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Discussion in 'North America' started by ronnussbaum, Aug 17, 2018.
Any news out there?
Better place to look is the local forum: Southeast
Just drove my Model 3 to Charleston last month from DC area. Only 3 available "quality" charging options for public, 1 in Mt. Pleasant, 1 at Tanger Mall, and another near Northwoods. (By quality, i mean something to do within walking distance.) All Level 2. So upon arriving at about 15% charge, I had to spend a pair of 4+ hour sessions at ~ 20 miles/hr rate over the 4 days in town to accommodate the 4 day activities, and finally get me to the Santee supercharger on my way home (70 miles away) with some % to spare. Not fun constantly thinking about my level of charge for that day, and planning when I'd have to kill that time. This is ONLY drawback I can think of... I did see 1/2 dozen Teslas around over the weekend, but all those have home stations and don't need superchargers. Since it's a destination city (on the cost at the end of an Interstate, I understand it's not as cost effective or attractive to install a SCharger there. Anyway, I'll likely have to continue to drive the Saab for the foreseeable future until a supercharger is installed in the Charleston area. I hope one pops up soon!
I charged overnight during my stay at the Charleston Place Hotel a year ago. They just offer destination chargers.
I stayed at one of the hotels within walking distance of the Tanger outlet, so could leave my X there for several hours every evening to get a 90% charge without any inconvenience.
I spent a couple nights with my family in Charleston in 2014, at a hotel ~6 miles west of the city center. Between supercharging to a high percentage in Savannah beforehand, plugging into a 120V outlet at our hotel overnight, and using a charger in a municipal garage downtown, we had no problem regaining enough charge to reach Santee on our way home. According to PlugShare, there are at least 3 public lots in/near downtown where you have to pay to park but there's no additional fee to charge -- and I'm pretty sure all three were there in 2014. Lots to do nearby each of them.
I also see two EVgo CCS/CHAdeMO locations -- one to the west near the hotel we used, and another ~20 miles north near the intersection of I-26 and Route 78. Although I've heard the CHAdeMO adapter doesn't work with the Model 3 yet.
Especially if you don't want to mess with parking/charging downtown, I agree that staying at a hotel near the Tanger outlet is a good strategy. We never used that location specifically, but we've had consistent success at the Tanger outlets in Rehoboth DE.
Having said all that, I agree Charleston would benefit from a supercharger and/or additional destination charging locations.
I have stayed and charged around on destination chargers but would like to know if the TESLA SUPERCHARGER location/permit etc has been applied for as of yet. In Charleston?