Originally Posted by overlanding
And how often would your realistically be able to stop and use a supercharger? Didn't Tesla send out letters to their owners about not using the public charge stations as often?.. There's another issue I have... Although I know in my area, there's never anyone using the charge station. It's Farmington, New Mexico. Lol nobody here has a tesla
Right now this is the biggest issue electric car manufacturers have to overcome, if they intend to successfully compete with the gasoline car market. Until these things have batteries that can recharge very rapidly, and offer 300 miles per charge, they will continue to be nothing more than expensive novelties.
Who in their right mind is going to spend well into 6 digits for a car they can't even take on a cross country trip? Unless they budget themselves to 250 miles a day. It's just not practical. And with most all rechargeable batteries, be they Ni-Cad, lead acid, or Lithium, rapid charging equates to much shorter battery life. Slow charges are always better. And at present that takes too much time away from driving.
Technology will eventually overcome this. How long it will take is anyone's guess. Then there is the cost. They have to be priced competitively. Right now they're far from it. The high performance, really cool one's from Tesla are not much more than very expensive, high performance, Jay Leno toys. At least at the moment. Down the road, perhaps a lot more as the technology better develops, and becomes more affordable.