- 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
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.