“Mr. Brown does not have a lot in common with Edmond Kirsch, the futurologist and entrepreneur of his book, but they do share a car: the Tesla Model X, the least expensive version of which costs about $80,000. Among other things, it can drive and park itself.”
From “The World According to Dan Brown”
by Sarah Lyall
(New York Times, Sept. 30, 2017)
Author Dan Brown is best known for the depiction of a memorable protagonist, Robert Langdon, a Harvard University professor of religious symbology and iconology. The professor appears in five of Brown’s fast-paced, bestselling novels. In Origin (2017), Robert Langdon—who possesses the mind of a nuclear physicist and the sensibilities of a secret agent—finds himself in a self-driving Tesla in Spain while on an urgent quest.
Knowing that Tesla cars are electric vehicles, the alert reader may wonder: If you find yourself in an unfamiliar city or region with a Tesla, how would you know where to recharge it? It’s not a far-fetched question. But not to worry. Tesla and Elon Musk have thought of that. The Tesla’s on-board computer is GPS-aware and will find the closest Supercharger or Destination Charger station for you!
Types of Tesla Charging Stations
FYI, Supercharger stations are placed on well-traveled routes and dense urban centers all over the world, allowing your car to charge to 80% in about 30 minutes. Located near helpful amenities like coffee shops and travel plazas, Superchargers are designed to charge your car quickly and get you back on the road.
In addition, Tesla’s Destination Charging network allows you to charge at thousands of convenient charging locations like local shopping centers, parking garages, hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality locations. It’s as easy as pressing the “Find a Charging Station” button.
A Tesla Repair Shop Is Not A Charging Station
But we’d be happy to point you in the right direction! (Pssst…and so would your Tesla.)
Rather, our job is to make sure your battery works, along with every other component. Like the astute Mr. Brown, every Tesla owner knows the importance of keeping the car’s complex, state-of-the-art systems operating optimally at all times. A Tesla repair shop like Keri Coach does precisely that. (After all, one never knows when the need to conjure up automotive fart sounds at the touch of a button may arise!) Now you can simply charge your vehicle and drive worry-free.
While charging stations are not yet as ubiquitous as conventional gas stations in America, they are fast becoming a familiar part of our landscape. For example, at JFK Airport on Long Island there are ten high-speed 150kW chargers in the northeast corner of the West Cell Phone Parking Lot, off the Van Wyck Expressway. Here, an electric vehicle can be charged in as little as 20 minutes.
There are ten Superchargers at the Islandia station located at 1750 Veterans Highway, Islandia, New York. A Stop & Shop within walking distance makes this a convenient location for some grocery shopping en route. You may even be able to squeeze in a quick game of billiards at Dave & Buster’s, a mere two-minute drive from the station.
If you are heading to the Superchargers at 1427 Old Country Rd., Plainview, New York, go around mid-to-late afternoon, when it is less crowded. Perhaps you could indulge in an early dinner of succulent rack of lamb or delicious spaghetti squash at the Iavarone Italian Kitchen & Pizzeria nearby!
The Tesla Destination Charger at 1 North Ave., Garden City, New York, is located behind a Hampton Inn, a mile from the Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall. The Lifetime Athletic Club, open 5:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m., is only half a mile from the station. If you are an early riser, you could make the 6:00 a.m. Core Pilates class on Tuesdays and charge your Tesla as well!
We could go on and on. The map at the end of this article shows the location of many other Supercharger stations on Long Island. And it doesn’t even include the numerous Destination Chargers!
One can expect to pay about $7.65 to fully charge the battery of a 2021 Tesla Standard Range Model 3. The cost per mile would amount to about $0.03, or $2.91 per 100 miles. Charging the 2021 Long Range and Performance models costs approximately $12.54. That’s about $0.036 per mile for the Long Range and $0.04 for the Performance model.
The three versions of Tesla’s newest offering, the Model Y, are equipped with a 75kW battery. The overall cost totals almost 64% less than the cost per mile of the average gas-powered car, which is estimated at about 13 cents per mile. A University of Michigan study established that the average cost of operating an electric vehicle is less than $500 per year. In contrast, the average cost of running an internal combustion engine car is approximately $1,117 per year!
Our Tesla Repair Shop Will Keep You Running
Internal combustion engines require routine maintenance that includes oil and coolant changes. They are also subject to considerable wear and tear over time. The Tesla, by contrast, does not require much maintenance other than tire rotation, brake system flush, and wiper change.
However, suppose your Tesla is involved in an accident. In that case, it is imperative to take your Tesla to a certified Tesla auto body repair shop like Keri Coach Works that possesses the requisite tools, training, and technology to do the job right. At a Tesla repair shop, damaged vehicles are put through comprehensive diagnostics to ensure that the car is restored to good-as-new functionality. It is crucial to have your vehicle checked out by a Tesla repair shop even though your vehicle may show no apparent signs of damage after a collision, however minor.
Zero emissions, exceptional speed, and safety are some of the stellar features that have awarded Tesla an exalted status, especially compared to other high-end vehicles like Ferrari. For the joys of driving a Tesla and the peace of mind that comes with it, be sure to take your vehicle to Long Island’s Keri Coach Works Tesla repair shop when needed. That is precisely what the wise Professor Robert Langdon would do!
And don’t forget to charge her up!