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Worse experience ever! More fast chargers needed!

Discussion in 'North America -' started by bkenchan, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. bkenchan

    bkenchan Member

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    I got stuck on my way from Seattle to Portland. The whole trip took approx 9 hours. I had to get to Portland after doing some stuff in Seattle, but a change in events lead to this dilemma. Charged at Centralia then drove toward Seattle and Lynnwood to do some stuff but not enough charge to get back to Centralia superchargers.

    It was around 7:30pm and I was not able to use the Tesla high power chargers do to the fact they they were closing. The standard 30 amp chargers out there are just too slow. I had to make a stop at Muckleshoot Casino to charge for 4 hrs then I thought I had enough juice (75 miles) but ended up almost stranded at the AeroVironment (6131 Capitol Blvd SE, Tumwater, WA, 98501) charger. Luckily once I called them they activated the charger right away for me and this was at around 12:45 am. Charged for about 50 min then drove super slowly to Centralia. I made it to the superchargers with just 6 miles left. After charging I was speeding like there was no tomorrow because this was the worse experience ever.

    There has to be more fast chargers out there. At lease need 90 amp chargers. Are there faster chargers up in Seattle? I am not from that area so maybe that's why I had this problem.
     
  2. cwerdna

    cwerdna Active Member

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  3. jpanic2

    jpanic2 New Member

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    Did you call the Tesla Ranger??
     
  4. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Did you check into charging options before the trip?
     
  5. AnOutsider

    AnOutsider S532 # XS27

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    This. Sadly, as much as everyone hoots and hollers about how "no-compromise" the Model S is -- it's not always true. For longer trips you NEED to plan ahead. Scout chargers in the area. Make a backup plan. If it gets to be too much hassle, then just take an ICE.
     
  6. Jeeps17

    Jeeps17 Cath Jockey in a P85

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    Look at the silver lining... you have access to superchargers.

    :smile:
     
  7. Tacket

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    There are some high amp L2s in the Seattle metro area, but are difficult to find via PlugShare (we need a HAL2 filter PlugShare!!).
     
  8. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    If you're in Lynnwood, Burlington supercharger isn't a crazy option.
     
  9. TexasEV

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    Don't forget to see if there are any RV parks with 50A service on your route.
     
  10. captain_zap

    captain_zap Electron tamer

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    EV roadtripping still requires some planning, at least until superchargers are as plentiful as gas stations. BTW, there are two free 80 amp J1772 chargers at 416 6th Street S, Kirkland, WA open 24/7.
     

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