15 Things You Should Know Before You Buy A Tesla

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What are some issues that you should know about owning a Tesla before buying one? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.

Answer by George Everitt, founder of AnActionPlan.com, on Quora:

  1. You should have a qualified electrician install a NEMA 14-50 outlet in your garage before the car arrives. Charging at 110v is maddeningly slow. Very few people need the high-speed wall charger. The one that comes with the car is just fine.

2. Charging is more convenient than you think it is. It’s like switching from Windows to a Mac; there are some things that take a few days to get used to. My wife still asks me when we start driving somewhere, “Do we have enough gas?” As if we don’t wake up every morning with a full “tank.”

3. The algorithms for supercharger routing on long distance trips are too conservative, so it takes a while to figure out what it’s doing. For example, even with a full-range charge going from Kansas City to St. Louis, the map kept telling me to return to KC. You should take that as a warning to slow down to the speed limit or slightly above. You will make it just fine. Also, the optimum supercharger route may have you skip chargers, but I prefer to stop at most chargers anyway, even if it’s just 10 minutes to pee and grab a drink. Those algorithms could use some refinements, but they are still pretty sophisticated.

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