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Dallas to San Antonio nonstop??

Discussion in 'Texas' started by Doug53, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Doug53

    Doug53 New Member

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    Anyone driven between San Antonio and Dallas without stopping to charge? Where was your beginning and ending locations, speed, air conditioner settings, etc.
     
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    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    That would basically be impossible at normal highway speeds as it's almost 300 miles. You'd need to stop in Austin to charge most likely. To make that trip you'd have to drive 55mph or so and traffic is usually closer to 65-75mph. They actually have a Model S HPWC at the Domain Tesla Store (bring your UMC too in case someone is using it) so would be a good place to stop. North restaurant is only a couple of hundred yards away for lunch along with a Starbucks there too. Great place to hang out and you can hang out at the Tesla store and answer questions since the employees aren't allow to talk about price or anything that is considered 'selling' the car in Texas.
     
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    Rick at the Dallas service center claims that 2 owners are making this run without stopping for juice. My trip would probably be closer to 270 miles.
     
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    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    #4 dsm363, Mar 19, 2013
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    270 miles would be possible but you'd need to have the 85 kWh pack and take it easy. You'll have a more enjoyable drive if you stop in Austin at the Tesla store for an hour if it isn't too far out of your way that is. If you go 60 mph or so and stay behind a truck (not drafting dangerously just back far enough that you can see their mirrors and stop in time if they stopped quickly) you'd likely make it with a few miles to spare. You'll want to find an RV park between Austin and San Antonio that you can stop at if you come up short and bring you UMC. Call them first to see if you can stop there in case you misjudge your speed. Use the energy app and the projected range and keep that number greater than the miles left on your Nav. Good luck.
     
  5. K Hall

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    I am averaging 285 wh/mi driving 60 mph with the air set at 70 degrees. Max charge and set car to range mode. My max charge starts me with 315 miles.
     
  6. Doug53

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    Cool, if I average 285wh/mile I'd make it
     
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    You need environmental factors in your favor as well - any significant headwind or rain will eat into your margins. Need to find a cold front to ride south and the gulf breezes for the return!
     
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    dsm363 Roadster + Sig Model S

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    It's possible but after driving an EV for 2.5 years, it's not a trip I'd probably try without stopping for a quick charge somewhere. I'd rather drive 65mph, stop for an hour somewhere, and not have to worry about making it.
     
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    Take Southwest, Dougie! :)
     

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