If you ever thought of going electric and took into consideration buying a car from Tesla, here is what you need to know before becoming a Tesla motorist.
Your garage must have a NEMA 14-50 outlet installed before your car gets delivered. The wall charger that comes with the car is sufficient; you do not need a high-speed charger.
If you think charging is an inconvenience, you might find out that you’re wrong. It will take you a number of days to get used to it, but it will be the same as it is when you want to take the car for a ride and wonder if you have enough gas. Only that when you own a Tesla, you’ll take into account if the car is charged or not.
Supercharging routing when it comes to long distance trips might confuse you. If the map is telling to return to a destination even if you’re fully charged, don’t turn back, but reduce the speed you’re driving with. Our tip: stop at most chargers you encounter on your way, even if it’s for ten minutes to grab a bite or go to the bathroom.
You need to learn how to read the power estimate graphs because if you drive with 80 mph, the car will use a lot of energy. On longer stretches between superchargers, cruise control is the one you can turn to at least at the beginning of your trip. Once you reach half the distance, you’ll notice that you can push the car a bit more and still have comfortable range.
Always remember that the charge indicator on a Tesla is more accurate than a fuel gauge. Also keep in mind that the battery should stay between 20% and 80% charge. For daily driving, charge your Tesla to 80% and reach a 100% charge only once in a while.