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Quick trip from Bay Area to LA and back

Discussion in 'Model S: Battery & Charging' started by SMCModelSFan, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. SMCModelSFan

    SMCModelSFan Member

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    Hi all,
    Next week I need to be in LA for one day and was thinking of driving my 85 Model S down and back rather than spending hundreds of dollars on a last minute airline ticket purchase. Plus, it's a great excuse to get some Model S driving in! Assuming no traffic holdups, what's the fastest way to do this? Drive 75 mph or faster and supercharge three times at Gilroy, Harris Ranch, and Tejon? Or go slower and skip Gilroy, maybe by way of 580 instead of 101, just charging at Harris and Tejon? (Or charge at Gilroy but skip Harris?)

    In other words, do you think fast driving plus three supercharges is better than slower driving with only two supercharge stops?

    I'll be leaving from right near the SFO airport area.

    Also, what's the best case scenario for how long this will take? Do you think it can be done in under 7 hours?
     
  2. Zextraterrestrial

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    Fast driving, especially if there is some traffic that is moving fast too
     
  3. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX

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    We had a discussion about this over on this thread. Bottom line is that you can drive pretty much as fast as you want as long as you can reach a supercharger for your next charge. So: drive fast; supercharge as needed. And arrange to have a low SOC when you supercharge: it's faster.
     
  4. Darren

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    You're going to have so much fun. I documented my trip here
     
  5. SMCModelSFan

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  6. Zextraterrestrial

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    yes, make sure you are as close to empty as you can be and you will charge quicker.
     
  7. Kaivball

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    Southwest is $250 round trip.


    Just saying...
     
  8. AMPd

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    In the model S it's $0, if you pack a lunch!
     
  9. Trnsl8r

    Trnsl8r Blue 85kwh since 12/8/12

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    Think you can skip Gilroy...

    If there's time in LA, stop by the Hawthorne SC to load up before the Grapevine, that sucks a lot of juice.
     

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