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    Where I am - Northern VA - there are a ton of Teslas and a lot of charging opportunities. But there are not that many super charging stations that I have seen. I don't know how much faster super chargers are than regular chargers.
    I know I live in a townhouse without a garage so there is no tesla in my future as it would be a royal pain to try and charge a car overnight in the parking lot with about 400 kids parents and dogs walking by our house every morning and afternoon to the local school.

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    the tesla super charger is really fast, like <1hour to fully (90%) charge. the last ~10% of the charge is very slow and it is recommended that you don't typically 100% charge.

    the 220v charge is 5-7 hours. so that's what we do overnight. you can program the car to specify when the charge starts. i sync that up with when the electricity charge rate is lowest, which is midnight for here. you can also get the supercharger installed at your home. we don't have that but some of our neighbors do. i *think* you also need the supercharger to get the tesla power wall but i have not investigated that, yet.

    also, use of the tesla superchargers are free for the life of the car for the S & X models (at least they were when we bought the car).
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    Haven't seen a single Tesla around here in trump land, it's either huge pickup trucks or Hummers or decked out Gladiator Rubicons. As for us, we drive a lowly - and politically suspect - Subaru.
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    I think electric cars are wonderful, but am still uneasy about the whole charging aspect. I haven't done any research on them. Question -- is there something that makes a Tesla better than others? They are cool looking cars, but besides that -- what makes them stand out?

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    teslas have the biggest batteries around. some provide more than 300 miles on a single charge. so nearly double (or more) than any other car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    teslas have the biggest batteries around. some provide more than 300 miles on a single charge. so nearly double (or more) than any other car.
    I would love to buy a Tesla. Unfortunately, between my house and job (125 miles) there are 3 charging stations. The nearest to my home is 40 miles away. If our home electric wasn't so expensive I'd consider it.

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    that's too bad. do your electric rates change at different hours? i was able to zone our garage separately and the electric rates are super cheap after midnight.

    if you got the larger battery, you could definitely swing the commute. but personally i wouldn't go electric unless i could also charge at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czb View Post
    that's too bad. do your electric rates change at different hours? i was able to zone our garage separately and the electric rates are super cheap after midnight.

    if you got the larger battery, you could definitely swing the commute. but personally i wouldn't go electric unless i could also charge at home.
    Sadly, the rates stay the same 24/7. The fact that it would so expensive to charge at home is what kept me away from it. We're considering moving, and that area, has a TON of stations. Definitely something we'll revisit if/when we move.
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