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New York City to Boston, driving fast, NO PROBLEM

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Seegem, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. Seegem

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    #1 Seegem, Mar 27, 2013
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    Hi Friends,

    I've now just done my SECOND round trip to/from NYC to Boston. I park on Manhattan (Hell's Kitchen) and I drive to Harvard Uni (Cambridge). Each leg is 232 miles. I drive fast (75-82 MPH), and I like it comfortable (24 C cabin temp), and I like my music/news (streaming in radio the whole way). And, my iPhone is always plugged into the USB (i know these affect nothing, but just worth noting for headline purposes).

    This last trip consumed 74.8 kWh, well within the 85 kWh battery capacity (even within the usable ~81+ kWh). Just FYI :) Car is AWESOME. Literally. Such a great experience.

    (Yes, I know there is a supercharger mid-way, at the infamous Milford rest stop, and I know it's easier on the battery to top-up midway, which I'll do from on. I just wanted to play and see what she can really do.)

    Cheers,

    Mark

    PS--clearly however, you'll need to do a 100% range charge prior to starting this journey
     
  2. acentre

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    Very impressive to drive from NY to Boston without charging. The distance is one way, not roundtrip...
     
  3. Seegem

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    Yes definitely 1 way. The hotels I use here (in Boston) all have a 30A J1772 (free for guests), so the car is full by morning


     
  4. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Great to know, thanks! Do you/do folks recommend getting a range charge even if planning a stop at Milford? We'll be going from DC to Boston later this year, probably stopping in NYC. 150-some miles for Milford-to-Boston is obviously well within my 85 battery, but I'm curious what people do. Maybe it's good as a safety net, or maybe I'm overthinking this. Milford-to-NYC is the longest leg of that (if we use both superchargers)--not long enough to need a range charge, but I guess in case there's any problem...?
     
  5. Seegem

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    My basic rule is: as long as I'm going to consume the extra range charge more-or-less immediately, I'll do it. The damage comes from range charging the battery and then leaving it in that state for a long time


     
  6. Greg G

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    Seegem -- what hotels do you use in Cambridge/Boston? I'm anticipating a trip up to MIT this summer, and would like to have a hotel where I know I'll be able to recharge.
     
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    The Charles in Cambridge has free charging for guests and is a quality establishment. I'd particularly suggest the brunch at Henrietta's Table. There are probably others that are a little closer than 2 T-stops from MIT's main campus though.
     
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    Greg, for sure the Lenox. Recargo
     
  9. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Agreed on those two recommendations: The Charles if you're in Cambridge, the Lenox if you're in Boston. Brunch at Henrietta's is amazing, but make reservations well in advance!
     
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    Greg, I'm indeed staying at the Charles Hotel. They have 3 parking spaces reserved for EVs, and free charging (J1772, 30A). I just met another Tesla here :) Their license plate reads SILENT :)


     
  11. Sparky

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    As a backup, another option is the Marlowe in Cambridge. It's about as far from MIT as the Charles. We stay there often and like that it's a dog-friendly place.
    The Marlowe uses the parking structure for the Cambridgeside Mall and I know there are Chargepoint J1772s near the entrance/exit. I've also seen a Tesla or two plugged in.
     
  12. kendallpb

    kendallpb Model S: P 8061

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    Thanks, Seegem!
     
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    Heh. Silent... but not deadly. (As opposed to what comes out the back of a gas car)
     
  14. Al Sherman

    Al Sherman It's about THIS car.

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    Agree with Seegem on using the extra charge immediately. You definitely DO NOT need to range charge if your going to stop at Milford and charge before you leave.
     
  15. CaptDaveHowe

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    NYC to Boston - 232 miles round trip?
     
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    Interesting to me.
    When in Palo Alto a couple of weeks ago, I stayed at the Creekside Inn on El Camino Real. Outside the reception there was a J plug charger. Never seen one in Illinois at a hotel. (I live a sheltered world. Sorry, bad pun.)
    I commented on how great it was to see an EVSE. Front desk staff told me that they were the only "hotel" to have a charger in Palo Alto. Given that that ares is a micro climate of Teslas, Leafs, etc. I would have expected more.

    Yet in Boston they are everywhere?
     
  17. Seegem

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    232 each way
     
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    aviators99 Model S - R140

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    You should edit your OP.
     
  19. Seegem

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    Done, thanks

     
  20. Jack

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    No range charge is needed. I've been from NYC (Tesla Store) to Metrowest MA - 198 miles - and had no problem without a range charge and without stopping at Milford. Only issue is if conditions are really poor - less than 20f, strong winds, snow - in which case you should either range charge or top off at Milford.

    Milford-to-NYC is not the longest leg. I also ran from Milford to Wilmington without a range charge and landed with 5 miles, and i drive like Seegem (although i like at 67f).

    Since it's thawed out a bit up here, been running under 300 wh, where i had been running over 350 in the winter - looking forward to spring and summer in my MS.

     

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