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Cured from range anxiety

Cured from range anxiety

TL:DR version
- Long road trip of about 1000 miles, New York -DC - Shenandoah National Park - Charlottesville - Somewhere in West VA - Harrisburg- Hershey - New York
- The car is capable to go anywhere, just drive and don't overthink too much your trip
- 15 minutes stop for restroom is enough to add 80 - 100 miles to your car
- There are superchargers or third party chargers all over the place
- Stop planning your trips based on availability of superchargers,
- Now I drive my car as any other car not ruining moments with your family when going out

Long version:
I've been a LR Model 3 Owned since June 2019, I live in an apartment with no possibility to charge my car at home and always relying on public supercharging stations and always worried about range, wether or not my car can go here or there. Easily ruining any trip or moment instead of enjoying to go out.

A week ago I did a road trip with my wife including 2 cats, of about 1000 miles with no planned destination. We started from New York heading south and our first stop was in Washington DC (~260 miles) without charging and in cold temperatures (25-35F), as my cats were really nervous I wanted to reach my first stop quick. So I did something like never before on a Tesla, and just drove without thinking on where to stop, range, battery consumption bla bla bla

When I reach my destination south from DC I found out there was a super charger 3 miles away from my stop. I enjoyed the day and the next day I went there to fill up my car and head west to Shenandoah National Park entering in Front Royal. I knew there was a destination charger on the middle of skyline drive in the park so we went there. Of course, winter time the place was closed, then no possibility to charge. Anxiety started to rise when I realize there was no chargers in about 100 miles crossing the park in the middle of the mountains in winter. With no options we continued and suddenly I realize the car had enough range to continue to Waynesboro and from there we could find something. We headed to Charlottesville where we stayed that night and we stopped 15 minutes for a restroom while charging the car. Surprisingly those 15-20 minutes added enough range (~100+ miles) to go around the town, go comfortably to the hotel etc.
Next day we charged up to 80% and headed to West Virginia passing various towns and then head north to Harrisburg PA. Similar story, in the middle we stopped for a restroom and boom 100 more miles to go anywhere. At that moment I realize EV cars are no different than other cars and started to enjoy every moment and not thinking on where to stop or how many miles I have available in the car.
My trip back to NY for the first time was not planned around superchargers availability, and instead it was planned based on where we wanted to go! and from there you can always find a place to charge your car, fast charger, slow charger, supercharger, evgo, 110 volt whatever. Electricity is a commodity available everywhere.

if we got out of energy simply stopped for 40-50 minutes and watched Netflix, if not, just 10 minutes for a restroom and continue, as simple as that.

Tesla is no different than other cars and that fact that is electric should not dictate where do you want to go. 15 minutes stop are long enough to add enough range to go almost anywhere, if you are on the road just stop those 10 minutes and you will have plenty of range for your next stop.

mrburke | December 29, 2019

Excellent !

mrburke | December 29, 2019

There is always someone who likes to rain on other's parades.

FISHEV | December 29, 2019

Taking the Alfred E. Neuman approach to EV range is liable to rain on a lot people's parades if they took it at face value.

Magic 8 Ball | December 29, 2019

Constantly being dour about EV range and biasing YMMV to always be on the low side is sure to turn people off.

You are insincere when you claim to be an EV advocate.

in7 | December 29, 2019

FISHEV, I bought a Chademo for use at EVGO. So you're totally incorrect when saying "Tesla can only be charged at Tesla SC's or slower Level 2 chargers."

apodbdrs | December 29, 2019

Model 3 LR AWD range is a non issue with me! Like you said nicohc, stop 15-20 minutes at different places results in basically zero wait time, if you have to go to get a fast bite to eat or go to the bathroom while thee car charges. At a gas station you have to wait as you pump fuel, can't walk away. I have made 800 mile trips and the time was about same as my ICE car. Just a matter of time management. No range anxiety here!

apodbdrs | December 29, 2019

Model 3 LR AWD range is a non issue with me! Like you said nicohc, stop 15-20 minutes at different places results in basically zero wait time, if you have to go to get a fast bite to eat or go to the bathroom while thee car charges. At a gas station you have to wait as you pump fuel, can't walk away. I have made 800 mile trips and the time was about same as my ICE car. Just a matter of time management. No range anxiety here!

kevin_rf | December 29, 2019

nicohc, agreed.
Have done:
Boston to Dayton
Boston to Niagra Falls
Boston to WV
Boston to DC
Boston to Jersey (nothing good ever comes out of that)
Boston to NYC

Only location that really gives me pause is the Seneca Rocks/Germany Valley area of WV. Not many good charging options.

rwgallah | December 30, 2019

@FishEV-We will be leaving for our 3rd cross country trip in a few weeks (8,000+ miles each). Part of each has been in winter. Maybe you should travel with us and I'll get you over your range anxiety.

noleaf4me | December 30, 2019

rwgallah - that's one heck of a ride! Where in the heck are you going?!?

billtphotoman | December 30, 2019

Great story and my model 3 LR RWD has rekindled my love affair with the road trip. While I will admit it won't beat the miles per day I got out my ICE cars on trips when I was younger and did "iron butt" 800 mile days with only 1 or 2 5 minute stops for gas and a nature break I find 400-500 mile days with 10-30 minute stops every 2-3 hours more my speed these days. Starting with a full charge at home or from a destination charger I now find I need to stop more than the car does. That being said there are some 170 - 350 mile SC coverage gaps in the NW part of my home state of TX that I have to plan for. But, I actually enjoy planning road trips. I also enjoy talking with both Tesla and non-Tesla owners at SC stops.

rwgallah | December 30, 2019

@noleaf4me-PDX to DC and back but not directly cuz we are retired. Here are links to our trips:
https://forums.tesla.com/forum/forums/2nd-8k-roadtrip
https://forums.tesla.com/forum/forums/8000-mile-road-trip-results

WW_spb | December 30, 2019

Once again Sea Troll complains about range but pre ordered MoME with less range. Classic Moron

mr.mark.tarver | December 30, 2019

I also live in the City and park on the street. Going from a combustion engine to electric was a challenge and I had the worst case of range anxiety and some buyers remorse because I bought the car in the winter. Today I have no range anxiety whatsoever. There are Super Chargers at the Local Target store and it costs only $3.00 to park there. Brooklyn Museum is about $9.00. My commute is much shorter now then when I first purchased the Vehicle. 28 Minute drive through the Brooklyn Battery tunnel. I only have to charge Once a week. I love this car and I have absolutely no regrets about going electric and I am glad I chose Tesla over the other EV's, Yea the car wasn't cheap fully loaded with the white interior and red paint, but this aint no Prius.

jimglas | December 30, 2019

Remember: Fish is ALWAYS wrong