I live in Northern Virginia and have a business trip to Ohio coming up later in the month. I have figured that door to door would be 5 hours if flying and 6.5 hours if driving. Since I do not currently own a Tesla, and don't have the experience with the Supercharger network, I decided that I would gain a little intimate first-hand experience with the brand and the network prior to converting my M3 reservation to an order and drive it.
I have never used Turo (turo dot com) before, but understand them to be the AirBnB of rental cars (and that they have some high end cars in the crowd-fleet). So I looked them up and have found three Model S rentals in my area to choose from at anywhere from $100/day to $250/day. I ultimately will be saving my client money versus the plane fare and regular rental car - though I will be eating about 2 hours of my own unchargeable time each way.) I will likely be renting a 85D with AP (no ludicrous mode) - A nice free three-day test drive, right !!!
Mapping out my route, I am seeing what my future of long distance travel might be like. I will have to jump off of the most direct route to take a nearby highway to get to the mid-trip supercharger - which should add 20 minutes to the drive time (added to the 30 minutes of charge time) - it is about mid-way of my 400 mile trip (otherwise I could stop twice on the way there). Once I am in Ohio, I have two meeting sites north and east of Columbus, while the supercharger is at the SW portion of Columbus. So I will have to go a good bit out of my way to hit up the supercharger to charge up to start my return - or I can pick the only hotel near my sites that has destination charging, so I can charge up over night (although there is only one charger space available at the hotel and I am wondering what its general availability is). This hotel is not what I would have chosen on my own, but is a reasonable distance (and is on the clients nickel), so all is good .... this time.
I am seeing more clearly that there is some inconvenience to driving long distance this way, with multiple time penalties. This is not a surprise to me, as I am expecting some bumps in adjusting to this paradigm shift. I am sure that I myself can deal with them, as I would bring a book, or do some Duolingo phone app french lessons during the break - though I am not sure that the wife, kids, friends, etc will be as flexible or understanding, when the situation arises where I am driving them around on trips. Looking to the future, I foresee frequently visiting my daughter in Richmond in my M3, and there is a very convenient supercharger around 15 minutes before her apartment. But then again, it will also be weird getting so close to her house and then stopping for 20-30 minutes to charge when I am so close. I am seeing that the supercharging network is currently decent, but will be much better when it is doubled, and tripled and quadrupled +.
I am really looking forward to my upcoming trip and getting to really experience the car (much more than a short test drive) and also experience the unique "trip planning" aspect of owning an electric vehicle. I will report back with my car and supercharger experiences.