We often drive up to Davis CA from the Bay Area to visit the daughter and her family. Sometimes overnight, sometimes just a day trip.
Last night was an evening roundtrip. It’s 98 miles one way.
Starting in 2014 with the P85 Model S, we would stop at Vacaville for a quick charge. A bio break and also sometimes a nice BBQ lunch across the street.
There were only 3 SCs in the area at the time – Gilroy for going South, Vacaville for going North. And the exception, a local SC – one at the Fremont factory.
In the beginning, the SCs were always out of town, for traveling.
There are so many SCs in the Bay Area now that I can’t name them all. So back then, I was very conservative – didn’t push it. And would do a stop at Vacaville.
But last night we did a quick roundtrip up to Davis in the new 3. I charged overnight to just over 90%. Then just before we launched, I topped off (100%) the 3 off at my local SC in Milpitas – 1.9 miles from my house. Actually, it showed 318 miles with 5 minutes to go.
I got bored and unplugged. Cost me a $1.24.
When we got home from the, no SC, roundtrip to Davis last night, Pasty [how many Tesli are now named Patsy?] showed 57 miles – perfect! I plugged the 3 in and went to bed.
I drove 75 on the trip. I also had budgeted for the granddaughter to able to play Cuphead with the car heater on; plus heated seats for both of us; plus dad in the back seat. She used 15 miles of range.
So the 3 can go non SC roundtrip to Davis at 75 in the winter with just a night before charge at my house. The top off wasn’t necessary.
The wife got a little anxious when Patsy did the highway switch from I80 South to I680 at high speed, totally Autopilot.
Patsy did a beautiful job. I just relaxed and enjoyed the ride. I love how she doesn’t even ask for a confirmation. She just puts the blinker on, and as they say: “Make it so!"