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Supercharging on Long Trips

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Robert.Boston, Mar 13, 2015.

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How often have you used Superchargers for long-distance travel?

  1. Weekly

    9 vote(s)
    9.1%
  2. Monthly

    27 vote(s)
    27.3%
  3. Occasionally

    59 vote(s)
    59.6%
  4. Never

    4 vote(s)
    4.0%
  1. Robert.Boston

    Robert.Boston Model S VIN P01536

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    Model S owners: how often have you used Superchargers on long trips? Please don't include "local" Supercharger usage.
     
  2. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    Once last summer on a Toronto to Chicago trip. Had to overnight in Windsor because no Superchargers were in Canada at the time. I used Angola IN, Mishawaka, IN and Aurora IL on the way down (first long trip, playing it safe), but only needed Angola on the way back.
     
  3. stevezzzz

    stevezzzz R;SigS;P85D;SigX;S90D;XP100D;3LR

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    My long trips via Supercharger have numbered perhaps six or seven in the last 15 months, so I'm right between 'occasionally' and 'monthly'.
     
  4. scottm

    scottm Active Member

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    Canmore, Alberta SC just opened yesterday! Yeah!! The missing link. NOW my trip from Edmonton to Vancouver is SC enabled, so I will be taking my first long haul road trip at the end of this month.

    By the way, Vancouver is the closest Tesla store to my home. A mere 1300 km (800 miles) away.
     
  5. Andyw2100

    Andyw2100 Supporting Member

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    Our late December built P85D that my wife is currently in the process of putting our 5000th mile on as I type has never experienced a Supercharger charge. Once the Syracuse Supercharger has opened we'll take it there just to make sure everything works. I read here about someone in Canada who discovered his P85D wouldn't charge from Superchargers. That wouldn't be something we'd want to discover during a trip when we actually need the Supercharger.
     
  6. 1101011

    1101011 Proud TSLA/SCTY shareholder since 2012.

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    Supercharged a month ago - Cleveland to Philadelphia and back, and then two weeks later a round trip Cleveland/Washington DC. Really can't be beat.
     
  7. paulkva

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    I can't quite consider myself up to "monthly" yet -- in 18 months of ownership I've taken 11 trips that are longer than the car's range, including one incredibly fun 2500-mile trip along much of the east coast. For all but three of those trips I used superchargers:
    * I went from DC to Pittsburgh twice early on, before the superchargers along that route were built
    * I went to Charlottesville once, where I probably could have stretched and made it back without charging if I really had to, but instead plugged into 120V at my hotel overnight

    I have at least three more supercharged trips coming up in the next four months, so I guess I'm getting a bit closer to monthly.

    I did technically use (and need!) a "local" supercharger for one of my trips though. I was scheduled to go from DC to Pittsburgh one afternoon for work, but at the last minute I had to add a stop northwest of Baltimore that morning. The catch was I had already agreed to pick up three co-workers and take them to Pittsburgh. Solution: my co-workers met me at the Bethesda supercharger. I'm not sure I would've made it to Hagerstown without that charge in Bethesda.
     
  8. JohnQ

    JohnQ Active Member

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    Voted occasionally as there is no option for quarterly :)

    Over two years of ownership I've taken 3 trips over 1,000 miles each way, another 2 that were over 350 each way and 15+ day trips required destination charging but not supercharging. 30A charging is fine if you're spending the day (or the night) somewhere.
     
  9. efusco

    efusco Moderator - Model S & X forums

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    I hope to soon, but due to the fact that the first supercharger within driving range of my home just opened last month and that I have an extra/temporary kid (exchange student), we haven't had the opportunity to take the Model S on a long trip. I will use a supercharger for the first time on Saturday.
     
  10. Johann Koeber

    Johann Koeber Member

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    My new MS is only days short of a year old. Odometer is 68 k km (you don't say 68 Mm?), so I drive a lot all over Germany. I use the SuC a lot. They enable autobahn speed travel where a year ago I fet limited to high efficiency.

    I do not have exact record, but I would estimate the energy mix for my MS is

    40 % at home, most of that solar (unless I need to charge at night; this need will lessen when the MX arrives)
    40 % SuC
    10 % destination charging at hotels or one of my offices
    10 % other chargers in the wild

    Actually I am contemplating unloading many of the miscellaneous cables and adapters I am carrying in the frunk. Seldom need them. But then again - if you do need them ....
     
  11. samcarney

    samcarney Sam C

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    St Joe Michigan to LA in January 2300 miles. Will be doing the same trip in reverse this May.

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    Agree you don't actually need them, until you need them.
     
  12. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Just went from Santa Cruz, CA to Oxnard, CA for a lecture Sunday. Had to hit three SCs down and two back. Mainly due to the mountains. While I am the type to drive straight through, no matter how long the drive is, I actually enjoyed getting out and walking around for 20-30 min while I charged. I did Gilroy, Atascadero, Oxnard. All were wide open, full kW and a piece of cake.
     

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