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Supercharging in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

Discussion in 'North America' started by Buckeye2320, Jun 12, 2015.

  1. Buckeye2320

    Buckeye2320 Member

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    I was wondering if anyone knows of the plans for superchargers in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, IL. At the Highland Park Telsa Store, they have close to 100 Pre-Owned or CPO Model S, but there is only the one charging station in Aurora. That is close to 40 Miles away from me in Schaumburg, IL. Curious as to what the plans are for the Superchargers. IMG_0057.JPG IMG_0056.JPG
     
  2. caddieo

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    The TM Supercharger page does not show any indication of additional superchargers in Chicagoland through 2016. The present stations in Highland Park, Aurora, Grand Ave., and Country Club Hills currently appear to be adequate for the needs of "en route" charging for travelers coming from the north, west, and south and those who need to top off after or during a trip to downtown. I get the impression from the phrasing of your query (correct me if I am wrong) that you are going to find current Supercharger distances from your home inconvenient for primary/basic charging - which is not the stated purpose of superchargers. There are other threads about this, but the accepted practice, in spite of occasional violations, is to charge overnight at home and use superchargers only for topping off if your basic charge appears insufficient for reaching your destination.
     
  3. Buckeye2320

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    I understand that the Superchargers are for longer trips, but it would be nice to be able to use the supercharger to charge the car when going on trips. Right now if I wanted to go on a longer trip, I would be going out of my way to top off the charge prior to going on a trip. Neither of these are off of 94/90/294 corridor which is the most common route when traveling to Downtown Chicago or other Eastern Destinations. Would it not make sense to put a supercharger near the 94/90/294 Intersections. They are the most traveled locations. There needs to be something closer to Chicago or the Northwest Suburbs.

    Schaumburg to Rockford - 60 Miles North West
    Schaumburg to Aurora - 40 Mile South West
    Schaumburg to Highland Park - 50 Miles to the North East
    Schaumburg to 40 Miles to the South
     
  4. ualdriver

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    Doubt we'll see a Supercharger in the NW suburbs beyond what we have already anytime soon. You wouldn't have to go 40/50/60 miles to "top off" to go on a road trip anyway. You start off with a full charge from your house and you drive a couple hundred miles (or whatever) and charge at Angola, IN, going east, Springfield, IL, going south, Mauston, WI, going to the NW, Indianapolis going SE, etc., etc. Works great. Have done it several times now.
     
  5. GSP

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    If you can arrange for charging at home, then you never have to think about charging, or spend any time on it. You can leave for anywhere with a 100% charge, no problem. It is well worth going to some trouble to get home charging installed, even in a condo.

    GSP
     
  6. Buckeye2320

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    Well I don't have a 40A circuit or a 20A circuit in my garage that would allow me to be Fully Charged and drive to work on a regular basis. I have your standard outlet and at 3 miles/hr (According to the Telsa Site) it would be 88 Hr to charge my car. This is where the Supercharger would help.
     
  7. ualdriver

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    Yikes, that is going to be a problem, especially in the winter. If I remember correctly, I plugged into an outlet in my garage in the winter one time and it barely charged at all. I wasn't even getting the 3 miles/hour I normally got in warmer temperatures.

    You can't get a circuit wired for your garage for a charger or a NEMA 50 plug?
     
  8. Buckeye2320

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    Yes I can, just have not done it yet, but just thinking of all the times that I am traveling around and it would be nice to have a place a little closer than the current locations to do a quick charge until I can get back home. I could also go to the Woodfield mall and charge there, but that is an additional cost as they don't have a Telsa Charger. I rarely visit the mall, and they only have 2 chargers. I see alot of other cars like Leafs, Volts, and Zero Motorcyles that charge there from my Plugshare app. I am surprised at the Aurora charger as there is nothing there. It is only a restaurant and nothing else. I thought that the Superchargers were to be located in areas that would allow you to also do other things while waiting. Nothing to do at the Aurora location. Streets of Woodfield would be a great location for one.
     
  9. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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    The owners of the Aurora restaurant are tesla owners. They offered Tesla space.
     
  10. TexasEV

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    I don't understand your problem. Garages don't come with circuits for electric cars, they have to be installed. Just get an electrician to install a 50A circuit (NEMA 14-50 outlet) and you won't have these concerns about needing to "top off" at a supercharger. Thats what almost every Tesla owner with a garage has done. Sorry if this comes across as mean, but it's kind of a prerequisite for buying the car.
     
  11. Buckeye2320

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    TexasEV, As I had mentioned earlier and you even copied. I have your standard outlet and at 3 miles/hr (According to the Telsa Site) it would be 88 Hr to charge my car.

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    NEMA 5-15 Standard Outlet 110 V / 12 A 1.4 kW 3
     
  12. dmckinstry

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    Even a 30A dryer circuit would be a vast improvement over the 120V outlet. It's not as efficient at the 50A circuit, but certainly doable. I had a NEMA 14-50 outlet installed by an electrician at my previous house, but am using an extension cord (NEMA 10-30) I made myself as a temporary solution at my new house.
     
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    Yes, everyone has a 15A circuit in their garage, and it only gives 3-4 miles/hr. But that's not relevant to what I was trying to tell you. Everyone can also have an electrician install a 240V 50A circuit in their garage too, which the 14-50 UMC adapter plugs into. Most owners do this before the car is delivered, either that or have HPWC installed. You're not going to be happy with the car unless you have 240V charging in your garage.
     
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    Buckeye, you are correct that using a 120V/15A circuit to charge a Tesla is an exercise in frustration. Since you are a homeowner, with your own garage, in my opinion it is essential that you install a 240V/40A circuit for charging. The cost is generally modest, and is but a tiny fraction of the cost of your Tesla. It will make it easy for you to make 200+ mile round trips on a daily basis and you will not need to be concerned about finding a Supercharger. Do you regularly drive more than 200 miles in a day?
     
  15. purplewalt

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    Buckeye:
    The best money you can spend is to upgrade with a 14-50 NEMA outlet installed in your own garage, as daily charging via a 120V outlet will simply not cut it.

    I know this from first hand experience.
    When my car arrived really early (16 days after order), and I could not coordinate schedules with the electrician to visit my house for the first 3 weeks, so I really monitored and curtailed use of the car.

    Ever since the upgraded outlet has been installed, I just pull into the garage and plug it in.

    You can use a 120 V outlet for charging in a pinch (like when I visit my sister), but not as your daily charging resource.
     
  16. andrewket

    andrewket 2014 S P85DL, 2016 X P90DL (soon 100)

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    Agree- but you want a 50A circuit to enable 40A charging.
     
  17. Buckeye2320

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    Thanks for all the feedback..
     

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