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  1. PhilBa

    Tesla updated their supercharger site for 2020

    With the latest crop of Model 3 owners turning blue holding their collective breaths, I will repeat my annual caution - the Tesla "coming soon" locations are completely disconnected from reality. Don't depend on them. It's more like a vague intent map. I won't go into chapter and verse of why...
  2. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Kelso, WA

    More range is always better. You really don't want to be in the situation where you say "wish I'd gotten the LR".
  3. PhilBa

    Service Center - Lynnwood, WA (Upcoming)

    Their map shows the Renton Service Center but not Lynnwood. Though, this is not a surprise to me given how disconnected/delayed their web site is from reality. I couldn't find anything that described what services they do. I presume that things like body work aren't in every location. Anyone...
  4. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Leavenworth, WA

    Check out the nimrod taking up two spaces. That's an added F'you.
  5. PhilBa

    New Supercharger locations in 2017, WA

    Gasp! 2019. I'm so shocked. Interestingly they actually dropped the Wenatchee "coming whenever" spot so there must be a real person cleaning up the map. But, I predict that 2019 will bring a couple of SCs in locations that were never on the map and most of the "Target 2019 opening" locations...
  6. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Bellevue, WA

    I'll take WAY OVER. LOL. Mar 11, 2020.
  7. PhilBa

    Enumclaw Supercharger- Any News?

    Foreseeable == 2020.
  8. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Salem, OR

    Have to agree with that. It seems like there is always some new or prospective owner that actually believes Tesla's map about future SCs.
  9. PhilBa

    Why is Tesla putting a supercharger in Seattle?

    missed my sarcasm!
  10. PhilBa

    Why is Tesla putting a supercharger in Seattle?

    Oh! That changes everything!
  11. PhilBa

    Why is Tesla putting a supercharger in Seattle?

    Northgate is about to undergo a huge redevelopment including 1200 housing units and a hotel around a "central park" area. I'd be surprised to see a supercharger on the actual site any time soon. Plus, the lightrail station will be opening "real soon now" - kind of on Tesla Supercharger Time...
  12. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Issaquah, WA (LIVE 10/8/2018)

    Optimist!
  13. PhilBa

    New Supercharger locations in 2017, WA

    I was just trying to break it to him gently!
  14. PhilBa

    New Supercharger locations in 2017, WA

    Congrats. You will love it. All the grey supercharger locations in the Northwest on the Tesla supercharger map are listed as "target opening in 2018", last year they were listed as "target opening in 2017". Interestingly, several of the superchargers that were actually built in the last 12...
  15. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Issaquah, WA (LIVE 10/8/2018)

    Hopefully, this is a novelty that wears off for those that have home charging. Supposedly, with free unlimited supercharging going away in new vehicles, Tesla is billing for parking (ie overstaying on a charger). But I wonder how many Teslas are actually being delivered without unlimited. It...
  16. PhilBa

    New Supercharger locations in 2017, WA

    I think Humptulips, WA beats it by a long shot.
  17. PhilBa

    How to avoid being forced to have a front license plate?

    June 2013 delivery. Never had a front plate. No tickets. Yet.
  18. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Ellensburg, WA

    Freddies is the obvious choice given the number of SCs at their stores but based on how the Leavenworth SC happened, I'd say you are better off throwing darts at a map!
  19. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Issaquah, WA (LIVE 10/8/2018)

    Now THAT would give me a stroke!
  20. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Ellensburg, WA

    Crossing fingers as well. But, it doesn't "feel" like a supercharger. TruFrame seems to be a general contractor putting up industrial buildings.
  21. PhilBa

    University Village Destination chargers

    I've said it many times so I'll say it again - when it comes to supercharger promises, hold not thy breath.
  22. PhilBa

    Moving from SoCal -- traffic insights in seattle

    Are you opposed to the EV syrcharge in general? I think it reasonable that every car/driver helps defray the cost of the roads. As I understand it, $50 of the EV surcharge goes towards EV infrastructure.
  23. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Vancouver, WA

    I'm pretty sure that comment was based on looking at the tesla supercharger map that says "end of 2018". We all know how reliable THAT is. supercharge.info doesn't show a construction icon there.
  24. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Ellensburg, WA

    Yes, that "coming soon" location has been there a while. Last year it said "target opening 2017", now it says "target opening 2018". Just like all the other gray locations in WA on the Tesla Map. I highly discourage the holding of one's breath on that. My point is we all need to let Tesla...
  25. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Ellensburg, WA

    Thanks to everyone that has called in broken SC stalls. I hope people also call into to complain when they have to wait because it's full. I believe tesla looks at the stats on various support calls. If they get enough complaints, it may move the priority up a bit. To me fixing eBurg should be...
  26. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Leavenworth, WA

    It appears they were filling in the trench to the transformer yesterday. A wee bit of progress.
  27. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Leavenworth, WA

    Will be there tomorrow. Oh well, chademo at the ready!
  28. PhilBa

    Cancelled our 90D

    That argument is about not having a computer now. We have 2 cars - one is a Model S. It's no hardship to wait.
  29. PhilBa

    Cancelled our 90D

    We placed an order for an X 90D 6 seater 2 days before Elon's P100D announcement. We asked if a 100D could be made available and were told no. After mulling it over, we cancelled today because I really don't want yesterday's battery. I've owned a P85 MS for 3+ years and watched as the batteries...
  30. PhilBa

    90D with 5 seats confirmed for nearly 2 months. What's going on?

    We ordered a 90D (right before the P100D announce). They told us that the 5 seater was all the way out in 2017.
  31. PhilBa

    When will 100+ KWh battery become available?

    We ordered an X 90D 3 days ago. When I called up they seemed like they were scrambling - admitted that Elon's announcement caught them unaware. They said they'd get back to us in a couple of days.
  32. PhilBa

    Eugene/Springfield Supercharger

    they've been there at least since Oct '15.
  33. PhilBa

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    Yes, the flex pass needs to be visible so an officer can determine if you are cheating by operating a single occupancy vehicle in the HOV lane with HOV mode set.
  34. PhilBa

    $150 fee applies to many, many vehicles

    I think you are assuming uniform means per gallon of gas purchased. It could just as easily mean per mile driven or per vehicle. Also, by it's nature a gas tax discriminates against lower mileage vehicles so one could even call the gas tax regressive and discriminatory towards lower income...
  35. PhilBa

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    Not to mention the requirement that the flex pass must be visible to traffic officers.
  36. PhilBa

    $150 fee applies to many, many vehicles

    Well, I guess we disagree. I doubt there is a single legislator or state official that has even thought about your situation let alone actively plotted against more than 2 EVs per household. It's unfortunate that you pay a higher effective tax rate per mile but it is your choice to own 4 EVs...
  37. PhilBa

    $150 fee applies to many, many vehicles

    The current EV tax is a band-aid - a placeholder while they figure it out. Though I suspect no one is actually working on it. The only fair way to uniformly tax all road users is by miles and weight/class of vehicle. That is very unlikely to happen anytime soon. However, I don't think it's...
  38. PhilBa

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    Interesting. I don't know if there is a different scanning process for the 520 bridge vs 405 HOV lanes. On 520 they read my rear plate since I don't have a front one and don't have an actual pass - just registered my plates with GTG. I think it strange (but not surprising) that they can do it...
  39. PhilBa

    Be very very careful at Superior, MT supercharger

    I suspect it's about wealth, not electric vehicles. I've only had a couple of bad interactions in the 27 months I've had my MS but never at an SC. The worst was a woman at a concert parking area going on in a loud voice how "that car" is just unacceptable. Probably about wealth/equity or she...
  40. PhilBa

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    I love the quote from the article "Rubstello said the glitch affects less than one percent of users ...". I don't think it's 1%. I bet its more like 10% or even higher based on the number of cars with metailzed windshields. BS minimization of a real problem by a BS bureaucrat. Good to Go -...
  41. PhilBa

    Relocating to Seattle - Charging options?

    yes, you want dual chargers and the chademo adapter. I have a P85 and find both beneficial. There are 70 and 80 amp Level II (HAL2) chargers as well as chademos. The HAL2s are on the Cascade Loop (goes through Levenworth) and are free. There are lots of chademos scattered around the...
  42. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Kennewick, WA

    That is a well known problem of the latest version of Tesla Nav. I, too, used Kennewick last weekend and was heading to Seattle (with Seattle as the destination in Nav). It wanted us to go to Ritzville. My wife was driving and didn't remember the problem with nav. I caught it at the last...
  43. PhilBa

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    It used to be worse. They wouldn't tell you if you got a fine and then would levy late charges on the fines and then late charges on the late charges while you were completely clueless about the fine in the first place. I recall an article about some one who got a multi-hundred $$ fine over...
  44. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Ellensburg, WA

    I've been thinking about this cone thing and wondering why it is as effective as it seems to be. I think it's because, in general, there is a desire to just park the car and get out. Anything that makes the stalls look like more effort says move along. Having to stop in middle of the lot, get...
  45. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Ellensburg, WA

    They do seem to be working. Stopped there several times since they were put out. No ICEing. The real test will be a friday or saturday evening when the hotel is full.
  46. PhilBa

    Washington State Good To Go Pass - best installation location?

    It doesn't look like there is a license plate version of the flex pass. Kind of typical dysfunction for the GTG system. I didn't bother with the tag/pass, just registered my MS with GTG and they charge me the lower "tag" rate on the 520 bridge but then you will always get charged in the HOV lane.
  47. PhilBa

    Seattle SC

    Yeah, it got dropped from the 2015 map and now shows as 2016, which basically means "maybe, someday, whenever".
  48. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Sandy, OR

    Ha! I like to think of it as Portland, close to Boring.
  49. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Sandy, OR

    Sure, if you hang out in Sandy but downtown and Beaverton/Hillsboro are going to be a fair haul to get a charge - about 30 miles from sandy to downtown. There are lots of Chademos in Portland, I'd use those long before the Sandy SC. There is a bonus, though. The site isn't far from Boring.
  50. PhilBa

    Supercharger - Sandy, OR

    Someone at Tesla loves Portland. This is the second SC that mostly benefits people from Portland (Detroit is the first).

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