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SuperCharger in Liberal, KS?

Discussion in 'Mountain/Southwest Supercharger locations' started by mn4az, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. mn4az

    mn4az Member

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    While I haven't driven the leg... It seems like the leg from Wichita, KS SC to the Tucumcari, NM SC via Highway 54 is ripe for 1 and ideally 2 SuperChargers (for winter and the S60s). Liberal, KS is 215 miles from the Wichita SC and 208 miles from the Tucumcari SC. 60s would likely be excluded with this route but the 70s and above should be safe. Assuming the base capacity of the M3 is a 70 kWh batter they'd be safe also.


    Wichita, KS SC -> Tucumcari, NM SC via Highway 54 ~ 422 miles and 6 hours 23 minutes of drive time
    Wichita, KS SC -> Tucumcari, NM SC via Oklahoma City SC ~ 522 miles and 6 hours 40 minutes of drive time

    Going this route is a savings of 100 miles and 17 minutes of drive time at posted speeds plus 60+(?) minutes of charge time.


    Think Tesla would consider adding in 1 - 2 SuperChargers along the Highway 54 route?
     
  2. cpa

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    No one really knows Tesla's ultimate selections of Supercharger placements. It is clear from the current and projected maps that major interstate highways are the highest priority. There are a few outlying locations today, like the desert area of California around Mojave (helps connect Interstate 5 and the Central Valley with Barstow) and Inyokern and Lone Pine (to allow access to the Eastern Sierra for outdoor activities. Bishop and one or two north will connect Reno eventually.)

    You are correct that placement along a diagonal route to connect east-west interstates makes a lot of sense, and US54 fits the bill.

    This is pure speculation on my part. As the Supercharge build out along the interstate highways gets closer to completion, Tesla will be doing the following:

    --adding capacity to locations that have become stressed. They have done this already, and continue to do so. Many sites have extra connections buried adjacent to the existing charging pedestals for just that purpose.

    --figuring out selected secondary roads that could benefit from Supercharger installations, like your US54. There will be dozens of others. Placement along these highways may not be as closely spaced as much of the interstate highway system is (or will be.) But from your example above, the 215 and 208 mile legs are doable for the 70s, 85s, and 90s with prudent driving throughout most of the year. (The only wild card on this highway is elevation gain which could eat into range.)

    --adding solar canopies and battery storage to reduce the usage charges and to balance out the demand charges during peak periods.
     
  3. mn4az

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    Sounds logical. I believe that that for many folks driving to/from the southwest to the midwest (NE, KS, IA, MN, etc) they'd take this option if it existed.
     
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    Price, UT on U.S. 6/191 being an example, cutting the dogleg from SLC at I-15/I-80 to I-70 at Green River. I suspect Stratford and Liberal or something east of that will be needed. Dalhart, while at an obvious crossroads, is a bit too far from Trinidad (151 miles + a pass); the SC will probably need to go in NW of there at Clayton (104 miles from Trinidad), which makes Dalhart redundant (If they'd put the SC at Raton instead like I wanted, this wouldn't be a problem, but noooo!:biggrin:). Stratford is 126 miles from Tucumcari. Minneola would seem to be close to the halfway point between Stratford and Wichita, a bit far but relatively flat.
     

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