2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

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edited September 2014 in Tesla

image2013 Tesla Model S Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds conducts a Long-Term Test of the 2013 Tesla Model S and reports on a waiting line at the Supercharger stations.

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  • dunning15dunning15 Member Posts: 0
    I guess a pertinent question would be at any time did you see a car waiting for a spot? If you left and the three spots were still taken that means your spot was open for the next car.

    What day of the week was it and what time? I wouldn't think of heading up the 5 on a three day weekend and trying to Supercharge. Same with my ICE, however. You couldn't pay me to head from SoCal to NorCal on Memorial Day weekend.

    I agree that with more Teslas this will bring more headaches but stories of actually waiting for a charger to open aren't that prominent at the moment.
  • nicadnicad Member Posts: 3
    Thanksgiving weekend will be interesting. I predict the Rich will have some poor folks holding place in line for them…maybe a Leaf driver.
  • goaterguygoaterguy Member Posts: 64
    Maybe the station can automatically text the owner when the battery is fully charged (or at 97%) and start charging a dollar a minute after 5-10 minutes of waiting. Obviously only if the station senses other cars waiting for a charge.
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    "You couldn't pay me to head from SoCal to NorCal on Memorial Day weekend." So you'd take a commercial flight (the Greyhound bus with wings) instead, because hey - THAT won't be crowded! With an ICE, you at least have your choice of routes to take, depending upon traffic reports. With the Tesla, you're stuck taking the road that has superchargers. That is just a great photo, though - you pay $10k for the latest Paris original, then you show up at the cotillion and half the women there are wearing the same fashion accessory. And none of you can leave...grrrr.
  • dunning15dunning15 Member Posts: 0
    Cotillion, Paris, fashion accessories, commercial flights? What the heck are you talking about Fordson? Who would IMAGINE that there would be other Teslas just like yours at the Tesla SuperCharger? Inconceivable! Just like you head over to the Ferrari show and what do you see? A bunch of expensive Ferraris JUST LIKE YOURS!!!

    I've said it before and I'll say it again - I'm not much of a road trip guy. I love my P85+ because it goes from zero to sixty fast. Very fast. And I don't have to give up seating for an additional three people to get it like I would in a 911. The fact that it uses electricity is a bonus to me. The fact that it has tons of storage space is a bonus to me. The fact that it is "green" is a bonus to me.

    No I'm not hopping on a plane to head to Northern California on Labor Day weekend either. You also won't find me at Disneyland on any Saturday during Christmas break or during Spring break. It's just the way I am, old Fordster.

    If you don't want to be "stuck" taking the road that has SuperChargers then by all means drive your ICE vehicle. Then instead of taking the shortest possible path between Northern and Southern California - the 5 freeway, you can take the beautiul scenic drive along the 101 in your ICE. Oh wait, they have SuperChargers there as well!

    Ok, you can head up the 5 to the 99, then maybe off to the scenic towns of Buttonwillow or Pixlie or some other beautiful desert town in your Ford F350.

    And I hate cotillion. I never know what fork to use if there is more than one available.
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    I would not only predict that there would be a lot of other Teslas just like yours at the Supercharger, I would predict that that would become a problem eventually. And I did. And it is. Finding that you unexpectedly have to allot an extra hour for refueling, over and above the hour you already allotted, is more than a pain.
  • gslippygslippy Member Posts: 514
    That photo contains as many Model Ss as I've seen - ever. The California market is a lot different from the rest of the world.
  • dunning15dunning15 Member Posts: 0
    I haven't waited yet. Of course I haven't SuperCharged yet either.
  • quadricyclequadricycle Member Posts: 827
    @dunning15: I can't tell if you are actually being serious or not, have you really not used a Supercharger yet? This is like the time you said the longest trip you had taken in your Model S was 90 miles each way. That completely took me off guard since I
  • fordson1fordson1 Unconfirmed Posts: 1,512
    quadricycle, he seems serious and he loves his car, so it works for him. $100k for a car that accelerates 0-60 fast but never goes more than 90 miles in any one direction sounds like a damned expensive one-trick pony to me, but it takes all kinds to make a world, thankfully. EV subcompacts like a Leaf make sense to me, because they don't do long trips well, but frankly neither do ICE subcompacts, so it's not that bad a hit. The Tesla competes with ICE lux-performance sedans that EXCEL at long trips, so that seems like a problem to me.
  • karlhungus1karlhungus1 Member Posts: 3
    Nothing wrong with being a fan of Tesla Motors, but refusing to acknowledge drawbacks makes them seem like irrational cult members.
  • gslippygslippy Member Posts: 514
    I like goaterguy's idea to start accruing charges to the customer after so much waiting. This is a behavior problem, worsened by the long charge times - people don't typically camp out at gas stations - and there should be some motivation to get people to move on. The original idea of people enjoying dinner while their car charges may not be compatible with quick 30-minute (or less) charging times.
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