Submitted by Earl and Nagin ... on Wed, 2019-06-19 08:38
I, personally declare near parity with ICE now. Your opinion is free to differ.
I just completed a round trip run between Newport News, VA and Long Beach, CA (I guess I should have detoured a few miles south to Newport Beach, CA for a poetic conclusion) in our Model 3 Long Range Rear Wheel Drive. I completed the trip from East to West solo in 3 days with no caffeinated drinks (a few M&Ms probably had some caffein). My West to East was distracted by meeting up with my parents along the way, thus slowing it down to 3.5 easy days. My longest day was from Albuquerque, NM to Mt Vernon, IN, a total of 1135 miles in about 20 hours.
I’m not going to go into great technical details because I spent my time driving, eating, and sleeping, not taking copious notes.
I’ll post separately about a few interesting experiences I encountered.
With some extreme exceptions, this is about as good as one can do in an ICE.
I credit the phenomenal supercharging upgrade where I saw supercharging speed as high as 640 mph at 150 kW or about 100 miles of range in about 10 minutes for about the first 100 miles, then about 15 minutes for the next 100 miles and a much slower charge rate after 200 miles SoC.
Even a year ago, I figured it would be several decades more before I saw this capability. The Model 3 is awesome. I can’t wait until the Model S, X, Y, Truck, etc get the fantastic charging capability of the Model 3.
Thanks Tesla for, yet again, under-promising, then over-delivering!