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CA Hwy 1 through Big Sur

Discussion in 'Roadster' started by Ben W, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. Ben W

    Ben W P85 #61, Roadster #108

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    Last week I drove the scenic 187-mile stretch from Salinas to Santa Maria, down Hwy 1 through Big Sur, on my way from San Jose to Santa Barbara. The drive was enabled by the new Salinas charger, with Atascadero/San Luis Obispo/Santa Maria on the other end; I don't think it would have been possible otherwise, short of serious hypermiling. Curious if any other Roadster owners have attempted this drive, or could I have been the first?

    Anyway, it was the drive of a lifetime, and I posted some first-person video on YouTube: YouTube - Tesla Roadster in Big Sur . (Pretty decent video capture for an iPhone. Turn down the volume; the wind noise gets pretty loud.)

    Major kudos to Tesla/SolarCity/Rabobank for installing these chargers. I've availed myself of the ones in Salinas, Atascadero and Santa Maria, and found them to be in perfect working order. (Though, I did discover the Santa Maria charger plug exposed to the elements; please stow it properly after use! Perhaps there should be a reminder sticker, indicating the correct 'parked' position?) I'd also strongly encourage Tesla to install a second charger in each location for redundancy; I nearly had a conflict with another Tesla driver who was making the southbound drive on the 101 at the same time. We both planned to recharge in Atascadero, but ended up making it to SLO and Santa Maria respectively, due to the Roadster's impressive range. (Which we all know from Top Gear to be 55 miles.)

    Finally, I'd love to see a charging station at the Rabobank in King City, "plugging" the longest gap in the charging network: 110 miles from Atascadero to Salinas. Otherwise you end up completely dependent on the Salinas charger: it's 187 miles from Atascadero to Menlo Park, which is dicey if the Salinas charger is out, or if you arrive at Menlo Park after hours -- for that matter, I'd love to see 24/7 public chargers available at the Tesla store locations. I did take my Tesla up to Menlo Park while I was in San Jose, to show it where it was born!

    -Ben
     
  2. doug

    doug Administrator / Head Moderator

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    Sounds like a nice drive.

     
  3. Ted at Tesla

    Ted at Tesla Tesla Sales Associate by day enthusiast by night

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    Ben,

    I'm happy to hear the trip was a success. Dan Myggen and I stopped by the Salinas connector on Friday on our way to SLO. We were driving VP16 and towing a new demo Roadster. We found Ben's car happily charging in Salinas so we decided to press on without charging.

    We charged for about a half hour in Atascadero and arrived in SLO with plenty of range in Standard mode. We probably could have made the whole drive in Standard without charging!

    Ted
     
  4. dpeilow

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    I think Graham did this drive shortly after getting his car. I remember the pictures, but can't remember the thread they were in at the moment...
     
  5. Ben W

    Ben W P85 #61, Roadster #108

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    #5 Ben W, Oct 27, 2009
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    I know some owners have roundtripped from the bay area to Big Sur, but I'm not aware of any who have continued the drive south to Cambria. I will look and see if I can find Graham's post.

    Update: here's Graham's post: http://www.teslamotorsclub.com/tesla-roadster/2523-owners-stories-5.html#post28487

    Looks like a roundtrip to Big Sur, but not the whole stretch of the 1. Nice photo though!
     

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