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Rocky Mountain National Park Trail Ridge Road

Discussion in 'Model X' started by neverdone, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. neverdone

    neverdone Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2016
    Loveland, CO
    My wife and I drove through Rocky Mountain National Park on Trail Ridge road today. From Loveland to Grand Lake.
    snowdriving.JPG The snow bank is about 15 feet.
    You can charge at Estes Park (by the Library) and at Grand Lake (by the dock).
    Elevation at the Alpine visitor center is 11796 feet.
    We used lots of power going from 5000 to 11,000 feet elevation.
    And very little energy going back downhill. You can see the current trip of 61 miles where we used just 58Wh/mile.
    Comparing cool cars.
    I had some range anxiety so charged to 100% before we left this morning. Used about 25% charge from Loveland to Estes Park. We charged at a public charger (J1772) at the Estes Park library while we had breakfast at a nearby restaurant. Cost is $1 per hour. We left Estes Park at about 85%. Down to about 50% at the Alpine Visitors Center. Downhill to Grand Lake town so charge was about 55%. We were the first ones to use the new ChargePoint charger at Grand Lake. We met the town manager who was excited that someone was actually using their new charger. Just a 30A 240V charger so is fairly slow. Our charge level never went below 50% so I really had no need to worry.
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  2. DiveDeep

    DiveDeep Member

    May 9, 2016
    Thanks so much for your nice write up! This gives the likes of us who live in the Rockies a better feel for the price of altitude gain and how the regen will function to "give back" a portion of that energy.
    I live between Provo, UT and Salt Lake City.. Fairly frequently we drive up to the Park City area and to Cabin Property nearby.. Total climb there is only in the 4000' range, so nothing like Estes Park to the Alpine Visitor Ctr in RMNP.

    It might be nice if you could remind the rest of us of the altitudes at the various landmarks you visited... Loveland, Estes Park, and Grand Lake..

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