TIMELINE Aug 2020: We went from two cars to one because it felt like we always had at least one car in the garage Dec 2021: We went from an ICE SUV to an electric SUV 2023: So far, so good :)
CHARGING @Home & Traveling
COSTS - Gas vs. Electricity
ROAD TRIP Experiences
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kind of car do you have? A: A Tesla Model Y (SUV). It's fully electric (i.e. not a hybrid).
Q: How far can you drive on a single charge? A: The quoted range is 330 miles, but the furthest we've traveled on the highway on a single charge is 261 miles (which took the battery from 98% to 6%.) Range isn't important at home because we charge from home most days/nights and have generally stopped thinking about the need to power our car.
This video explains some charging fundamentals in easy to understand language.
Q: How long does it take to charge the car? A: It depends :)
We mostly charge from home during the day, as needed, with excess electricity generated by our solar panels. Occasionally, we charge at night. Read More about charging from home. When we travel, we usually use Tesla Superchargers. We've taken a number of long road trips and documented our charging experiences.
Q: How big is the car? A: Our car seats 5. (The Model Y is also available in a 7-seat configuration.)
It has 76 cu ft of cargo space (13 cu ft more than our previous car, a GMC Terrain).
It is about 1-inch longer than the 2018 GMC Terrain it replaced.
Q: Is it true that EVs are more expensive that ICE cars, it takes longer to charge an EV than fill up a tank of gas, EVs are actually worse for the environment than ICE cars, and EV owners are totally hosed if the electricity goes out? A: See the info below for answers ...