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Full Superchargers? How Often?

Discussion in 'Charging Standards and Infrastructure' started by ratsbew, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. ratsbew

    ratsbew Member

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    How often do you encounter full SC stations? I'm sure Tesla monitors this in realtime and will expand busy nodes.
     
  2. huntjo

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    Never seen more than one other at the three I've visited
     
  3. detlefo

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    I just completed a cross country trip and never had contention for a space. Between California and Illinois I saw only two other Teslas charging. Avoid Barstow on weekends at all costs. Newark, DE was the most crowded, but no wait. Locally, Folsom has been congested in the past, but with the addition of Roseville and Vacaville, it is not a problem. Total unique chargers visited = 48.
     
  4. republic

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    Never encountered. I've always been able to charge, even at the two-stall temporary SC in Bethesda MD.
     
  5. nwdiver

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    Only SC I've ever had to wait at was Gilroy before they expanded it. I've seen Barstow fill up a couple times... I've never had to wait but I've heard some horror stories of 2+ hour waits. I don't know how to do the math but I think the odds of having to wait decreases exponentially with the # of bays... so having 6 Bays vs 4 is far more beneficial than it would appear from simply adding 2 more spots. ALL SCs now have 4 bays... many have 6 or 8. Centrailia and Fremont are the only ones I know of with 10.
     
  6. airj1012

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    I thought it was going to happen during Memorial Day weekend as typically people would be going on road trips. I asked here on TMC and in Facebook groups and no one reported any issues.
     
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    I did hear of Barstow having 4 full sets of cars waiting to charge...eeeek....16 cars ..waiting!
    fortunately we drove to Vegas on the Sunday of Memorial weekend and returned the sunday after. so we only saw full stalls at Barstow but no wait.
     
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    16 waiting!!! Many of us have been predicting major problems at Barstow, they better expand now.
     
  9. Cottonwood

    Cottonwood Roadster#433, Model S#S37

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    Analyzing when Superchargers will have a queue is analogous to when you will get a fast busy signal because there are not enough long distance lines. See discussion of this and capacity vs number of stalls at Capacity of Superchargers Using an Erlang-B Model

    More stalls add capacity at a faster than linear rate, but it's nowhere near exponential.
     
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    I do not use the SC system anymore in Fremont because of overcrowding. Just charge at home and pay 0.04 / kw from 12-7
     
  11. huntjo

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    As intended.
    Really SpC's are for trips. Not daily use.
     
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    It appears that except for Barstow at peak times, it isn't an issue anymore anywhere else right now.
     
  13. S-dog

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    it is my understanding that Barstow is in for a major expansion soon.. Maybe Cottonwood has heard something. It seems like most complaints are about that location.
     
  14. Cottonwood

    Cottonwood Roadster#433, Model S#S37

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    Barstow has a triple handicap:
    1. It's an old 90 kW Supercharger.
    2. There are only 4 stalls.
    3. It's on the way to Las Vegas where because of distance and desert conditions in between, most people want a near 100% charge. Supercharging to 100% takes a very long time!
    There are credible rumors about that things are about to happen to improve Barstow in a significant way. When is Primm happening? Making the distance to the next Supercharger shorter would help the Barstow problem as well. Primm would cut the next Supercharger distance from 161 to 118 miles. That is a very big reduction in Supercharger charge time when you want to driver 80+ and have a few rated miles left at the next Supercharger.


    Then there is Hawthorne...
    1. Same 90 kW issue.
    2. There are many local MS owners who think it's a good use of their time to save $10 an hour on electricity.
    3. Going from 6 to 8 stalls seems to have helped.
    4. Adding the San Juan Capristrano seems to have helped the 100% charge problem heading south.
    5. Oxnard and Indio will help 100% charge problems in other directions soon.
    6. The "coming soon" map shows another LA Supercharger that should help offload Hawthorne.

    Analyzing usage, loads, and predicting when to add capacity is pretty basic queuing theory. I am sure that Tesla is on top of it, but is struggling to get ahead of the power curve. I am sure that will happen soon; it just depends on your definition of "soon." :confused:
     
  15. dflye

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    I've used most SC on the east coast from FL to MA and also those on the northerly route heading to STL; other than during the "Tesla Road Trip" heading to DC a few months back, I have never seen more than two or three other cars at any SC, most of which had 8 bays. Only place I've had to wait was at the Bethesda MD charger, which is only two spots in a mall parking lot, definitely not ideal and not surprised I had to queue there.
     
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    Hawthorne is all 120 kW now. I tried the different stalls and all were 120 kW. The other points are all true and will help a lot. Except for the one night where all but 3 stalls were broken and two people thought they need to charge 100% I have never experienced any wait times there. Neither at any other Supercharger I visited so far. Next month I'll go on a trip using 26 Superchargers. I'll report once I'm back. :)
     
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    I've had to wait 1 time for 20 minutes at Barstow in TWO years of ownership.
     
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    Gilroy has been expanded to 10 bays.
     
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    When I picked up my Model S at the factory yesterday all but one stall was occupied around 4pm on a Thursday. Given that this is the factory it's probably always going to have anomalous usage due to new delivery customers trying to check out what it's like. I'll admit to having backed into the last stall with 241 miles of rated charge remaining... :redface:
     
  20. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Hawthorne is my favorite bugaboo given that I had to wait 30 minutes or more during two of my three visits there. Had to wait at Folsom on one occasion out of two. Barely escaped congestion at Gilroy and Vacaville on a couple of occasions.

    Bottomline, during peak travel periods, congestion at the spots close to major metro areas is virtually guaranteed with contention from fellow roadtrippers as well as locals. New stalls and nearby sites will help for sure given more S and then X on the road.
     

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