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Preference: Saginaw or Bay City Michigan Super Charger

Discussion in 'Midwest/Great Lakes' started by Joel, Dec 3, 2015.

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Super Charger: Saginaw Michigan or Bay City Michigan

  1. Saginaw Michigan

    3 vote(s)
    12.0%
  2. Bay City Michigan

    22 vote(s)
    88.0%
  1. Joel

    Joel Active Member

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    #1 Joel, Dec 3, 2015
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    I know various Midwest threads have discussed this topic, but I would like to centralize the conversation.

    I'm conducting a poll, and would like feedback on the preferred location for the North East Michigan Super Charger: Saginaw or Bay City.

    Theoretically speaking :wink:, if the locations choices were either the Meijer in Bay City Michigan (E, 2980 Wilder Rd, Bay City, MI 48706) or the Meijer in Saginaw (3360 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw, MI 48604), which is more desirable?

    Things to consider:
    1) Bay City has an older Meijer store that has no other real amenities nearby.
    2) Bay City has easy access from the highway, but only a stand-alone Meijer. The walk to the Cracker Barrel & Steak house will be long in the winter.
    3) Bay City is 11 miles north of Saginaw, which creates a 22 mile trip to super charge, if one is traveling from Metro-Detroit a round trip.
    4) Saginaw is a higher traffic area, but has more amenities in the surrounding area.
    5) Saginaw is 11 miles closer from Metro Detroit and 97 Miles from Ann Arbor Super Charger
    6) Tesla's mission of Super Chargers being 100 Miles apart (Ann Arbor, Cadillac, theoretically Gaylord, Port Huron)

    I'd greatly appreciate, any input from people who are familiar with the area or owners who will be affected by the location. And if everyone could comment over the next few days, that too would be much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    -Joel
     
  2. MichFin

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    I'm not familiar with either location but after using the super charger in South Bend my first priority is quick access from the highway. I had to stop there 3 times this summer and the 10-15 minutes it takes to get there is SUPER painful. Looking at google maps it seems Saginaw location is similarly away from the I-75. So my choice is Bay city.
     
  3. snellenr

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    IMHO, the Meijer in Bay City would be a better choice -- easier, direct access to & from I-75 and it's roughly equidistant from the Ann Arbor SC (104 mi) and the Gaylord SC (120 mi). There isn't a Meijer store in Grayling... admittedly a sloppy reason for excluding it, but a pattern seems to be developing here :wink:
     
  4. Wojski

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    Agreed using the same logic.
     
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    I've always looked at Bay City as the better choice. Looking at Google Maps, either store would have a fair but manageable walk to restaurants. The Saginaw store may have more in between it and the freeway, but that also equals more traffic and more time spent getting to and from the charger.
     
  6. Jim MacInnes

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    The Bay City Meijer on M-75 is a good choice but I don't think there is much else going on there. My travel is usually via M-10 and 75 South so it would only be a short ride north on M-75 to use the Supercharger. On the other hand, the Meijer in Saginaw on Tittabawassee is located across the street from some other retail stores and may be more interesting. Either location would be great. http://www.maps-streetview.com/United-States/Saginaw/roadmap.php
     
  7. mknox

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    Yeah, that one is very frustrating. You can see the stalls from I-90 as you drive by, but then have that 6 mile (I traced it on Google Maps) drive to actually get to it!
     
  8. tomsModelS

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    Bay City Meijer ... DEFINITELY

    For those of us from SE Michigan, Ohio, or Ontario who travel up north frequently using I-75, Bay City is the perfect location to get a little extra juice to go the final 150 miles or so to the tip of the mitt.

    In winter I need to take the ICE to make the trip. Today, to go with the Tesla in cold weather I would need to spend 90 minutes at the 69amp public charger in Bay City State park.
     
  9. Daniel Scherer

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    #9 Daniel Scherer, Dec 3, 2015
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    I vote for Baycity, Gaylord, Port Huron, (Cedar St.) Lansing and Traverse City Meijer locations. Then Fire Keepers Casino in Marshall.
     
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    ^ Daniel, don't forget to vote at the top of the thread. :)
     
  11. Joel

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    A friendly reminder: everyone - please vote.
     
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    I voted for Saginaw, but Bay City is just as good for me. Whichever has a site with the best amenities and easy off/on for I-75 would be best.

    GSP
     
  13. Biker

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    Port Huron, Bay City, and Gaylord get my vote. Preference is always close to the interstate.
     
  14. tomsModelS

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    Joel, have you passed along the preferences .. and have you received any feedback from TM?
     
  15. Joel

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    #15 Joel, Dec 16, 2015
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    I relayed information back to Tesla. 2016 will be a good year for the Super Charger build out in Michigan (and worldwide) :wink:
     
  16. drsrichardson

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    I voted as well. Is Tesla going to be influenced by this poll? Sorry if I missed an earlier posting on this.
     
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    For myself, I would favor Bay City. I think the short drive off 75 is worth the 11 mile distance from Saginaw, even if the amenities are not great.
     
  18. usofrob

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    +Bay City, Quick access to the freeway, and closer restaurants.
     
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    #bump#

    Joel, any new theoretical info?
     
  20. Joel

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    I spoke to Carol at the permitting office in Monitor Township (re: Bay City). Tesla has yet to apply for a permit, but Monitor Township and Tesla are going through the process. Carol didn't foresee any problems once Tesla formally applies. I'd guess a permit is imminent, and it would be operational sometime in Q3 ;) But, that is just a guess, of course. :)
     
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