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supercharger stations are still up - even w/ everyone hunkering down?

acal

Member
Apr 2, 2018
63
58
Santa Clara, CA
we've arrived. Over the weekend there was rather more traffic in California than I would have expected. Everywhere else it was pretty much just semi's. We have 3 drivers, and didn't want to stay in hotels, so we just rotated. The only stops were @ superchargers to power up (and nap!). The car was totally packed (we fit A LOT of stuff in there) and did fantastically.

re: superchargers....all but 1 were open. In Reno:
- there's a very big new SC station that advertises 250KW. It's outside, but access is through a multi-level parking garage associated with a casino. Entrance to the parking garage was blocked (truck parked across the entrance). I was bummed - wanted to see what the higher was SCers did.
- instead, we used the older 6-node reno charger. But 2 were down (noted in the nav app, but unmarked @ the site). The other 4 were in heavy use and the charging rate sucked. We never got above 45KW.

We found the nav app a bit frustrating. A few legs of the trip it clearly had planned for us to charge ALL THE WAY up, because anything else left us unable to make it to the next SC. That takes an age. There was always another SC 1/2 way between, so we just re-did the nav and went to that one after a 70% charge. It's nice to be able to see that someone was actually using each SCer - helped convince us it was actually open.
 

puhiniho

Member
Jun 15, 2018
135
62
Seattle
BTW since the OP is going to a lot of SC, make sure to bring alcohol wipes to wipe down the SC handles. It's obviously the most touched object thus most susceptible to COVID-19 transfer. Please be safe and well!
 

fwiw

Member
Feb 24, 2019
34
18
FL & WI
Thanks for the info and timely post. I was (still am) slightly concerned about supercharger shutdowns in case of a real lockdown.
Making the trip from Florida to Wisconsin Sunday.
Stopping only for bathroom breaks and supercharging. Bringing along a supply of sanitizer wipes, food and disposable gloves,
On previous trips we minimized dead charging stops by scheduling around breakfast, lunch and dinner times. This time naps and internet news updates are on the agenda. Abetterrouteplanner says 22 hours of driving with 12 charging stops for 8 hours. We'll see.
 

K3Man

Member
Jun 21, 2018
212
179
Rancho Cucamonga
@fwiw , I wouldn’t worry too much. Consider that electricity is an essential service and will be up and running as will the Superchargers. If you’re concerned about site closures due to parking lot locations, etc, start reviewing the charging stops that ABRP or your Tesla are picking for your route and familiarize yourself with their details Such as finding them on say Google Maps. Check posted pictures and reviews to see if sites might be closed off by parking lot owners and plan for alternatives.

Oh and as posted above, bring sanitizing wipes for the supercharger handles. Wipe wipe wipe!
 

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