JC: What is the EV charging experience like?
MA: We have a public charging station at our office, but I’ve never had to use it. I charge my car at home every night using a 240-volt outlet that I had installed by an electrician. If I ever need them, public charging facilities are easy to find and even appear on my navigation in the car if I do a specific search, or if there are no dedicated Tesla chargers within range. I carry an adapter so I can plug in anytime I need to. Once you have an EV, you suddenly start noticing charging stations everywhere!
JC: Is there anything you miss about driving an ICE vehicle?
MA: You know, I thought I would miss the sound of the engine, because the Tesla and other EVs are completely silent. I thought it would feel like the car had no soul. But I don’t miss it at all. There are some instances where it’s not the ideal car. If you want to travel long distances you do have to stop to charge, and on a longer trip it can add as much as two hours to the journey. Once EV batteries reach a 500-mile range capacity though, it’s game over for ICE vehicles.
JC: Have you experienced range anxiety?
MA: I have! But only once or twice. I charge my car to full charge every night as a force of habit, but if you leave your heater on, or a car door open, or do anything that is causing the battery to drain, the car is smart enough that it will alert you through the app on your phone so you can correct it quickly. I did get stuck once without enough range to make it home, but as soon as I entered my destination into the navigation, the car showed me a supercharger about 10 minutes from where I was, so I was able to charge the car and be safely on my way.
JC: Have you had any issues with the car?
MA: In six months I haven’t needed a thing fixed, which has surprised me. I had read a lot of complaints on the forums online, but I have not had one issue. I’ve cut my costs on standard maintenance because there are no oil changes or checks, and I’ve barely noticed an increase in our electricity bill from charging the car every night.
JC: Do you have any final words of wisdom for those considering making the switch to an EV?
MA: I think it’s the future. It’s a phenomenal experience. It’s a lifestyle. Once you start driving a Tesla, or any other EV, it’s very difficult to go back. I would recommend it to anyone and I would do it all over again.