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Love mountain driving

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by leighb, Aug 28, 2016.

  1. leighb

    leighb Member

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    I drove into the Coachella Valley today from San Diego. For those not familiar with the drive, HWY 74 is a steep mountain road with lots of tight curves and incredible views. I had so much fun driving this road in my Tesla! I'm still wearing my Tesla grin. An added bonus was the reality of my vehicles energy efficiency. It's a record for me!
     

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  2. NikeWings

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    I take that route often, the impact of regen is impressive although i still need to hit the brakes more often than I'd prefer. And I still stop at the overlook almost every time. Did you take it back up yet ? The car loves it!
     
  3. leighb

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    I drove up to Vista Point on my second test drive, but havn't done it in my car yet. I will most definitely do it on my next trip to SD. The low center of gravity and tight steering in sport mode is awesome!
     
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    Yes, its amazing! Do an early run so you aren't bogged down with traffic and truly enjoy what this car can do.
    I took delivery at the Cat City facility........great guys out there!
     
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    I took my first real windy mountain road today to get to a trailhead. What was pretty amazing is the lack of body roll seemed to prevent carsickness which my family always seems to get on those kinds of roads. The effortless acceleration up the mountain was addictive and the regen allowed for one pedal driving instead of constantly switching pedals at every bend in the road. Quite enjoyable!
     
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    +1 I've been up the Angeles Crest Highway twice and it's amazing how little you need to use the brakes coming down, even driving somewhat aggressively. We also drove over Tioga Pass between Mammoth and Yosemite in June.
     
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    Here's one for you. From the top of Mt Evans (~14200' ASL), down, a few weeks ago. The highest paved road in NA. Gained 19 miles of range on the way down:

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    The Mt. Wilson drive, a mix of freeway climbing ~1,000 feet, then mountain road to 5,700 feet, used 82 miles rated range going up and -1 mile rated range coming down. How much was used going up Mt. Evans?
     
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    Highly recommend Mt. Rose highway (Nevada 431) Goes from Lake Tahoe (el. 6200) to 9000 feet pass and down to Reno. Lots of great views along the way. Lots of tight steep turns. I used to love it in my Porsche but, like everything, it's better in the Tesla.
     
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    Haleakala here on Maui is my favorite drive on the island (mostly going up, but down is cool with all of the regen and not having to use the brake). Mt. Evans is obviously higher elevation, but with Haleakala you get to go from 10,000 feet to about 100 feet in one drive. I usually average about 31 miles of regen during the drive down.
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    I live in the mountains so I drive mountain twisties every time I leave home and I agree with the OP that the Model S is lots of fun on mountain roads, both up and down. The friends who have driven my car are impressed by the handling and single pedal driving.
     
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    I just spent a month at Lake Tahoe which is at 6,250' after a 7,200' pass. Driving an ICE up there always reminded me how the altitude robbed power. Great to be in the MS and the power just continues to flow!
     

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