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On the road in a Tesla

Feb 06, 2013
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Planning an electric-car road trip in California is not nearly as complex as first assumed: There are charging stations aplenty, though some charge far faster than others. As the hours spent waiting for more battery life pile up, the day can slip away.

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The Maricopa Highway, out of Ojai, Calif., runs straight into the middle of nowhere -- a dicey spot for an all-electric. We turned back.

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A single-car charging station in Summerland was the only spot that cost money (75¢ an hour). The whole trip added up to just $1.50 for nearly 700 miles -- not bad for a bit of inconvenience.

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Coming in off Highway 1 over to Paso Robles, we hit 90 mph in a blink while passing a truck, moving uphill. The only sound seemed to be the air rushing past.

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Tesla's Supercharge station in Gilroy delivers a massive amount of electricity extremely quickly. We were full up after an hour, during which time we walked to an In-N-Out and had a burger.

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