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Lynda Morgan loves her electric vehicle. It’s quiet, it’s good for the environment and the auto-drive function on her Tesla allows her to relax and let it do all the work.

“I hate to say this, but it’s a better driver than I am,” she said.

But as she waited at a charging station in Charlottetown before a road trip last week, she acknowledged the Tesla has its inconveniences — especially in the cold weather.

“Absolutely the range on the battery is not as good, so the fact that I’m heading to Ontario at the moment from P.E.I. means I’m going to have to stop more often for charging.”

The charging issue is a concern many customers have when they are considering an electric vehicle, some car dealers say. Most owners charge their cars at home overnight, but going on a road trip can be fraught with range anxiety.

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