Submitted by MarlonBrown on Fri, 2017-09-01 11:17
After trying a Nissan Leaf, I learned how annoying and counterproductive the idea of charging cars in public stations is. In my region at least I see the public stations have been getting more crowded, unreliable and expensive. So my decision on whether to buy an electric car again is going to be based on whether I can drive 35 miles to go to work round trip and still drive 100 miles more in case of other social events arise. On paper it seems that a Model 310 could do it. However based on the number of Model S and X I see competing for a spot in the public charge stations in town, I am not totally sure.
Therefore I decided to rent a Model S for a week before placing the order.
Like someone wisely said, in electric cars the truth is that I should consider the car range is 50% of the advertised max range. When you factor hills, cold weather, rain and acceleration habits and cabin heating, the advertised range seems to be unrealistic.
I think if the advertised range is increased to 600 miles, then it will be very attractive even if we assume the rate of charge keeps slow as is now. However it seems that is not going to be happening in the near future given the raw material to make the battery packs may be in short supply soon.