TMC is an independent, primarily volunteer organization that relies on ad revenue to cover its operating costs. Please consider whitelisting TMC on your ad blocker and becoming a Supporting Member. For more info: Support TMC
Start a Discussionhttps://teslamotorsclub.com/tmc/tags/

Supercharger - Woodburn, OR

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by PLUS EV, Aug 18, 2017.

Tags:
  1. PLUS EV

    PLUS EV Running on Empty

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2016
    Messages:
    1,157
    Location:
    Seattle
    Starting a new thread for this old supercharger.

    If you use this supercharger in the next few days, please provide information such as number of stalls in use, length of line, time of day and/or wait time. This supercharger will likely get extremely busy with eclipse traffic and any information would be helpful.

    Personally I am trying to just act as if this supercharger doesn't even exist since I think it will be such a chokepoint for the eclipse. But I may use it on the way home if it's not too busy. I would encourage everyone to avoid this one if possible to help alleviate charger congestion.
     
  2. PLUS EV

    PLUS EV Running on Empty

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2016
    Messages:
    1,157
    Location:
    Seattle
    Any congestion at this supercharger last couple days? Any report would be appreciated.
     
  3. wdolson

    wdolson Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2015
    Messages:
    4,138
    Location:
    Clark Co, WA
    I haven't been there in almost a year. I would check in personally if I was close by (I'm about 40 miles north). According to the supercharger app for iOS, there have been 2 check ins today. At 11:57AM someone said there was a line. There was a check in a couple of hours ago with no comment.

    On PlugShare.com there have been three check ins today. The most recent said "All full, but small line".
     
  4. geekbox32

    geekbox32 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2016
    Messages:
    5
    Location:
    Everett, WA
    Pulled into about 10 mins ago and all the chargers are full and currently 3 cars waiting. I'm charging super slow at 8kw on 1A though
     
  5. PLUS EV

    PLUS EV Running on Empty

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2016
    Messages:
    1,157
    Location:
    Seattle
    8kW ugh... Thanks for the info though.
     
  6. PLUS EV

    PLUS EV Running on Empty

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2016
    Messages:
    1,157
    Location:
    Seattle
    4 Teslas charging here at 3am. A few other Teslas are also parked in this lot.
     
  7. PLUS EV

    PLUS EV Running on Empty

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2016
    Messages:
    1,157
    Location:
    Seattle
    EDIT: There were actually 5 including myself, charging when I left and 5 other Teslas parked in the lot. Should be a busy day here after the eclipse!
     
  8. f-stop

    f-stop Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2015
    Messages:
    1,045
    Location:
    Vancouver BC, Canada
    At Woodburn SC now (5:15am). Stalls all full but was 1st in line, only had to wait a couple min for one to open up and another cleared before I plugged in so turnover good. More Teslas arriving now
     
    • Informative x 1
  9. Moorebid

    Moorebid Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2017
    Messages:
    5
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    I got there about 20 minutes before totality; the place was packed – not just the Superchargers, but the entire lot – Teslas as far as the eye could see! (See the first picture.)

    I kept driving into residential land and found a nice gravel lot off the side of the road on the edge of some well-treed land for viewing both the eclipse (mind-blowing) and the shadows it creates through leaves. Shortly after totality, a kitten started mewing rather intently in the bushes/forest; as I was trying to get closer, I stumbled across what appeared to be a homeless encampment, along with some skeletal remains that… may have been human. I had to call it in, so that probably kept me an extra hour or so – which was fine since traffic going back to the freeway was jam-packed for awhile.

    By the time I got back to the Superchargers, they were all still taken – but after striking up a conversation with the nearby peoples, I learned that I was third in line… and during that conversation it seemed like I barely waited at all, but it was probably close to 15 minutes. I was only getting somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 kW or so (understandable given that all 8 stations were in use), but I only needed a top-off from 70%, so that gave me enough time to eat my Arby's smoked porchetta sandwich at a comfortable pace. When I finally finished, my car was at 97% and there were now at least 4 more cars waiting to get in.

    I took the second picture as I was just about to leave; that's my Sig Red on the right. Oh, BTW, this was my first SC experience – I just picked up the car last Saturday. It was a patience-trying experience, but a pleasant one nonetheless.

    The drive home, OTOH… well, that's another experience.
     

    Attached Files:

  10. wdolson

    wdolson Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2015
    Messages:
    4,138
    Location:
    Clark Co, WA
    Your first supercharger experience was on the busiest day in the history of superchargering in the Northwest. I've been to Woodburn a few times and it's usually very quiet with maybe one or two cars charging.

    Sounds like you found a good, out of the way spot. I did just scan the local news for the last week and there are no reports of human remains being found around Woodburn, so it may have been something else.

    I wonder if you got the sig red S that belonged to someone else here on the forum. He lives in Vancouver, WA and traded in his sig red S for a new one a few months ago.
     
  11. geekbox32

    geekbox32 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2016
    Messages:
    5
    Location:
    Everett, WA
    Hey I recognize a few people in that photo, mainly myself and my wife =p. I think i remember seeing your car pull in quickly and left. You should of pulled up the chargers and waited for one of the chargers opened up. At one point there we 3 cars lined up waiting for a charge and all of them were able to get a charge before totality started.
    It was a pretty much a Telsa meetup / eclipse viewing party all morning. I know I had an awesome time that morning.
     
  12. Moorebid

    Moorebid Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2017
    Messages:
    5
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Oh, I fully expected that – I knew this was going to be an ordeal, I just didn't expect it to be as easy to get down there as it was – which in turn surprised me with how difficult it was getting out. :p

    They did tell me it would be a few days before they could confirm anything (assuming they could identify the remains and notify next of kin – there was no skull nearby, so that might be difficult), but if I hadn't heard anything back after about a week, it was probably "nothing."

    I ordered it 2 months ago, and it was listed as being in Seattle at the time (and also got about 8K miles put on it from the time it was listed to the time it was delivered… :-\), but anything's possible.

    I gladly would've stuck around if I could've found a place to park other than the handicap spot in front of the Arby's; but I was a man on a mission, looking for a solid tree to catch the shadows of the eclipse through – Supercharging was secondary.
     
  13. otter

    otter Recovering eager beaver

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2015
    Messages:
    229
    Location:
    Otter Rock, Oregon
    Any expansion activity noted here? I'm out of state for a while and haven't charged here for over a month, but I did see locator paint the last time. Now that Eugene's expansion is switched on, I'm thinking Woodburn may be next. Going the other way, Mt. Shasta is almost done, waiting for the utility transformer.
     
  14. pdxgibby

    pdxgibby Software Engineer

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2015
    Messages:
    481
    Location:
    Tualatin, Oregon
    I'll be in Woodburn today. I'll drive by the new proposed Woodburn location and see if I can see locator paint too and post pictures with current status. The Tesla map of planned supercharger locations doesn't show the actual location, but rather the center of the zip code.

    @otter - do you know if the planned expansion is near the current supercharger?
     
    • Like x 1
  15. PLUS EV

    PLUS EV Running on Empty

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2016
    Messages:
    1,157
    Location:
    Seattle
    What do you mean the "new proposed Woodburn location?" They are putting a 2nd one in Woodburn? I kind of doubt it. Otter's post is talking about *expansion* of the current location, not a new location altogether.
     
  16. pdxgibby

    pdxgibby Software Engineer

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2015
    Messages:
    481
    Location:
    Tualatin, Oregon
    I was interpreting the location literally from the tesla supercharger map that shows planned locations. It could be that they identified the location based on zip code. When they were expanding the Eugene/Springfield supercharger, I don't remember seeing a different physical location on the planned map. Of course, qualified with "Exact timing and specific location may vary..." This is why I was asking for the locale. If it's an expansion, then that answers the question.

    Screen Shot 2017-12-10 at 9.13.04 AM.png
     
  17. Plan B

    Plan B Active Member

    Joined:
    May 8, 2015
    Messages:
    2,826
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    It's crazy to read that the Woodburn SC is full, with people waiting. I have been going there for years and have never seen more than one car there. It's also really creepy there at night when the businesses are closed.

    007.JPG
     
  18. S4WRXTTCS

    S4WRXTTCS Active Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2015
    Messages:
    2,098
    Location:
    Snohomish, WA
    As soon as the Vancouver, WA supercharger opens up it will shift how this Supercharger is utilized.

    The people going from Seattle to Portland won't need to use this supercharger to get back to Seattle. But, I don't know what percentage of the people charging there do that.

    In my experience as someone who did that the utilization was a lot higher during the summers than the winters. It was especially high during summer weekends, but I never had to wait. I did on more than one occasion stop to charge when it was empty only to find it mostly full as soon as I got out of Elmers.

    I think it's average during summer day time hours was around 50% utilization. Where it drops off considerably at night, and it is a bit creepy at 2am. Except there is a large bright light on the elmers building. It makes its kinda annoying to try to get some shuteye while the car is charging.
     
  19. otter

    otter Recovering eager beaver

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2015
    Messages:
    229
    Location:
    Otter Rock, Oregon
    @pdxgibby, I appreciate your having a look! The locator paint I saw was at the present site, as it was before the expansions at Grants Pass and Springfield, although that doesn't neccesarily mean they are planning to expand right there. Could have been gathering data before deciding. On the Tesla website, the grey "site coming" location pins, outside urban areas, tend to be centered on a town, not on the actual site location. Example: Mt. Shasta- the expansion and/or new site is right across the street from the present site, but the location pin is centered some distance away over the geographic center of town.
     
  20. pdxgibby

    pdxgibby Software Engineer

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2015
    Messages:
    481
    Location:
    Tualatin, Oregon
    Stopped by about 4:30pm. One Model X charging. Did a quick walk around the current location and I didn’t see any locating paint. That doesn’t really say anything one way or another. Maybe we should start searching the permits in the county.
     
    • Informative x 1

Share This Page

  • About Us

    Formed in 2006, Tesla Motors Club (TMC) was the first independent online Tesla community. Today it remains the largest and most dynamic community of Tesla enthusiasts. Learn more.
  • Do you value your experience at TMC? Consider becoming a Supporting Member of Tesla Motors Club. As a thank you for your contribution, you'll get nearly no ads in the Community and Groups sections. Additional perks are available depending on the level of contribution. Please visit the Account Upgrades page for more details.


    SUPPORT TMC