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madmax240

Model S 100D
Jan 15, 2018
51
37
Russell, Ontario
Heading to Gros Morne NL with 5 day stopover in Pictou, NS this summer.
Supercharging in NB and level 3s in NS.
Planning to charge to 90% in Sydney before the ferry crossing.
Anticipate long charging stops with J1772s in Newfoundland. I hope to be able to plug into 110 overnight while at Airbnb's.
I think we will be fine for available range so long as I can leave it plugged in as much as possible.
Maybe a little anxious. Trying to prove we can do it effortlessly without having to take the wife's civic instead.
 
Apr 15, 2016
71
60
Toronto
Heading to Gros Morne NL with 5 day stopover in Pictou, NS this summer.
Supercharging in NB and level 3s in NS.
Planning to charge to 90% in Sydney before the ferry crossing.
Anticipate long charging stops with J1772s in Newfoundland. I hope to be able to plug into 110 overnight while at Airbnb's.
I think we will be fine for available range so long as I can leave it plugged in as much as possible.
Maybe a little anxious. Trying to prove we can do it effortlessly without having to take the wife's civic instead.

Curious how this goes! I am going from Toronto to Cape Breton as I couldn't muster the strength to go further and take the ferry, I am saving that one for a future year! :)
 

idoco

Member
May 7, 2013
549
596
Outside Philly
Heading to Gros Morne NL with 5 day stopover in Pictou, NS this summer.
Supercharging in NB and level 3s in NS.
Planning to charge to 90% in Sydney before the ferry crossing.
Anticipate long charging stops with J1772s in Newfoundland. I hope to be able to plug into 110 overnight while at Airbnb's.
I think we will be fine for available range so long as I can leave it plugged in as much as possible.
Maybe a little anxious. Trying to prove we can do it effortlessly without having to take the wife's civic instead.

We'll also be in NS and NL this summer. If you have any doubts run the trip thru EVTripplanner. You should be fine.

OTOH...trying it with a trailer...
Tin Poodle: Upcoming Road Trip Teaser....Stay Tuned
 

Xelloss99

Member
Jun 7, 2012
60
144
Edmonton, Alberta
Was wondering about a trip from Southern Ontario to Calgary next June. Looks like no problem to Butte, Montana or even to the Tesla Chargers in Helena, Montana. But looks like there is only one J772 between there and Lethbridge, Alberta in Great Falls, Montana. Do any people have experience driving from Calgary south into the US?

I just came back from Edmonton->Las Vegas->Edmonton in an AWD LR Model 3 with Fort McLeod->Lethbridge->Helena->Butte as part of the route (and back the same way although I took an overnight break on this chunk on the way back).

Going South is the section you need to be careful about as you gain elevation.
Supercharged to 97% at Fort McLeod
Top up to 98% at Peavey Mart in Lethbridge (its about 15 KW J1772, and there's an equivalent 15KW+ Tesla destination charger at Water Pure and Simple as a backup) I also did a demo there and burnt off some reserves showing off the "Tesla accelleration" so had even less than that.
Drive at 90 kph to the border on Highway 4. This is a quiet 2 lane in each direction highway, no worries about being slower than speed limit.
Drive at 55 mph from the border to Vaughn on I15. Still a nice quiet section of highway with no worries about being slower.
Take the Ulm-Vaughn road to Ulm at about 50 mph (bypassing the climb and extra mileage to Great Falls and back). This is 1 lane in each direction, mostly paved but with about a 2-3 mile stretch of gravel. I took this to break up the monotony of driving and save some range but I don't think it saved that much because there were a couple of rollercoaster hills. I'd probably skip this if I was to do it again, I don't think it saved that much and this can't be done in autosteer mode :p
Back on I15, drive at 65 mph to Helena. Still slower than the speed limit but not so bad. I could have taken this at the speed limit with more time at Suds Hut if I wanted to.
Charge at Suds Hut in Helena for supper. There are 2 fast Tesla destination chargers and 1 J1772 charger there, and the food is great.
Drive at 65 mph on I15 to Butte. Could probably have gone faster but it was night.

Going North (Butte to Helena, Helena to the border, border to Lethbridge) you should be able to skip the Ulm-Vaughn road shortcut and do the speed limit since you are going lower in elevation. You can check the energy graph at Great Falls and slow down if you think you will cut it close getting to Lethbridge since that section from Great Falls to Lethbridge is a quiet section of road with 2 lanes in each direction.
On my trip I supercharged at Butte, drove to Conrad Super 8 and stayed the night while charging on their 14-50, then went through to the Fort McLeod supercharger, without needing to stop at Helena or Lethbridge.
 

MarcoRP

Active Member
Sep 6, 2017
4,958
9,422
Montréal
Detroit:
Last week of June, we’ll be taking a trip from Montreal to Detroit. We’re leaving the 25th for a drive to Toronto, where we will be seeing family for two days and staying at a hotel in Mississauga (near YYZ). After Toronto, we will be driving to Detroit where will stay for 3 days. We will be staying around Windsor and take daily trips to the Ford factory and whatever the heck Chevy has there. For the road, we will do the usual Kingston-Belleville-Toronto route, but I am wondering which route we should take from there, the 401 or the 403 (and for the return trip) ? After we will be stopping in Comber for a final QC before Detroit. In Detroit or in Windsor (Essex), are there any charging locations that you might recommend using?

Locations I’ve considered: (No CHAdeMO adapter)
GM Headquarters
S/X Video and PC Connection (Essex)
Ford Deck 300 (Henry Ford Museum)
MGM Grand Casino
2nd trip to Comber
Thoughts?
 
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Iwantmy3

Member
May 2, 2018
37
53
Ontaro
Xelloss99,
I am looking to make the drive from Calgary to Toronto later this summer in my 3 LR RWD and I will need to make this same jump from Fort Mcleod to the I90. I was looking at abetterrouteplanner.com and it suggested going from Fort McLeod to Missoula MT. May I ask why you didn't go this way? Any thoughts or warnings about this option?
 

bpjod

Supporting Member
Nov 5, 2016
446
2,122
Alberta, Canada
Going through Missoula MT is one option. According to ABRP it will take 14h to drive the 1,135 km from Calgary to Billings MT. ABRP link

If it were me, I'd drive Calgary to Great Falls and stay at the Spring Hills Suites with their Tesla destination charger. 5.5h to drive 518 km. ABRP Link After a night's sleep, I'd head on my way to Billings, MT; 3.5h to drive 356 km. ABRP link (note: ABRP says 4.5h to drive this leg, but Google says 3.5h and given it's 356 km on good highways, I tend to believe Google over ABRP on this.)

My route saves 5 hours and 261 km. You're going to have to sleep somewhere on the route. Might as well plan on sleeping in Great Falls as this saves a fair amount of time if you're willing to charge overnight. Disclosure: I've not done this with my Tesla, I've only planned it on ABRP. I've driven Great Falls to Calgary a number of times and that route is good. The Great Falls to Billings route I've never driven, but the roads look good on Google's Street View. I bet it's probably only a 3.5h drive rather than the 4.5h that ABRP says.
 

mrElbe

Active Member
Aug 17, 2014
1,727
1,148
Stouffville, ON Canada
Drove last week from Canmore to Fort McCloud. Played it safe and charged at Calgary north. Then on to Water Pure and Simple in Lethbridge and Peavey Mart to check it out. Both gave me 76A charging. Then on to Great Falls and stayed at the Spring Hills Suites. They have four 80A HPWC chargers. Except for one spot spaces were ICEd. They need some signage there. Next morning on to Bozeman SC and onward to Home north of Toronto.
 

Amandeep

Member
Jun 29, 2018
87
35
Ontario, Canada
From Montreal : Quebec city, Rivière du Loup, Saint Leonard, Fredericton, Aulac and you have enough to go to PEI.
Make a stop in Shediac, beach is nice and water is warm !:)
Saint Leonard Fredericton is well within your range.
Levy SC is located near a big grocery store and a bunch of other stuff.
Rivière du loup isn't that exciting. No much around. If you want to stop in Drummondville, there is a big mall. Saint Leonard d'Aston, a Saint Hubert a Mc Donald. Fredericton is a big stop. That's all I know...

Thank you
 

Amandeep

Member
Jun 29, 2018
87
35
Ontario, Canada
Trip to PEI in M3

Can you guys recommend places in PEI / Nova Scotia where we can charge in hotel / cottages etc while we are there next month.
We will be travelling from Toronto to PEI and back.
As this is our first trip in Tesla, any help will be appreciated
Cheers
 

Vawlkus

Active Member
Feb 28, 2017
1,559
803
Halifax
Not a lot in PEI yet, though there are more coming.

Downtown the Delta hotel (I might have the name wrong) has HPWCs and a couple sun country chargers.
There’s also a high power charger on the UPEI campus, though you’ll have to watch when you can use it.

PlugShare has the bulk of the charging data locally, I highly recommend that.

For Nova Scotia, check the Enfield Supercharger thread, I put some info for local chargers there around page 7-9. The Supercharger itself may be going live soon as well.
 

Xelloss99

Member
Jun 7, 2012
60
144
Edmonton, Alberta
Xelloss99,
I am looking to make the drive from Calgary to Toronto later this summer in my 3 LR RWD and I will need to make this same jump from Fort Mcleod to the I90. I was looking at abetterrouteplanner.com and it suggested going from Fort McLeod to Missoula MT. May I ask why you didn't go this way? Any thoughts or warnings about this option?

Fort McLeod to Missoula requires going through the Going-To-The-Sun road in Glacier National Park. That road is closed for the winter (mid-October through mid-June, exact dates depend on when they complete snow removal and finish spring road maintenance). Unfortunately ABetterRoutePlanner doesn't account for this so will try to route you through there, even if the road is not open. My trip was in April when it was still closed which is the primary reason I had to choose another path.
Going-To-The-Sun road is a great picturesque trip, but does require fees for park entry, and traffic may be slow as it is mostly sightseers on a road that has only 1 lane in each direction with a low speed limit compared to usual Montana roads.

And for me I was going south not further west, so even in the summer, going Fort McLeod to Missoula and backtracking to Butte adds drive time. Going from Fort McLeod to Butte, for the Fort McLeod to Lethbridge to Great Falls to Helena to Butte route using I15, even going below the speed limit on the Lethbridge to Great Falls portion, and the L2 charging at Lethbridge and Helena, still saves time over Fort McLeod to Glacier National Park to Missoula to Butte. If going West however, the Missoula route would be better (as long as Going-To-The-Sun is open) because there is no backtracking required.
 

Amandeep

Member
Jun 29, 2018
87
35
Ontario, Canada
Not a lot in PEI yet, though there are more coming.

Downtown the Delta hotel (I might have the name wrong) has HPWCs and a couple sun country chargers.
There’s also a high power charger on the UPEI campus, though you’ll have to watch when you can use it.

PlugShare has the bulk of the charging data locally, I highly recommend that.

For Nova Scotia, check the Enfield Supercharger thread, I put some info for local chargers there around page 7-9. The Supercharger itself may be going live soon as well.

Thanks for the reply
Do i need to have another adapter for plug share chargers. Currently i have extra adapter provided by Tesla. Do i need to buy anything else?
As this is my first trip in Tesla, i just want to be sure. Enfield supercharger is still not live as i understand.
We plan to go to Charlottetown, halifax n Saint John so don't have many supercharging options.
thanks for ur help
cheers
 

Vawlkus

Active Member
Feb 28, 2017
1,559
803
Halifax
Thanks for the reply
Do i need to have another adapter for plug share chargers. Currently i have extra adapter provided by Tesla. Do i need to buy anything else?
As this is my first trip in Tesla, i just want to be sure. Enfield supercharger is still not live as i understand.
We plan to go to Charlottetown, halifax n Saint John so don't have many supercharging options.
thanks for ur help
cheers
That is a J1772 adapter, and it’ll let you plug into almost any level 2 charger in the province. If you’re driving an S or an X it’s a good idea to have (or borrow) the Tesla Chademo adapter, as there are quite a few level 3 chargers around now (15 in NS, more in NB). I recommend having the Flo and ChargePoint apps on your phone, as there are a few of each of those chargers around. I also suggest bringing along your UMC (universal mobile charger) as a ‘just-in-case’ fallback.

The Enfield Supercharger is actually live now, and will show up in your Tesla’s Supercharger list.
 
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Vawlkus

Active Member
Feb 28, 2017
1,559
803
Halifax
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The smaller adapter on the left is the J1772, the big monster adapter on the right is the Chademo adapter.
 

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