Agree that one shouldn't hesitate to charge to 100% when traveling, but Nissan removed the 80% charging option to increase the advertised range of the car. EPA was averaging the 80% and 100% ranges. With no 80% option, the range magically increased by 10% for the next model year! Same reason Tesla changed from the standard 93% daily charge or 100% trip charge in earlier Model S firmware to the slider of 50-90% for daily use. Without a fixed daily setting EPA would have nothing to average the 100% range with, so they continued to publish the 100% range figure (as they should).I read through some of the blogs and I get the feeling that, OP demonstrates excessive caution on going out of the way in not charging to 100% - even on long trips. I think that is unwarranted. While frequent - aka daily - charging to 100% might be detrimental, I am fairly confident that it is perfectly okay to charge to 100% when you need them.
On the Nissan Leaf form folks soon realized it made no difference. So much Nissan even removed the 80% charging option in 2014 and later. So most of charge to 100% daily, and in my case twice daily and I have the same capacity after 20 months and 35k miles as anyone else with that mileage.
I understand Model S is not Leaf, but still I have noticed folks going a bit overboard in avoiding 100% sometimes.
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Sounds like a great trip! We're planning to do a cross-country trip as soon as we get our S85D in early '16. CA->NM->AL->FL->VA->CA. Appreciate the wheel alignment advice as well!
Sounds like a great trip. We did a DFW to Seattle trip back in July and it was the best long distance (long distance = over 2000 mile) road trip we've ever taken.
$250 is what I pay for a wheel alignment done correctly. The $80 kind often make the alignment worse because the techs don't understand about alignment angles--I doubt most could even name them, let alone describe what they do and what they control--and the machines are all too often out of calibration. If Tesla has the calibration done monthly, then $250 is a reasonable price, although I would much rather have them confirm what they did with manual tools which can't go out of calibration. I've never had to pay for an alignment done by the SC.
I actually did this trip in reverse in a Model S 60 in the spring of 2014. Before the Macon, GA supercharger was open! Boston to Georgia was a breeze, then Nissan dealerships and a campground were used to charge between Macon and Austin. We managed to complete the trip one way in just over 3 days. Not bad for 1000 miles not supercharged! We had a cargo rack in the back for bicycles, a mattress in the back seat so one driver could sleep while the other drove, and a spare in the frunk. We saw as low as 180 wh/mile cruising at 50!