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SF Chronicle Nov 17, 2013, "Addicted to Tesla"

Discussion in 'TMC Connect' started by Kipernicus, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. Kipernicus

    Kipernicus Model S Res#P1440

    Dec 2, 2009
    Belmont, CA
    Front page of the Style section, big glowing T logo with "Are you a Teslaholic? Go ahead and hug the curves - this electric car engineers a cultlike following."
    by Nellie Bowles

    Addicted to Tesla

    That was news to me, that Newsom has a winery and he has superchargers there. Pretty convinced it is indeed a supercharger because note the reference to Tesla-only network. Has anyone been there to confirm?
  2. SFOTurtle

    SFOTurtle Active Member

    Jan 21, 2013
    Los Altos, CA
    I haven't been to the winery, but I would bet the farm that the chargers are HPWCs and not SCs. Still, that's good news for folks visiting Napa.
  3. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

    Nov 10, 2011
    Yup, HPWCs was my interpretation as well. So the "network" part is probably reporter confusion once again. I bet if you asked that reported about Twin Chargers and the Supercharger network you'd get the deer in headlights look.
  4. Jason S

    Jason S Model S Sig Perf (P85)

    Apr 20, 2012
    Rocklin, CA
    Ditto. Last time we went up there (Spring, iirc -- ended up going all the way up to J) we'd stopped off in Davis on the way home because of the 70Amp J1772 in Davis. An 80 Amp wall connector (or even de-rated to 60A) would've been welcome too. And we could've tried some other winery rather than coffee in Davis.
  5. lloyds

    lloyds Active Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Bay Area
    good to know. Planning on a Napa trip soon to get some wine for the holidays.
  6. jaanton

    jaanton Roadster NA #1026

    Jun 25, 2010
    Oakland, CA
    CADE winery is pretty nice. If you want to taste better call for an appointment. Years ago it was a Roadster charger, check when you call. They didn't discount the tasting if you bought wine. Good stuff. But I think there is better on the price/performance curve.
  7. roblab

    roblab Active Member

    Jul 15, 2008
    Angwin (Napa Valley) CA
    In response to another inquiry, I visited Cade yesterday after work, specifically to report to him.

    I found: A Blink Level 2 charger. Only one. 30 amps max, 7 kw per hour.
    If you go inside, the winery has a Blink card that they will swipe for you, so they pay the Blink fees. You do not have to sign up for Blink.
    They inform me that they have a Blink (J1772) adapter for Roadsters. Tesla had originally installed two Roadster chargers, hence "Tesla network"

    I live all of one half mile from Cade. They do have some beautiful views of one of the side valleys of Napa Valley, not Napa Valley. As I am not a connoisseur of wine, I cannot give opinions on that area.

    With arrangements, anyone is welcome to charge in my garage (40 amps, 10 kW per hour) and drive my car to the winery, or whatever arrangement works. You get about 30% more charge and it's backed by solar (11 kW) so no problem with timing. *Without* arrangements, we have no crime in Angwin, the garage is unlocked, enjoy yourselves. ( I see a lot of fear in many of your eyes) We also have neighbors who might come over and ask how things are going.

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