SageBrush wrote: GRA wrote:
No, I was thinking of much more trivial examples like being able to leave Albuquerque.
Which you should have no trouble doing within a few months in a non-Tesla, as EA has QCs "Coming soon" in Gallup, Grants, Santa Fe and Wagon Mound along with Albuquerque, plus Winslow and Flagstaff, Phoenix, Casa Grande, El Paso etc., and of course there are non-EA QCs in Albuquerque, Kewa Pueblo and Santa Fe now.
Santa Fe is already possible for LEAFs newer than the 24 kWh model unless the battery is degraded. Oops.
Of course, but you appeared to be talking about road trips, not intra-regional trips such as ABQ-Santa Fe.
SageBrush wrote:As for brand new LEAFs, going East is out of the question with EA or not.
Westward to Gallup is ~ 140 miles with 2500 feet of net elevation. Forget about it in the winter or if there is a headwind.
I'm not sure about South in the new, brave EA world that is "coming soon."
Oh and by the way, of the 6 DCFC you see on your map, 6 are broken.
If you're referring to the EA ones, they're not broken, they're under construction ("Coming Soon"). EA only opened their first NM QC last week, in Deming. Which is why I wrote above that leaving ABQ "you should have no trouble doing within a few months in a non-Tesla".
As for Gallup being 140 miles westward from Albuquerque, that's why I listed the one they're also building in Grants, 78 miles west of ABQ. Deming to Benson is possible but much longer than desired at 168 miles, so presumably they'll add at least one more in between; Lordsburg seems most likely to me, but Wilcox, Chambers or Sanders are also possible.
Eastward via I-40 seems to be a bit behind, although since they've already opened Amarillo they'll presumably add something like Santa Rosa, Tucumcari, Shamrock and Weatherford (the last is "Coming Soon") to connect to OKC. In the meantime, if you want to go east you'll first have to go north (after Santa Fe and Wagon Mound open) to Denver, and then you can take either I-70 (needs the "Coming Soon" Salina to open) or I-76/80 (the "Coming Soon" Ogallala will shorten the 184 mile leg to North Platte from Ft. Morgan to 133 miles, still a bit far, but you can take parallel U.S. Hwys instead much of the way).
I-10 (and I-20 in TX) should open coast to coast this year, but I-25 from ABQ to Las Cruces isn't part of Cycle 1, so that will be awhile yet.