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BenSolar,

With good trip planning recharging in Vegas is no problem, I think. This article describes free charge stations at two casinos, and I'm sure those two aren't the only options.

It'd still take almost 5 hours to charge up 150 miles of range (the shortest route back to Barstow) at those high-power Tesla charging stations, and even longer using the standard J1772 stations (less time with the Supercharger, if they ever put any in, of course).

I can picture myself jumping in my gas-powered car for a spontaneous drive from LA to Vegas and back... even though my car's tank is probably pretty empty right at this moment. I can't picture hopping into a Tesla-S on the hopes that one of the four spots in Barstow will be available (even waiting for one car could take a good portion of an hour — or longer if the drivers are slow eaters — before my 1/2 charging begins), and also having to hope that one of the, say, three charging spots at the Venetian will be available for 5 hours before I want to come back. And if the Tesla-S isn't fully charged right at the moment, I wouldn't necessarily be able to make to Vegas even with a 1/2-hour charge at a Supercharger in Barstow (some routes from Barstow to Vegas are longer than the 150-mile boost).

It makes a cross-country trip realistic for Model S owners, possibly at zero fuel cost depending on trip planning. Quite a perk.

Unless there's a, say, 80%+ chance of an already-open spot at each Supercharger along the way, I'd say it makes a cross-country trip "possible". Not "realistic".

Will they have a valet to manage the queue, or will you have to wait with your car in line. A valet is called for, I think, so that you could drop your car off in the queue and not worry about it, come back at your leisure.

Clearly a valet would be a huge improvement, because otherwise a car whose driver is taking an hour dinner is going to tie up a charging spot for an hour (or longer) rather than 1/2 hour with the valet moving it at that time if the next car needs in. I think it's pretty much impossible for Tesla to provide valets at a free service though.

Phil
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