In this series of short blogs, I’m going to talk of our experiences living with a Tesla Model S P85D for the past 15 months and 40,000km. I’m not going to wrap this in cotton wool. I’ll be honest about the pluses and minuses of being an early adopter.
So let’s deal with the first thing everyone asks – how long does it take to charge? That’s not really the right question so let’s change it ever so slightly… How long do I spend charging the car? For comparison, let’s start with…
How long do you spend filling your fossil-fuelled car?
You see, as a driver of an ICE* one cares about how long it takes to refuel the car. Of course one does, because you have to detour to a service station (which in my experience very few still offer a service) and then you literally stand there with your hand on it, ahem, the pump, for several minutes whilst you refuel it. In that time one gets to enjoy all manner of delights from burning your hands on the pump from the heat, to freezing your hands because it’s so cold, to getting soaking wet, all the while you’re breathing carcinogenic fumes. You can’t wait for it to end. And finally when one hears that glorious click of the pump turning off, you get to trudge inside and join a queue of unhappy people waiting to pay for the privilege. [EDIT: I am just taking the mickey here!]
Finally, once all done you get to go back on the road, and re-join the route you were travelling. You’ve probably wasted ten to fifteen minutes of your life that you will never get back again. And because the experience is such a bad one, you will do everything possible to delay going back to the servo for as long as possible. But a few days or a week later one must repeat the process.
And you just have to accept this, you have no real alternative.
So how long do I spend charging my car?
About 20 seconds is the honest answer.
I get home. I grab the charger and plug-in the car. I go inside and see my gorgeous wife. In the morning I go out to the car, unplug it and I’m on my way.
It’s a great user experience – don’t you wish you could drink wine in front of an open fire with your significant other whilst you refueled your car (WARNING – Please do not light a fire at the servo – it won’t end well)!
Oh, before you ask, I don’t have any special fast-charging equipment installed – I’m just using a standard power-point which charging when home for the night is enough to cover all my daily driving needs and then some (I drive around 80km/day).
Another way to think about it is that it’s just the same as your mobile phone. You plug it in when you go to bed and in the morning it’s charged and you unplug it. Ready for another day.
You can’t let it go can you?
Okay, you haven’t shifted your paradigm yet and still want to know how long it takes – even though it mostly doesn’t matter.
Only when you’re on a road trip and travelling more than 500 or so kilometres in a day do you need to know, and how long it takes to charge varies greatly depending on how you’re charging; from, Superchargers to destination chargers, to public chargers, to fast home chargers, to an everyday power point.
Today’s blog is about daily driving. I’ll soon post about road tripping, autopilot, Insane mode and more.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Or if you’ve got specific questions I can answer them in a future blog.
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*ICE (Internal Combustion Engine), an uncomplimentary term for fossil fuel powered vehicles