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.
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