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    Lowest Wh/mi challenge

    My best is -19 Wh/mile for 33 miles descending from Mt. Wilson a net 5,000 feet to my home in Glendale. But the last 10 miles of that is freeway plus about a 400 foot climb to my house. I always gain ~15 rated miles descending from Mt. Baldy or the Angeles Crest to the L.A. Basin. I'll have...
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    Supercharger stations full?

    I had 350 supercharge sessions and had to wait 4x: 1) Qualcomm 2017 when it was the only one in San Diego County 2) Atascadero 2017 immediately after the last TMC event in Monterey 3&4) St. George on Sundays in March and September 2020 I see another poster has highlighted St. George as problem...
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    Wiki Superchargers Visited

    3/19/2021 Granada Hills v3 106 3/22/2021 Bishop v3 107 3/25/2021 Palmdale v3 108 Update mostly from my first spring Mammoth trip. There should be more within a month as I'm planning to hit Mt. Bachelor.
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    Supercharger - Mammoth Lakes, CA (8 V2 stalls)

    I'm charging at Mammoth now, not paired. It's been at 45kW and 3 miles/minute the whole time starting at about 50% SoC. At 50% SoC I average 6 miles/minute at 150kW chargers.
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    Supercharger - Bishop, CA (LIVE 18 Nov 2020, 12 stalls)

    The new v3's on 395 are great. I drove to the Lone Pine charger in 2 hours 40 minutes and it took all of 7 minutes to charge from 67-132 rated miles. At Bishop it took 15 minutes to charge from 54 to 196 rated miles. I was actually in Bishop over an hour because I walked the 12 minutes to...
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    Ultimate EV Road Trip - Circumnavigating North America

    Same with me, links to empty album. I was shocked intrepidtoo ONLY used 68 superchargers. My 2020 travels, LA to Florida, returning via Lake Superior, used 65 superchargers and it was child's play compared to intrepidtoo's trip. He used a lot of destination chargers, particularly in Canada.
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    Lucid Air Will Be Better Than Model S, Says Former Tesla Engineer

    Lucid Touring and Plaid Model S are about a year away in the US. I'd probably hang on the to S85D for that year to wait for the details of the specifications. But based upon past practices, it will take longer for these cars to reach Europe. We feel good about the timing of our August 2019...
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    How is Tesla Customer Service nowadays (2020)?

    Yes. and as far as service is concerned, I believe relatively few owners run into the severe problems we read about here. 1) The initial quality problems I had were minor, noises that were fixed within a week or two of purchase on both cars. 2) EV's are inherently reliable due to simplicity, few...
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    Lucid Air Will Be Better Than Model S, Says Former Tesla Engineer

    I don't think Lucid Air sits higher than Model S. Exterior dimensions are 1/2 inch shorter and 1/2 inch narrower yet it beats both Model S and Model 3 in aerodynamic drag. If we still had the 2016 S90D, I'd be looking to upgrade and it would be a close call between Lucid Touring and Raven S...
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    Lucid Air Will Be Better Than Model S, Says Former Tesla Engineer

    On October 29 we visited the Lucid Air showroom in Beverly Hills as drop-ins after calling them at 1:45. Given our knowledgeable Tesla background including seeing a Lucid presentation at TMC Connect in 2017 we got a 1.5 hour tour from Danny. I went back this week to take pictures, when a...
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    Wiki Superchargers Visited

    Minor update: 10/5/2020 Anaheim: Katella v3 104 10/14/2020 Hermosa Beach v3 105 I'm not anticipating additions in the near term. I only have 6 other SC's in LA and Orange Counties and three of those are within 3 miles of home. It's not generally worth the hassle to make a charge stop on a...
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    How to make time efficient long trips

    Yes if you stop for a sit down meal ~45 minutes, the Raven will probably have over 300 rated miles when you're done and will easily be able to skip at least one charger. At 75-80mph I'm only driving 275 miles if I started at 100%, though a one hour meal may charge my car to 100%. During my...
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    How to make time efficient long trips

    Correct, it's the cabin overheat protection, which is supposed to keep the cabin no hotter than 105F. It's obvious when you get in a Tesla sitting out in the sun that it's hot, but not the furnace that most cars are. And my understanding is that the cabin overheat protection is a good idea...
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    5,009 Miles from Florida to SoCal via Lake Superior

    There is little question in my mind that a hot handle is highly correlated with slow charging. If the handle is hot when I first go to plug in, I'll choose another stall immediately. And usually when there's a crash in kW speed after 10 minutes the handle is hot. The damp rag should work in...
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    How to make time efficient long trips

    I have extensive recent experience, having driven a 5,000 mile not direct route from Florida to SoCal between Aug. 28 and Sep. 14. 5,009 Miles from Florida to SoCal via Lake Superior That's a good rule, with the following evidence from two cross country drives this summer to back it up. I...
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    5,009 Miles from Florida to SoCal via Lake Superior

    When the car was new in August 2019, 100% was 363 rated miles. 100% had degraded gradually to 353 miles by late May 2020. In July 2020, a software update raised my 100% to 365 rated miles. My last 100% was 363 rated miles in Richfield UT Sept. 13. The software update recalibrated "rated...
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    5,009 Miles from Florida to SoCal via Lake Superior

    Clearwater averaged 226 miles in half an hour. 10 minutes is way too low a time limit to edit one's post IMHO. I thought it used to be something like an hour.
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    5,009 Miles from Florida to SoCal via Lake Superior

    I drove 3,260 miles to Florida from SoCal May 28 - June 9, details here: Supercharge Stats from CA to FL Drive, + Compare Other EV's And here: Just finished a 3,044 mile road trip in my '16 MS 90D My wife Liz and I left Florida Aug. 28, planning to visit friends in Chicago and Colorado. One...
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    Wiki Superchargers Visited

    In addition to those areas listed in post #9735 and #10253, I have added the following on the way home to SoCal: 9/2/2020 Madison: E Washington 87 9/2/2020 Wausau 88 9/3/2020 Duluth 89 9/5/2020 Eau Claire 90 9/5/2020 Mauston 91 9/7/2020 Dubuque 92 9/7/2020 Coralville 93 9/7/2020 W. Des Moines...
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    Wiki Superchargers Visited

    In addition to those areas listed in post #9735, this summer I have added: 7/29/2020 Celebration (2) 64 7/30/2020 Vero Beach v3 65 7/31/2020 West Palm Beach 66 7/31/2020 Sarasota 67 8/6/2020 Orlando: Sand Lake Rd. 68 8/7/2020 Tampa 69 8/12/2020 Naples 70 8/13/2020 Marathon (2) 71 8/16/2020...
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    Just finished a 3,044 mile road trip in my '16 MS 90D

    We drove across Florida last week to see the Mars rover launch at Kennedy Space Center. On the way we had a dinner stop which resulted in a full charge. A recent software update raised our displayed 100% rated range as 365 miles. It was 363 when the car was new and had drifted down to 352...
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    Just finished a 3,044 mile road trip in my '16 MS 90D

    Mine is also August 2019 build. There's an interim build period of Ravens that is supposed to get a software upgrade to 225kW for v3 charging. If your software is current, perhaps that means our cars are too old for that update. But the improvement would be marginal as charging speed would...
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    Just finished a 3,044 mile road trip in my '16 MS 90D

    90mph is the max speed for TACC/Autopilot, and while you think that's what you're driving for a sustained period, with traffic, getting on/off interstates to get to chargers, that's not an overall average for a day. Nonetheless 322 Wh/mi for that trip in S90D is excellent. My lifetime Wh/mi...
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    Supercharge Stats from CA to FL Drive, + Compare Other EV's

    It was just me as driver, but I brought a lot of extra stuff my wife requested. Frunk and lower rear compartment were full of those, including some books and all of her scuba gear. Inside was my medium+ sized suitcase, 9 bottles of wine (viable with Dog Mode on daytime stops), other smaller...
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    Just finished a 3,044 mile road trip in my '16 MS 90D

    The max charge rate got throttled back, bu the taper became more gradual. The gray triangles in the chart below show that S90D charges at ~5miles/minute (300+ mph) from about 20m to 160 rated miles. Those gray triangles were based upon a charge session at Beatty, Nevada in May 2019, which is...
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    Wiki Superchargers Visited

    I thought about that. But I considered the conversion to v3 significant. Which it is because anyone headed north needs to leave Lone Pine with 200+ rated miles. But I don't make the rules, and I can see it's a gray area.
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    Supercharge Stats from CA to FL Drive, + Compare Other EV's

    It won't be dramatic. Model 3's are at 250kW from 5%-20% SoC. My Raven S charges faster than 150kW on a v3 only from 15%-40% SoC. Maybe a 2020 Model S is over 200kW from 15-30%? I may get an idea if I get bumped to 225kW by software update. The reality is that most supercharging is on...
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    Wiki Superchargers Visited

    I am not a patient driver. But the 1/3 greater range and 50% faster charging speed of the Raven have made me willing and eager to drive the new car farther afield. Family circumstances and the current undesirability of flying resulted in a cross country drive to Florida May 29 - June 9...
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    Supercharge Stats from CA to FL Drive, + Compare Other EV's

    Finally, I added my experiences to the charging time/distance tables created by Bjorn Nyland in Europe. I converted his km to miles. Model 3 v3 is Bjorn data from fast charging sites in Europe that can accommodate Model 3's 250kW max rate. Model X100 is Bjorn data, probably pre-Raven...
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    Supercharge Stats from CA to FL Drive, + Compare Other EV's

    The v3 charges were all in Clearwater, FL after I arrived in Florida. There were no v3's on the cross country drive but I had been to Lone Pine in February and Las Vegas LINQ in March. Max charge ate was 158kW in Lone Pine and 165kW in Las Vegas. I wonder if Raven Model S was not allowed...
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    Supercharge Stats from CA to FL Drive, + Compare Other EV's

    From May 29 - June 9 I drove from Glendale, CA to Belleaire Bluffs, FL. I visited friends 4 days in Colorado, 2 days in Kansas, 2 days in Missouri plus one night in a hotel in Alabama. So here are the summary stats for the drive days on the recent trip: May 29: Home to Las Vegas 273 miles. This...
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    Blog Model S is First EPA-Rated EV to Hit 400 Miles of Range

    That's a good point and correct if the battery is the same and the bump to 402 is all from efficiency improvements. I'm surprised I haven't read any detail reports on Raven charge rates in miles/min, which I agree is what matters. After the CA - FL trip I have lots of that data for my 2019...
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    Model S range and interior update imminent?

    I recently did a detail minute-by-minute audit of my Raven on a v3: Rated miles / kW charge rate 20 74 24 83 31 137 39 144 47 147 56 148 65 178 76 196 87 190 98 185 108 179 119 172 129 163 138 145 146 134 154 126 162 120 168 116 176 112 182 109 189 107 195 106 202 104 208 105 214 104 221 103...
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    Supercharger - Burbank, CA - North Third Street (LIVE 14 Sep 2017, 20 V2 stalls)

    All of my Saturday morning charge stops at Burbank this spring have been unpaired, less than half full but far from empty.
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    Blog Model S is First EPA-Rated EV to Hit 400 Miles of Range

    The reality of efficient road tripping is that it is a combination of range and charging speed that determine how far you can drive in a full day of 10-12 hours. I have just done 4 of those in my 2019 Raven Model S driving from SoCal to Florida. FYI I have never had 370 rated miles in that...
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    Supercharger - Burbank, CA - North Third Street (LIVE 14 Sep 2017, 20 V2 stalls)

    Finally a normal charge session at Burbank Saturday morning: 184 rated miles added in 30m minutes, max 133kW charge rate. For the previous month I was starting to believe Burbank was a de facto urban charger as it wasn't getting past 70kW.
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    I've loved Tesla for 7 years. But after years of abuse, I'm out

    I live 3 miles from the Burbank Service Center. If I need something I drive over there and talk to someone in person. If it's not an urgent issue maybe the appointment is set up for a couple of weeks. And sometimes the service is by ranger even though I live so close. My impression is that...
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    Supercharger - Mammoth Lakes, CA (8 V2 stalls)

    I can believe that. The Raven Model S also won't regen when the battery is cold. I was at Snowbird March 7-14 and took the car down the canyon 3x. Once I turned the climate on for 20 minutes before driving; it gobbled 8 rated miles but the regen worked. The other times I had to use the...
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    Supercharger - Burbank, CA - North Third Street (LIVE 14 Sep 2017, 20 V2 stalls)

    Still subpar this morning. I didn't time it but I was unpaired starting at about 50% SoC and it was never faster than 49kW.
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    COVID-19 Impact on Tesla production?

    That stat is internally contradictory. 75 million (average 50 and 100) / .025 = 3 billion people. World population was only 1.8 billion and not 100% of the population was infected. Covid-19 Is Not the Spanish Flu This article estimates that Spanish flu mortality rate for those infected was in...
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    Supercharger - St George, UT

    This SC is seriously degraded today. It was full. I was third in line and waited 25 minutes to plug in, longest wait I’ve ever had. 1A and 3A are broken. 3B and 1B get 97-98kW because they are unpaired. I ramped up to 88kW but fell back to 49kW when a Model 3 paired with me and he’s only...
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    Supercharger - Burbank, CA - North Third Street (LIVE 14 Sep 2017, 20 V2 stalls)

    Burbank worked fine for me last August a week after I got my Raven. It added 140 rated miles in 20 minutes and 182 miles in 30 minutes. This morning , unpaired, it took 35 minutes to add 140 miles and 52 minutes to add 182 miles. Both of these charge sessions started around 20% SoC. No...
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    Supercharger - Mammoth Lakes, CA (8 V2 stalls)

    Cold battery might make the charging slow for 5-10 minutes but not 30. By the time I left the charge rate was 26kW, still horrible.
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    Supercharger - Lone Pine, CA (LIVE 28 Jan 2015, expanded Dec 2019, 8 V3 stalls)

    I drove to Mammoth Sunday, arrived Lone Pine 4PM, obviously coincidental with departing weekenders as I got the last remaining stall. When I left 34 minutes later half the stalls were open. I drove from Glendale via Alta Loma to pick up a friend. With high winds the trip was a nail biter. I had...
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    Supercharger - Mammoth Lakes, CA (8 V2 stalls)

    Despite the consistently good performance of this charger over the 2016-2019 seasons, I must conclude that it is seriously degraded this season. The Sunday dinner stop on arrival was reasonable but not ideal. The first charge stopped after 5 minutes and 25 added rated miles so I had to go back...
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    California DMV - Plates & HOV Stickers

    Mailed: 12/30/19 Check Cashed: 01/16/20 Stickers Arrived: 01/23/20 I installed the small stickers per paper instructions in front and back. I presume front will be necessary for cameras at some point. I put one big sticker on the right rear quarter panel and left the other one in the...
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    Supercharger - Lone Pine, CA (LIVE 28 Jan 2015, expanded Dec 2019, 8 V3 stalls)

    Back when I got the S90D I looked at the map around Inyokern and crudely those roads looked like a triangle 4 miles on each side. So 2 sides of the triangle instead of 1 is 4 miles = 4 minutes. For the S90D I calculated that getting to Lone Pine with a 25 rated mile cushion would take 15...
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    Supercharger - Lone Pine, CA (LIVE 28 Jan 2015, expanded Dec 2019, 8 V3 stalls)

    Mammoth is my most frequent trip. With my S90D I drove there 17x and made it to Lone Pine without an interim charge 10 of them. Caveats: 1) We live in Glendale, some miles closer than most places in the LA Basin. 2) Most of these trips are in spring, April - July when it's 70+F in the Owens...
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    Few new superchargers in the US?

    I referred a friend in Eagle Colorado who bought a Model 3PD in September 2018. I would say Colorado is a region where supercharger coverage still leaves much to be desired. The southwest corner of the state is not viable for Tesla travel IMHO especially during ski season. Last March we...
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    Supercharger - Mammoth Lakes, CA (8 V2 stalls)

    I have charged 39x at Mammoth since April 2016 and this was the first time there has been a slowdown or any issue.

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