Owning a Model S has truly taught me about range anxiety. However, it is the opposite of what most people assumed. In all honesty, I now have range anxiety much worse than ever before -- when I'm in my ICE cars.
I have two ICEs and two motorcycles in the family. And now, it seems like every time I choose (or get stuck) to use one of the ICEs, I need to stop at the gas station. I know that factually, this isn't the case...but it sure feels like it. Every time I get into one, I nervously look at the gas gauge to estimate my range and whether I'll be inconvenienced.
I'm not even joking or trying to be cute. And sure, with ICEs it's a question of being "inconvenienced" by a stop at a filling station, not the greater fear of being stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow. That said, I have NO such anxiety in my 85 Kwh Tesla. Every day, its "tank" starts full, and easily handles the daily toil.
The convenience of filling at home, and starting each day full eliminates the unpredictability and the hassle of pulling in for gas.
This week, I ran out of washer fluid in the Model S. It felt awful! Now I had to run an errand to fill one of the car's tanks, and I couldn't just do it @ home overnight. I realized that this was the first time that the Model S *made me* go somewhere I didn't want to go. My ICEs do that all the time!
So, yeah. I really do have more range anxiety now. Except it's with my ICEs, and I have wipe-wash anxiety in my Tesla (now I'm joking). Home charging is awesome!