More than 10,000 Tesla chargers have sprung up across the United States, including a handful on the North and South Forks.
There’s no doubt that electric cars are destined to become the bedrock of the automobile industry. These sleek and wonderfully silent feats of engineering come with all of the bells and whistles, like parking sensors, self-driving technology and even a “summon” function that allows the car to exit a parking spot, entirely driverless, when your key is in range.
But they also come with a new type of learning curve: “charge anxiety.” It’s the same feeling any non-electric driver knows well—when your tank is running low and there isn’t a gas station in sight.
But with its 300-mile range and rapidly growing network of chargers rolling out across the country—including in the Hamptons—such anxiety is largely a thing of the past for current and prospective Tesla owners alike.
Even better? There’s no guesswork. These whip-smart vehicles actively seek out charging stations through the Tesla network of over 10,000 charging ports. That means throughout even the longest cross-country road trips, drivers are instructed on exactly where they should stop in order to maintain an optimal, stress-free driving experience.
We decided to put this to the test and take the handsome Tesla Model X—the brand’s only SUV, which boasts a pair of gull-wing doors—to make the trek along the South Fork, stopping at some of the most picturesque and high-tech charging stations along the way.
With a full charge, the Model X has a 295-mile range, so I start off by going the distance. Beginning at Tesla’s downtown Manhattan showroom, I make the 115-mile journey out to Gurney’s Montauk. I grab an early-afternoon bite at Scarpetta, set above the hotel’s bustling private beach. Currently, Gurney’s and the nearby Montauk Yacht Club are the only Montauk hot spots that boast Tesla “destination” charging stations. Rest assured, there are more to come.
I’m lucky enough to score an invitation to Sebonack Golf Club, where I do a quick outfit change and spend a couple of hours at the driving range. While photos are prohibited, my Tesla remains docked at one of the club’s two ports.
I stop by Fowler’s Beach for a quick polar plunge in the ocean, and snap some Instagram photos of the Model X’s gull-wing doors. The design, usually reserved for six-figure sports cars, turns more than a few heads while I unpack my beach gear.
I visit Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, where the hotel’s team and I take the car for a drive around the block before I plug into one of the available charging stations. After showing off the car’s “frunk”—a storage compartment located at the front of the vehicle where a motor would usually be found—we enjoy some hors d’oeuvres on the hotel’s balcony overlooking the harbor.
En route back to Manhattan, I decide to test out one of the new “superchargers,” which are capable of providing a full charge in just 45 minutes. To my surprise, it lives up to the hype. In the roughly 15 minutes spent in the lot, located just off Highway 27, I gain another 100 miles on my battery—instantly putting to rest all of my charge anxiety.