Submitted by spazthecat on December 9, 2012
I've been seriously thinking about reserving a Tesla Model S but I'm having a hard time deciding on what size battery to get. I know range is a complex topic especially given that models with these battery packs are not yet on the road.
I'm in Columbus Ohio and would be purchasing it mainly as a commuter car. So, from the suburbs into the city every day in rush hour traffic 26 miles one way. But, I'd also like to feel comfortable taking it on the occasional trip to northern Ohio to visit relatives (max distance about 150 miles).
From what I've read about the real world range of the 85 kWh battery and extrapolating, the 40kWh would be out of the question for anything but commuting to work and back and then driving around the city. Especially when the temperature starts to drop.
Opinions? Any other Ohio Tesla owners that could speak to what kind of range they get on a full charge?