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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Wed May 30, 2018 6:31 pm

GRA wrote:Estes Park officially opened yesterday or Monday, and Wheatland's official now too.
Boulder opened today, although it isn't on the map yet. I hope to make a road trip to Boulder this weekend to check it out, visit friends, and go home the long way via Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain NP — haven't been there in two decades.
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Wed May 30, 2018 6:59 pm

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GRA wrote:Estes Park officially opened yesterday or Monday, and Wheatland's official now too.
Boulder opened today, although it isn't on the map yet. I hope to make a road trip to Boulder this weekend to check it out, visit friends, and go home the long way via Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain NP — haven't been there in two decades.

Oct. '92 was my last time in the park and over Trail Ridge. We slept (unofficially) in the park and got up early to watch elk (can't remember where), then headed out to Arches (spent the night and morning there), Zion (same) and then overnighted just off the road somewhere around Lone Pine so we could watch sunrise on the Whitney Cirque before heading up to Lee Vining and then west to the Bay Area. Sleeping in Arches felt like something out of Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles", and I always feel like I'm in some Roadrunner cartoon whenever I'm in Red Rock country. That was a great trip, if only limited hiking and no backpacking or climbing (was with a GF who was considering Boulder for her grad studies). I'm waiting to go back until I can (afford to) do the trip in a ZEV.
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Boulder's official now. I see on TMC that dgpcolorado (and a bunch of others) used it yesterday. I look forward to hearing how the drive over Trail Ridge went.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:14 pm

GRA wrote:Boulder's official now. I see on TMC that dgpcolorado (and a bunch of others) used it yesterday. I look forward to hearing how the drive over Trail Ridge went.


Supercharging in Boulder:

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^ Only one car there at 7:30 AM on Monday morning, versus six cars at 3:35 PM on Saturday afternoon.


Supercharging at Estes Park:

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The Stanley Steamer car in The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park (where the Supercharger Station is located):

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Tue Jun 05, 2018 5:31 pm

Any energy usage info for the trip legs?
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:07 pm

Via IEVS:
Tesla Supercharger Stations Get…Wait For It…Window Squeegees
https://insideevs.com/tesla-supercharger-stations-window-squeegees/

Hadn't even thought about it, but sure, as long as there's already someone to service them.
. . . One of the owners shared that the Springfield, MO station provides free coffee. According to Electrek, owners have also requested compressors to fill up their tires. Of course, this is also common at many gas stations. CEO Musk recently Tweeted that the air pumps will be added at Supercharger stations as well.

The latter is a nice to have but seems unnecessary for SCs on road trip corridors, but then I always carry a hand pump with me along with a spare etc. on them, and often a squeegee. For in town charging sites, definitely.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:21 pm

dgpcolorado wrote:
GRA wrote:Boulder's official now. I see on TMC that dgpcolorado (and a bunch of others) used it yesterday. I look forward to hearing how the drive over Trail Ridge went.


Supercharging in Boulder:



^ Only one car there at 7:30 AM on Monday morning, versus six cars at 3:35 PM on Saturday afternoon.


Supercharging at Estes Park:



The Stanley Steamer car in The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park (where the Supercharger Station is located):




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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:46 pm

GRA wrote:Any energy usage info for the trip legs?
I didn't really pay attention to it. The total day's trip was 460 miles at 250 Wh/mile, nearly all of it mountain driving, except for Boulder to Loveland, and much of it at 60 to 70 mph, where possible. All of the trip was at moderately high altitude (Loveland, 5000 feet, being the low point) to high altitude (Trail Ridge Road, 12,000+ feet), which means considerably reduced drag versus sea level.

I just Supercharge enough to make the next charge stop, plus a 10% to 20% buffer, and don't worry about it. The nav system makes it so easy to know how much charge is needed that I stopped keeping records of trip legs more than a year ago. Nav even tells me how much charge I should have left at each charge stop and how long I will need to Supercharge at each stop. It also tells me in real time how much charge I will have left at the next charge stop so I can adjust my speed, if necessary, in case I hit headwinds or something like that.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:53 pm

GRA wrote:Via IEVS:
Tesla Supercharger Stations Get…Wait For It…Window Squeegees
https://insideevs.com/tesla-supercharger-stations-window-squeegees/

Hadn't even thought about it, but sure, as long as there's already someone to service them.
. . . One of the owners shared that the Springfield, MO station provides free coffee. According to Electrek, owners have also requested compressors to fill up their tires. Of course, this is also common at many gas stations. CEO Musk recently Tweeted that the air pumps will be added at Supercharger stations as well.

The latter is a nice to have but seems unnecessary for SCs on road trip corridors, but then I always carry a hand pump with me along with a spare etc. on them, and often a squeegee. For in town charging sites, definitely.
The thing I don't get about air pumps at gas stations, or Supercharger stations, is that we are supposed to adjust tire pressure when they are cold. I would never adjust tire pressures on a trip when they are hot, unless one tire is clearly low compared to the others. I carry my own pump and gauge and sometimes check the tires in the morning before setting out for the day. A complicating factor for me is that most trips away from home involve driving to lower altitude, which lowers the tire pressure.
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Re: Tesla Supercharger Network

Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:16 pm

dgpcolorado wrote:A complicating factory for me is that most trips away from home involve driving to lower altitude, which lowers the tire pressure.

Huh. Do you know why ?
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