2016 Tesla Model X: Hydrogen Highway vs. Tesla Supercharger Network
by Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor on September 26, 2016
While the hydrogen refueling infrastructure for our long-term 2016 Toyota Mirai is currently in its infancy, it's strikingly similar to Tesla's Supercharger network of a few years ago. At least it is in the central California corridor.
This got Dan Edmunds and me thinking.
What if we took the same road trip in both our Mirai and our long-term 2016 Tesla Model X? Two totally different approaches to alt-energy motoring on one trip from Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe and back. Compare notes, watch clocks, that kind of thing.
So that's what we're doing: a 1000-mile (-ish) round trip, pitting electrons from afar against electrons from a gas. Dan's in the Mirai on the trip north and I'm in the Model X. Once we reach our Lake Tahoe turnaround point, we'll decide our next steps.
For sure, the Model X enjoys an ever-expanding Supercharger network, but it requires many stops, each of which might be lengthy. Our long-term 2016 Toyota Mirai has very few hydrogen filling stations at its disposal, but it can be refilled to max range in roughly the same time it takes to refill a gasoline car. That's one facet we want to explore.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor