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Recent Harris Ranch SC report?

Discussion in 'California' started by Russell B, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. Russell B

    Russell B Member

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    Harris Ranch Entirely Down ALERT

    Sending a tech from San Francisco should be here by 5 o'clock and who knows how soon after that the SC will be up
     
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    Damn, not from CA, but hopefully it is a minor issue that is resolved quickly.
     
  3. DrComputer

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    At least there is a nice hotel to check into if things take a while. :smile:
     
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    Is the single supercharger on the other side of the plaza by the Shell/Subway down too? I thought that one was isolated from the others.
     
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    Can you post when it's back up? Hoping to charge there in a few hours from now as well... thnx!
     
  6. Russell B

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    Suggest you call Tesla Service; they seem to know if it is charging or not. Surprised they weren't ahead of this huge problem. The single charger at the Shell station is operating fine, as is the roadster charger.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Yes the single charger is fine as is the roadster charger at Shell. The problem is that there were 5 cars there when we went through. Everyone was cooperating and only taking the amount needed to get them to the next station.
     
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    Perhaps a mod can change the title since the OP has indicated the Shell supercharger is operational, meaning Harris was never "entirely down".
     
  8. DrTaras

    DrTaras R254->R725->S1364-->X769

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    This isn't the first time the new Superchargers have gone down. Happened to me in early May. Was told it was due the transformers overheating. This time of year it is routinely over 100 degrees. This really points to a need for some notification system when that happens. Harris Ranch is a long way from anywhere ("it's not the end of the earth, but you can see it from there!")
     
  10. JoshG

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    I can find posts and pics from May, and that one said 2 bays weren't functioning.

    Anyone been to Harris Ranch in last week or two and can report on status there? how many operating?

    Thanks!
    -josh
     
  11. Russell B

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    Your point is well taken. However, there were 5 Teslas there and the one supercharger and one roadster charger at the Shell station were occupied. I wanted to get something out quickly to those who may be heading toward Harris Ranch and, at the time I posted, I wasn't aware that the other chargers were available.

    However, I am advised by Tesla Service that the superchargers are up and running but problematic. They are suggesting that owners check their cars periodically to make sure that they are continuing to charge.
     
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    They are just trying to build the case for swapping as an option. :)
     
  13. Russell B

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    Harris Ranch supercharging problems

    Yesterday we arrived at Harris Ranch and there were 4 Teslas there. I was told that the entire new supercharger system was down. Tesla service had advised that a Tech be there in 45 minutes. Fortunately, the supercharger and roadster charger at the Shell station were operating. The owners cooperated and took only the mileage they needed to get to the next station.
    I am advised that the Tech didn't arrive until the evening probably as result of Friday night traffic coming out of San Francisco. The word is that the new superchargers are operational but problematic. Owners are advised to check periodically to make sure they are still charging.
    Since charging is the Achilles' heel of electric cars, I was surprised that there does not appear to be system to notify a central tech group when an entire supercharging unit goes down.
     
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    Wow.......so 5 are still down?...................over 24 hrs?
     
  15. doug

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    Exactly what I was thinking. The superchargers don't have to be smart enough to take a payment, but they should at least report their status like Blink or Chargepoint do.
     
  16. afilm_guy

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    The supercharger highway almost let me down completely!

    The supercharger highway almost let me down completely!

    Harris Ranch update.
    Thursday afternoon I arrived to discover 4 of the supercharger bays without power.

    As you can imagine I was quite alarmed when I plugged in and saw the message no power!

    Being a technician I selected the farthest units away from the main station.
    So I personally did not have to plug into five different plugs to figure this out.

    But I did watch others tried them out!

    This condition made me cut my trip short and get back to Harris Ranch
    earlier than previously planned to make sure I would not get caught up
    in the shortfall of charging capability.

    When I arrived Sunday at noon I was glad to see the Shell station
    supercharger not occupied so I thought I would be in good shape.

    The people at Harris Ranch are wonderful, and helpful
    please do business with the merchants there.

    A few minutes later I was greeted by another tesla owner
    looking for a place to charge, they had plugged in
    to one of the out of service units,

    I directed them to try the end units I had used on Thursday.
    They were successful in picking up a charge their.

    They caught up to me at the grapevine charging station.
    And were looking to use my spot because all of those charging stations
    were fully occupied.
    I'm starting to think I made a mistake buying this car.
    If this network isn't going to pan out!
    We absolutely need a status reporting system.
    So we can know if it's safe to take our electric car on a journey
    up to 5 freeway.

    Indicating busy and off-line status of charging resources.
    Based on the grapevine occupancy on Sunday afternoon early.
    I'm really concerned about the viability of this transport system.
    It doesn't feel reliable right now first trip up to Stockton.

    I was so proud to share this electric journey with the people in my ski club,
    spreading the tesla message.

    If I start driving up there on gas in the future it's going to send a real message.
    And one of the people in the ski club is high up in the space X organization.
    So they will definitely get an ear full from me who bought this car
    on the ability to do this journey.

    Will definitely check this thread before setting out in a few weeks for the same journey.
     
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    Isn't this one of the reasons that people suggested also installing basic 80A J1772 stations alongside super-chargers? I bet that ClipperCreek at Harris Range has been rock solid - you never hear of those failing.
     
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    I think we are all participants in the Tesla Supercharger beta program. Bells and whistles won't be provided until the underlying technology is sorted out. But it does seem to point to using 101 due to prevalence of Rabobank chargers.
     
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    Concur!
     
  20. Darren

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    These stations are working again, right? I'm driving down to LA again tomorrow.
     

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