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TX Triangle is finished!

Discussion in 'Texas' started by jaysquyres, Nov 20, 2013.

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Driving the TX Triangle in Tesla's Convoy? Driving between Dallas-Austin-Houston.

Poll closed Dec 20, 2013.
  1. Yes!

    12 vote(s)
    85.7%
  2. No.

    2 vote(s)
    14.3%
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  1. jaysquyres

    jaysquyres Member

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    #1 jaysquyres, Nov 20, 2013
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    Our TX Triangle is finished! Would you be interested in having a Tesla Rally between Dallas-Austin-San Antonio-Houston? I think it would get awesome media coverage. Each city would probably carry a news story about this.

    This needs to be done on a Weekend so more people can attend. We could "Check In" at the Tesla Stores/Service Center and pick up items? It would be cool if we received goodies for making the Triangle tour.

    85 Batteries will have no issue, but us with 60's will need to add charge at the Tesla Stores/Service Center. I learned driving to the Capital from Dallas (for the Tesla hearings,) "normal" driving will only get you 120 miles. Here is the route for 60's from DFW:

    Driving Leg
    Miles
    Hours
    Minutes
    Charging
    Dallas Service to Waco
    104
    1
    38
    Super
    Waco to Austin Domain
    94.7
    1
    24
    HPWC-30 min, adds 30 miles
    Austin Domain to San Marcus
    49.6
    50
    Super
    San Marcus to San Antonio Alamo
    43.6
    43
    San Antonio Alamo to San Marcus
    43.6
    43
    Super
    San Marcus to Columbus
    96
    1
    34
    Super
    Columbus to Houston Galleria
    70.2
    1
    7
    HPWC-30 min, adds 30 miles
    Houston Galleria to Huntsville
    74.5
    1
    10
    Super
    Huntsville to Corsicana
    113
    1
    33
    Super
    Corsicana to Dallas Service
    69.9
    1
    7
    Total
    759.1
    11
    49
    8
    If we recharge for 30 minutes at 8 locations, this adds 4 hours to the journey. Total Time = 15 hours 49 minutes for 60's. Do this on a weekend, and it makes it more enjoyable - 8 hours each day with dining/shopping.

    City-to-City
    Miles
    Hours
    Minutes
    Charging
    DFW-HOU
    262.2
    3
    52
    2 stops charging
    HOU-SAT
    187.9
    2
    43
    1 stop charging
    SAT-AUS
    87.1
    1
    25
    1 stop charging for 60's
    AUS-DFW
    202
    3
    6
    1 stop charging
    Total
    739.2
    11
    6
    5 PLUS Service Centers for 60's
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  2. jerry33

    jerry33 S85 - VIN:P05130 - 3/2/13

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    That would be cool. I don't know whether I can make it.
     
  3. Chris TX

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    I think a victory lap is in order. It would take all day, but could be fun.

    "Drive the Texas Triangle for FREE"

    The West Coast trip TMC did was 1400 miles.
    Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and back is over 700 miles.

    And, to not leave out the non-Dallas MS owners, we could also do it like a One-Lap:
    Dallas people start down to Houston,
    pick up the Houston people on the way to SA,
    pick up the SA people on the way to Austin,
    pick up the Austin people on the way back to Dallas.

    All along the way, we'd pick up the people inside the points of the triangle.
    The large group would be together in Dallas for photo ops, interviews, etc.
    The people that get picked up along the way would then finish their own circuit without the Dallas people (or just drive back home ;) )

    Since it looks like a 10 hour non-stop drive at "normal speeds" we'd add a few hours for Supercharger top offs (due to maxing out the Superchargers ;) )

    I'd be happy to create some "One Lap Texas #DriveFree" stickers as well for all participants!

    TMC's West Coast team was about 3-4 cars. The Texas owners could show up in the dozens!
     
  4. TexasEV

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    Austin to San Marcos is out of the way if the idea is Dallas-Austin-Houston. Just do Austin to Columbus on Hwy. 71 all the way. (This assumes the Austin service centers will have superchargers.)
    People who don't have time to do the whole triangle can pick it up in their city, drive to the next one, and turn around (for example if it starts Dallas to Austin, some Austin people could join the drive to Houston and return rather than go on to Dallas)
     
  5. jaysquyres

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    #5 jaysquyres, Nov 21, 2013
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    That is a good point - but a problem until Austin gets a Super Charger. Austin to Columbus is 97.1 Miles, takes 1 hour 32 minutes.

    I'm not willing to wait until it's installed (newness of the Triangle being complete,) so there isn't an option currently without going to San Marcos - especially for us with 60 batteries.
     
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    #6 cgiGuy, Nov 21, 2013
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    I'm in. Drive through San Antonio and you could make it a "quad-city" triangle with more potential media coverage. Loop 1604 (city limit) is only ~30 miles from San Marcos. San Marcos to Columbus, via San Antonio, is 151 miles. Still within reach of a 60.
     
  7. DriverOne

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    You're saying that Dallas & Houston have Superchargers at their service stations already?
     
  8. GSP

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    I can't believe you guys are skipping San Antonio.

    Looks like a two day trip anyway.

    GSP
     
  9. purplewalt

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    Agreed, San Antonio mustn't be skipped.
    The Most Authentic of Texas Cities...

    It is about 174 Miles from San Marcos via San Antonio to Columbus.
    Line up all the cars at the Alamo, take some great photos..

    That distance might be a bit dicey for a 60 though, unless they drove 55 to 58 MPH, staying in the Right Lane.
    The rest of the trip is a piece of cake.
     
  10. Twiddler

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    We typically have a bit going on, but would love to accompany for a few legs - maybe Waco-Austin-San Marcos. I think it would also be great publicity to take a route through the Domain (and by the Tesla store) in Austin. The chargers are in the adjacent parking garage. Let me know, we (and Ohmar) will be waiting at the Waco CSB :)
     
  11. jaysquyres

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    #11 jaysquyres, Nov 22, 2013
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    Not yet. ONCOR has to install 480 volt transformers first. Next year should be good, but we need to jump on the triangle being finished soon!

    - - - Updated - - -

    I like the idea of San Antonio, but 60's can't make it UNLESS we can charge where there are HPWC's. It's 43.6 miles to the Alamo (43 minutes,) then 123 miles to Columbus (1 hour 45 minutes.) It's the same problem for non-DFW people coming through Dallas. If homeowners are willing to share their HPWC's with us, then it WILL work! I am willing to share my HPWC at my house & office with Triangle runners. I hope other DFW & SAN residents will share theirs - then it can be a quad-city tour.
     
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    #12 jaysquyres, Nov 22, 2013
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    We should make this a Quad-City event. San Antonio Solution for 60's: Drive back to San Marcos! The Round-trip is 87.2 miles, recharge, then continue to Columbus. This adds 16.6 miles instead of driving directly to Columbus.
     
  13. Chris TX

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    I wonder if the 60s can cut across from Columbus to San Marcus while the 85s swing by and grab the SA folks. I know I wouldn't be offended. That would also give them a head start on charging up before we get there.
     
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    I'll share my HPWC and 14-50. I've never run them both at the same time (they're on separate circuits in the same panel) but I assume it would work for two cars.
     
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    I see the poll isn't closing till 12/20 so presumably the drive will be after that in which I case I should have my car by then and could participate!
     
  16. jaysquyres

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    Well, 3 people hit all 5 Super Chargers yesterday for the Ribbon-Cutting in Corsicana & Huntsville. It took them over 15 hours, and their wives said they wouldn't join them. My wife said the same thing. She said make it a weekend deal then we have time to shop, dine, and relax! I think it would be less stressful that way.

    I also found out that charging at the Service Centers isn't as good as charging at the stores. They have more charging and HPWC's at the stores. I redid the map showing the stores instead. They are open on Sunday from 12-6 in Austin & 11-7 in Houston. I'm still waiting on Marketing to see what they can give us.

    Here is a cool pic from yesterday (Parker & Daniel Eng took many cool videos/pictures)
    TeslaCorsicana.jpg TeslaCorsicanaAir.jpg
     
  17. TSchaefer

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    I would love to see this thread resurrected!
     
  18. Cottonwood

    Cottonwood Roadster#433, Model S#S37

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    Or perhaps start a new thread, "Texas Triangle Connected, When?"
     
  19. jaysquyres

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    Let's wait until the Space X tour is finished, and the North Park Store is open in Dallas. Then this could be an awesome 2 day weekend trip, or for those that are bold - a 1 day trip. My wife likes the 2 day weekend trip idea. Plenty of time to eat, see and socialize with other owners.

    Did you guys see our Earth Day TX video? It turned out pretty cool having 24 of us there. Thanks Raz Friman! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=la5_CKk_xn8

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