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Supercharging on I90 can be lonely

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by RobertSeattle, Aug 27, 2016.

  1. RobertSeattle

    RobertSeattle Member

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    My family is on our first big Tesla trip from Seattle to Big Sky/Yellowstone.
    My supercharger experience (all during daytime as well) has been:

    Ellensburg: 30 minutes - 1 other Tesla
    Ritzville: 30 minutes - nobody
    Coeur d'Alene - 1 hour - nobody
    Superior - 20 minutes - 1 other Tesla
    Missoula - 50 minutes - nobody
    Butte - 50 minutes - nobody
    West Yellowstone - 40 minutes - 1 other Tesla (looks like it was parked overnight from dew)
    West Yellowstone - 50 minutes - nobody
    Bozeman - 25 minutes - nobody

    Is this pretty typical?
     
  2. ModelX

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  3. TaoJones

    TaoJones Beyond Driven

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    Pretty much, yep.

    With about 150 SCs visited, I've only had to wait at 3 of them.
     
  4. ibdb

    ibdb 3 Car Garage and a 5 Car Life

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    I've found myself at Ellensburg alone, and I've found cars waiting because every supercharger was in use. Most often I've found 1 or 2 cars there -- it all depends on when you hit it.
     
  5. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    The only one I've waited for was in Las Vegas and it was on the weekend of the Gigafactory opening. During that same trip there were several stops (especially closer to the event) where the station was mostly full. The majority of the time, however, Supercharging is a lonely thing to do. It's a great time to walk the dog though. ;)
     
  6. Yup, pretty typical outside of California. Our recent trip from Oregon to Denver to Vegas and Home was,
    Detroit Oregon 1 pulled in as we left.
    Baker City Oregon-1 other
    Boise-1 pulled in as we left
    Tremonton UT-nobody
    Salt Lake City-nobody
    Price UT 1 other
    Green River (twice) nobody
    Grand Junction CO (twice) nobody
    Glenwood Springs CO (twice) nobody
    Silverthorne CO 1 other
    etc.....You get the idea.
     
  7. ZBB

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    We were the only one Supercharging at most of those earlier this month (all except Ellensburg and Ritzville - our route didn't take us through those).

    Over our 4600 mile road trip this summer, where we visited 29 Superchargers, all except one had either just us or one other car.
     
  8. Rockster

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    I drove from Dallas to Tampa and back and only saw a single other Tesla supercharging on the entire round-trip.
     
  9. ChadS

    ChadS Petroleum is for sissies

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    We just hit all those same chargers last week. We were the only one at most of them. A couple had one other car. On the way home, in Ellensburg, we pulled in to an empty station, but there were three others when we left.

    In well over 200 charges at 90 different Superchargers, we have never had to wait. I am starting to feel less envious of our first year of ownership when all the chargers were in California...
     
  10. cpa

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    One year ago for us:
    The Dalles: 3 others besides us
    Ellensburg: We were the only ones
    Ritzville: One other charging when we arrived. We were spending the night, so I charged the next morning. Next morning one arrived whilst charging
    Couer D'Alene: One charging when we arrived; one other arrived. (We were only there 15 min.)
    Ritzville, Part Deux: We were the only ones
    The Dalles: Two others charging when we arrived.
    Woodburn: Four others charging when we arrived

    Some smart person on this site should write an app for us to access when we Supercharge for us to input key data like day of the week, time o'day, number of users upon arrival, number of users upon departure and wait time, if any. (Hint, hint.)
     
  11. SageBrush

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    Nice counterpoint to the doom&gloom threads of SC inadequacy.
     
  12. RobertSeattle

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    I just wish Tesla would update the App or website and have real-time data on the SCs like ChargePoint, etc does.
     
  13. RobertSeattle

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    Yes - this was my first big trip with with a Tesla and seeing some of the California SC issues made me pleasantly "disappointed" at how quiet the Pacific Northwest I90 SCs were.
     
  14. David99

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    Outside of California, yes. I've done 40k miles on road trips, 50 different Superchargers and 300 times Supercharged in the last 2.5 years. It's pretty typical to have very little company at Superchargers.
    In California I don't remember the last time I had an empty Supercharger. It's much busier here
     
  15. Ciaopec

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    It's a lonely job but someone has to do it. :) Happily, I, like most people here are the ones who GET to do it!
     
  16. Lyon

    Lyon 2016 S P100DL, 2016 X P90D

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    It's always frustrating to me when I hear people say that "I've never seen anyone here, I just assumed no one used these things" when I talk with locals. I patiently explain that most people using the station will only need to stop for 15 or 20 minutes and that it would be easy to miss them unless one were watching all the time. I'm pretty sure all of these stations are getting used at least daily at this point; they just don't stick around all that long.
     
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    I'm waiting for Tesla to provide live security feed of the SC area. It would be nice to see the line.
     
  18. Bighorn

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    On one of my cross country trips, I charted occupancy by total stalls and it was 5%. That was a couple years ago--it was a bit higher on this current 12,000 mile loop, but lots of solo charging still.
     
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  19. RobertSeattle

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    Just got back to Seattle from Big Sky, MT - 727 Miles in 12.5 hours - 1 driver (and 2 ten-year-olds). Every SC from Butte to Ritzville was a nobody - Ellensburg, WA had one other Tesla - the dirtiest X I've ever seen.
     
  20. Bighorn

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    Did you account for the time change? That's super fast--it's tough to exceed a 55 mph average regardless of how fast you drive.
     

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