DougWantsALeaf wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:56 pm
15k a month is a good clip. They are certainly everywhere in Chicago.
How are lines at supercharing stations? I heard some of them are starting to fill up.
Sorry for the latest response...returned recently from my annual long distance trip up north.
I can report that on the afternoon of July 3rd at the Glen Allen Supercharger on I-95 that there was no problem with crowding at the Supercharger. Did not have to share power with anyone. Granted, it's not California, but it was I-95 between Richmond and Washington the day before July 4th.
The Moosic, PA Supercharger was the busiest one I came upon on my trip (kind of a weird place, but this one has some really nice amenities, so hence it's popularity I guess). At most, 6 of 8 stalls were taken, but most of the time it was between 3-5 in use.
The return trip absolutely blew my mind, by the way. It was 813 miles from start to finish. 12 hours and 56 minutes of actual drive time (was a bit longer than normal because a tree had fallen across the road on VA-6 and I had to turn around and take a somewhat long and slow detour). I made the entire trip with TWO stops. First stop in the aforementioned Moosic, PA and second one in Mt. Jackson, VA. I had lunch at the first stop and dinner at the second, so they were longer than normal stops. Had I stopped 3 times, I probably would have been able to get by with about 70 minutes of total charging time. At the lunch stop, the restaurant I went to had a broken soda machine and out of order men's room, so I went next door to Panera to use the facilities and grab a soda, so the first stop was 46 minutes. The second stop was 42 minutes. 88 minutes total. Total trip time was 14.5 hours, which is 30-45 minutes better than it normally takes my wife and I on this trip in a gas car. Conclusion: it's not the car that's the limiting factor.
One final comment: using abetterrouteplanner.com and the in-car trip energy consumption screen, both predicted arrival SOC % with remarkable accuracy (to within 2%, which is what, about 6 miles?) So I had absolutely no range anxiety for the last leg, despite the fact that there is no charging whatsoever on that last 210 mile leg. Well, there is a destination charger about 120 miles away that I could have used if I had been feeling nervous, but no, when it said I would arrive with 12% SOC, I trusted it, and arrived with 10% (32 miles). Absolutely beautiful (if not long) trip!