drees wrote:Anyone drive up to Julian from San Diego? How much charge did you use? Elevation of Julian is 4235 ft, so even though it's 50-70 miles up elevation gain will be a killer...
FYI, I live in Alpine, south of I-8, off of Alpine Heights. While my wife and I haven't attempted Julian yet, we have driven a couple times to Lake Cuyamaca, and Julian is only 9 miles further. For us to get to the lake and back is 51.5 miles round trip. Here's a very brief summary of this trip:
From home with 100% charge, east on Hwy 8 at 55 under cruise to Japatul exit. Then around 35-45 mph up the winding roads to Lake Cuyamaca took 5 bars and perhaps a bit of the 6th.
Returned home having used all of the 7th bar and some part of the 8th.
I'm pretty sure we would be able to make the round trip to Julian, but would probably be on the last watts remaining. Julian is 9 miles from Cuyamaca Lake, and that route being mostly level followed by the long downhill into town would probably take 1 bar going and likely 2 coming back up that hill outside of town. I'm guessing we'd probably arrive home with only 1 bar remaining.
Boy, the car is an absolute joy to drive on those back roads. Handling and control in the corners and especially those 15-mph hairpin turns is superb with the combination of torque and regen.
I had sent an email to Julian via the town's web site this past January, asking if they might consider installing L2 charging, and had gotten a response that it was going to be discussed at their next meeting, and the location would potentially be at the Library. I sent a followup in June asking if there had been any action, but never received a response. Maybe if several MNL members sent queries...