How is sitting at a Tesla charging station for 75 minutes to fully charge the electric car better than filling up a gas car in 5 minutes?
Hi, happy Model 3 owner here, AWD, with he big battery, I think around 75kWH.Anyways, I am unsure where you got your information, but I am unaware of any Tesla owner (of any model) who needs to sit in their car for 75 minutes to fully charge —where exactly did you get that info from?Just this afternoon I needed to to stop at Target, on Coleman (San Jose, CA), and my battery was a bit less than 50%, so I also decided to Supercharge. I plugged in and walked in the direction of Target, but also decided I wanted to see if the Pet Smart had any birds…. After which I went to Target, grabbed what I needed and headed back to my car: By that time (about 20 minutes) my state of charge was around 220 miles of range, in a little more than 20 minutes. Not 100% “topped off” but then again, you’re not really supposed to “top off” your EV unless you’re actually doing a road trip, for battery longevity.Key points:Charging technology has advanced leaps and bounds over the past 5 years, especially with the most recent update to Tesla Super charging with version 3. Plus existing SC stations have are also receiving updates which will increase power output that will cut charge times by up to 50%.Charging times are *not* 75 minutes at SC stations, your info is flat wrong, back in January while running errands on a Sunday, we ran down our battery to about 70 miles range which made my wife uncomfortable (“range anxiety”) so we decided to try out SC for the first time: We plugged in and then went to Panera for soup and a sandwich. We finished our food in about 30 minutes walked out to the car and it was nearly fully charged. At peak charging rate (back then), the SC was “filling” my Model 3’s battery at a rate of 481miles/hr, or 118 Kw. (I have a screenshot from the Tesla app to prove this, but unfortutely Quora won’t let me upload it).Unlike cas cars ( ICE, aka internal combustion engine cars), EV’s generally don’t top off, unless you’re doing a road trip, again for battery longevity.Did I mention that super charging is free? How many car manufacturers give their customers 6 months of free “all you can eat” gasoline? Many early Tesla owners have free lifetime “gas.”Supercharging doesn’t make my hands stink: After having driven an EV for more than 5 years (my first EV was a Volt) you notice how much ICE cars simple stink. And they’re noisy too.Did I mention supercharging is free? My Model 3 has free “fuel” until mid September (should have only been 6 months from December ‘18) but I ain’t complaining. After than, “filling up” from nearly zero will cost less than $10 for 320 miles of range. How much does it cost to fill up your tank?Do you wake up every morning with your ICE car “gassed up” ready to go? I do: We have an EVSE at home, I plug in my Model 3 nightly, or every other night, and I wake up with my car ready to go (270 miles “in the tank”).Technology has advanced to the point that the only real advantage ICE vehicles could claim is now irrelevant. Yes, you literally can gas up in 5 minutes, but how many of you have a “gas station” in your own house? I do. :-)And yet, most people overlook the many advantages electric motos have over dirty, inneficient ICE motors:Less required regular maintenanceComparatively quiet operationCompact size to power outputSafer to operate: Did you know that 1 Ice car catches fire every 3 minutes in the USA? More than 174,000 ICE cars caught fire in 2015.How often do you actually use all the fuel in your ICE car in one day? Not often, I’m sure. But when you and I do, you gas up in five minutes and leave, stinking like gasoline. Me, I leave my car at the SC, grab a latte, maybe read some news, and in about 20 minutes I have enough range to finish up my day. On a “road trip” I’ll actually enjoy stretching my legs for the 30 minutes it will take to “top off.”Think of this post the next time you’re at the gas station paying $$30, $40 or more to gas up —and then smell your hands when you’re done.Cheers.