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Queues at Superchargers along I-5

Discussion in 'California Supercharger locations' started by bcsf, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. bcsf

    bcsf New Member

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    I'll be driving from Los Angeles to the Bay Area on Friday, and making the return trip on Sunday. First time doing this in a Tesla, so just wondering how long I can expect to be queueing (as opposed to charging) at Superchargers.

    If I haven't missed one, I believe the Superchargers along the route are: Burbank, Tejon Ranch, Buttonwillow, Harris Ranch and Gilroy. My initial plan is to only use the last three, as I should be able to make it to Buttonwillow on an initial charge.

    Should I expect substantial queues for Superchargers at any of these? If so, what time of day (besides, you know, 2 AM) are they busiest/lightest? My departure/arrival times both ways are fairly flexible, so the ideal is to spend as little time waiting for a Supercharger to open up so I can charge/grab food. Thanks!
     
  2. ecarfan

    ecarfan Well-Known Member

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    I doubt you will have to wait at any of those Superchargers (assuming you skip Pasadena as you say you intend to) since it is not a holiday weekend and the relatively new Buttonwillow location has taken a lot of the stress of the Tejon location.

    Don't sweat, just drive it. :)
     
  3. archbob

    archbob New Member

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    I drove through the Buttonwillow charger about 3 weeks ago in my ICE (truck). There was one X there on my way to LA and all chargers were empty on my way back north. I went down on a Sunday mid day. Returned on a Tuesday late afternoon. I'll be heading down to LA in my MS tomorrow. And returning on Monday. I guess we'll both find out if my experience from a few weeks ago is "normal".
     
  4. dehydratedH2O

    dehydratedH2O Member

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    I've done the round trip twice now and had to wait at Tejon once, but other than that all is fine. Note: on very hot days these chargers seem to throttle down to 40-60kW even if you're not sharing with the next stall.
     

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