On Saturday, my cousin and I took a roadtrip to Washington, DC, in my electric car that I bought on the internet. Thanks to Tesla’s free, high-speed superchargers, it takes about 4 hours and 45 minutes each way and costs me $0 for fuel, but the journey on Saturday took almost double the usual time due to a lack of discretion.
We left home with my battery pack charged to the max, which would usually take me to Maryland without a problem, but on Saturday I got a bit too eager. I drove at a prohibitively high speed (that will remain unmentioned), which drained the battery way faster than usual. After driving at this speed for an hour and 15 minutes, the cars various systems informed me that I should slow down to a more reasonable speed to ensure that I arrive at the first supercharging station, but I heeded to this advice a bit too late.
After taking a detour and attempting to charge my car at a Blink Network electric car charging station, their charger failed to work and left me stranded 10 miles away from the supercharging station with only 3 miles left on my battery. Bah humbug! So I went to a gas station and asked to borrow their power outlet to charge my car. The gas station owner said, “gas belong in car, not electric!” I said “this is a different kind of car.” He said “sure, use it” to prove to me that there was no way for a car to plug into the wall, but when he saw me unravel my extension cord, he quickly realized that electric does in fact “belong in car.” Unfortunately the tiny wall outlet charged my car at +4 miles per hour and it would have taken too long to get back on the road, so I called my insurance company and used the towing service that I’ve been paying for but have never used.
After juicing-up the car with more power, we continued our journey to Washington DC and had a splendid time, despite the polar arctic weather conditions. We traveled around the city via bicycle and explored the various landmarks and my car remained at the beautiful Washington, DC Tesla store to charge the car enough for us to make the return trip without incident.
It was a wonderful adventure that was full of ups, downs, excitement, enlightenment and beautiful chaos! Now I can’t wait to take my car on a cross-country road trip to experience the same things all over again (minus the tow truck).