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Yup, all they need is a $95k car to do a trip that any $15k ICE can do easily as well as faster.
You can fly as well what's the point of that comparison? If the SC network was 4X the size non Tesla owners would still say it's inadequate. The great part as always is they can buy another EV like a LEAF or drive an ICE. You don't need a $95K Tesla to do this unless you want an X with a tow package to haul along a LEAF on a trailer.
I wasn't the one who mentioned the S100D as making the trip relatively easy while shorter ranged Teslas required more effort.
Flying isn't an option if you wish to spend time in places along the way, as flying and renting repeatedly is both expensive and inconvenient, even assuming you can fly and rent in some of the areas. Whether or not the SC network would be inadequate if it were 4x the size depends critically on the design intent that drives the choice of locations.
For example, it's possible to cover the entire primary interstate system with around 250 SCs at no more than about 100 mile spacing, given reasonably optimal placement. The interstate system is currently 46,876 miles, but that includes secondary interstates which are urban and usually too short to need SCs along them; for the sake or argument, let's say there are 45k miles of primary interstate. So, how could we provide 100 mile legs with only 250 SCs? There are between 160 and 180* interstate junctions of between 2 and 5 interstates, so every SC at such a junction counts multiple times. The extra 70 to 90 SCs are for the longer legs between junctions, primarily located west of the Mississippi. Another 250 SCs would cover most U.S. and state highways that are long enough to need them.
Local SCs for urban users are a very different matter - they need numbers in a similar order of magnitude to gas stations, and it's notable that the majority of SC built this year in the U.S. have been located to serve urban users rather than enabling road trips.
*The variability in the number depends on whether you count offset junctions as 1 or 2. Some are so close together they should probably be treated as a single, while others are far enough apart that they should count twice. One night when I was bored and looking for something to do I counted them.