz G | 18. joulukuu 2012

I'll be happy that driving my S will get my husband off my back about driving on less than 1/4 a tank of gas and how all the contaminates at the bottom of the gas tank are going to wreck my engine.

BYT | 18. joulukuu 2012

My SUV can travel 180 miles before it needs a refuel, my Model S, over 200. I can charge every night, I had range anxiety before and I don't now!!

My name is BYT and I have been fossil fuel free for 5 weeks now... :) I broke my addiction to oil! Suckit OPEC!! :D

David M. | 18. joulukuu 2012

BYT - Excellent!

Liz G - I typically run the tank down to below 1/4 and have never had any engine issues. I usually keep my cars for 7 years. I can't even remember the last time I had a tuneup.

toto_48313 | 18. joulukuu 2012

I'm glad I'll have a Model S soon, as my wife often came back home on my current car with the fuel gauge light on because she didn't have time to fill it... and the next morning I have to fill it while going to work and freezing outside during winter.

Now, I'll have a full warm car every morning!!!

TikiMan | 18. joulukuu 2012

I love the fact that I no longer feel guilty joy-driving aimlessly whenever I feel like it.

Before I would be thinking... "Hmmmm... 200 miles? Wow, that is costing me $$$... maybe I better not take this trip."

Now I am like... "Hmmmm, it's a nice day.... 200 miles, no big deal... maybe I will go have a big steak with all the fixings after". :-)

Brian H | 18. joulukuu 2012

What would your carbon emissions be after the steak? How 'bout the garlic emissions?

Vawlkus | 19. joulukuu 2012

@Liz G: does your hubby realize that gas gets drawn from the bottom of the tank anyway, so all that 'sediment' is getting into his engine at the same rate as yours? }B)