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Has anyone driven their Model X from Phoenix to Anaheim?

Discussion in 'Model X: Driving Dynamics' started by 335eye, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. 335eye

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    How did it go? Which superchargers did you use? Planning the trip, a little worried about charge points. Thx.
     
  2. David99

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    I've driven this route countless times back and forth. There are more than plenty Superchargers on the way. Indio, Rancho Cucamonga, Cabazoon, Quartzsite, Buckeye. You don't even need to hit all of them. If you have no charging around Anaheim, just charge up a little more in Rancho Cucamonga and you are good. There are tons of public L2 chargers in Anaheim, though. Several CHADeMO stations as well if you have the adapter.

    Just use the car's trip planner and you are fine.
     
  3. 335eye

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    Thank you sir. I feel better.
     
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    What is the 'sweet-spot' speed for long-distant highway cruising to maximize range yet not be going so slow that you're being constantly passed by other cars. In our Honda Pilot we maxed out at 84 mph when the speed limit was 75. I assume with the MX wind resistance at that speed would eat up the battery pretty good. I'm hoping 77 - 79 mph is possible for a trip to CA.
     
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    That's a very common and good question. What is the best speed to drive at to optimize your overall trip time. Several people (including me) have run all kinds of numbers. Roughly the ideal speed to drive at is somewhere between 75 and 90 mph. If you go slower, you spend more time driving and waste time. If you go faster than 90 your energy usage goes up and you need to charge your battery to a higher level (where Superchargers get slower). That means the time you saved up driving faster will used up by longer charge time. It all depends a little on distance between Superchargers and weather and so on, but just roughly, going 80-90mph is ideal.

    The most important thing to save time on longer trips is only charging as much as you need between Superchargers and arrive at a low battery level. The reason is that a Supercharger charges really fast when the battery is empty and slows down as the battery fills up. It's just how Superchargers work. So when I take long trips I aim to arrive at a Supercharger at 5% or so and then only charge just as much as I need to get to the next one. This way I always get the fastest charge rate and save time.
     
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    Ah, great points. I'm learning. Thanks bro.
     
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    Just remember, at 90mph all time savings can be taken away when you see those red and blue lights slowly approaching from behind you.

    Otherwise go for it.;)
     
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    Drove the Model X to CA (Harry Potter Land). Played it a little safe, made one supercharge too many each way, but really enjoyed the car. Impressed with the supercharger power. Thanks to Dave99
     
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    Oh, I have another question! I found myself checking the Altitude (elevation?) of my destination city vs. the supercharger location. I noticed Tesla doesn't seem to factor in the the uphill/downhill factor. Is there a formula you guys use to decide how much to buffer that takes altitude into account?
     
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    EV Planner takes into account elevation.....
     
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    The in-car trip planner does take elevation into account for sure. I drove many road trips through mountains and the elevation changes are visible in the trip energy graph.

    overTheHill.jpg
     
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    2% left when arriving? You're a maniac! :) Did you get down to zero before you hit the downhill at the end there?
     
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    In Anaheim the Convention center Marriott has two Tesla destination chargers and four L2's. Amazing that the Disney hotels have none. Who to write about that?
     
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    Actually the 2% is the lowest point. At the end it goes up to 7 or 8%. But Tesla is smart and shows the lowest point on the trip as the percentage. That's what really matters!
     
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    As mentioned by X Fan: EVTripPlanner is great if you want to plan out a trip from outside your car https://evtripplanner.com/planner/

    It allows you to do things that the car's built-in navigation will not, mainly: add waypoints, add non-Supercharger charging stations to trip (estimated charging time might not be correct for these), and adjust little details like payload weight and temperature.
     

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