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Re: DCFC's come to Interstate-5... finally!

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:07 pm
by BoltEV
GetOffYourGas wrote:Excellent news!CA is the epicenter of EV adoption in the US, and you are only just now connecting LA to SF.

Actually I have been driving up to Northern California using Hiways 101 or 99 up to this point.

But now we have access the the "diagonally" routed Interstate 5 that avoids slowdowns through many cities.

Re: DCFC's come to Interstate-5... finally!

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 7:08 pm
by BoltEV
GetOffYourGas wrote:Hopefully just teething issues. I am willing to give them a little time to sort it out and get better. But I feel you. Nothing is worse than expecting a QC to be ready for you only to find that it is out of order and you have to go somewhere else. Especially if that "somewhere else" is L2.

I carry the AV TurboCord with 3 240v adapters so that I can always charge with any 120v or 240v outlet I come across, especially in case of an emergency situation.

Re: DCFC's come to Interstate-5... finally!

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:12 pm
by GetOffYourGas
BoltEV wrote:
GetOffYourGas wrote:Excellent news!CA is the epicenter of EV adoption in the US, and you are only just now connecting LA to SF.

Actually I have been driving up to Northern California using Hiways 101 or 99 up to this point.

But now we have access the the "diagonally" routed Interstate 5 that avoids slowdowns through many cities.


Thanks for the clarification. Still, opening up I-5 sounds like a big step for the state.

BoltEV wrote:
GetOffYourGas wrote:Hopefully just teething issues. I am willing to give them a little time to sort it out and get better. But I feel you. Nothing is worse than expecting a QC to be ready for you only to find that it is out of order and you have to go somewhere else. Especially if that "somewhere else" is L2.

<span>I carry the AV <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?field-keywords=TurboCord&tag=myelecarfor-20" class="interlinkr" target="_blank">TurboCord</a> with 3 240v adapters so that I can always charge with any 120v or 240v outlet I come across, especially in case of an emergency situation.</span>


This is the kind of thing I strive to avoid. Thankfully, there are enough L2s around that I shouldn't have to ever resort to this. L2s are not the kind of thing you plan on using on a trip, but they make a reasonable Plan B (and C, and D...) as you often need with EVs today.

Re: DCFC's come to Interstate-5... finally!

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:21 am
by SeanNelson
WetEV wrote:How about an overnight at a campground with 120V charging?

Most campgrounds would be able to give you a 240V/30A or 240V/50A hookup, the latter of which will charge the car at full L2 speed. That's exactly why I carry a TeslaTap with a Tesla UMC and several AC cords for it.

Re: DCFC's come to Interstate-5... finally!

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:43 am
by WetEV
SeanNelson wrote:
WetEV wrote:How about an overnight at a campground with 120V charging?

Most campgrounds would be able to give you a 240V/30A or 240V/50A hookup, the latter of which will charge the car at full L2 speed. That's exactly why I carry a TeslaTap with a Tesla UMC and several AC cords for it.


"30 Amp" at campgrounds is usually 120V TT-30.

"50 Amp" at campground is usually 240V 50 Amp.

Re: DCFC's come to Interstate-5... finally!

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:06 am
by BoltEV
GetOffYourGas wrote:
BoltEV wrote:But now we have access the the "diagonally" routed Interstate 5 that avoids slowdowns through many cities.
Thanks for the clarification. Still, opening up I-5 sounds like a big step for the state.
Yes: opening up Interstate-5 should also be a big deal for those driving from Southern California to Oregon.

GetOffYourGas wrote:
BoltEV wrote:<span>I carry the AV <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?field-keywords=TurboCord&tag=myelecarfor-20" class="interlinkr" target="_blank">TurboCord</a> with 3 240v adapters so that I can always charge with any 120v or 240v outlet I come across, especially in case of an emergency situation.</span>
This is the kind of thing I strive to avoid. Thankfully, there are enough L2s around that I shouldn't have to ever resort to this. L2s are not the kind of thing you plan on using on a trip, but they make a reasonable Plan B (and C, and D...) as you often need with EVs today.
If you are doing serious long distance driving, you must carry some option to do both 120/240. Sean, above, suggests the Tesla Tap.

I have been in situations where 240 worked: such as staying at a family member's home in San Diego County and connecting with my 240v extension cord and adapter to their garage dryer outlet; and one or two motels have let me plugin to their dryer outlet for overnight use at 240v.

The Lawrence Welk Resort, in the middle of nowhere in San Diego County, let me plug into their 120v outlet (@ 12 A) for their electric carts, which worked out quite well, since I stayed there for two days and nights and left it charging that whole time. [/quote]