Model 3

Superchargers in Texas

Driving my model 3 long range, between Trinidad CO and Amarillo TX
And Amarillo-Sweetwater Superchargers I was unable to reach destinations even driving 10 mi below speed limits and using destination charger and/or KOA park outlets.
Very disappointed!
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  • edited November -1
    You must have had a headwind. Long but doable stretch. Did you range charge? That's the easy direction--drops 1550 feet.
  • edited February 2019
    Whatever conditions caused you to have such poor efficiency should have led you to charge in Childress.
  • edited February 2019
    I drove from Houston,TX to Saint George, UT last fall. I made it through without any issues other than one little road that was not there and the Tesla nav keep saying to take it.
    I never charged only what the car suggested though, every time I charged about 10%+ more than what it required. IF it suggested to charge just to 80% I just sucked it up and went for 90% or even 100%.
    I also spent the night in Santa Fe, NM meaning I charged there to 100% before heading out again.
    For me that trip was a complete success.
  • edited February 2019
    Well I did set the limit for this trip to max 306 mi,
    Bighorn is correct there were wind gust from the west for awhile and the elevation changed coming to Trinidad CO.
    I would have been short on range about 7 miles , if I did not stop at Ratón NM to get 40 miles of charge to Raton Pass (got some regen charge back at some point).
    Overall I am not complaining just making people aware of many variables can change condition very rapidly.
    Distances between Amarillo-Sweetwater Superchargers is also very tight. Had to get around 20 mi at Overton hotel at Lubbock TX.
    Thanks guys for your input.
  • edited February 2019
    There is a definite need for a supercharger in Lubbock and even a 4 stall someplace between Amarillo and Trinity would be nice. Until that happens traveling west on I40 then up might be less stressful although higher mileage for sure. I’ll be making the trip from South Texas to/through Colorado Springs in a couple months and may have to do that for piece of mind. There are still big holes in Texas that need to be filled.
  • edited February 2019
    There's big holes in North Dakota that need to be filled too.

    Follow the network - it is your friend.
  • edited February 2019
    I agree there is a need for an SC in Lubbock but it looks like that hasn't even been permitted yet so I wouldn't plan on it. As for route planning, I like https://abetterrouteplanner.com/ because it will allow you to account for head winds and temperature as well as the state of charge you want to be at when you reach your destination. I find the Tesla route planner is way too optimistic and aggressive for me. @walnotr - South Texas seems pretty well covered between the Three Rivers and Kingsville sites.
  • edited February 2019
    I drove the same path as the OP, from Trinidad to Amarillo, then Amarillo to Sweetwater.

    To be fair, my trip was in August but I made it to Amarillo with 40 miles remaining on my charge. The Amarillo to Sweetwater trip left me with about 20 miles left. Yes, cutting it close and again, I wasn't dealing with cold weather.

    As an aside, it's not always easy to pick good locations to install Superchargers but the SC in Trinidad is in a truly sketchy place. The Wendy's next door is the only real food option except for the truck stop a few feet down. The Mexican restaurant across I-25 is not near worth the risk of crossing the interstate on foot (just.. don't).

    In Sweetwater, the SC is in a hotel parking lot. We walked to Schlotzsky's down the road for the best buns in Texas.

    The tougher leg of my journey was Sweetwater to Austin. The 3 had the range but when you arrive in Austin, you'll find one SC site and it's perpetually jammed. Except a 30-45 minute wait even before hooking up.

    Not sure where the OP was prior to Trinidad but if anyone ever wants to stretch your Model 3 over some beautiful roads and great scenery, the Breckenridge to Trinidad route is hard to beat.
  • edited February 2019
    Yeah, south Texas is pretty well covered unless you’d like to make a trip to Big Bend. The Three Rivers supercharger was one of the deciding factors in my purchase decision. I haven’t visited the Kingville SC yet but have thoughts of going that way to Waco one of these days. The Austin SC leaves a lot to be desired and San Marcos was not terribly impressive either. I wish they would get their act together in San Antonio.

    A Better Route Planner is my friend. We have used it for all our distance travel from coast to coast.
  • edited February 2019
    @walnotr, the Waco SC is great. It's in the Colin Street Bakery parking lot. Great breakfast options and if you tell them you're charging a Tesla, you get free coffee.

    The Austin SC is situated where not only is there nowhere to go, you don't want to get out of your car to find out. The Sam Marcos SC is, as you know, in the back parking lot of the Premium Outlet Mall. Fine during the day but dark and very much isolated when the sun goes down.
  • edited November -1
    I didn’t have to wait when I charged in Austin and there were some cool restaurant options on Yelp within walking distance. Had a nice Peruvian meal in the time the car charged. Agree that Trinidad is sketchy and don’t leave the doors or windows open because of the bugs from the nearby dumpsters. Had fruit flies for hours after there a couple times. .It’s scariest when the Greyhound is laying over. Felt better having Macy when I walked by the guys with the prison face tats sitting nearby. We actually had a nice conversation, but I could see people being intimidated. There’s also a dispensary right there if you’re running low on gummies.
  • edited February 2019
    To be fair, my Austin visit was right after 3 days of car camping in Mexico, so my safety barometer may have been recalibrated.
  • edited February 2019
    The Trinidad SC is next to a dispensary. Pick up some bud on the way to the Wendys for a snack.
  • edited February 2019
    Wichita Falls is another missing piece of the roadmap. It's over 200 miles between Denton and Childress, can be risky at times. WF has been on the "coming soon" map for a couple of years I believe.
  • edited February 2019
    Adjacent, but related, for taking I-40 east, is the need for a Supercharger near Fort Smith, AK.
  • edited February 2019
    Alaska? They have zero supercharges.
  • edited February 2019
    Bighorn, I wandered into the dispensary at Trinidad, much to my wife's protestations. I shoved my purchase into the center console and off I went. Next day, while having lunch in Lampasas, (gotta love Texas), a sheriff pulled in next to my 3 and of course, of freaking course, he had a K9 with him. I went through a ton of Hail Mary's hoping the dog wasn't trained to sniff drugs. For the others, no, it's not let legal in Texas.

    I made it home sans cavity search.
  • edited February 2019
    Yikes!
  • edited February 2019
    Wifey is usually right.
  • edited November -1
    Is that how you got lost in TX? ;)
  • edited February 2019
    Mike, I'm lost in Texas due to being a moderate Republican in a not so moderately Republican state.
  • edited February 2019
    I’m waiting for them to add Supercharger close to El Paso. I do that drive in a gas car currently 1-2 times a year. I’d love to do it my Model 3 but the distance from San Antonio makes me nervous
  • edited February 2019
    @Rymack
    El Paso has had a supercharger for almost two years. Was there a few weeks ago.
  • edited February 2019
    @Bighorn
    Correct, I saw that it’s on the far west side of the city. Hoping to get one along i10 on Far East to stop once before entering the city. Appreciate the info
  • edited February 2019
    The trip from San Antonio to El Paso is pretty easy now that the Fort Stockton supercharger is up and running. San Antonio really needs to get one or two superchargers running though. They have been in permit status for way too long.
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