Carmel, CA to Indian Wells, CA

Carmel, CA to Indian Wells, CA

On Monday March 11th, 9:00am we departed from our home on Palo Colorado Road, Carmel, Ca, with a full standard charge of 240 rated miles driving our Model S, 85Kw, to the Gilroy Supercharger. We were there about 12 minutes charged back to 240 rated miles.

We left Gilroy @ 10:55am with 240 rated miles, driving at the speed limit 65- 70 mph and/or + 5mph going to the Harris Ranch Supercharger (110 miles distance). We arrived at Harris Ranch Supercharger with 100 miles of rated range remaining @ 12:35 pm . There was no waiting for the Tesla Supercharger. Given that we were driving between 70 and 75 mph we we getting 78.57% of rated range. The car was amazingly quiet and effortless over the San Luis Dam grade.

Carol, my wife drove from Harris Ranch To the Tejon Ranch Tesla Supercharger arriving @ 1:21 pm. She has a heavy foot, and maintained about 75 mph most of the way, although I noticed occasional acceleration up to 95 mph while passing. Arrived Tejon Ranch Supercharger @ 3:03pm with 93 miles of rated range remaining, having driven 116 miles. We were getting 78.91% of rated range. That is better than I did, but it was very flat central valley driving.

Leaving Tejon Ranch for Indian Wells @4:20 pm with a maximum charge of 271 miles rated range. Distance to Indian Wells was 209 miles. Because we were concerned about making Indian Wells without running low on range, I drove 55 mph up the Grapevine and kept my speed to 65 mph for the remaining trip. Looking back, I should not have had any concern, we arrived at the La Quinta Resort in Indian Wells @ 8:10pm with 66 miles of rated range remaining. On this leg of our trip due to my conservative driving we got 101.95% of rated range. See attached photo of out Silver Model S at Tejon Ranch.

The La Quinta Resort a Hilton Hotel has 4 NEMA 14-50 outlets in their basement. None were in use for the almost 3 days we were there, so charging was no problem, same as at home. The staff was very friendly and offered every assistance in showing us the charging outlets.

We attended the BNP Parabas Tennis ornament where we saw a beautiful Signature Red Tesla Model S from Ontario, Canada (XXXX 556) in the parking area near the stadium. I would love to hear how they go to California. The attached photo is the Canadian with Carol and a friend.

After Indian Well we spent two days in Desert Hot Springs with scant 110V charging 12A for about 3 miles per hour and continued to the Tesla Super charger at Barstow,

Then onto our son's house in Ridgecrest, Ca with he works for the Navy at China Lake. Charged with his NEMA 10-30 old dryer outlet, With a maximum charge of 270 rate miles we drove over Tehachapi to the Supercharger at Harris Ranch a distance of 224 miles. Driving 65 mph the speed limit down thru Red Rock Canyon to 58 we increased our speed to 70 mph along 58 to Bakersfield, 75 mph along 99 to 46. On 46 we drove 55 mph ( two lane lots of trucks) then to Highway 5 back to 75 mph. We arrived at Harris Ranch with 29 miles of rated range remaining. 92.95% of rated range used. With a slight amount of care we might have done it without charging to maximum range but this was our first trip to our son's house and back.

No waiting at Harris Ranch, charged to standard range and drove nonstop to Carmel/Home. We did spend about 40 min recharging to standard range from 29 to 240 miles. It seemed faster charging than I expected. 211 miles in 40 min.? no complaints here. And we enjoyed a great lunch at the Harris Ranch Restaurant.

In comparing the time spent on the return leg from our son's house to Carmel, we took about the same 7.5 hours we usually had taken in our BMW 5 series.

The new Tesla Model S is an amazing car, and we hope it can lead the way into the future. The solid quiet drive leaves us a lot more rested than our earlier cars did.

MacKenzie Patterson P04461

Brian H | March 20, 2013

"solid quiet" seems to be key. I am beginning to suspect that the absence of disturbing subsonics is responsible for the "rested" condition many are reporting.

Super reporting.

shop | March 20, 2013

Great reporting. My trip down from Fremont to San Diego similarly had no surprises. Actually, except for the same surprise you had - the superchargers seemed faster than I expected. La Quinta's chargers are indeed very nice. I just talked to someone who had a small motel chain and he said they were installing chargers in their parking lots as well. More and more hotels are realizing that it is the future...

William9 | March 20, 2013

mcptwo: What is your opinion on doing a Harris Ranch --> Barstow run? Google mileage is 229 miles.That grade over the Tehachapi's is a killer. I'd be less concerned going westbound, but eastbound?

mcptwo | March 20, 2013

If you did a maximum charge at Harris ranch to 270 rated miles and do not exceed 55 up the Tehachapi,
And keep your speed to 65 mph maximum, you should get between 90 - 95 % of rated range. At least 243 actual miles of range,more than the 229 to Barstow ..Our leg between Tejon and LaQuinta resulted in rated range equal to actual miles traveled. The climb over the Grapevine is very similar to Tehachapi.

William9 | March 21, 2013

The biggest difference is that Harris to Barstow overall includes an increase in elevation of 2,300' whereas the ride from Tejon to LaQuinta has a decrease of 1,200'.

Dauger | March 22, 2013

Thanks for the detailed data record. I'm planning an OC to SF roundtrip in my blue Model S and that helps me estimate how much more energy it uses at higher (>65 mph) speeds.

And I second that on the subsonics. For the first time in a few weeks I returned to my M3 for one day, and now I really notice how its inline-6 333-hp ICE vibrates my torso, so I find the Model S' quiet far more comfortable. As nostalgic as it is, the thunder of a powerful ICE belongs to the past. On a many-hour road trip, I'd rather have the quiet, now that the choice is available.

portia | March 23, 2013

we were at Indian Wells too (for the finals), and saw a black Tesla at the Miramonte Resort, it was a 60Kwh version. So, there were at least 3 Teslas there (yours and the red signature you saw)! Too bad we did not drive ours there.

Mark K | March 23, 2013

Very nice journal -Just out of curiosity, what was your typical gas bill for this same trip in your BMW?

I take it the electric bill for the Model S while en route was near zero.

mcptwo | March 23, 2013

From Carmel to Indian wells then up to Ridgecrest and back to Carmel is about 1,000 miles. Our 535ixt BMW tops out at about 22 miles per gallon (300 hp).
That distance would have required 45.5 gallons of premium gas. @ about $4.40 per gallon, resulting in a cost of gas of $200.00.
Considering the cost of charging at home and a small amount of charge at our son's house, we probably spent less than $19.00 on electricity. All the rest was on the Tesla Supercharging network.

mcptwo | March 23, 2013

Less than $10.00 , typo.

Mark K | March 23, 2013

1,000 miles of fun for ten bucks.

Does anyone think that's not disruptive technology?

Frigg'n miracle.

mcptwo | March 24, 2013

A lot of people have asked what we paid for our model s, and the straight answer is about 95K plus tax and license. There is not arguing that is not a lot of money, but we also receive $7,500.00 in federal tax credit and a cash check from the State of California for $2,500.00.
We drive over 25,000 miles per year and I expect after paying for some charging to save about $4,500.00 in fuel costs per year. Assuming a useful life of about 8 years, that is $36,000.00 in fuel saved.
At $600.00 per year for service that covers almost everything vs BMW service at least 4 times that amount, there is probably an other $$14,000.00 over eight years.
So are we actually paying closer to $30,000.00 for our Tesla model S ?

So I ask people what they would pay for a Toyota or BMW if either of those companies set up a network of free gas stations for their owners.

Does anyone have a better idea of what the Model S costs?

I am aware that we will eventually have to pay for new battery packs but after having paid for countless new clutches, transmissions, exhaust systems, valve jobs, blown head gaskets, water pumps, not to mention belts and hoses, I don't think the overall battery costs will exceed "routine" maintenance on an ice car.

jdesmo | March 24, 2013,
"Does anyone have a better idea of what the Model S costs?"
Talking from strictly numbers point of view: If you lease the car , which many (over 50%) people do in this price bracket or for business reasons, or otherwise keep it for only in warranty , the picture may be quite different.
1) Cost of electricity in this part of the Northeast is at least $0.23/KWH. No superchargers on Long Island or around NY metropolitan area, or NJ GS Parkway, and none planned in near future as per Tesla store no free energy for us
2) In your case Cost of service is actually $1200/year ($600/year or 12,500mi whichever first). Also I would need to add $200/year for ranger service, as loaners not available (Other brands in this bracket all provide free loaners). Also add the rumored $360/year for 3G connectivity.
3)some cars in this bracket are $0 out of pocket maintenance for first 4 years in addition tom the warranty (as is the case with my current one)

awaite | March 24, 2013

I went through that math and justification as well before purchasing. For me the car was still clearly more expensive by the numbers so it came down to three intangibles: convenience, supporting the EV/energy independence missions and the pure attraction to the car.

No regrets whatsoever.