FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

  • How far does it go? 260 miles approximately, depending how you drive, conservative or assertive, just like a gas-powered car.
  • Is it all electric or do you have a gas backup? It is all electric.
  • How long does it take to charge? It depends on the charger: Overnight in my garage, with a 220 plug, it takes six hours, if empty. But if you’re traveling, the “Tesla Superchargers” are strategically located all over America and you can charge in under an hour. There are 15 in Florida and plans for 15 more.
  • Don’t you have range anxiety? Not anymore, before the Supercharger system was complete, we planned all our trips carefully. It was fun and many times drove into the driveway on “sparks”! 
  • Is it fast? Is 0 to 60 in four seconds fast enough? It’s equivalent to over 600hp. I have great respect for the power and only use it to get out of a jam. 
  • Does it drive itself?  Yes, if I allow it to, but I enjoy driving it more. It’s not completely autonomous, but a free software update in the future will allow it. 
  • Where are the batteries? Under the floor of the car. The car weighs 5,000 pounds.
  • How much does it cost to charge? Our electric bill essentially stayed the same. Maybe $20 a month. 
  • Is it safe? Yes, it’s one of the safest cars on the road. If there is an accident, Tesla can look up what was happening at the time, like a black box on a plane, and determine what occurred. 
  • I’ve heard environmentally, it’s a wash, but any time we can get away from using fossil fuels and the by-products, the more ecofriendly we become. Even though most of our electricity comes from fossil fuels in Florida, the overall efficiency of an electric car is still better than an ICE vehicle. 

— Bev Goethe, Tesla owner

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