Of course he won’t. Elon just wants, no he needs, to be the center of attention for everything. Remember how he’s going to make millions of ventilators for Covid? Nothing happened. Or he will make a submarine to save the boys trapped in a cave? Didn’t happen either.
I drove chevy bolt two times SJC to LA in the past. Friday, I took my Model 3 (75W model) to LA and returned Saturday, each way appx 350 miles drive.
Here is my experience: Tesla navigation gives all superchargers on the route and I booked one super charger 150 miles away every start of the journey. Superchargers on the highway are expensive at 45 cents/KW, while interior (deep city/towns) it may be 30 cents/KW.
I choose I-5 near by superchargers, each station may have 25 to 50 charging stations. The tesla chargers keep a charging station ready 20 to 15 minutes before arrival and charges from 40% to 90% level in just 30 minutes. Almost 50% to 75% stations are occupied every time.
I stopped each way two times for charging at Coalinga and Tejon (bakerfield) and total fuel costs was $77.50 for the whole 700 miles trip.
The Tesla speed and traction was nice and I used 75 mph to 100 mph on I-5, except LA as the traffic was very bad as usual.
The charging and driving was so smooth compared to chevy bolt trip (esp getting working chargers).
If Tesla comes with 500 miles/charge, they will come soon, it is a great boost to consumer to buy the car for long term usage.
Altogether, I had a excellent trip like ICE cars, but with better driving conditions like my old BMW M340 I series.
By this, I see TSLA won against all ICE cars for long term trips.
Long term trips through rural AZ and NM are impossible in any EV. The speeds and hills kill the range. A straight shot down the I5 would be easy though. Did you stop at the charging station at “cowschwitz?”
Aptera is the only EV anyone in my neck of the woods is excited about. 500 miles ranges are fine but not if the charging time goes up proportionally.