Lettiesleaf
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Re: Louisville, CO to RMNP, Round Trip

Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:22 pm

Has anyone tried to make it from Boulder up to Winter Park? I know there's a plug in Idaho Springs but it's often unavailable. I'm wondering if I could charge up in Golden and make it all the way? Basically would need to climb 7k in elevation (to 11k at the top of Berthoud pass) and 46 miles. Has anyone tried it?

Nfuzzy
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Re: Louisville, CO to RMNP, Round Trip

Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:18 pm

I think if you go slow enough, 30-45mph, and it is warm enough out, 70F or so, this would be no problem. Any faster or colder out would probably be pushing it. It is a shame the Idaho Springs charger isn't more reliable. If you read my post in the Denver to Grand Junction thread you'll see I made it to Idaho springs with 49% remaining after driving 44 miles to get there. And from there I used 49% to get to Eisenhower tunnel which is a similar distance and elevation gain as Berthoud. I was going pretty slow on the way to Idaho springs though since there was so much traffic we were doing probably 30 on average and a bit of stop and go. After Idaho springs I did do 50-55 most of the way though. I drive a '15 with minimal to no battery degradation and it was 80+ degrees out back when I did it.
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Lettiesleaf
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Re: Louisville, CO to RMNP, Round Trip

Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:04 pm

Thanks NFuzzy. My husband is going to try it and see what happens!! Ill post here if he makes it (will be good for anyone heading up I-70 to the mountains to know). With the weather turning cold, this experiment might have to wait until later next Spring though...... Thanks again.

BoulderLeaf
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Re: Louisville, CO to RMNP, Round Trip

Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:17 pm

Lettiesleaf wrote:Has anyone tried to make it from Boulder up to Winter Park? I know there's a plug in Idaho Springs but it's often unavailable. I'm wondering if I could charge up in Golden and make it all the way? Basically would need to climb 7k in elevation (to 11k at the top of Berthoud pass) and 46 miles. Has anyone tried it?


Seems ify. With my old 2012, I couldn't make it from Boulder to Nederland, which is probably a similar elevation climb but not as far. I maybe got 50%-60% of the way before I had to turn around.
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