My pleasure! It makes sense when you hear his explanation. I think he has a problem shared by a lot of very smart people in that he responds in a way which has an obvious explanation to him, but others may not get where he's coming from. With the company under the full onslaught of both hordes of short sellers and an auto industry that is collectively, um, soiling itself over what Tesla is bringing to market (both in terms of product and business model), that communication gap is being actively exploited as often as possible by people who want to cast anything Tesla in a poor light.
Full disclosure: I own some TSLA but it's less than one percent of my portfolio. My plan is to sell in 2028 or later.
We haven't done any road tripping yet but when we do, I think my first choice would be to use the supercharger network. That said, your idea of using the NEMA outlets at RV parks is quite intriguing, especially if/when the Model 3 software is updated to include camper mode. The rear seats in the 3 fold flat and it would be easy to roll out a pad and a sleeping bag and enjoy a night in climate-controlled comfort!FoolStreet wrote: ↑Fri May 04, 2018 1:30 pmI had a question about roadtrips.... I am enthusiastic about going on roadtrips and have 2 questions:
1. Have you used plugshare to route. It seems like there are a ton of plugs all over the place. Lots of NEMA 14-50s at RV spots, for example. Do you know how fast they charge and/or do you have any real world examples? In a previous post, I expressed concern about roadtripping to Glacier National Park, but looking on plugshare, there are a ton right along the route. Nice place to stop for dinner while charging. And I have to believe there will be an explosion of new chargers (Tesla branded vs just regular old plugs) all over the place in the next 6-18mo.
2. My hypothesis is that having EAP would give me a 2nd set of eyes while on long road trips where there is just a lot of long monotonous highway miles. Real world experience? I am hearing it gets better every few months, so I'm hoping it will be really useful by the end of the year.
Re: question two, I've been using the adaptive cruise control more than autopilot, just because I'm trying to become accustomed to the new tech gradually. The cruise control is great in traffic — your job is to steer and it handles acceleration and braking, all the way down to a complete stop. That said, I did a 40-minute freeway drive yesterday and used autopilot a lot, and it definitely made it easier. We drive from the Bay Area to LA at least once a year and I'm really looking forward to using it then, because that I-5 drive and traffic patterns are perfectly suited to it. So, I think your hypothesis is solid.