First trip down US 101 using new superchargers

First trip down US 101 using new superchargers

we went from Santa Cruz to Los Angeles today on highway 101 using the new superchargers which came online yesterday.

I had done the trip twice on the 5 before, but the 101 is a much prettier and better drive, although about 20 more miles.
At Atascadero the 8 new superchargers are at the Rabobank parking lot between the bank and Subway. When we got there, there were two MC red, one silver and one blue one charging! we charged for about 104 miles in 40 minutes (from 96 rated to 200rated miles) in 90 degrees heat. We had some ice cream at the cold stone ice creamery across the street. Actually met all the other owners! when we left, another signature red had come.
80 miles later at Buelton, in the parking lot of the Marriott hotel, we met 2 of the same owners. Of the 8 chargers, one was not working, and we called Tesla but they were already informed. we charged there for about an hour going from 100 to 230 rated miles, then headed to L.A.
actual miles 140 miles and we had 70 rated miles left. doing 70+ mph.

Thank you Tesla for the new Superchargers. Even though they were not as fast as I expected. I posted some photos on Recargo for these two sites.

DC@Tesla | 04. Juli 2013

Thanks for this info. Will be doing this route soon. The 101 supercharges will be a huge game changer for Tesla. Now need one outside San Diego, and it will take care of any range anxiety for most California owners.

ichong | 05. Juli 2013

Appreciate the info. It seems odd that the Atascadero and Buellton superchargers are only 80 miles apart. I've used the Folsom supercharger before and I get similar charge rates to the ones you mentioned - far below the 200 miles in 30 minutes listed on the Tesla website.

shaneosullivan1 | 05. Juli 2013

Those charging rates sound very, very slow. Has anyone gotten a response from Tesla about this?

Bighorn | 05. Juli 2013

Charging rates slow significantly as the battery fills, so top offs are not going to approach the 200 miles in 30 minutes spin. Sharing a station also halves(?) the charging rate.

Jolinar | 05. Juli 2013

from what I heard the fastest charging is near empty a slows near to full battery to avoid damaging the battery.

no practical experience in Europe yet :(

RZitrin1 | 05. Juli 2013

Looking forward to our SF to San Diego trip, greatly facilitated by the Atascadero and Buellton 8-bay stations.

Thanks, Tesla and Elon, for delivering, and just in time!

oildeathspiral | 05. Juli 2013

Bighorn and Jolinar
One of the advances of the new 120kw Superchargers is that the charge rate doesn't taper off. It sounds like these new Supercharging locations aren't using the newest version. Tesla did say it was in beta and would be rolled out sometime during the summer.

RedShift | 05. Juli 2013

So where are these 120 KW supers? I checked in Gilroy, Harris, and Tejon. All read "90 KW". Hawthorne ones are unmarked.

My peak charging rate was 220-230 mi/hr. overall charging was similar to the OP.

oildeathspiral | 05. Juli 2013

Not sure if there are any in the field at this time. The PR said they were in beta and would be rolled out "sometime during the summer".

portia | 05. Juli 2013

just a guess, i think when we have higher range batteries, people can go from LA to Atascadero without stopping at Buelton, and same for people southbound, they would be able to go direcly to Buelton. Some people can probebly stretch their range now to do that, but I don't mind stopping a bit to be able to go faster with the traffic.

Tylyoung | 05. Juli 2013

.... kinda like waiting for the Tesla Models S to be delivered! ...waitng for new SCS locations.... close enough to make traveling much easier. I'm in Phoenix East Valley and will love it when SCS's stretch from PHX metro to east and west coasts!
I get to check out the currnet SCS's when traveling... 'in a gas car' ugggg! I hope the road PHX to Seattle opens soon. My guesses are Buckeye AZ, Blythe area..(either side of the river), Indio, and maybe near Beaumont CA. then Burlington and Centrailia and others will be finished and operatonal. I know patience has to prevail.... I'm a little jealous of you Supercharged Californians:)

Chuck Lusin | 05. Juli 2013

If the 40s could get the supercharging without going to 60, now that would be cool! :)

KWTESLA | 05. Juli 2013

We just took our first trip down I5 this week . We have been wanting to go South on Hwy 101 for some time thanks for the update. I think most of us Tesla S users don't trust our range rated mileage but I have found that we could easily skip Harris Ranch and go direct to Tejon Ranch. The Range Rated miles are very close to what you will actually use. Trust the equipment it is quite good! We have about 6,780 miles and the car very often exceeds expectations. Wow Tesla you made a great car!

portia | 05. Juli 2013

we can not skip Harris Ranch if we go down on the 5. we usually have about 50 miles when we arrive at Harris Ranch, but coming from hwy 1, 101 en 198 there are some hills! it will depend on where you start, and also how you drive. It is not about trusting the rated range, but about knowing what your car can do, with some experience, one feels more comfortable and I would rather err on the side of caution when going somewhere for the first time.

irvin_stein | 14. Dezember 2013

On cold day last weekend we went from San Jose to the Folsum super charger - started with 201 rated range and have 7 miles to go when we arrived - so 133 miles. Are others getting similar ratio's driving "normal" speeds with traffic? I want to go down 101 to LA via 101 but I'm concerned about making the first stop.

SMinnihan | 14. Dezember 2013

It's probably a combination of a bit of battery degradation from when you made purchase plus cold weather drastically reduces range. Could be some vampire drain if you stopped at all as well. Give the car 5-6 will need a supercharger in between to make that trip.

jchangyy | 14. Dezember 2013

@Irvin...If you stop at Gilroy (just to top off) --> Atascadero --> Buellton --> Hawthorne, you shouldn't have any problems. I've made that trip twice now. I have 85, but from your description, I'm assuming you have a 60? Stopping at all of the superchargers, I never went below 60-80 mile range, so 60 should be doable.

subh_b2 | 04. August 2015

Anyone done San Jose to Atascadero via US Highway 1 instead of 101? Google map shows its 201 miles (using 101 its 163 miles). Though I'll leave with 100% charge (258 rated miles on my car), am a little worried about the hills etc.

I have a P85D now which I'm planning to use for this trip (eventually to San Diego) and so far in last 5 months, its 15% less efficient than my 60Kwh 2013 Model S. My regular commute is giving me 345wH/mile average for the 5K miles I have driven so far.

NKYTA | 04. August 2015

Stop off at Gilroy for a quick hot of juice? In any case the slow driving speeds on 1 allow for greater range.

Simply Red | 04. August 2015

From San Jose without a stop in Gilroy can be a little too tight for my comfort. I'd strongly recommend a short charge at Gilroy and it's will give you plenty of miles of remaining charge. Go to evtripplanner and take the guesswork out of planning. I put in P85D w/21" wheels, traveling at 1.1 speed, 90 degree temp, and 600 lbs of payload. I like to use the higher parameters such as speed, temp and payload. This tends to give you a little margin. Without a stop in Gilroy it came to 231 miles used which put the car in the "yellow" range for the trip. Stopping at Gilroy put the Gilroy to Atascadero supercharger at 190 miles used. Both scenarios took the CA 1 scenic route.

This is a great trip! Enjoy!

Simply Red | 04. August 2015

Not it's, but it. Still a great trip.

subh_b2 | 04. August 2015

Thanks! I did think about Gilroy but was planning/hoping to skip that stop.

Its good to hear from someone who has actually done it, and twice. I also have 21" wheels, so will lose some there. But I'm planning to leave at 7AM, so temperature will be in 60's I guess which helps and I have little payload. Also, I'm leaving from South San Jose, so thats a bit closer.

Typically, when I do morning commute on 101 (carpool lane), I get an astounding 280-290 WH/mile and as the day goes on, a lunch trip etc and after I come back, I land up with an average of 340 Wh/mile, and its consistently like that.

Even if I take the 345Wh/mile average for this 201 miles to Atascadero, it should need about 69KWh, with full charge and no vampire loss, I should be able to output around 75KWh I hope???

I don't know, still thinking if I could not stop and take the chance.

thanks again.

MichaelN | 12. August 2015

We have done the trip from Atascadero to Gilroy via Hwy 1 in our P85 and had plenty of charge left - now they opened the Monterey showroom and should have some charging capabilities there - also several destination chargers in the area -
A suggestion - when you get to Gilroy, enter your destination as Morro Bay into the Nav and see what the car tells you as to range - I only use % (percentage)anymore, and have check it numerous times, always within 1 or 2% of projection - one percent equals about 2 1/2 mile of range -
BUT, personally I would stop for a 10 or 15 minute bump -

teslcls | 12. August 2015

The Seaside service center has 6 Superchargers showing and should be available after the opening on Saturday.

On the San Jose to Folsom trip, there is a SC now showing in Manteca which should provide relief.