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How do I get from Toronto to Gaylord, MI?

Discussion in 'Midwest/Great Lakes' started by Biker, May 4, 2016.

  1. Biker

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    Sorry if I'm being repetitive as I posted a similar question last year, but since there is no Bay City SC yet, does anyone have good advice on how to make this trip.

    I will be good for charging in Gaylord as my daughter lives there and they have a 30 Amp outlet that I can use (although I will need to get an adapter as it's one of the old dryer plugs.)

    I can come through Port Huron to Flint, or if that is not practical, then I can come up through Detroit.

    I have been all the way down to San diego, back up the coast to Victoria, and then back to Toronto; but getting to Gaylord seems a bigger challenge.
     
  2. RiverBrick

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    In six months it should be a lot easier. For now, I am not sure if it is faster to recharge at Crestview Estates (80 amps, South of Flint on plugshare) or to take the 1.5 hour detour through the Ann Arbor Supercharger.
     
  3. Biker

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    I don't know much about Crestview Estates. I don't see it on Plugshare. Is that a HPWC?
     
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    Just out of curiosity, what is the etiquette of borrowing a charger. If you get 30-40 kWh of electricity that is $5 or $6. Seems like you should pay for that yourself.
    I have a shared charger in rural NH and I did have a Tesla owner contact me once to see if they could use me as a backup. I said yes. But a full charge on a 90D is close to $15 at our .15 per kWh rate.
    They didn't use mine so I don't know if they would have offered. I would have asked them to make a donation to a carbon neutral website or something if they had wanted to.
    I am sure some chargers are on more traveled routes and they could incur some substantial cost.
     
  6. RiverBrick

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    I'm no expert, but your idea seems very reasonable.

    I've recharged between 8 kWh and 50 kWh a total of 6-8 times at private residences and once almost 80 kWh overnight at a Nissan dealership.

    In all cases, my offer to pay was graciously refused, but then as a small token of appreciation I offered a can of maple syrup which was accepted. Except in one case I was empty handed, so I offered a test drive.
     
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  7. tomsModelS

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    @Biker: FYI, there is a free 69amp charger in Bay City State Park for a 48 mph charge ... I use it all the time and it is around 5 miles from I-75
     
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    Not that this helps now, but the plan is to have a Suoer Charger in Grayling, Michigan in Q4. The timing is fluid, the location is relatively firm. It's only 16 miles from Gaylord.
     
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    Joel, where in grayling?
     
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    Grayling seems like a difficult location to place a Supercharger so it is convenient for both northbound and southbound drivers. The ramps are on opposite sides of town so you're going to have to drive through a couple miles of local streets in order to either reach the charger or return to the freeway. There also doesn't appear to be a Meijer there so it will require a departure from the typical placement.
     
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    Free 24 spot charging J1772, 6th Floor Parking, MGM Casino just 2 miles from Detroit Windsor Tunnel. Details on Plug Share. Usually many spots open and only 3-4 used after 4pm.
     
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    Do not know the exact location. I question the rational Grayling, I'm advocating Gaylord (121 Miles from Bay City and 85 miles from Cadillac).
     
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    Yes, for sure, Gaylord makes more sense.
     
  14. Biker

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    Maybe it's just me, but I don't see any chargers showing up on Plugshare for Saginaw or Bay City. I would be happy to bring someone a jug of Ontario maple syrup :)
     
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    #15 tomsModelS, May 7, 2016
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    Go to: tesla.plugshare.com

    The charger is in the State Park just north of the city ... Address is 3582 State Park Dr, Bay City
     
  16. Biker

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    Looks like I have two options at this point:
    1. There is a SC in Comber ON, just east of Windsor. From there it is 265 miles to Gaylord. Doable, but close, especially if there is a north wind. To do this one, I should stop off in Bay City for an hour to top up.
    2. I can charge in Woodstock, ON and then go through Port Huron to Bay City. But then I'll have to stay there for quite a while as the battery will most likely be at about 15%. It's a shorter route, but slower with the charging.
    Do I have this right?
     
  17. RiverBrick

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    No need to stop in Port Huron, just recharge to 90% or more in Woodstock. It is 216 miles from there to Bay City. In the summer, this shouldn't be a problem, barring rain and winds or too much of a lead foot. However, you know your car and how far it can go better than us.
     
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    Recharge at the GM World Headquarters right after you get out of the tunnel in Detroit. Just... well.. because. :)

    PlugShare
     

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