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Preference: Saginaw or Bay City Michigan Super Charger

Super Charger: Saginaw Michigan or Bay City Michigan

  • Saginaw Michigan

    Votes: 3 12.0%
  • Bay City Michigan

    Votes: 22 88.0%

  • Total voters
    25

Joel

Active Member
Mar 24, 2011
1,266
279
Michigan
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
 
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MichFin

Member
May 8, 2015
303
67
Detroit, MI
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.
 

snellenr

Member
Aug 5, 2013
436
824
Northern Michigan
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:
 

Wojski

Member
Jan 13, 2015
39
20
Chicago, IL
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:

Agreed using the same logic.
 

timf

Active Member
Apr 14, 2013
1,042
163
Michigan
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.
 

Jim MacInnes

Member
Nov 1, 2014
290
114
Michigan
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
 

mknox

Well-Known Member
Aug 7, 2012
10,103
1,894
Toronto, ON
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.

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!
 

tomsModelS

Member
Apr 25, 2015
218
245
Indian River, Michigan
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.
 

GSP

Member
Supporting Member
Dec 28, 2007
2,577
832
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
 

Joel

Active Member
Mar 24, 2011
1,266
279
Michigan
Joel, have you passed along the preferences .. and have you received any feedback from TM?

I relayed information back to Tesla. 2016 will be a good year for the Super Charger build out in Michigan (and worldwide) :wink:
 
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bafreer

Member
Oct 24, 2014
31
13
Troy, MI
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.
 

Joel

Active Member
Mar 24, 2011
1,266
279
Michigan
#bump#

Joel, any new theoretical info?

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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