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Supercharger - San Juan Capistrano, CA (7 V2 stalls)

gaswalla

Model S,3,X.. CT with Austin delivery
Sep 23, 2012
3,300
3,579
San Diego

BUSINESS

Electric-car maker Tesla builds charging station in Capistrano

A 30-minute charge will soon be available for the electric cars.



By IAN HAMILTON / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Published: Jan. 8, 2014 Updated: Jan. 9, 2014 12:56 p.m.






If you've noticed more cars rocketing down the carpool lane with a big T on the rear hatch, it's because Tesla has a growing Orange County presence. The electric-car maker has three stores at local malls to peddle its $70,000-plus Model S to the county's luxury market.
And soon Tesla drivers will be able to speed-charge their vehicles for free within county borders.
Tesla is building one of its supercharging stations in the Union Bank parking lot in San Juan Capistrano just off I-5 at Del Obispo Street and Camino Capistrano. When completed, it will join a rapidly expanding network of stations that can boost the range of a Model S by 150 miles in about 30 minutes.
The closest such station now is across the Los Angeles County border, in Hawthorne.
The network represents an effort by Elon Musk – the satellite-launching, solar-panel selling, Hyperloop-theorizing billionaire CEO of Tesla – to eliminate range anxiety from an electric-car purchase decision. Day to day, electric car owners recharge at home. But trips beyond the Model S's 200-plus-mile range require advance planning to locate charging opportunities.
Last year, Musk announced the expansion of Tesla's charging network, to more than 50 active stations now. Tesla said it planned to enable coast-to-coast travel from supercharger to supercharger in different states in a diagonal route across the U.S. this winter, while expanding to 80 percent coverage of the U.S. in 2014 and 98 percent next year.
In California, there are supercharging stations up and running in Hawthorne, Atascadero, Barstow, Buellton, Corning, Folsom, Fremont, Gilroy, Harris Ranch, Mount Shasta, Tejon Ranch and Vacaville.
Tesla owners are closely following the progress of the San Juan Capistrano facility.
“We are actually waiting for that charger to finish before we buy the supercharger upgrade for our Model S,” said Eric Swenson, a Malibu resident who does a lot of traveling with his wife, Renee, through Orange County to visit family in San Diego.
The couple bought a lower-end Model S with the least range and it needs an upgrade to make it work with the new station.
In San Juan Capistrano, the red Tesla logo sits atop more than a half-dozen arched ports. They're still being installed but feature thick cables that, when unfurled and plugged into a car, resemble the hoses most of us use to pump gasoline. Well-heeled car owners (the station can be used only by Teslas) will have to wait about half an hour or more while their cars fill up.
For the restaurants, cafes and other businesses that surround the station, that spells opportunity.
“I'm really happy, I think I'm banking that's it's going to (bring) more people,” said Al Oliman, who owns The Señor Barber in the same lot as the charging stations. “I think it'll make it more cosmopolitan.”
Tesla did not respond to requests seeking details on the station, including when it is expected to be finished or whether it will be solar-powered. The electricity in Tesla's supercharging stations is said to be generated by solar panels on top of carport canopies, to fulfill Musk's promise that the stations will always provide free energy – to both the owner of the car and to the fossil-fuel dependent electrical grid.
“I don't have range anxiety because we plan around it,” said Renee Swenson. “Every time I've gone further than I expect, I know where the chargers are to get what I need.”
Contact the writer: 949-229-2426 or [email protected]


 

SFOTurtle

Active Member
Jan 21, 2013
1,076
74
Los Altos, CA
The spots are surprisingly wide. Should be no problem pulling head in and opening the car door. Hypothetically.

Brianstorms is referring to the picture of the one spot with the wall of the generator right off the white line. Just looking at the picture, I don't know how you could be hooked into the supercharger and then open your door in that spot without angling in and not parking inside the lines.
 

crmohler

Member
Oct 23, 2013
77
0
San Diego, CA

BUSINESS

Electric-car maker Tesla builds charging station in Capistrano

A 30-minute charge will soon be available for the electric cars.



By IAN HAMILTON / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

Published: Jan. 8, 2014 Updated: Jan. 9, 2014 12:56 p.m.






If you've noticed more cars rocketing down the carpool lane with a big T on the rear hatch, it's because Tesla has a growing Orange County presence. The electric-car maker has three stores at local malls to peddle its $70,000-plus Model S to the county's luxury market.
And soon Tesla drivers will be able to speed-charge their vehicles for free within county borders.
Tesla is building one of its supercharging stations in the Union Bank parking lot in San Juan Capistrano just off I-5 at Del Obispo Street and Camino Capistrano. When completed, it will join a rapidly expanding network of stations that can boost the range of a Model S by 150 miles in about 30 minutes.
The closest such station now is across the Los Angeles County border, in Hawthorne.
The network represents an effort by Elon Musk – the satellite-launching, solar-panel selling, Hyperloop-theorizing billionaire CEO of Tesla – to eliminate range anxiety from an electric-car purchase decision. Day to day, electric car owners recharge at home. But trips beyond the Model S's 200-plus-mile range require advance planning to locate charging opportunities.
Last year, Musk announced the expansion of Tesla's charging network, to more than 50 active stations now. Tesla said it planned to enable coast-to-coast travel from supercharger to supercharger in different states in a diagonal route across the U.S. this winter, while expanding to 80 percent coverage of the U.S. in 2014 and 98 percent next year.
In California, there are supercharging stations up and running in Hawthorne, Atascadero, Barstow, Buellton, Corning, Folsom, Fremont, Gilroy, Harris Ranch, Mount Shasta, Tejon Ranch and Vacaville.
Tesla owners are closely following the progress of the San Juan Capistrano facility.
“We are actually waiting for that charger to finish before we buy the supercharger upgrade for our Model S,” said Eric Swenson, a Malibu resident who does a lot of traveling with his wife, Renee, through Orange County to visit family in San Diego.
The couple bought a lower-end Model S with the least range and it needs an upgrade to make it work with the new station.
In San Juan Capistrano, the red Tesla logo sits atop more than a half-dozen arched ports. They're still being installed but feature thick cables that, when unfurled and plugged into a car, resemble the hoses most of us use to pump gasoline. Well-heeled car owners (the station can be used only by Teslas) will have to wait about half an hour or more while their cars fill up.
For the restaurants, cafes and other businesses that surround the station, that spells opportunity.
“I'm really happy, I think I'm banking that's it's going to (bring) more people,” said Al Oliman, who owns The Señor Barber in the same lot as the charging stations. “I think it'll make it more cosmopolitan.”
Tesla did not respond to requests seeking details on the station, including when it is expected to be finished or whether it will be solar-powered. The electricity in Tesla's supercharging stations is said to be generated by solar panels on top of carport canopies, to fulfill Musk's promise that the stations will always provide free energy – to both the owner of the car and to the fossil-fuel dependent electrical grid.
“I don't have range anxiety because we plan around it,” said Renee Swenson. “Every time I've gone further than I expect, I know where the chargers are to get what I need.”
Contact the writer: 949-229-2426 or [email protected]



thank you for copying!!!!!
 

brianstorms

Member
Apr 2, 2013
751
3
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Brianstorms is referring to the picture of the one spot with the wall of the generator right off the white line. Just looking at the picture, I don't know how you could be hooked into the supercharger and then open your door in that spot without angling in and not parking inside the lines.

Exactly. I fear what you will see because of what appears to be a bad design, is:

1) frequent ICEing of that spot as no Model S can fit
2) Model S drivers pulling in at an angle, possibly extending car into adjacent spot, making matters worse
3) Model S drivers not even pulling into the spot, but using the charger anyway from outside the spot, wreaking havoc on rest of parking area.

Or, maybe this spot is designed for Tesla Model C, the compact car. Oh, wait...
 

FredTMC

Model S VIN #4925
Dec 26, 2012
3,492
3,745
Orange County CA
Dang, was kinda banking on this one for late next week. Anyone know good hotels in the LA area that have charging? I'd rather avoid Hawthorne.

Who knows when site will go live. No activity from the utility yet. The construction crew is done/gone.

Need that hat easement to get approved for the utility to lay cabling to the tesla cabinets.

I went by there today. Here's a view of where the utility needs to hook up electricity. Ply wood covers area.
 

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brianstorms

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Apr 2, 2013
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[ My kingdom for a either a fix to this message board software, or a browser plugin, that, upon encountering these gigantic, epic-sized images, does the right thing, and resizes them to fit in one's browser so they don't destroy the thread, and so, like, they're viewable ]
 

Teriyaki88

Member
Mar 27, 2013
283
85
San Diego, CA
Hawthorne isn't that bad. I've yet to wait for during the past 8 months (knock-knock). With SJC opening I'll bypass Hawthorne. I can't wait! My guess is that this will become busiest SC in SoCal.

Dang, was kinda banking on this one for late next week. Anyone know good hotels in the LA area that have charging? I'd rather avoid Hawthorne.
 

markb1

Active Member
Feb 17, 2012
3,038
652
San Diego, CA
Who knows when site will go live. No activity from the utility yet. The construction crew is done/gone.

Need that hat easement to get approved for the utility to lay cabling to the tesla cabinets.

I went by there today. Here's a view of where the utility needs to hook up electricity. Ply wood covers area.

Can you see where the transformer is going to go?
 

Andrew

Model S #6151, Model 3 #1576
Mar 11, 2013
434
208
Santa Monica, CA
Dang, was kinda banking on this one for late next week. Anyone know good hotels in the LA area that have charging? I'd rather avoid Hawthorne.

A few months back, we spent the night at the Omni Hotel downtown - the valet offered to charge the car for us. Not sure how fast their charger is (I told him not to bother), but I know they're familiar with the car and happy to charge overnight. Worth giving them a call to see.

And if you check on Plugshare, there are quite a few parking lots with chargers - so if you're there for the day you should be able to find a good place to charge.
 

Gear

Member
Jul 14, 2013
620
39
SoCal
Any status updates on this? I really would like to see this one opened. It's been about 7 weeks since it first got added to the wiki as being under construction!
 

Gear

Member
Jul 14, 2013
620
39
SoCal
The adage "A watched pot never boils" comes to mind:wink:

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Yeah, it seems to hold true. This is literally the only SC I really care about for the near future, so of course it's one of the few that has had problems with the politics. I thought SoCal people were supposed to be some of the most eco-conscious in the country after the Bay Area folks.
 

Tommy

Member
Mar 3, 2010
882
3
The great OC
Yeah, it seems to hold true. This is literally the only SC I really care about for the near future, so of course it's one of the few that has had problems with the politics. I thought SoCal people were supposed to be some of the most eco-conscious in the country after the Bay Area folks.

My observations: SJC has a very slow growth rate; population just over 35k (the mission was founded in 1776). Compare that to it's neighbor Mission Viejo with it's population of 95k+ and 1965 origins. There is anti-development sentiment at work here; people want to keep the small town feel.
 

FredTMC

Model S VIN #4925
Dec 26, 2012
3,492
3,745
Orange County CA
My observations: SJC has a very slow growth rate; population just over 35k (the mission was founded in 1776). Compare that to it's neighbor Mission Viejo with it's population of 95k+ and 1965 origins. There is anti-development sentiment at work here; people want to keep the small town feel.

There's no "anti EV" crap going on with SJC govt. Per other posts on this thread, the problem is simply that an easement wasn't submitted by Union Bank for the utility to bring power to the site. Sounds as if it was a simple oversight... I'm sure the paperwork is being submitted. No idea what the lead time is before utility can begin their work...
 

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