The first long range test of the Tesla is complete and a success. Rolled in with 3 miles of charge left...
Portland is doable from Seattle (techniCally WoodInvIlle). lWhich means so is Vancouver, Leavenworth, the Gorge, and more. But you have to go point to point without distraction. That's without paying attention to speed, climate control, use of accessories, etc.
The car is really comfortable for long range drives.
The cruise control is really impressive.
The performance tires do extremely well in sloppy wet conditions. Unexpectedly so.
The projected range is pretty accurate on long, flat stretches, but has trouble with predicting in hilly terrain.
Charging stations are often primo parking spots.
Total cost for Portland and back with a few side trips: $40.50 (our Odyssey would have been $90-100). Half price travel: not bad!
Blink Network charging $1.50/hour at most sites. Cheap. Chargepoint stations are generally more--so far Blink is the dominant network where we've been (Bell Square is Chargepoint).
Love the HD camera--great for blind spots!
Really love the auto-dimming side and rear view mirrors: so cool!
Tons of storage space for luggage, gifts, trips to Ikea, etc.
Interior lighting (reading lights) not annoying to the driver.
Salem (where my famIle lives) is not reachable with a loaded car at typical freeway speeds without a stop to recharge even with a max range charge. Salem is 220 miles from Seattle, 240 from our house. Might be doable with a single person, no luggage, driving slow. It's the hills--it's not a flat drive. Lots of energy consumption.
There are lots of places to charge, but not always right where you are going.
You have to plan extra time. Sometimes lots of extra time: flexible travel plans are best.
We don't have the right connector to use the rapid charger at Burgerville in Chehalis.
The navigation software first estimates as the crow flies--you have to activate the navigation to see how far it really is...annoying if you need every mile.
All in all: way more positives than negatives.
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