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West Coast/Canada trip

edited September 2014 in Model S
We have a blue Model S85/twin chargers on order for March 8 delivery in San Diego. 14TFOR2’s first road trip will be late April, when we plan to travel north through California, using superchargers up to Oregon, and central Washington state.

After staying in Ellensburg, WA and charging there, we would like to try out Sun Country highway 70/80 amp chargers starting with Omak, WA. Then into Canada at Kelowna, Sicamous, and then Banff/Canmore, and further up into Alberta, Canada.

While we have identified hotels and charging facilities for most of our trip, we would appreciate recommendations for hotels and higher amp charging facilities in or around The Dalles, Oregon … and then at the northernmost end of our trip, near Jasper.

Thank you! We will be happy to report on facilities and charging opportunities along the way, assuming all goes well, in May/June, 2014.
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  • edited November -1
    I recommend visiting plugshare.com as it will show you all known chargers along with comments. In The Dalles, there is an AV charger that's part of the West Coast Green Highway. Located in Fred Meyers, there is a J1772 and CHAdeMO that is free to use. Just order the fob from them here:
    http://evsolutions.avinc.com/services/subscriber_network/

    While not high amp, the AV chargers run at 240v/30amp (7.2kW). Most other public chargers run at 204v/30amp (6.1kW). Hopefully the CHAdeMO adapters will be available by then as they would be the next best thing to the Supercharger and are much more common then high amp chargers in OR/WA.
  • edited November -1
    @ChrisPDX, much appreciated, thanks! Any hotels offer charging in Columbia Gorge area?
    Steve
  • edited November -1
    To avoid confusion, note that in Oregon there's "The Dalles" and "Dallas." The former is along the Columbia Gorge; the latter near Salem.
  • edited November -1
    @Seattle Sid, thanks! We are hoping to head for The Dalles, in Columbia Gorge.
  • edited November -1
    I'm originally from Hood River, which is 20 minutes West of The Dalles and there are quite a few public chargers in Hood River. There are a couple in The Dalles, but depending on time of day Hood River might be a better choice... Although Tesla should put in some superchargers in Hood River since its such a tourist hotspot for Portland anyways, wink, wink.
  • edited November -1
    If you have an 85kWh model, The Dalles is easy from Ellensburg. You can charge up for a couple of hours at the J1772 at Fred Myers to get to Woodburn, OR. There's also a CHAdeMo there, but of course the adapter isn't available yet.
  • edited November -1
    As for hotels with chargers, nothing is showing up on Plugshare. You can always call and ask various hotels if they have an outlet available for you to use. Unless you luck out and they have a 50amp RV outlet that your UMC can plug into, you would probably just get 120v. Super slow but better then nothing. If used overnight it would also at least shave an hour or two off using a public J1772 during the daytime.
  • edited November -1
    @ChrisPDX, we followed your advice and applied for the AVinc fob. It turned out to be more of a challenge than we had thought. The company told us that there were no charging facilities in our state so far, only OR and WA. When we wrote back and explained that we are planning to spend a month with our electric vehicle in those 2 states in May, they graciously agreed to "admit" us! Thank you!
  • edited November -1
    @ChasePDX,
    Thanks for your advice regarding Hood River! It's now on our radar (and we are starting to learn the geography of Oregon, which on our 1999 National Parks driving trip we only just passed through).
  • Look at http://suncountryhighway.ca/ev-trip-planner/
    Canada's pulling way out ahead of the US's efforts to develop charging infrastructure.
  • edited November -1
    @Earl and Nagin, you're right. The Sun country highway's coverage of higher amp charging facilities was what emboldened us to go beyond our original concept of West Coast by supercharger, and go "just a little further".
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    @ChrisPDX, thanks to your recommendation, today we received our RFID fob for charging in OR and WA states, AVinc.

    The Sun Country Highway EV Trip Planner doesn't seem to show any EV charging at all in Jasper, Alberta Canada. We have a kitchenette suite reserved at the Best Western in June, but unlike other BW's, it appears they do not have charging facilities yet.

    Anyone knowledgeable about any charging facilities at any level near Jasper?

    If we drive with a full charge from Banff, I do not think we can tour Jasper area and make it back to Banff with any electrons left. So we might have to take it off our itinerary if we can't find a work-around.
  • edited November -1
    Fairmount Lake Louise has a 14-50 plug available to reserve for guests. A little closer than Banff to Jasper.
  • edited November -1
    @Tim10, thanks for the recommendation of Fairmont in Lake Louise. It's probably the only possibility. Banff to Jasper on Ev-trip-planner shows 180 miles. Valemont is the closest charging, but that's 77 miles southwest of Jasper. A full charge starting from Lake Louise would put the drive at 150 mi, too close for a round trip (unless driving at 30 mph gawking at mountainous scenery!) Perhaps by June 6 there will be more charging possibilities...
  • edited November -1
    We have S60 picked up in Vantook 1 Canadacouver April 2013. We went to Calgary Alt. Fully charged at home took 1 no Trans Canada highway. First stop at Hope B. C. They have Sun Country Super charge cs 90. After lunch we took off to Merritt B C. Same charger at there. Had Tea and started again.We went to Kamloops just drive through and found an other CS 90 and CS 60 right on the highway nothing around before the Town of Chase B C. Later found out that Home hard ware also have the same charger in the town. Went for a walk near railway track and started again. Next stop was at Revelstoke B C. Spend night at Best Western but level 2 charger which was slow. After breakfast we started again and next stop was again place nothing around but C S 90 charger. Walked toward the town Golden BC. This charger is located at Home hard Ware store. Next stop was at Can more Alberta. Again fast charger CS 90 right in town was little difficult to find. We talked to policeman and he said I have seen something like but do not know where it is.Took me to the City Hall which was few steps away from the spot we were parked. Forget to mention this trip was made in July 2013 to see Calgary stampede. They had farm market right in town , Enjoy the fresh fruit while charging. So after enjoying the beautiful town, we reached our destination Calgary Alberta. Calgary have few chargers but you can find them in Plugs are or Recargo.
  • edited November -1
    Sorry for miss print should read Vancouver BC
  • edited November -1
    @attar, appreciate your remarks regarding charging in Revelstoke, Golden and Canmore, where we intend to stop in June on our first road trip. Thank you very much for the tips!
  • edited November -1
    @ Earl and Nagin I noticed CS40 CS60 CS90 CS100 etc. What is that?
  • edited November -1
    @judi
    The number represents the number of amps ie CS40 is a charger model that provides 40A, probably throttled to 32A because of the 80% rule.
  • edited November -1
    CS 40, 60 90 ,and 100 are the chargers by Sun country highway.ca. You can go the site and they have. EV planer and you can check the chargers on your route. All are free charging do not any card just plug in with the Tesla S j1772 adapter. Cs 90 is the higher charger which gives about 60 to 70 km per hour. Better than all the plugshare or Addenergy chargers
  • edited November -1
    When you are logged into Plugshare, you can edit the description. Might I suggest that users make use of that feature to add some details (such as charging current and voltage)? The default description of, sfor example, "EV Plug (J1772)" could do with a more detailed specification.

    Or, just leave a comment with the current and voltage observed during your charge.
  • edited November -1
    Although Jasper, Alberta held a meeting on March 26, 2014 that was favorable toward installing public charging, it does not appear likely that it will be ready for our early June stay. We have contacted the Best Western manager and maintenance supervisor to see if there is 240V power outlet that could be used. Haven't heard back, so we may have to abandon this northernmost part of the trip.

    We depart early this Sunday, April 27, for first leg through Los Angeles Supercharger, on our way to Buellton/Solvang. If any of you are out in the wild with your Model S in the next couple of months, we'll be happy to greet you in person. Steve will be wearing a wide-brimmed green hat from New Zealand and we're driving "14TFOR2".
  • edited November -1
    Our blue S85 is packed and ready to roll out tomorrow morning from south San Diego county heading for Hawthorne. Oregon, Washington and Canada are on our radar.

    This trip will be more leisurely than those groundbreaking achievements of @myfastlady, @SamO, or the Tesla cross-country teams. Others have already done Mexican border to Vancouver, and north to south on both coasts.

    Yet for us it's all brand new. We love our new car, and can't wait to let the car roam.
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    First supercharger Hawthorne leftmost stall, could be bad for waistline as donut shop was on way in via El Segundo Blvd. Sitting at table Steve constructed from plywood with black cover and removable legs. Doubles as parcel shelf. You all were right...Sunday am no one else is here. Onward to Buellton and Solvang.
  • edited November -1
    @sbeggs, enjoy your trip, please post your experiences! if you are a travel blogging, check out travbuddy.com and get a free account, it's a great way to document your travels, ev or otherwise. I have my first Tesla trip posted there.
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