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I used one of Tesla’s Supercharger stations for the first time, and it solved the biggest problem I had when driving the Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf (TSLA)

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Tesla Model 3Mark Matousek/Business Insider

Finding a charging station was the biggest problem I experienced when driving the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf last year.
That changed when I tested a Tesla Model 3 in late September.
Tesla‘s Supercharger network made charging faster and easier than I’d experienced before.
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One of the biggest obstacles holding back the growth of electric-vehicle sales is the speed and availability of charging stations.

While in most instances EV owners can charge their vehicles at home, longer trips can require a stop at a charging station. Finding a charging station was the biggest problem I experienced when driving the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf last year. On multiple occasions, I was unable to find a station I had navigated to, and in one case, the one I found only allowed for charging at very slow speeds.

That changed when I tested a Tesla Model 3 in late September. Tesla’s Supercharger network made charging faster and easier than I’d experienced before.

Here’s what it was like, and how it compared to my experiences with the Bolt and Leaf.

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My first experience with electric-vehicle chargers came when I drove the Chevrolet Bolt EV last year.
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During my second day with the Bolt, I drove around New Jersey to avoid the traffic in Manhattan
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I used Apple CarPlay to find nearby charging stations, and it appeared I had a decent number of options. But things went downhill from there.
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