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8:28 PM Sat, Nov. 17th

Letter: Charging ahead


The lack of electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout the Prescott area is not a problem going forward. The Volt you wrote about has been on sale for more than seven years and represents very old technology at this point.

Modern EVs, such as the Chevy Bolt and Tesla Model 3, have more than 200 miles of range, with the Tesla Model S exceeding 300. With this range, you don’t need the equivalent of the corner gas station; your “gas station” is at home. (If you rent and can’t put in a charging station, Tesla is addressing this, as well, with urban charging stations.)

My wife and I both drive electric cars, and the vast majority of the time we just plug in when we get home. Charging away from home does become important on road trips. That’s why Tesla has Supercharger stations located along freeways and other major routes, which deliver an 80 percent charge in about 40 minutes.

You often need less than that to make the “hop” to the next Supercharger. For instance, when we drive to San Jose, we only have to stop to charge three or four times along the way – just about when you’d be stopping for a break, anyway. When you start driving an EV, gasoline-powered cars suddenly seem loud, slow and antiquated. I doubt we will ever purchase another one.

Rob Redford

Prescott (Williamson Valley)