Is 14-17 mph at 30A normal?
If so, paaaaaaiiiinful!
@jimglas: yup, welcome to every other manufacturer’s idea of cross-country driving.
Just be glad it was functional at all — so many are out of order that I fear for getting stuck in some small town. I’m looking at you, Santa Ysabel, CA
It’s 28 minutes to the nearest supercharger
I am on my way!
Before the supercharger build out I did a lot more of that. It was useful when I went to San Diego for an evening for a dinner meeting to top up my car for a few hours while eating to get me home. I did a 10 day Oregon trip in early 2014 when superchargers were only available on the 5 freeway. I used them along the coast leaving my car for a few hours. On the way to Crater lake we stopped for a few hours at a campground to top up and hiked in the area. A Chademo would have been useful but was not available. I now have a Chademo which is reasonably quick but have not used it in 3-4 years.
I drove to the SC, charged and drove back
Saved me a couple of hours
Jimglas- Did you have your a/c on while charging? A few towns around me have chargers and I tried them out to see how fast they charged. The most I ever got was in the hi 20s but it dropped a lot when down to the teens when having the a/c on when the outside temperature was in the 90s.
I tried the Tesla destination charger at a hotel once and got around 40, but I charge at home and get about 30 so charging overnite is fine, but I wouldnt want to wait in a parking lot for hours until the car was charged.
This is the reality of owning a non-Tesla and looking for fast-charging.
Another example of why other manufacturers can’t even get to 1%.
yes, I had the AC running to keep from frying
I use Level 2 ChargePoint EVSEs at work, where I need to use the ChargePoint RFID tag to release the plug but the charging is free. Then last month I went for lunch at a restaurant that had a ChargePoint unit so I thought I get a few extra miles to be extra sure I could get back to where I started from. Big mistake, I should have done a bit more homework.
The cost for charging was a flat-fee of $7.00. But ChargePoint doesn't bill you, they take a $10 deposit. But after subtracting the $7 fee ChargePoint replenished the deposit by taking another $10. So my 1-hour charge cost me $20, because it's unlikely I'll ever use ChargePoint again except for the free ones at work. I forget how many kWhr I got, but even at $7 I paid an exorbitant price, $10/gal gasoline would have been a bargain.
I had a flat charge of $10. Since I gave up and left after 8 miles, it cost me $10 for 8 miles of added range. WOrse than driving a suburban.
That. Is. Ridiculous.
Crazy. Clearly designed to be unusable on purpose.
"Is 14-17 mph at 30A normal?"
Charging at work today on a ChargePoint I'm getting 19 mph at 204 V, 29 A.
This is after the Leaf I'm sharing the dualport unit with finished charging - initially is was 12 mph at 14 A.
I use a chargepoint charger at work every day. It is pretty slow (5 kW), but it is free for four hours, and I can get 20 kWh in 4 hours which replenishes my battery to 90% for my drive home.
It is not usable when travelling, but electricity is electricity. Free is also good, and convenient trumps having to stop anywhere else.
Yes, 30A is slow. On top of that, commercial locations almost always have three phase power, so the voltage is only 208 V instead of the 240 V most people have at home. 208 V charging adds another 15% to charging time.
Experience teaches drivers to use level 2 chargers only when you happen to be there anyway, or when you cannot make it to a Supercharger.
I just completed a trip from Portland, OR to see my sister just south of Atlanta . . . in my leased Chevy Bolt. Although I didn't get stranded, I did spend many hours charging at Electrify America sites (generally Walmarts) and 4-5 hours each way at an EV friendly campground in Utah. I ORDERED A MODEL Y WHEN I REACHED MY SISTER'S HOUSE! I'm glad I made the trip (I'm not getting any younger), but it isn't something I want to do again. I am looking forward to AP and SC!!!!
@DonS: From what I know, with three-phase circuits the voltage never goes to zero, so 208V is not a drawback.