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California, LA to San Jose - 1st trip (need advice!)

ZZ_KITT

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Mar 10, 2019
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many CA owners have done this trip. As mentioned above by @bmah - your best options are to leave with a good charge, then stop at Harris Ranch and Kettleman City. There is a code for the customer lounge to get in; google it ahead of time, in case it does not show on your Nav when you arrive. Unless your on a long-weekend, there should be chargers available. I would again stop in Gilroy, and drive thru Sonic Gilroy to pick up a monster shake

Enjoy the road, and watch for speed traps....
 
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Oct 10, 2019
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I take a similar trip every so often when i go to the bay area to see family. I stop at Mojave, Bakersfield, kettleman city, Firebaugh, Hollister, and i make a stop at the Milpitas one so i have juice for around town driving since nobody has an outlet i can use while I'm visiting them.
Could make less stops, but its a faster trip to stop more often for less time, than it is to make less stops more time. Also I have a lead foot and usually do 90'ish when I'm on hwy 5 so that doesn't help with range either 🤷‍♂️ :cool:
 
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Kevy Baby

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Going to be heading to the Bay Area from Orange County the second week of August for vacation (going up on a Sunday, coming back the following Saturday). Might take the 101 up. I know it will take longer, but should make for a more interesting drive (the 5 is just a horribly boring drive).
 

Need

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Nov 22, 2017
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i'll be doing the reverse route... how fast is everyone driving? i know that driving 80 mph will drain the batteries faster.
70 is the speed limit most of the way I think. So most people will be driving 80. I think I was driving about 82 to 85 on average just following the speed of the general traffic.
 

rotiv54436

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70 is the speed limit most of the way I think. So most people will be driving 80. I think I was driving about 82 to 85 on average just following the speed of the general traffic.
oh thanks that what im going do... i just worry i wont have enough charge getting to the next station driving 80 mph.
 

Need

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oh thanks that what im going do... i just worry i wont have enough charge getting to the next station driving 80 mph.

Whenever I left one supercharger for another, I wait until the on board nav says I will have 12% to 15% left when I get there. And when I actually get there (driving 80+), I usually ended up at 12% or higher. So the on board calculation is pretty generous even if you drive 80mph. If you are going to drive 90's.... probably don't leave until the predicted charge is at 18%.
 

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