TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker or making a Paypal contribution here: paypal.me/SupportTMC

Roanoke VA to Haymarket VA

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by Study Joe, Oct 21, 2013.

  1. Study Joe

    Study Joe Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2013
    Messages:
    28
    Location:
    Roanoke, VA
    I live in Roanoke but travel to Haymarket frequently via I-81 and I-66. Has anyone made this trip? Can it be done on a single charge? In winter?

    I want to get a Model S, but this drive is a frequent need of mine and is making me hold back on the purchase.
     
  2. Bifff67

    Bifff67 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2011
    Messages:
    271
    Location:
    Northern Virginia
    In Google maps it says thats 204 miles. Even in really cold/hot an 85 kw battery Model S can make that trip. We are always comfortable with 250 miles. (non-mountainous). But then you need a plan for a full recharge. Overnight with a 14-50 (240 volts and 40 amps) will work, like 9 hours. This can be campgrounds or some friends with good connectors. A J1772 at some store (like you find on Recargo) would only be about 200V at 24 to 30 amps. This is more like 15 hours. So quick answer is yes, one-way, 85kwh battery. But you need a charging solution to return.

    The Superchargers are only on the main drag I-95. So you could use those (washington soon and Richmond very soon) but your mileage and time would be much more. Looks like 300 miles with a mid trip 30 min SC charge.
     
  3. JohnQ

    JohnQ Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2012
    Messages:
    1,585
    Location:
    Redding, CT
    If you're reasonable with your speed then it should be fine. The real question is where to charge in Haymarket. Are you overnighting there or is it a day trip? If overnighting, are you staying in Haymarket, where there are no charging options, or Manassas where there are quite a few?

    As a point of reference, I do a Boston drive every month which is 170 miles. Similar terrain as on 81. With a range charge, and driving 75mph, I have about 70 miles to spare on arrival. Haven't tried in the winter or with snow on the ground but I expect it won't be an issue. I can do a day trip since there is a public charger in the lot near my office and a 10 hour charge gets me more than enough range to get back home.
     
  4. Study Joe

    Study Joe Member

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2013
    Messages:
    28
    Location:
    Roanoke, VA
    Thanks for the advice. I do have a charging point in Haymarket at my parents, but I would probably have to install another 240 V line or high power wall charger. The Manassas charging point Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee is right off 66 and free which looks like a good option, but not super convenient. If I can find a good fast charging spot near a Starbucks along I-81 that would be great too.
     

Share This Page