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Barstow to Harris Ranch Direct

Discussion in 'California' started by napabill, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. napabill

    napabill Active Member

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    Looking for experiences of making the run from Barstow to Harris Ranch direct. It is 229 miles per Google, and includes the Tehachapi summit. I know I can divert to Tejon and make it no problem but it adds 30-45 minutes drive time. On my trip down in December I talked with a couple of people that had done it, and it sounded like it was pretty tight. Suppose I could set a goal rated range to have when I hit Bakersfield then decide whether to go for it or not at that point.
     
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    Per EV Trip Planner -- if you had any sort of headwind, you would probably be short.
     
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    I've been keeping my eye on this run as well. Looks like with the 19"s you may be good especially with the stretches of 55MPH on 46 / 58 depending on route. If stop at a 70A charger, for about 20 - 30 miles You'll might still be running the same time as through Tejon. A few too many variables with wind and elevation to be certain. I'll probably do it at some point, slowly at first, but I don't even have the car yet. :) Would be nice to get a supercharger in that route for the bay area to LV runs.
     
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    As I mentioned, once you get to Bakersfield, you can make a go/no-go decision. The route from Bakersfield on to Harris should be fairly predictable with speed being key variable.
     
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    Are there any 70A chargers on this route?
     
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    Even if there were, it would be faster to go to Tejon then Harris Ranch than stop for an hour+ to sip at 40amps in order to go direct.
     
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    I also considered skipping Tejon for a similar trip from Big Bear to Fresno via Barstow, but that's even a bit farther than you are proposing so I ate the few extra miles to go via Tejon.
     
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    Does the OP have twin chargers? I haven't mapped this out, but if you had twin chargers, and you're only looking at giving yourself a slight buffer and not a full charge in order to get to Harris Ranch, and if there were a 70A station on the more direct route, seems like stopping for 20-30 minutes and picking up 20-25 rated miles at 70A (not sipping at 40A) would be faster than detouring to Tejon.
     
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    Another option could be drafting behind semi-trucks or SUVs (safe distance of course). If you did it at the beginning, you'd know if it saves you enough energy to make it all the way. Would be kind of boring, but maybe less boring than diverting for the supercharger or sitting around for a long time waiting on a charge. If you have someone else with you to drive, it would be best to switch off every now and then to stay more alert. Good thing about semi-trucks is their size and the fact that they take longer to stop than the MS, bad thing is the tires are bigger and they throw up more road debris. Following one with a skirt would be the best choice....

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    Don't get me started! Never understood the value of having an extra charger last summer when I configured the car. Never occurred to me there might be a use "on-the-road." Bought some TSLA stock at $34 and the gain may pay for a retrograde this summer.:smile:
     
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    Wouldn't help you here anyway. There's no 70amp chargers anywhere close (except perhaps in somebody's home).
     
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    At first I thought you were in a 60kWh, but with an 85kWh, I don't think you'll have an issue, even without doing any of Doug's hints which I can personally vouch for.

    The Rules of Model S Road Tripping - Blogs - Tesla Motors Club - Enthusiasts & Owners Forum

    During our 3K mile road trip from Seattle to LA we did several stretches in CA in our 60kWh over 220 miles; even at highway speeds.

    The major killer of range is the cold, outside of that it is speed/wind (air drag) and the rest is really negligible in my experience.
     
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    What I figured. Wish we had a lot more of these higher amp stations in California, but at least there are a few on the 101 corridor between Salinas and Santa Barbara to make that trip a little faster until a supercharger is opened up on this route.
     

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