WHO DOESN'T LIKE FREE? Returning to New Jersey from Canada last week, I stopped to charge my all-electric Tesla Model S at one of the automaker's free Superchargers in a Queensbury, N.Y., shopping center, where we also had lunch, above.
|MORE FREE JUICE: We stopped for more free juice at the Colonie Center in Colonie, N.Y., near Albany. My 2015 Tesla Model S 60, which has a maximum range of 208 miles, came with free Supercharging for as long as I own the car.|
In Montreal, I saw my first Model S and Model X taxis, plus a handful of privately owned all-electric Nissan Leafs and BMW i3s.
|MONOTONOUS: The New York State Thruway and the Adirondack Northway are beautiful but monotonous, and I used my Tesla's self-driving functions -- Autopilot and Autosteer -- on several occasions.|
My charging costs are reduced further by the rooftop solar panels I had installed on my home in 2009 and again in 2012.
The first, larger set of panels, which I own, generate Solar Renewable Energy Certificates or credits I can sell to my utility through a middleman, as I did on Sunday (six SRECS netted me $1,311).
|12 SUPERCHARGERS, NO WAITING: Outside Montreal, I charged my Tesla Model S in a parking structure opposite Adonis, a large Middle Eastern supermarket (300 Boulevard Thimens, St. Laurent, Quebec; 1-514-904-6789).|
The media also sow confusion by referring to gas-electric hybrids like the Chevrolet Volt as "electric" or "electrified."
Just last week on Page 1 of the New York edition, The New York Times reported a Volvo announcement under this headline:
Volvo declares gas is the past"
Model X and Model 3
When Tesla unveiled the Model 3 in March 2016, CEO Elon Musk said he hoped the mainstream sedan would accelerate the transition to "sustainable transportation."
And he noted all-electric vehicles are more important than ever in view of the 53,000 premature deaths a year from auto emissions in the United States.
That environmental message found its way into only a handful of articles.
|Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted this unsteady photo of the fist Model 3 off the production line at the company's California factory, once a joint venture between GM and Toyota.|
Biggest launch ever
More than 400,000 people around the world have placed a $1,000 deposit on the Model 3.
The first Model 3, in black, was delivered last weekend to Musk -- one 0f 30 scheduled to built in July.
Another 100 cars are scheduled for August, and 1,500 are to be produced in September.
According to the Gas2 blog, Musk projects Tesla will be building 5,000 Model 3s a week by the end of December.
When Tesla starts producing the Model 3 in even larger numbers, it may be time to declare the electric-car revolution has finally arrived.
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PEACE AND QUIET: I visited Greenbrook Sanctuary in Tenafly on Saturday, one of the few places in North Jersey where you can escape traffic noise and fumes.
LOCK AND KEY: The 165-acre woodland preserve between the Hudson River and Palisades Interstate Parkway is open to members only.