Would like to report on my journey, which was incredible. My Tesla Model S lived up to, or surpassed all expectations. How and where do I do this? I would like to include a few pictures.
@Wohpe Very nice! This thread right here is a great place to share your journey, I think that's a great thing about the forum. Others have done and were enthusiastically received, too. Please do show and tell!
You'll need to put the pix up on a website like imageshack and link to them there. Follow site directions, if any.
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Also, check out teslamotorsclub.com, a lot easier to post pictures over there...
I posted my first supercharger trip on travbuddy.com (it's a web site for travel blogs, free, and a great place to plan your trip as well as share the experience with photos) Then you just need to put a link here. My trip from November is here http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/105648/
That was a great post. Soon there will be watts of teswas wandering evewywhere.
Wohpe: I will be driving from Sun Lakes, AZ to Seattle next month so am very interested in where you charged, especially in or near Blythe. And then from Folsom on north through Oregon.
Please post more info this should be a great read.
My name is Rob. Wohpe is the name of my Model S.
Before getting into specifics about the trip, let me lead with a specific moment from the road trip.
Imagine yourself, in your electric car, on old highway 66 in the desert. The sun is setting and the moon is almost full. The desert is glowing and there is not another person in sight...and you're in a Tesla.
For those with range anxiety l'll start with the last leg of the trip, my confidence growing with each part of the journey. I started with an almost full charge in Ashland, rated miles at 259. Even though I know my way to Corvallis, I used the navigation to keep track of remaining miles. Estimating the distance to be about 230 miles gave me a 30 mile surplus in rated miles. I drove Ashland to Corvallis at 65 to 70 mph and arrived at home after traveling a distance of 235 miles with 30 rated miles still showing. Wohpe used 65 kWh for those 235 miles.
On this trip I found that I could depend on rated miles if I paid attention to whatever surplus I had on any given leg, using the cruise control, slowing down, and/or safely drafting if necessary. Harris Ranch to Barstow went well in both directions, even with a strong headwind and rain on one leg. Each leg had it's moments of insecurity as Wohpe and I were getting to know each other.
Harris Ranch was my first supercharging experience. The first time you see charging rates around 300 miles per hour is pretty exciting and you'll probably be surprised at how quickly you are back on the highway. I had been warned about this leg the day before, while on a factory tour. (Sorry for this aside but on the factory tour I had the chance to meet and talk to Elon. I told him about my road trip and he told me that by the end of the third quarter Vancouver to San Diego and Montreal to Miami would be covered by superchargers)
Harris Ranch to Barstow is a distance of about 230 miles and I started with 270 rated miles. I found rated miles on the speedometer to be the one of the most accurate and useful pieces of data. Be prepared to freak out a lot if you use the energy app. As I pulled out onto I-5 a truck traveling at 65 mph pulled out just ahead of me. Being cautious, I hung out maybe 6 car lengths behind him, figuring that it would slow me down a little, but would save time over negotiating Bakersfield to find the RV park that charges $10 to charge for up to 4 hours. A bus passed us at 70 so I pulled in a safe distance behind him and was surprised to find energy usage seemed to be the same at that higher speed. Most of the trip to Bakersfield was at about 65mph and when I arrived at Bakersfield I was over 40 miles ahead of rated miles. Yea! That meant onward.
Not far out of Bakersfield there is a big mountain. I watched my surplus of rated miles dwindle to 35 and then to 30 so I pulled in behind a truck traveling about 40mph on the slower sections. My rated range surplus slowly fell to less than 30. However, on the way down the mountain, still doing some drafting, I began to gain back my lost surplus. Once I got it back up to over 40 miles with less than 100 miles to go, it was time to go fast again.
I arrived in Barstow, having traveled 229.3 miles with over 30 rated miles left, using 68.2 kWh.
That leg of the journey was where I realized that, especially with superchargers, this is a road trip car.
On the leg from Barstow to Harris Ranch I faced a strong headwind and some rain. Again, by drafting and slightly slowing down, I had almost 30 rated miles left. On that leg I used 70 kWh.
At this moment of time you have to know your Tesla and plan ahead. Tesla help is only a phone call away and everybody I talked to was wonderful. If there is a problem, be patient.
If you have any issues, try rebooting the touch screen and the dash. I was stuck in Barstow for a while when Wohpe stopped charging. I did not do a reset but called instead. The diagnosis was new firmware, however my car stopped communicating with Tesla for some reason. After a few hours they suggested a reboot and it worked. Perhaps I could have saved some time if I had tried a reboot first.
Funny how things work out. That delay is what put me on old highway 66 at sunset.
You'll love meeting other Tesla owners. Some good stories there but little time for those tales right now.
For those planning on a similar journey here are a few details.
1st day. Corvallis to Mt Shasta KOA where I stayed in a cabin while Wohpe, for an extra $3, parked in an RV parking spot charging at a 50 A outlet. I charged at Canyonville for an hour and then in Ashland for 3 hours. If I did the trip again, I would not stop at Canyonville. Good charging at Lithia Way Parking Lot Blink in Ashland (21 to 22 mph compared to about 18 at the areov. charger at the Texaco) and lots of eating, shopping, or hiking nearby.
Day 2. Mt Shasta to Oakland (stayed with friends that are longtime EV owners with Leaf and charger).
Stopped for a few hours to eat and rest at Heritage RV park in Corning. They charge $10 for up to 4 hours (50 A outlet) and the Olive Pit is a short walk.
Day 3. 633 miles total. Oakland to Harris Ranch (did I mention that superchargers are awesome!) to Barstow to Parker, Az.
Barstow to Parker, Az (232.4 miles I-40 to hwy 95 with sidetrip on 66 paralleling I-40) where I stayed at Bluewater Casino and Resort while Wohpe stayed a short walk away at Bluewater RV Park. The RV park charged $27 for overnight parking.
Day 4. Short drive of about 170 miles to Scottsdale.
Return trip very similar except that from Parker I drove through the desert, starting on hwy 62 and going through 29 palms and Yucca Valley, avoiding the interstate. There was a strong headwind but I went the speed limit and traveled the 217 miles on 68.8 kWh.
The other difference on the way back was not staying in Oakland. I stayed in Santa Nella, about 75 miles north of Harris Ranch. That night I ran an extension cord out the window of my room to my car. Not much mileage gain, but better than losing a few miles. I continued to the superchargers at Folsom. That totaled about 200 miles and used 59.7 kWh.
From Folsom to Corning, where I again stopped for a few hours, I drove 75 to 80 mph and from Corning to Mt. Shasta I drove speed limit +5.
Folsom to Mt. Shasta was 244 miles and used 81.3 kWh because I did not drive conservatively. I might have been able to make it to Mt. Shasta without a stop in Corning, but with the big elevation gain and the need to get some rest, why push it?
Thanks for your interest. Please let me know if you want any more details.
I cannot wait to hear about some of your journeys.
Some day soon I will try to figure out the easiest way to share some pictures.
For right now you will have to use your imagination, which is way better because it will be your Tesla...
Happy Electric Motoring
Re pix, see post above. Use a hosting service, etc.
Nice write up. We have friends in Portland, so nice to have the charger info to head up I-5 from the Bay Area. We recently did BAY AREA TO LAS VEGAS and I wrote that up in a private thread on these forums.
Harris Ranch to Barstow is a bit of a nail biter. After not trying it on the way to Vegas, we were able to do it on the way back, into a strong headwind. Next time I'll definitely go to Barstow direct and skip Tejon.
"Be prepared to freak out a lot if you use the energy app."
Actually, I found it useful to keep an eye on the Rated on the dash, the Projected average on the Energy App and the distance remaining on the Nav. For long flat stretches nearing the end of your leg, it is nice to see a little buffer on rated over distance left, plus a little buffer on Projected over Rated.
Wohpe: Did you make advance reservations at the campgrounds or just show up?
Wohpe, I live in Redmond and am expecting my Model S later this month. Do you think it would be possible to make the trip in a 60kwh? By possible I mean complete the trip in an enjoyable fashion. I am very interested to take the Model S on my trip to family in Bakersfield area.
Talk to Rob. Wohpe doesn't have full AI installed yet.
NKYTA - Glad to hear you are getting out on the road. Thanks for your comment on the energy app. It contains valuable information and we should all the tools at our disposal. I was warning others that watching it (for example, while you have just bypassed Bakersfield and are climbing the mountain to the east) could raise your anxiety level. You are correct that it should be used as just one piece of data.
cerjor - Make advanced reservations to be confident that you and your Tesla's needs will be met. Some KOAs are limited in numbers of cabins and RV parking. It's also a good idea to check in ahead of time with any RV parks. Policies can change and they probably appreciate a heads up.
Nate (?) - I think you might find any trip in your Tesla enjoyable. Use apps like recargo, plugshare, blink, and chargepoint to find charging stations. I used recargo the most. There may be better apps, but I used google maps because you can keep adding destinations and look at mileage between destinations. You might find an RV park near crater lake or klamath falls that is near lodging and will let you park and charge overnight. If that doesn't work out you could head to I-5. For example, you could stop in Eugene, Canyonville, Ashland, etc. To make the Oregon Electric Highway easier to navigate, get a key fob from Aerovironment.
Did you accessorize your Tesla with the ability to use superchargers?
It may take a few days to get to the nearest supercharger in Folsom, although that could change at any time with more superchargers on the way. Once you make it to Folsom, you are in great shape. From Folsom you can get to the next supercharger in Gilroy (a little out of the way, but saves so much time) and then Harris Ranch and then on to Bakersfield. If you don't have access to charging in Bakersfield, there are RV parks that will work with you.
I hope my assumption that you are in Redmond Oregon was correct.
Take Care All