Originally posted on another topic. I wanted to post this here to get an indication of interest.
Would anyone even be interested in doing this type of vacation with a Model S or Model X?
I am planning an EV access project around Yellowstone for Summer 2014.
Here is the route. The Teton - Yellowstone loop. 262 miles.
My family has a business that has locations in Jackson Wyoming (near the southern entrance of Yellowstone).
We also have a location on the Idaho side of the Teton Pass. That way you could recharge a Model S on either side of the mountain pass (10% grade climb)
I will be putting my personal HPWC in one location and purchasing a CS-100 (J1772) for the other location. I also think I have convinced a top ski resort in Jackson Wyoming to install a NEMA 14-50 for overnight charging.
The final step will be to get a 70-80 amp location in West Yellowstone (Montana). I am still working on that location.
If those 3 locations are covered at 70-80 amps, then the 262 mile loop should be fairly easy. Someone could recharge easily at the western or southern entrance to Yellowstone and enjoy their time in Yellowstone. The distance between West Yellowstone to Jackson Wyoming is about 120-130 miles. So there is plenty of margin there for elevation changes consuming energy. Inside of Yellowstone, most driving is between 30-40 mph so it is very efficient.
When this project is done, Model S owners should be able to handle the 260 mile Teton-Yellowstone loop easily. It is rated as a top 10 scenic drive in the USA. It hits all key spots in Yellowstone, Old Faithful, Mesa Falls, Jackson Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park, etc.
If Tesla gets some Superchargers in southern Idaho or Wyoming by Summer 2014, this should be amazing.