THE TESLA-3

Nice car. Superlatives for the looks and the drive. But the only way to get more than 220 miles per charge (330 miles) is to get the upgrade model ($60,000).  And now not even that is possible.  Mush is only building the fully equipped Model 3 that sells for $86,000.  If you want the base model  for $36,000 I would put that somewhere between wishful thinking and forever.

The charging time is so long (16 hours) that they conveniently forgot to mention that.  If electricity costs $0.11 per kilowatt-hour, charging an all-electric vehicle with a 70-mile range (assuming a fully depleted 24 kWh battery) will cost about $2.64 to reach a full charge. This cost is about the same as operating an average central air conditioner for about 6 hours.

The more powerful a charging station is, the quicker you can recover range. The Level 1 charging station can recover 4 to 5 miles of range per hour. For a longer-range, all-electric vehicle, Level 1 charge can be impractical. A Nissan Leaf, for example, would need to be charged for 16 hours before you recovered the car’s full range.

Level 2 chargers, on the other hand, recover 25 to 30 miles of range per hour.  That allows you to fully charge most electric vehicles in four hours.

The cost of installation is incredibly variable.  The age of your home, your electrical panel capacity, the type of installation, and where your electrical panel is located will all affect the final cost of putting an electric vehicle charger in your home.

For a Level 1 charger, the cost of the station will be $300 to $600, with parts and labor costing $1,000 to $1,700,.  A Level 2 charger will cost a bit more: The station will cost roughly $500 to $700, and the parts and labor will likely cost $1,200 to $2,000. The installation process could cost more if your main point of charging will require major electrical upgrades.

Another cost to consider is permitting: Certain states require homeowners to get a permit when installing charging stations. In some places, you can get a $50 over-the-counter permit, while others will require as much as $200 and plans drawn by an engineer. Investigate the local rules on installing a charging station and permitting before you sign on the dotted line at the dealership.

Level 2 chargers come in strengths from 16 to 80 amps.  With a high-end Level 2 charger costing in excess of $10,000.

“The more power you have, the faster your vehicle will charge.  However, that speed is limited by your vehicle’s charging capacity, or how quickly your car can absorb the charge.  Every electric car has a maximum charging capacity, usually between 3.3 and 10 kilowatt-hour, or approximately 11 to 30 recovered miles per hour.

No garage? Some chargers are made for indoor-outdoor use, so there are options that can exist in a driveway as well. Just be aware that running the power to an outdoor outlet will be more costly.

And I’d hate to be the guy who has to pay for new batteries ($9,000). I’m sure it’s great as a second car for some people but I would never even think of taking it on a long trip.  There​ are few Tesla dealerships, no parts anywhere but the factory and zero independent mechanics trained to work on those cars.

When the first black out hits America by an EMP (An electromagnetic pulse ) set off by terrorists.  Even a suitcase size EMP could disrupt an inner city.  An EMP can also be caused by a sunspot, or sun flare, or a disruption in the Earth’s magnetic field.

EMP interference can disrupt or cripple electronic equipment.

An EMP or a cyber attack, is only a question of when not if.  I would hate to have to depend on ANY electric car.

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