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Sacramento to Reno?

smicker

Roadster 1020
Apr 15, 2012
163
324
Berlin, Germany
Has anyone successfully driven from Sacramento to Reno in a Roadster? Distance is only 110 miles or so but I'm not sure how much elevation change will affect range.

And is Reno->San Francisco doable without stopping?

--Paul
 

Jason S

Model S Sig Perf (P85)
Apr 20, 2012
1,590
208
Rocklin, CA
I've read 6 miles lost per 1000 feet climbed.

I know of one Roadster owner that commuted between Rocklin and Reno occasionally, at least before he got his S, and don't recall any issues mentioned. To be sure you make the distance, you could top off at the public charger he installed here in Rocklin.

Reno -> SF almost certainly cannot be done in one shot with a Roadster. However there is a convenient high amp charger in Davis.
 

bonnie

I play a nice person on twitter.
Feb 6, 2011
16,427
9,744
Columbia River Gorge
Jack Bowers has made the trip frequently in his Roadster between Rocklin and Reno. But if you have questions about the drive, send him a pm. I've done it a couple of times without problems, but Jack is def the expert on that route.

I'm not sure the Rocklin HPC is still 70 amps, btw. Roadster owners are always free to stop at my place in Loomis and charge at 70amps off my ClipperCreek HPC. There is also a 70amp HPC in Auburn, right off 80 at the Clipper Creek facility.
 

dsm363

Roadster + Sig Model S
May 17, 2009
18,279
156
Nevada
That trip should be easy. I'd still range charge. If you have the Model S to Roadster adapter there are plenty of HPWCs at the various casinos in Reno too. Reno to SF without stopping not possible I think.
 

Nvbob

Roadster 1256
May 6, 2009
387
188
Just east of Lake Tahoe, Ca.
We've done the trip from just south of Carson City to Sac & Rocklin many, many times without any issues. When returning up the hill we always calculate the mileage plus about 10-15% to make sure we have that comfortable buffer. We have driven on 80, 50 & 88 (our favorite because of less traffic and more scenic) all without issues.

Like Bonnie has mentioned, Reno has multiple charging points, some J1772 and some MS HPWC. We use PlugShare as our EVSE reference.

It is not possible to drive from Reno to SF without stopping for a charge. Rocklin does have it's MS HPWC and gracious Bonnie (she is the best!) is only a message away.
 

Bradleybang

Member
Apr 14, 2008
391
130
Oakland, CA
When the car was brand new, I made it from Reno to Oakland barely. I drafted and drove very carefully and had 0 miles when I got home. No way would it make it now.
 

smicker

Roadster 1020
Apr 15, 2012
163
324
Berlin, Germany
For future reference the trip was a breeze driving at 50-60 and with the range charge outside Sacramento (thanks Bonnie):

11am leave alameda with 215 miles
1pm arrive Rocklin with 117 miles left
3:40pm leave with 221 miles
6pm arrive Reno with 105 miles left

The math seems to suggest that a short charge outbound would be sufficient (albeit with little margin) and that a return trip should be doable given the long downhill coming back.
 

bonnie

I play a nice person on twitter.
Feb 6, 2011
16,427
9,744
Columbia River Gorge
For future reference the trip was a breeze driving at 50-60 and with the range charge outside Sacramento

[snip]

The math seems to suggest that a short charge outbound would be sufficient (albeit with little margin) and that a return trip should be doable given the long downhill coming back.

Or that you could drive a little faster. :)
 

moezilla

Member
Jul 30, 2015
47
8
Mill Valley, CA
elevation change of 9,000 feet, climb of ~11,000 feet as you repeat some of the climb. 2800 # with two passengers, 30,800,000 foot pounds, which is 11.6 kilowatt hours to lift the car that much (if not accelerating) , and then maybe some relief from the drive down the multiple hills and then the last summit, so perhaps a 45 mile penalty for the climb?
 

smicker

Roadster 1020
Apr 15, 2012
163
324
Berlin, Germany
If anyone is interested, I was able to drive from 20 miles east of Reno to Alameda (238 miles) with 32 miles to spare. This was leaving with 218 miles (range mode) and driving between 50-55mph.
 

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