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Range anxiety - worst case scenario?

Let's say despite all your planning you do run out of power, and you're not near an outlet. Admittedly it seems unlikely for anyone other than a NYTimes reporter, but hey, stuff happens. What happens then?

First, am I correct in assuming that there's no equivalent of a "spare tire," a portable battery source that would get you a few extra miles? I assume that it's either technically or economically infeasible.

Next, are there any options for getting a roadside recharge? (I'm in NY state, so that's in particular what I'd be concerned about.) I've seen something about a AAA pilot program in CA, but that's all I've seen so far.

Finally, am I correct in assuming that Tesla or its "service rangers" would not be the ones to call in such emergency roadside assistance situations?

Seems like any solution would have to give you enough power to get you to a nearby charging station, not simply an electrical outlet which could take days to charge you sufficiently to finish your trip. Maybe a tow is just easier at that point...?

Well, everyone can stand around and wonder how you managed to ignore your instrument cluster and warning lights long enough to run out of power.

AAA does have trucks with generators installed in the back, although that'll only get you ten miles or so.

That is what the 110V cord is for. Every house and business has 110V power somewhere. Far more plugs than gas stations. Get a cup of coffee and get your extra few miles.

One thing is for sure, that it will be a lesson to you and that it will not happen the next time to you again (I think).

Back in the old days, when people ran out of gas they used to push their car to the next gas station.

I would look for a 110V plug, like DHrivnak said.

If you travel away from civilization or are just paranoid, bring a solar panel so maybe you won't be stuck forever.

The Model S gives all the info needed so that a person will not get stranded. GPS gives the distance that trip takes. The display will give the theoretical miles and estimate based on recent history. It also gives a list of chargers in the area. Give yourself a 25-30% margin of safety. Worse come worst, take a long cable and cash. Motels, repair garages, welding shops, etc all have hi capacity 240V outlets.

I have been to remote parts of the world, where gasoline stations are far apart. Needed planning too. Got to make sure the gasoline station had fuel too, assuming the phones worked. Jerry can helped.

Could a Honda 3k generator be used as a last resort?

It would take one hour to give you approximately 10 miles of range.

@RanjiC so not too bad, maybe it is an option if one needs to take a long trip before the supercharger network is completed. would provide the driver some peace of mind. I think those generators will run for about 4 hours in one tank and that will provide 40 miles of "backup" miles.

The Honda 3k generator will run about 7 hours. However there are some people who simply must realize this car is not for them. those that drive more than 265 miles per day or more in areas where there are no super chargers should look for something else. if not they are going to have some miserable trips.

I forgot to add that I haven't driven that far in about 4 years and when I must I will simply take my other car (ice) or just rent a car. How many of us really need that kind of range on a regular basis. If I did I would be buying a Beechcraft Bonanza instead of a Tesla.

@frankben@msn.com yeah, you are right Honda 3k will run just over 7 hours at rated power. I also agree that if someone needs to drive more than 265 miles per day then this car is not for them. the Generator would be for the once a year long trip that some people may take. Last year I drove up to Montreal CA, if I had a tesla I would have no reservations in using it with the backup generator for the just incase possibility.

Given the weight of the thing, I wonder how much range you'd loose dragging it along.

For long range trips, there are a lot of campgrounds, etc. Even some MacDonalds have 240V chargers. Worse come worse, I can pull over a motel, etc. Hand over $50 to the Patel owner and they will let you connect during the night to their 240V dryer connection. Get a full load of 300 nominal mies. Got to take long cables. Always makes sense to carry cold cash and all kinds of problems get fixed.

A month after we got our Model S, we drove from Napa Valley to Canada. There were no supercharger stations. How in the world were we able to do that??!!

Come on, people. Overnight charging at a motel (arranged beforehand) with top offs at a midway RV park and a walk to the coffee shop for some pie was good exercise and made a great trip. Stopped at friends' and relatives' homes and plugged into welder plugs or added a temporary 220 volt 40 amp circuit breaker.

RV parks were checked out before hand as to whether they had 50 amp service, and whether they were favorable to letting me charge.

Now if you're talking about just taking off and driving because you can't plan that way, well, maybe you are just not ready for a computer on wheels.

Hmm I got petrol range anxiety when drove to James Bay (Northern Canada) and even while driving in West Texas along Interstate 10 in a ICE car...

A few years from now the range anxiety issue will be laughable in California and in 5 to 10 years from now will be laughable in most of the populated parts of North America and Europe... Except maybe for those that drive crappy BEVs like the Leaf...

A more serious anxiety will be the cost of petrol anxiety every time you visit the pump with your ICE car...


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