BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Ahhh, Tesla. It’s the Lexus 300 of the early 2000’s. Everyone in South Florida seems to have one. But as Tropical Storm Dorian potentially heads our way, consider this: if it’s your only car, you’re going to make it roughly as far as Gainesville before you run out of power. And a quick look at charging stations in and around Gainesville reveals just a handful.
Rest stops on the Turnpike have some SuperChargers, but consider hundreds of Tesla owners all needing 30 minutes to an hour of charging to be able to move on during an evacuation. And that’s assuming that there’s power. Sure, gas pumps need power too, but you can keep a tank of gas in your trunk in an emergency.
Unless Doc helps you hit a bolt of lightning at 88 miles per hour, you’re out of luck in your shiny electric car.
And for all of the Long Eye-landers who relocated to South Florida and will inevitably decide to head back towards “the City” if a storm comes, take this into account: you’ll need roughly 6 hours of charging time built into your trip.
We don’t believe in hyping storms, but no joke. If you only own a Tesla, you may want figure out an effective hurricane plan now.