Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Frederick writes: Recent visit to wife’s braggy bro-in law in Phoenix. He showed me his two new 2 motor Teslas. Cost $180,000 they did. Took ride.”Faster than a Dodge Hellcat,” he bragged, as he hit the gas . . .er electric pedal. I think: Where is the heart-pounding V8 roar? It sounds like a Singer. I ask: How long between charges and he says 175 miles. I ask who pays for electricity. He says Tesla I guess. I point out that – no – I help pay for it. I ask: You wanna race from Phoenix to Nashville – your Tesla vs my 2014 Hyundai Accent? He says ok. I say at speed limit; he says ok.
We take off; he gets to 70 in 4 seconds. I take 12 seconds; he’s ahead by about 750 ft. We’re both going 70 on the highway. At about 170 miles, he begins to sweat; looks for a charging station and just pulls in at 175 miles. Hooks up and charges for 30-40 minutes. My Hyundai flies by at 70 mph still has half a tank of gas. By the time he charged to 75 percent I am 30 miles ahead still going 70. Another 175 miles he needed charge number two – another 30 minutes. I get 10 gallons gas in 5 minutes and head out again. He sits there 25 more minutes while I get 30 more miles ahead. Repeat till Nashville. I bust him and think I keep Hyundai. True story!
My reply: Indeed. And if you’d been running 80 – routine on the highway today – the gap would have been even wider because the Tesla would have had to stop sooner and probably needed to charge at least one more time to complete the trip. Either that or slow down.
Either way, you get there sooner.
EVs waste time, in addition to money.
And – yeah – the Tesla S is extremely quick. But – as you say – it is an almost boring kind of quickness because there’s nothing much to do and little to hear. The elevators that take you up to the 100th floor are also quick.
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