In March 2020, H-D Electric purchased a Tesla Model 3 for inclusion in our fleet vehicles. We call our car Joule after a unit of energy. A Joule is a watt-second, 3.6 Million Joules equals 1 Kilowatt-hour (kWh)
The purpose of purchasing an Electric Vehicle (EV) was to get to know the good and the bad of EVs as they become more mainstream and to expose our employees and members to an EV.
So far -
Electric vehicles are very reactive compared to internal combustion motors
Cost much less to drive cheaper fuel and relatively no maintenance (no oil changes)
Easy to charge overnight with a level 2 (240 volt) charger, ours takes about 6 hours with almost depleted battery.
Range anxiety is a real feeling when driving long distances (will I make it to the next charger)
Takes awhile to charge at a level 3 fast charger (30 to 40 minutes) depending on charge needed, level 3 fast chargers not available in all locations
Winter cold and high speeds (interstate) greatly reduces range
Total kWh's used through October 2021
MPGe (equivalent miles/gallon) $0.087 kWh and $3.00 gas