We know the city's but not the locations. LA is at Space-X, but the rest ?
I must say that you are the man! You've got practiced with the Prius and now you've perfected the art with Model S!!!!
I would imagine it is difficult to calculate the range because of 6% ascend grades to climb to the peak elevation of 4,144 feet for the Tejon Pass.
You certainly could hear the Prius roared and screamed at the Tejon Pass but how did your Model S handling the climbing up hill? Any hint of struggle?
On another subject, it sounds like Tesla needs to perfect the map to guide owners to all Superchargers in the US.
Also, I would be worried with all those electronic warning messages. However, I think you did the right thing to continue your trip home as long as there was CELL PHONE SIGNAL to communicate with Tesla.
Thanks again CychoJoe.
Cychojoe's story about Supercharger use raises an important point. Many trips are right at the extent of the model S range, perfect example being LA to Las Vegas at 265 miles. This means that many people won't need a full charge, in many instances a 10 min top up adding 50 miles would be more then enough. In Cycho's case a 10 min top up in Tejon would have had him arriving at Harris Ranch with 50 miles left and no anxiety or need to throttle back on speed. If such 10 min top ups become the norm then the supercharging experience really starts to look more and more indistinguishable from a gas fill up but free and without the stinky volatile carcinogens.
Aha! You're the ideal tester/reporter, then.
Tam: Yes, it was a bit difficult estimating the range going up to and down from Tejon Pass. We hit reset on the projected range calculator after Hwy 5 became somewhat flat again to get a better estimate. No problem whatsoever handling the climb up to Tejon Pass. The climb definitely seemed shorter than when we did it in the Prius. I have to admit that the Prius taught me to be a hypermiler (once I was able to maintain 65 mpg on a full tank of gas), and that habit hasn't rubbed off...yet.
Another comment about the Harris Ranch supercharger. One of the managers at the Harris Ranch restaurant/inn came out and told us that Tesla plans to put in a full set (qty 6?) of superchargers not too far from the existing supercharger. I would guess it would have the same roof full of solar panels we saw at Hawthorne. He also mentioned that the Oct. 19 media event for the superchargers was postponed. I am not sure why, but I was just glad they had some superchargers in place.
I'm pretty sure HarrisRanchs little out of the way charger was designed so Elon and the engineers could test it during development without it being obvious. Given that the LA to SF run is likely to be one of the highest usage I fully expect a Hawthorne style canopy array as a permanent installation.
Don't worry too much about the "You vehicle needs service" sign. Mine pops up occasionally, most often going over a pothole. It flashes for a second, then is gone. I've come to ignore them.
Has anyone used the Tejon charger yet? Am heading to the City (SF) next week and want to make sure it works.
I wish the nav system onboard the model S have the locations of all the superchargers programmed in, and we just punch in Supercharger as the destination, seems obvious to me this should be a feature. After the software upgrade last week I thought that would be added, but, no.
On the Leno interview the superchargers are mentioned in the nav so I must be coming in the next big update to solve these issues! Or at least soon.
Has anyone been to Harris ranch supercharing station recently? Have they upgraded to 6 stall station from one stall?
Was there about two weeks ago. Still only one charger at the side of the shell station. Was told by
another Tesla owner that additional ones would located be near the restaurant but will not be installed
until Feb or later. There have been several occasions of one car charging and two waiting at the
existing charge point. This is a critical location....
@hammy16...thanks for the update. I wish they would hurry so I can take a trip down to Disneyland from SF area without having to worry about range anxiety.
I used the Supercharger in Delaware today. What a pleasure passing the lines at the pumps. Also, met a fellow Tesla owner and possibly sold another to another person leaving the rest area. There are FOUR terminals.
I think it would be very impressive if Tesla gives a schedule of stations that are going to be built and approximate time.
@ylyubarsky: I wholeheartedly agree, but don't expect them to do that.
Think how many calls/emails they get now asking when will I be ready to configure, what's my delivery window, when will I get my VIN, etc., etc. From what I've read on the forums, and the number of times Tesla customers seem to feel a need to contact Tesla, putting out a schedule of any sort would just give them an additional flood of requests for more specific data: What's the exact address, how many bays will there be, are you going to add more later, how come it's not open yet, what phase of contract/construction is it in now, etc. So if they did something like this, it would have to be "all in" or not at all. Meaning they give us a webpage that is continuously updated with all the information to answer the questions above and the many more that I didn't think of, which probably opens the door to complaints that they promised something and then changed it later.
They were asking for suggestions and assistance in securing sites for SCs; it seems the bottleneck is approvals and such. They have hardware and crews ready to roll! So it's not like they can just decide when and where.
Yes, this thread was prescient indeed.
For the past few years, we have spent an inordinate amount of time trying to dope out where exactly the superchargers were going to be, tracking them down and finding out what phase of construction or permitting they were in...how close they are to the routes we take or have in mind.
But they really work! We can go cross country! We can go from Mexico to Canada!
All over Europe, mostly...and China.
It is really unbelievable what the House of Elon is building.