Can the Roadster use Tesla Superchargers?
NO!!!!! Nein! Non! Não! 不!
Although the Tesla adapter looks like it will fit a Supercharger plug, this car does not have the hardware for DC charging. Doing so will have catastrophic consequences!
You will, however, be able to use Tesla destination chargers (ie, hotels, some restaurants, etc.), as well as the public standard J1772.
What is the driving range?
Nominally, about 180 miles, depending primarily on driving style.
Range is dependent on various factors, including driving speed, climate control energy usage, road conditions, ambient temperatures, etc. (but primarily speed). If you can somehow keep the car under 30mph at all times, you can able to travel over 300 miles on a single charge. But if you want to have some fun with the car (safely of course, under speed limits) then 150 miles is probably a good rule of thumb.
What kind of charging options are there?
The car comes equipped with a 2nd generation Tesla Universal Mobile Connector (UMC), with plug adapters for NEMA 14-50 and regular 110V. The UMC requires a Roadster to Tesla UMC adapter (provided). Also included is a J1772 to Roadster adapter. Upon request, I can also provide a direct Roadster to NEMA 14-50 cable - if you have access to 14-50 - but be advised it's a rather large cable (ie, it's better to leave it in the garage for the duration of the rental).
NOTE: this car does NOT use Tesla DC supercharging, but can use destination charging and J1772. Ideally you will have a garage and/or place to charge at night – otherwise this rental may be less practical over several days. If not, I can work with you to see what your needs are and try to accommodate with a solution.
Where can I charge it?
If you don't have it already, I recommend downloading the Plugshare app for your phone (https://www.plugshare.com). This will provide a map of the closest charging stations to you, along with status and published rates (if any). You'll find a decent amount of coverage in the DMV area.
How long does it take to charge?
Depends on what you plug into.
Rough time to charge from empty battery to full:
- Tesla HPC (Destination charging, 80A): 3 hours
- NEMA 14-50 (50A): 4.5 hours
- 110V (regular wall outlet, 15A): 24 hours
- J1772 (30A): 6 hours
However, typically you'll plug it in at the end of the day, instead of waiting when the battery is drained. Think of it like your cell phone. In this case, let's say you drive 50 miles, then plug in. Using NEMA 14-50, it will take about 1.5 hours charge to full, or 8 hours using 110V.
How much does it cost to charge?
Again, it depends on what you plug into. Let's say you drive 50 miles then plug into your 110V outlet at home. Assuming $0.12/kwh residential rates for electricity, and charge overnight while you sleep, this may cost you about $1.80.
However if you use public charging stations, many times these are free (ie, at restaurants, public garages, etc.). Otherwise they may charge a few dollars per session, or something like $1.50/hour - it simply depends on the owner of the charging station. Prices should be listed on Plugshare.
Are there discounts for Tesla owners or existing EV owners?
Due to a small amount of EV education involved (charging protocols, etc.), if you are new to electric vehicles I will go over charging 101 with you. If you already have this knowledge, then I will offer a discount for helping me save time.
Can I fit in this thing?
Note that unless you've spent time in a Lotus Elise/Exige, this might be the smallest car you've ever sat in. (It's still safe though, with an aluminum tub and carbon fiber roll bar and body panels). Because of its size, anyone taller than 6'4" or more than 260 lbs. may not be comfortable. (I'm 5'8", 240 lbs. and I fit with no problems).
Does this car work on Mars?
We shall see.
Can I valet this car?
Do not valet this car! A recent renter gave the keys to a valet at a casino for the weekend (despite my preference), and when they returned the vehicle it had a burned circuit board which cost me over $2k to repair. This also delayed their returning the car to me by 2 hours.