I'm not ready to post this on the main forum. I found the NY Times article annoying. I couldn't figure out how the guy ran out of charge so easily. Maybe he had bad info. Maybe running out of charge would make a better story. Then comes Elon's response which seems not too well thought out. Sometimes a rash twitter response doesn't help. As I sit here waiting for my car to arrive (in about a month), some thoughts on range anxiety. The Tesla comes with a fixed energy source just like my ICE car. The 85kw (or 60 or 40) battery is very similar to a gas tank with a few important trade-offs. In comparison, one could say that it takes a long time to fill and is somewhat smaller. On the other hand, I will soon have a private super cheap gas station in my garage that always gives me a full tank in the morning. Unlike gas, most of the energy in the battery goes to towards pushing the car forward. There is very little waste so things like energy to heat the cabin and heat the battery have to come from somewhere. This and other factors like driving style, elevation change will affect the range. It's not a stretch to expect an owner to understand this. There is no voodoo here. The Model S makes the most out of the inherent advantages of an electric care while doing the most to mitigate the disadvantages. As of 2013, no one has done a better job. Most people get to know their ICE cars very well. They can tell from the way it hums if there is a problem with the engine. It doesn't take long until you know what a gas gauge on empty really means and how long you can delay going to the gas station. It seems that Tesla owners get to know their cars just as well. For the trips that are likely to come close to the range of a full charge, some planning must be done. If that is too much to ask, then an EV is not for you. This doesn't seem that complicated. If I run out of gas in my ICE, I'm an idiot. If I run out of charge with a Model S, I'm still an idiot. I've been reading about clean energy, batteries and electric cars for years. I need to be able to easily do a solid 150km 3 times per week in the summer (to satisfy an irrational hobby). The Volt would spend too much time using gas, the Leaf can't handle the distance. So I didn't buy these cars. Then the Model S comes along and I'm sold. It is exactly suited to my needs including my desire to stop using gas. End of story. If I needed to commute from Toronto to Montreal every day, I'd would stick with my Prius (or, bet yet, take the train). For the majority of the driving population, the limiting factor is not range but price, which is a much tougher problem to solve. However, if Tesla is a success this year, then the future of EV's for everyone looks a bit brighter.