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St Lucie FL to Cheeca Islanorada?

Discussion in 'Florida' started by bhuwan, May 10, 2015.

  1. bhuwan

    bhuwan Active Member

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    Hi all

    Driving down from boston. In an 85 is this route achievable if we leave with 100% charge from St Lucie? It's about 209 miles.

    West palm beach is not available after hours unfortunately.
     
  2. LoL Rick

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    Probably doable, but you're pushing it. Since South Florida is a charging desert, I would stop at the Victoria Park hotel in Fort Lauderdale for a top-up. Their HPWC is good for 80 amps and there are several restaurants within walking distance where you can have dinner.
     
  3. Larry Chanin

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    According to EVTripPlanner.com if you leave the Port Saint Lucie Supercharger for the Cheeca Lodge & Spa you will expend 219 rated miles. So you should make it on a full charge.

    Larry
     
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    thanks ; yea I was using that as a tool as well. Hoping to get some "real world" experience :)
     
  5. LoL Rick

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    Plugshare shows a homeowner with 50 amp HPWC in Florida City but requires advance contact. You might want to do that while you're still in PCL.

    Another consideration - people in South Florida drive FAST on I-95. If you're doing 65 to preserve range, stay in the right lane and pay close attention lest you get run over!
     
  6. bhuwan

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    Lol yeah thanks! People go uber fast here
     
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    We made it from the West Palm Beach supercharger to a resort basically across the street from Cheeca with ~50 miles of range remaining last week, and I definitely wasn't driving conservatively. I would say if you do a full max charge in St Lucie and stick with the speed limit you should be fine. Once you're off the interstate it's a lot easier to be conservative with the go pedal too. There's also a ChargePoint at the Snapper Creek rest area if you get desperate. Additionally, you should keep an eye out for the West Palm superchargers, as they may be available by the time your trip comes up. It looks like they're already in the process of moving their fences.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks all. We made it. Will post stars later to help others but I did about 69mph avg until hitting the areas with speed limit of 45 ish
    Left at 100% arrived at 14% with 203 miles traveled.
     
  9. Larry Chanin

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    Welcome to the Sunshine State.

    Larry
     
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    Should you need an extra top up, you can always use the free public level 2 Chargepoint at the Marniers Hospital in Tavernier just before you get to Islamorada.
     
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    When returning you might want to stop at Pinecrest Gardens for a free fast charge, if you have a CHAdeMO adapter. They will have HPWC's soon, but they are not open yet. That is probably good unless you have used the Tevernier free charge.
     
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    Thanks. The return trip was super easy, since we were headed to South Beach. Charge to 90% at Cheeca (they have 3 HPWC's and 2 Clippers) and used a Chargepoint @ Fontainbleau here in South Beach.
     
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    Did you stay at The Cheeca Lodge? Will they let you charge if you just have drinks at their bar?
     
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    Yes/No. Security on site is tight. . Every charger can be ICEd easily but the front registration charger. Talk to valet. The entire resort is very nice and accommodating.
     
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    Thanks for the information it is helpful for our planned trip to The Keys.
     
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    Just did Port St Lucie Supercharger to Marathon Supercharger, 230 miles. (P85D in range mode with A/C set at 74). 65mph on the turnpike then followed the speed limit (or +5) on US1. We arrived with 39 miles range remaining in Marathon. It's really no problem. We charged up 15 minutes in Marathon and then headed down to Key West. We charged at our hotel, the Pier House Resort. They said we were the first to use their newly installed HPWC 80amp.

    290 w/m on the turnpike

    Also of note the car trip planner kept trying to get us to take us from the Orlando Turkey Lake SC down to Ft Myers and then across and down to Marathon.

    Tom
     
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    We had the same issue. So annoying. We are all beta testers of 6.2
     
  18. Larry Chanin

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    Hi Tom,

    Thanks for the information.

    If you wouldn't mind could you provide a brief review of your charging experience and your opinion of the resort at the following thread.

    Hotels in Florida with Charging Stations


    By the way, if you are interested in joining our Florida Tesla club, please click on the link to Florida Tesla Enthusiasts in my signature.

    Larry
     
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    65 mph on the turnpike S of St Lucie? That could get you killed!! My guess is the average speed on the FL turnpike down there is at least 80mph.

    Several times I've done a 220 mile run from Lake City to Panama City in my P85 doing 70 on I-10, then speed limit on SR 12 to 27 to 231. Typically arrive with 15-20 miles in the tank (started at 250, range mode, A/C on 70). The new navigation tried to route me from Lake City up to Tifton GA supercharger and then back down to my location (and also warned me I still would not have enough charge to make it). It would have terrified me if I had not previously made the trip safely a couple of times.

    Glad you made it easily. Cheeca Lodge is a great place, as is the Pier House. I'm sure you had a great time down there.
     
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    So true !!(
     

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