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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:15 am

I experienced my first congestion delay at a SC last weekend.

I ended up on an unplanned 200+ mile trip to L.I. last weekend. I drove down without a stop and had about 30 miles of range remaining when I arrived. I needed to spend the day with family and planned to return home in the evening. For the return trip I needed about 20 minutes at the Syosset SC in order to be able to reach a SC in CT.

When I got to the Syosset service center I found all four SC stalls in use and 3 more cars waiting in line. Most of these cars looked to be locals doing their "weekend charging". Two of the people waiting were playing chess (!), another guy had a book, and a third person was walking his dogs while his X charged. I suspect the Saturday afternoon congestion there is common.

Thankfully I didn't need to wait and I came back 2 hours later when all the stalls were empty. My initial mistake was not looking at the dash beforehand to check the occupancy of the SC stalls. There's a new SC planned for the area (possibly at the mall) that will help in the future.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:18 am

Question from someone that doesn't own a Tesla, but hopes to in the next couple years:

Isn't there a way to set your charging speed via the app or car display? In most situations you would obviously want the fastest charge possible, but if the station was empty (so being rude and taking up a spot isn't an issue), and you were going to be at the supercharger for quite a while (shopping or eating), wouldn't it be better to see the charge rate just below 60 kW? Is that possible?

Thanks....from a newb

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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:30 am

hyperionmark wrote:Question from someone that doesn't own a Tesla, but hopes to in the next couple years:
Isn't there a way to set your charging speed via the app or car display? In most situations you would obviously want the fastest charge possible, but if the station was empty (so being rude and taking up a spot isn't an issue), and you were going to be at the supercharger for quite a while (shopping or eating), wouldn't it be better to see the charge rate just below 60 kW? Is that possible? Thanks....from a newb

When you are Supercharging (DC) you can not change the charging speed. They expect you want to charge as fast as possible (plus wouldn't want new owners to accidentally do slower charging and have a bad experience). When supercharging you can change your limit to say 90% vs 100%. If you are shopping or eating you can look on your phone app and see what SOC percentage you are at, plus it will give you some notice that you car is about full *enough* to get to your next destination (ie. if you have a nav route planned).

If you are charging, say at home, using AC then you have the option of lowering your amps settings to slow down the charge. I've done this to make it finish charging about the time I'm leaving so that my battery is warm, gives max miles, and does max regen. Useful in the winter depending on where you live. It also remembers this amperage setting/level at that GPS location (ie. charge at 12 amps at your parents/friends or whatever).

Aside: While at a KOA, I also lowered my amperage so that it would finish charging in the morning before I would leave (plus I could run the heater/cooling all night). That 'camper mode' ability to charge and keep HVAC on is now built into the car where as before you had to use a phone app to automatically turn the HVAC on every 30 minutes or whatever it did since the car would turn off/sleep.

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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:58 am

Great post! Thanks for the info!

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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:41 am

Quite a start to this month as well.

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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:41 pm

GRA wrote:
scottf200 wrote:
GRA wrote:And I'll again add that only two of those four are listed as open by Tesla yet. I leave it up to those who may be counting on them to check which are which for yourself.

All four of them show as open on the Tesla web page just a few days later.

Yes, and once that happens I count them as open. Some, of course, take much longer, such as Laramie, WY, which was first used on Sept. 1st but is still shown as opening soon, or Grasonville, MD, which was first used on Aug. 18th but wasn't officially open until Sept. 4th.

scottf200 wrote:Since then several more opened and a few more under construction.
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Yes, up to 16 officially for the month, which I think ties the monthly opening record. Can they get to 25 in 10 more days, and then sustain 25 for the remaining months to get to my February estimate of 150 U.S. for the year (instead of 363 for all of North America, which Tesla stated was their intention)? As to date they've only completed 10 in Canada and Mexico combined, they are obviously going to fall well short again, and it seems unlikely they'll even get to 50%.

Just an update from that Sept. 20th post: 21 U.S. SC sites were completed in September, 20 in October. As noted above, they needed to average 25/month for the last four months of the year to reach 150 new U.S. SCs for the year, and they're falling short of even that mark, which is less than half of what they were claiming at the end of 4Q 2016.

For dgpcolorado and others in case they missed it in scottf200's most recent list, Poncha Springs started construction on Nov. 4th.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Wed Nov 08, 2017 6:55 am

scottf200 wrote:Quite a start to this month as well.

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well its about time we saw "something" in WA!!! There is one scheduled for Oly as well and wondering where that is going to happen. I know a few places so expecting Sound Sound Mall which is half vacant along with a HUGE parking lot but is located within walking distance of several food options depending on location. Keep in mind, the parking lot (not even ¼ used on the busiest days) is a good 400-500 yards wide butting up against the freeway so the far end would be inconvenient for "anyone"
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Wed Nov 08, 2017 1:22 pm

GRA wrote:...For dgpcolorado and others in case they missed it in scottf200's most recent list, Poncha Springs started construction on Nov. 4th.
Oh yes, we Tesla owners in western Colorado were very excited when a TMC forum member, who lives fairly near Poncha Springs, reported the building permit and, now, construction beginning.

My next trip to Denver/Boulder is scheduled for December 5th but I don't suppose the Poncha Springs Supercharger Station will be up and running by then. Would be nice, though.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:03 pm

40 stalls -- First look at Tesla’s new kind of Supercharger with solar arrays and owners lounge
Fred Lambert - Nov. 8th 2017 5:54 am ET
https://electrek.co/2017/11/08/tesla-ne ... rs-lounge/

Update: Numerous photos here: https://imgur.com/a/iQKZc

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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:40 am

Thanks for posting @scottf200.
I was there Saturday night. Looks finished except for some paint etc. It was coned off and the Superchargers were unlit so I didn't attempt to plug in. Any idea why this site doesn't show up as a future SC on the Tesla Supercharger page? Seems like it will be up and running for TG traffic next week.

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