webfootguy wrote:In all it was an uneventful, pleasant drive and shows it is possible to go on trips today without huge effort or huge battery packs.
This is what happens with a series of well-placed DCQCs. I've done this drive as well and the WA-OR AV network is very well done, especially considering that it was put in place in 6-7 years ago.
My first long distance trip in the 2012 LEAF was from Mexico to Canada in June 2012, which took 9 days. I was the first person to cross both Oregon and Washington using only DC fast charging.
I just sent a 2014 Toyota RAV4 EV (yes, it has substantially more range than any current LEAF) on the same trip... 45 total hours, including a 6 hour sleeping stop in Redding, California at the halfway point.
Both cars used substantially the same AeroVironment West Coast Electric Highway chargers in Oregon and Washington, with 5 years between uses.
California is the major change. In 2012, they had only a few chargers in the largest metro areas, and because they were Blink units, of course many didn't work, or were poorly placed, etc. Now, in 2017, you can drive most major corridors in California with CHAdeMO. Unfortunately, there is far more work to be done to make fast DC charging as ubiquitous as gasoline stations.