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Supercharger — Pendleton, OR

webbbcam

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I heard a strong hint that this Supercharger would be associated with some "Wild Horses" southeast of Pendleton; 2[SUP]3[/SUP]3[SUP]3[/SUP] was another hint.

Good news!
The prospect of driving straight to Boise has me flushed with excitement. I just hope that there are enough charging stalls to prevent a full house at the Supercharger.

John
 

Rocky_H

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OK, Wild Horse Resort and Casino is to the east of Pendleton, on a road (S Market) off an exit of I-84.
8/27 would be a bit of a wait. :p Didn't find an 827 on that road.

Oh, I get it. Don't look at the 8 and the 27 separately. It's like algebra. They are together, so you multiply them. That's 216, which is the exit number on I-84 for S Market Rd.
 
If it's actually at the Wildhorse Casino, I could see them being pretty interested in offering to host it. It seems like a good place they would like to invite people to hang out and spend some money for 40 minutes or so.
Its seems odd to me that a Casino would be willing to install SCs. You'd think they'd prefer HPWCs, i.e. something to make people stay longer.
 

Rocky_H

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Its seems odd to me that a Casino would be willing to install SCs. You'd think they'd prefer HPWCs, i.e. something to make people stay longer.

But the point is that it is Pendleton. People don't just stop in Pendleton if they don't have to. They are trying to go from Supercharger to Supercharger, and they will avoid stopping at places where they would have to wait for 3 or 4 hours in favor of stopping at places where they can wait for only 30-40 minutes. If it is a smaller route where Tesla is not planning to build Superchargers, then the choices would be HPWC or nothing, that would actually attract some business, and it would be a benefit to install those.
 
That's great news. I too want SCs for my route Seattle to Boise. However, I would not bet on the range from that new SC at Pendleton getting me to Boise.

Using the EV Trip Planner, it says 376 average using 82kWh, or 274 rated miles. The planner says I could make it by driving slow. That would drop the average to 345 using 75.3kWh, or 251 rated miles. But that 14,468 elevation gain will drain the battery more than estimated and the 12,140 going down will recharge the battery less than estimated.

I still see a stop in Baker. There is a Tesla user that offers his HPWC. It wouldn't need to be a long stop.
 

AudubonB

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But the point is that it is Pendleton. People don't just stop in Pendleton if they don't have to. They are trying to go from Supercharger to Supercharger, and they will avoid stopping at places where they would have to wait for 3 or 4 hours in favor of stopping at places where they can wait for only 30-40 minutes. If it is a smaller route where Tesla is not planning to build Superchargers, then the choices would be HPWC or nothing, that would actually attract some business, and it would be a benefit to install those.
Was this a dig at Pendleton, Rocky? We have rather enjoyed that small downtown when our route has taken us through there - some decent cafes with food that's a far sight better than at fast-food locales. I'm not sure it's the best place to purchase Pendleton Woolen Mills items - I have a vague recollection there's an outlet on the Washington state side of the river, but that particular quest is any number of decades ago now....
 

Cottonwood

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That's great news. I too want SCs for my route Seattle to Boise. However, I would not bet on the range from that new SC at Pendleton getting me to Boise.

Using the EV Trip Planner, it says 376 average using 82kWh, or 274 rated miles. The planner says I could make it by driving slow. That would drop the average to 345 using 75.3kWh, or 251 rated miles. But that 14,468 elevation gain will drain the battery more than estimated and the 12,140 going down will recharge the battery less than estimated.

I still see a stop in Baker. There is a Tesla user that offers his HPWC. It wouldn't need to be a long stop.

See I-84 — Pacific NW to SLC

It looks like there is a Supercharger planned for Baker City, OR this year.
 

Rocky_H

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Was this a dig at Pendleton, Rocky? We have rather enjoyed that small downtown when our route has taken us through there - some decent cafes with food that's a far sight better than at fast-food locales. I'm not sure it's the best place to purchase Pendleton Woolen Mills items - I have a vague recollection there's an outlet on the Washington state side of the river, but that particular quest is any number of decades ago now....

Not meant to be a dig at Pendleton specifically. Sorry if the wording made it sound so. It was about it being a smaller town that is probably a charge stop on the way to other places and not usually a final destination. I was responding to GRA, who thought Wildhorse should have wanted HPWCs __instead of__ the Supercharger. And my point was that he's thinking of it backward, as if people want to be at that location, and can you make them stay 3 hours instead of 30 minutes. But reality is the opposite. People will be going to wherever the Supercharger is because they are generally just there to charge as fast as they can and then move on. It's good that Pendleton is a nice place--always a bonus if you do need to spend some time there.

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That's great news. I too want SCs for my route Seattle to Boise. However, I would not bet on the range from that new SC at Pendleton getting me to Boise.

Using the EV Trip Planner, it says 376 average using 82kWh, or 274 rated miles. The planner says I could make it by driving slow. That would drop the average to 345 using 75.3kWh, or 251 rated miles. But that 14,468 elevation gain will drain the battery more than estimated and the 12,140 going down will recharge the battery less than estimated.

I still see a stop in Baker. There is a Tesla user that offers his HPWC. It wouldn't need to be a long stop.

There's a couple who has come through a couple of times from Washington to SLC and charged at my house in Boise. They've done the Pendleton to Boise stretch in one shot a time or two, but it was really tight. A couple of other times, they stopped at the Clarion Inn in Ontario for a meal and use their 14-50. By the way, the HPWC the guy had in Baker City got removed from Plugshare a few weeks ago I noticed. I posted to him in the TeslaMotors forum thread where he first brought it up to see why he took it down, but I haven't seen a response yet. Baker City does still have that truck corral with the 14-30 outlets if you have the adapter for it, but I think Ontario is looking like the better option now.
 
We've stopped at the WildHorse Casino on 4 different occasions (SEA-SLC and return), and used their 14-50 in the RV Park. They have been very Tesla friendly, and their Valet manager (Jeremy, I think) has gone out of his way to see that the charging went as planned, and delivered the car to me each morning - to save having to walk a couple of hundred yards to the park. I encouraged management to communicate with Tesla about a destination charger, as they have plenty of unused space in their parking lot. Besides that, they have an excellent restaurant - The Pinnacle Room - that's well away from the casino floor.

I guess I'm a bit surprised, however, that the new Supercharger location isn't closer to the I-82/I-84 link in Hermiston. Being a little further south though, this does get one that much closer to Boise Airport (235 RM at .95 speed setting and decent weather) which we've done at least once, averaging about 65. That's the speed limit in OR, but it's tougher to keep it down in ID with their higher limits. If the Plugshare HPWC at Baker City is still available, it's a breeze, with Clarion Inn to backstop that. And Rocky, not far from Boise A/P, has been very helpful in getting us on our way south to Twin Falls (Blue Lakes Inn's 14-50, and a very pleasant overnight stop).:smile:
 
I guess I'm a bit surprised, however, that the new Supercharger location isn't closer to the I-82/I-84 link in Hermiston.

I mentioned that too in another one of the I-84 threads. However, there is one shown on the End-Of-2015 map for the Tri-Cities area. Once that's in, those going to Spokane and further east from Portland will be able to go through there and not via Ellensburg (which added about 40 miles to the trip). Pendleton would pretty much just be for those staying on I-84.
 

Cottonwood

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I've looked on Plugshare for the HPWC in Baker City but can't find it. Is an HPWC still available?

Also - supercharge.info now shows Pendleton having received a permit.

Thanks

I think that the definition on Superchargers of "Permit" is that the planning process on happening, or the permit is being applied for. Usually the permit is issued just before construction starts.
 

Rocky_H

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I've looked on Plugshare for the HPWC in Baker City but can't find it. Is an HPWC still available?

Thanks

I noticed when it went missing from Plugshare, and I put a comment on the TeslaMotors forum thread where the owner had first posted it. I asked if there was a reason he took it down and if that was intended or on accident. I don't know if it is still there and just not listed on Plugshare anymore, or if he actually had the charger removed.
 

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