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1050mi road trip for $25

Discussion in 'Model 3: Battery & Charging' started by suwaneedad, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. suwaneedad

    suwaneedad Member

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    Just got back from an ATL-Orlando-JAX-ATL trip.
    Home charging, plus supercharging, added up to $25 of cost.
    Used destination charging (no cost) in JAX.
    Cruising around the Southeast for 2.5 cents/mi is just a crazy good thing.
    In my former ICE vehicle, this trip would have cost $110 in gasoline (at 25mpg).
    Initially I thought it'd take 500,000mi for my Model 3 to be paid off via fuel net savings.
    It's going to be closer-in, because I didn't take free destination charging into account, nor the fact that gasoline prices are rising much faster than electricity prices.
     
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  2. timk225

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    I did a 1500 mile road trip to Alabama and back for a total supercharging cost of $47.
     
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  3. jamnmon66

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    Not on road trips but I did the math... if I charge at home, I'll pay 1.5-2 cents per mile to charge (6 cents/KWH off peak) . Assuming a set of tires is ~$1,000 and they'll last ~40k miles, then that costs 2.5 cents per mile. So, charging costs less than tires per mile.

    There's some assumptions about the tires but it's probably not too far off.
     
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  4. RedMS

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    Did 2400 miles for $0 in my Model S. Oh wait wrong forum....
     
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  5. TaoJones

    TaoJones Beyond Driven

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    I just added 69kWh for what would have cost $18 for a total distance traveled of 93.1 miles. Gotta love those short urban trips and ventilated seats.

    Don’t think I’ll be getting a Model 3 or an S without included supercharging anytime soon.
     
  6. suwaneedad

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    The lack of these is one of the very few things that I dislike about my 3. It was a downgrade from our Lexus, that I only accepted because I was insistent that we stop being a household that burns gasoline. I hope Tesla brings ventilated seats to Model 3 soon (and I'm able to upgrade to them).
     
  7. TaoJones

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    I agree that they are a nice feature. However, when they are offered and if you do get them, just know that a) there is a noted impact upon range, and b) they aren't completely silent. Having said that, would I get them again? Absolutely. I rarely need the heated seat option past 1 (of 3), and the cooling at 3 (of 3) is completely sufficient.

    I would also pay for massaging seats - especially if they were actually decent in that regard, offering 3 zones (low, mid, upper) and different modes. Hey, a guy can dream. Until then, it's tempting for multi-day and -week trips to toss in one of those Costco Homedics see-em-only-around-the-holidaze powered seat insert massagers that aren't terrible.
     
  8. theslimshadyist

    theslimshadyist NashVegas!

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    I LITERALLY lol'd when I read this! ;)
     
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  9. mspohr

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    I did 3000+ miles (N. California to Seattle, across Trans Canada Highway to Banff then down to Glacier, Yellowstone, Tetons, Salt Lake City then back to Lake Tahoe) for $5.00
    (Model S)
     
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    Not bad
     
  11. SSedan

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    If we are honest destination chargers tempt us to stay places we might not have otherwise, and my bet is we spend more more often than less.

    I know on my last trip I spent more on lodging because Tesla chargers were offered.
     
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  12. mspohr

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    Don't forget SuperChargers. They are conveniently located near shopping. I (and my spouse) have bought more stuff while charging than I can count. Supercharging does have a cost.
     
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  13. suwaneedad

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    Yeah, that's just fine. We are used to the noise level at least from the Lexus version; I assume Tesla's are louder because the vertical seat motor in my 3 is LOUDER than any respectable seat motor I've had in other vehicles. ;-) Range hit? No problem...easy enough to avoid it by simply not using them when range is a factor.
     
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    I can see that happening, although thus far for me it has not. We had already booked our Hilton Head vacation condo in May before I found a nearby destination charger (restaurant), and same for our recent trip to Jacksonville where I stumbled upon a destination charger in the parking lot of our hotel only when arriving. Jackpot! That said, I will surely get in the habit of patronizing destination charger providers...lest the destination chargers appropriately go up in smoke!
     
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    ~$20,005 if we're going to be apples/apples though, right? ;-)
     
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  16. SSedan

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    Definitely I even hooked up to a really crappy slow low voltage ChargPoint at a grocery store near home but out of the way just to make it used more often.
    Local nature center has destination chargers and a BIG solar array, have plugged in there a couple times and am generous to the trail use donation box.

    I think we need to organize and get hotels in out of the way places to add some chargers. Houghton MI comes to mind, I don't need a hotel when I go up there but I would spend a night at one in order to charge the car.
     
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    What would use $20,000 in fuel?
     
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    SpaceX rocket? At least for the first few seconds
     
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    I have ventilated seats and they are a disappointment so you aren't missing anything. My wife's 2018 Equinox has them as well and the output/effectiveness is far greater than the seats in my car. In fact, I rarely turn them on anymore and when I do, the interior cabin sounds like I'm in aircraft because they are loud as hell.
     
  20. suwaneedad

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    DAMN, the concept that Tesla ventilated seats would suck never crossed my mind. Thank you, that makes me 'feel better' although I'm sorry to learn that those in Model S are terrible. Sometimes the fact that the car was designed by a bunch of people in moderate-weather coastal CA shows through, with unacceptable ventilated seats being a great example.
     

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