Gilroy Super Charger Use!

Gilroy Super Charger Use!

This evening we pulled in to the Gilroy Superchargers to top off our Pearl w/pano S.
Almost immediately, another Pearl w/Pano pulled in. It turned out that this helpful gent took delivery with us on 12/30 and we shared the tour.
But wait! there's more!
While we are talking, another Pearl w pano pulls in to charge- so we had the three lined up!

Well, I had some SC problems, so these guys had left, and with in a minute or two, two black MS's pull in!

Wow! all in a very short time frame... that was pretty exciting for us and nice to see the SC stations getting good use.

It also explains why Gilroy area lights dimmed for a while! :)

Brant | 21. Januar 2013

Wow, thats a lot of traffic
I almost stopped there for a quick top off on my way back from Carmel today
Still had 100 rated miles left and the 4yo was getting sick in the backseat (wife blamed it on my driving) so I kept going

rd2 | 22. Januar 2013

I supercharged in Gilroy a week ago, and there were two other S's that pulled up. I think they will need to expand the number of stations there to ~6 from 4. It seems to be quite busy.

I also have a Pearl with Pano S. Is that the most popular color now? I seem to be seeing quite a few these days, and certainly more Pearl or White than other colors. | 22. Januar 2013

I stopped by Gilroy on Saturday afternoon to give my S it's first major freeway test and check out the superchargers too. No one else was there when I plugged in, but two more showed up during the 45 minutes I was there. I also stopped by Gilroy in a pre-S car (not Prius) on Dec-27, and there were 3 in use.

While Gilroy is getting good use, the Harris Ranch now appears to be the major choke point with only one Supercharger.

HansJ | 22. Januar 2013

Gilroy this Sunday

olanmills | 22. Januar 2013

Haha that looks cool. Nice picture.

I would probably never really have a need to use a super charger, but I would still want to try it at least once for the novelty of it.

Why are two of the stations solid and the other two have holes? Is it just a stylistic thing?

queni | 22. Januar 2013

The ones that have holes have longer charge cords, while the straight ones u have to be right next to them to have the cord reach the port. We charged at the Fulsom charger center and found out we had pulled in to far and had to backup in order to reach the port. Live n learn......;-)

drp | 22. Januar 2013

"Based on a recent study done in California, 3 out of 4 S Models are black"

mbcaffe | 22. Januar 2013

btw. harris ranch has two. the one for the roadster has an adapter for the S. I checked yesterday on the way up to to the factory. Picking mine up tomorrow! yeah

HansJ | 22. Januar 2013

"Based on a recent study done in California, 3 out of 4 S Models are black"

Except at least two of them are actually blue ;-)

Superliner | 22. Januar 2013

@ HansJ

That's the BEST picture I've seen today! Thanks for posting, keeps my hopes up!!

drp | 22. Januar 2013

I was wondering about the far one....8)

jchangyy | 22. Januar 2013

so, where exactly is it located in the mall? what's the closest store for reference?

reitmanr | 22. Januar 2013

Gilroy chargers are next to the Sony store along the area facing the street. If you get to the Sony store, look down the side of the store and you will see the four stations by the adjacent street. There are also two public charge stations, which I have not yet figured out how to use them and pay for them

hsadler | 23. Januar 2013

Behind In ' Out Burger

jchangyy | 23. Januar 2013

thanks... | 23. Januar 2013

Why are two of the stations solid and the other two have holes? Is it just a stylistic thing?

The solid ones were installed first, and the newer "hole" versions installed about 3 months later in December.

Mtlord | 23. Januar 2013

1. Excited to see the use with a beautiful line of cars.
2. A bit worried about the prospect of showing up at an SC station, or other charging location, and having to wait a long time for a free plug. Looking forward to the SC buildout!

joshwetzel | 23. Januar 2013

I drove down to LA around New Year's and only had to wait (both directions) at Harris Ranch. The wait times can be long there too.

michael.delune | 23. Januar 2013

So how does it work if there is a "line"? Do you pull up behind whoever you think will leave first, as with a gas station?

Or is there some form of waiting area where you wait in order for the next available spot? I wonder whether some unwritten waiting protocol exists amongst owners.

reitmanr | 23. Januar 2013

At Harris it was suggested you leave your cell # while charging so you can be reached when completed and the next S can get started. Either on windshield or with an agreeable attendant. Folks at Harris said they expect 6 more stations in the future. Just be aware and considerate.

portia | 03. Februar 2013

Cool pic with the 4 Model S lined up! It's good to see that people are using the SC's, but also looks like we would be facing waits at busy times too.

smd | 03. Februar 2013

I charged there about 2 weeks ago and I was the only when I arrived. After an hour of shopping I cam back to all 4 occupied (3 blues, including mine, and a silver).

There are also 2 J1772 chargers within sight of the Superchargers if they are all occupied.

glenster | 03. Februar 2013

Has anyone charged in Barstow on the way to or from Las Vegas? Also when in Las Vegas do most of the hotels have a nema 14-50 to charge at?

Mark Z | 04. Februar 2013

glenster: During the International CES in January, several Tesla owners drove to Las Vegas. The SuperChargers were always available during the drive. The Recargo app allows drivers to "check in" and post status of any charge station. I was able to post a warning to charge fully in Las Vegas before the drive to Barstow in freezing weather.

The KOA at Circus Circus has a "storage fee" of $20 plus tax to charge any EV with a NEMA 14-50 for 24 hours. I parked there during CES to avoid the frustration of only 6 public charge stations at the strip hotels. Before returning to SoCal, I checked at the Venetian and all charge spots were taken with others waiting. No question that the hotels need more charge stations or a SuperCharger should be added at Primm or Vegas for a quick "fill up."

GLO | 04. Februar 2013

Will be at Gilroy Supercharger on Thursday afternoon, 3ish. Hope we can squeeze ours in! LOL!

bradslee | 04. Februar 2013

Last week I used the Gilroy SuperCharger in the late morning in the mid-week and mine was the only Model S using the charger.

David den Boer | 04. Februar 2013

I live nearby, and drive by daily. There are usually no cars charging.
I actually had to charge there last night at 11pm because we were out all day driving about with only 46 miles rated left, and I still had to drive up to SFO and back. Added a quick 150 miles and drove off :-)

Hills | 04. Februar 2013

@David den Boer,
How may bays are working?

smd | 05. Februar 2013

All 4 work now, but may be all full on weekends. I wish there was some way to check which are free. Maybe they can add that to a future version of the mobile app.

rodneynelson | 09. Februar 2013

I just used the Gilroy Super Charger @ 9:21 p.m. 3 out of 4 bays are in use. I suggest that there needs to be about 10 stations at this location.
OBTW the charge is insanely fast! I think we need more of these at every outlet mall.

Tâm | 09. Februar 2013

Still popular after 9 PM! That's insane!

dahtye | 09. Februar 2013

Harris Ranch is getting a 10 bay supercharger set up. I had the fortune of speaking to the electrical contractor who will actually work on the Harris Ranch Supercharger. He said they would start the project in February and hope to fininsh by early May. I'd give them to end of May just to be safe since he said they need to get PG&E to run a 2,000 Amp line to that location.

Superliner | 10. Februar 2013

What a lovely problem to have! Sadly I live AZ. and will likely NEVER see a supercharger here in my lifetime.

Brian H | 10. Februar 2013

Supposedly there's a notice up at Harris now suggesting the end of March for the 10 station completion. True?

nav66 | 10. Februar 2013

I took a photo yesterday at around 3:30 PM at the Gilroy SuperCharger. Four white Model S's lined up, including ours. It's a pretty picture. I know it was discussed before, but anybody know a quick way to upload photos here? | 10. Februar 2013

No way to upload photos. You have to have them on a website or somewhere else, and then use the html img tags to identify where to get the photo. A bit of a pain (that I just did on another post). They ought to be 600px wide or less, although you can specify the size in your img tag too.

bfranks273 | 10. Februar 2013

So what does the Model S charging screen look like when charging there? Its DC, so does it give you volts and amps? KW? mi/hr? When all 4 are charging, does everybody get full power? 90KW as i recall, so 10 needing 2000 amps means about 480 volt feed. Thats a lot of juice. I wonder with all this activity if all of the solar is actually keeping up.

rlpm | 10. Februar 2013

@Superliner : are there laws preventing superchargers in AZ, or do you think Tesla/SolarCity won't/can't put them there for some other reason?

Carefree | 10. Februar 2013

rlpm - I don't think this is a legal issue for Tesla. When I was in the Topanga showroom a few weeks ago, one of the reps hinted that one of the next superchargers would be in Arizona. I have learned though to not give too much credit to what is being said in these showrooms:-) Take it for what it is worth!

DouglasR | 10. Februar 2013

@bfranks273, the solar is not intended to keep up. These chargers are fed from the grid. The plan is that, on average, the total energy added to the grid from the solar panels will exceed the energy drawn out by the cars, but no way will the solar panels add energy at the same rate -- i.e., 90 kW x 10 bays.

Mike C | 10. Februar 2013

I was at the Gilroy charger last Tuesday, 2/5 around 3-4 pm and no one else was charging. Wasn't there for too long, had just picked up at the factory and was topping off for the drive to LA. I was concerned about having to wait for the single Harris Ranch charger and wanted to be able to skip it (but the way I was driving, skipping it wasn't really an option). Luckily no one was there, or at Tejon either.

@Brian H: I didn't notice any signage about a completion date, or even an expansion project, around the current supercharger in Harris. Do we know exactly where the 10-bay will be located, maybe the signs are there?

bfranks273 | 10. Februar 2013

Right, know that. I mean keep up long term over something like the next twelve month period. Just seems like a lot of usage. Wonder if they will publish the long term numbers, in and output. Is it published anywhere how much solar is installed? Some sites dont even have panels I thought.

bfranks273 | 10. Februar 2013

But actually I'm more more interested in what the car screens look like on a supercharger, have not seen that on a forum yet. Screen Pic? And Does everyone get get full power when the place is fully loaded.

portia | 10. Februar 2013

Photo of the note taped to the side of the supercharger box at Harris Ranch (facing the gas station, or the left side of the SC if you are in the stall facing the SC)

portia | 10. Februar 2013

Yeah, @BrianH, it was me posting the March date somewhere, because I saw this note at Harris Ranch. There was no sign of construction though. I suppose it won't take that long once they start, so lack of construction may not mean anything. And when I was at Harris Ranch near noon yesterday and around 2pm at Tejon Ranch, I was the only car there. Saw 6 chargers at Tejon Ranch though, tried two, both were slower at 200mph than the one at Harris Ranch which was 300mph.

Another note about the photo above, I think it is bad advice to charge only to 130-135 miles there at Harris Ranch, I strongly advice charging to 200 miles IF you were going to drive at 70+ miles per hour, which is reasonable speed at this stretch of the highway, the speed limit is 70.

dahtye | 10. Februar 2013

When connected to a supercharger, the highest voltage I've seen is 400V and the max current shown is 255A. That's much more than 90KWHr, so when current is high (near 255A), voltage is lower (around 360V). I've seen these two number vary widely depending on how empty or full the battery is. If the battery is empty, the current is high. As the battery fill up near full, current is reduced. Voltage also varies. As I recall, it varies to the inverse of how voltage varies.

Brian H | 11. Februar 2013

As long as Solar City is happy (i.e., making a marginal ROI equivalent to their other ventures), who cares where the arrays are? Or what they produce?

Superliner | 11. Februar 2013

@ rlpm,

No, there are no laws "I am aware of" preventing Supercharger installations in AZ. Just lack of MS owners outside Tucson or Phoenix. Those of us in Rural AZ will be on our own I suspect for some time. On the other hand ................

My only hope is that since S/Chargers will likely be installed "away" from heavily populated areas I could wind up with one in my "proverbial" back yard lol!!

gregv64 | 11. Februar 2013

Superchargers along I40 are a given, and sooner rather than later.

Brian H | 11. Februar 2013

you're on the "throughway" from CA to FL, so you're golden.