With an EV in your garage, your “tank” is always topped up every morning—certainly not the usual experience with gasoline-fueled cars. So with an EV, you will worry about a tank that is only quarter-full far less often.
A long-day’s road trip into unfamiliar territory, however, forces the driver to plan. It is not about finding a place to plug in, provided you carry along a 100-ft extension cord. Superchargers and Level Three public chargers excepted, the limiting factor is the considerable time that it takes to charge, and what you do during the wait. Essentially, one must look for hotels with nearby charging facilities (and perhaps phone ahead to reserve space). That means, at best, only 250 leisurely miles each day.
But overnight (ten hours) on 120 volts only gets you another 45 miles (a full charge takes 52 hours). With a 24 amp line at a Level Two public station, you get 190 miles overnight. With a 40 amp 220V circuit (the NEMA 14-50 connector), you get the full 300 miles. (These are Tesla Model S numbers.)
So there should be less range anxiety for ordinary around-town stuff where 50 miles a day is a lot--but there is less freedom of movement for last-minute get-away weekends where you haven’t planned ahead. Yet with what you are saving on fuel every month, you can afford to rent another car for such infrequent occasions.
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