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Supercharger - Trinidad, CO

Discussion in 'Mountain/Southwest Supercharger locations' started by Cottonwood, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. Cottonwood

    Cottonwood Roadster#433, Model S#S37

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    Trinidad, CO appears to be "Opening Soon" on the Tesla "Today" map. I exchanged e-mails with the head of the Building Department in Trinidad, and he told me that there is a permit application from Tesla that is being reviewed. The location will be:

    9700 Santa Fe Trail
    Trinidad, CO 81082 - Google Maps


    185 miles is a little far from Lone Tree, but it looks like there is another Supercharger on the "2015" map in Pueblo. That will make the distances much more reasonable.

    South of there, there will be Superchargers in Las Vegas, NM; Albuquerque, NM; and Santa Rosa, NM.
     
  2. slipdrive

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    That's great news for south-bounders out of Denver.
    Probably not much hope of getting anything in the 240 miles from Trinidad/Raton, NM to the planned Amarillo,TX Supercharger via Dalhart and Clayton on US87. That's a favorite cut-off route for many Texans heading to Colorado, but pretty desolate...
     
  3. andrewas

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    Place seems strange. Just next to a very worn motel? Do you have a more exact location? Could it be in front of the restaurant just a little more to the north?
     
  4. Cottonwood

    Cottonwood Roadster#433, Model S#S37

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    That is the address that the building department gave me. My guess is that it is in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn. At least it is only a 5 min walk to Tequila's.
     
  5. Chris TX

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    Trinidad will be our stepping stone from Amarillo up to the rest of Colorado this summer. This is great news! Now if we can get a better route from Denton to Amarillo without having to venture into Oklahoma...
     
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    287 was on the 2015 (or was it 2016) map at one time, but got discarded in favor of forcing Texans to take the OKC route out west. Let's hope they bring it back...
     
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    Yes, I have emailed and called about this. Going around through OKC adds 100 miles to the trip.
     
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    Yes, I would love to see the (now) 2016 planned site in Sweetwater, Tx accelerated to allow for folks from the Austin/San Antonio area to reach Tucumcari in an 85. This would enable reasonable trips up into Colorado much sooner. :rolleyes:
     
  9. reddy

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    Great to hear this! I had emailed the Trinidad Economic Development dept earlier and had no response from them.

    I drive back & forth from Amarillo to Colorado Springs, and this will be great to have. As noted earlier, going non-stop from Amarillo to Trinidad would be a stretch, even though it is 233 miles, because Raton Pass is 4175 ft higher than Amarillo.

    There are several places to grab quick top off charges in both directions. There are RV Parks in Raton NM(KOA), Capulin NM, Clayton NM, a city owned site in Dalhart, TX, and a free city owned park in Dumas, TX.

    I'd really want to have 60 rated miles left as you leave Raton heading north on I-25, as the grade will kill you. You'll get most of your miles back going downhill into Trinidad.

    The alternative would be to be Amarillo - > Tucumcari - Trinidad, CO but that adds 70 actual miles of driving.
    Amarillo - > Santa Rosa NM -> Trinidad adds 149 actual miles.

    So it would actually be faster to do a quick 60 - 90 minute charge in Clayton or Capulin or Raton on the way out, and charge at Clayton, Dalhart or Dumas on the way back to Texas.

    I'd appreciate any info or photos once the project gets underway. I hope to check this one out in June if it's done by then.




     
  10. evp

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    Hooray - Trinidad puts Santa Fe in reach.
     
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    Maybe the local diner, watering hole or welding shop in Dalhart or Clayton could secure a HPWC or even install a 50amp plug.... A couple hours would enable Amarillo to Trinidad ..
     
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    Arvada to Trinidad is about 200 miles. Is that doable in cold weather?
     
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    Finally! As has been noted before (AudubonB), enabling the north-south interior routes has been long neglected.
     
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    Is that a call for a Posse, er a (re)Search Party?
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    Not so sure.... looking at the map there are 6 N/S routes (1 completed) and at least two more close to finish. There is yet to be an E/W direct route.
     
  16. Cottonwood

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    The "2015" map seems to show a Supercharger in Pueblo. That will break up the route nicely.

    Until then, it is 185 miles from Lone Tree to Trinidad...
     
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    I've done 40amps at the city owned RV park in Dalhart on the south edge of town. It was free. You can see it on Plugshare.

    In the summer all the spots could potentially be occupied by RVs. The park in Dumas has a lot more spaces, supports 40amps, and is also free.
     
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    > There is yet to be an E/W direct route. [smartypnz]

    The reason why this is came to me in a dream: What happened was that various high speed cross country taxi services developed to serve airplane-phobic LA to NY clientele. All using ModelSs of course. This became quite tedious over time to the TM big wigs who felt they were being taken for a ride as well. Then I woke up. :crying:
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    Stevezzzz was commenting about my post regarding what Tesla's end-2016 SpC map shows,​ not where we are today. I stand by my - and Steve's - fairly modest complaint.
     
  20. Cottonwood

    Cottonwood Roadster#433, Model S#S37

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    Today, I-95 goes from Boston to Miami, I-5 goes from Vancouver to San Diego, and I-75 is only missing Knoxville to be complete from Detroit to Miami. That's 3 N-S routes!

    After the initial Elon Mystery Tour as an E-W route, Tesla completed the I-15 route from SoCal to I-70 to help a little. The I-70 path across the midwest seems to be taking forever, the I-90 connection out of the Pacific NW got stalled in Idaho and Wyoming, and I-40 is finally getting started towards OKC. I-80 from the Bay Area to SLC is the only bright spot for recent E-W route construction.

    Looking at this, I think that the N-S routes are a little ahead of the E-W routes.

    Trinidad it the first of three Superchargers this year (also Pueblo, CO and Las Vegas, NM) to connect Denver to Albuquerque on I-25. Even with Cheyenne, WY, this section of I-25 is a pretty short N-S route.
     

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