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Renting a Tesla Model Y for Upcoming Roadtrip

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Next weekend, I'm taking my kids on a road trip from SE Michigan to the northern tip of Wisconsin to see family. It's nearly 700 miles in each direction, and generally easier and prettier if I drive through the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan. Although I did this in my i4 last summer, I had a terrible time, as the lone DCFC option I had (in Escanaba) is wholly unreliable and didn't work. Even if I can get to northern Wisconsin, the single DCFC option (upper left in the Plugshare figure below) is, you guessed it, non-functional. I'd be limping between Level 2 options, which are also pretty scattered in this part of the country.

As you can see in the Plugshare figure, virtually all of the DCFC options in the UP show up as either non-functional or 'coming soon'. Sadly, the 'coming soon' locations have had that status for nearly a year and a half.

So, I'm using this as an opportunity to rent a Tesla Model Y from Hertz. Tesla has multiple Supercharger locations in the UP and northern Wisconsin, and I'll be able to travel without any worry of being stranded. Besides, for the cost of the rental (only about $350 for the week), I'm getting a very inexpensive trip AND I get to put over 1,000 miles on a Tesla and report back on my impressions as a BMW owner.

I'm actually looking forward to having a reliable charging network for this trip. Here's hoping that Tesla continues to expand their Magic Dock installations, because this part of the country desperately needs more charging infrastructure, and in the two years I've owned an EV, the CCS network has made absolutely zero progress.

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Emotional feelings aside, Tesla objectively has so many advantages as the most popular EV company. But @BadgerGreg please give us an honest report when you get back from your trip!

I came from Tesla, and my BMW EV is the best car I've ever driven!!
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I hope you're wrong. I'll reserve my judgment for when Tesla starts installing their Version 4 units. If those go in without the Magic Dock CCS connectors, I'll want Tesla to give the taxpayers' money back.
In their defense, Tesla has until the end of 2024 to roll out their CCS chargers and collect the extra tax money. I’m impatient too, but I’d prefer that they do it the right way and ensure cables are long enough to reach cars with charging ports on the right rear side.
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