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Has anyone driven a Bolt S.F. Bay Area to Tahoe or Yosemite yet?

Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:10 am

I'm surprised no one's mentioned doing so so far.
Guy

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Re: Has anyone driven a Bolt S.F. Bay Area to Tahoe or Yosemite yet?

Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:43 am

I wouldn't drive my Bolt there but I just checked and there is a 30A L2 charger at the Village Store and a 15A L2 at the Awahanee (now Majestic Yosemite) Hotel.

The L2 at the hotel was installed by Tesla because the NPS required them to install one that EVERYONE could use as a condition to allowing them to install a 80A Tesla charger there. There's also a 110 plug that you can use a the store w/your L1 charger.

But with only 2 L2 chargers in the entire valley, and only 1 of them a 30A charger at that, good luck getting a charge there. Pretty slim pickings outside the park too.

In this case, Tesla has the real advantage w/Supercharger sites in Oakhurst near Wawona on 41 and in Groveland on 120, as well as other Telsa non-Supercharger sites sprinkled in between.
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GRA
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Re: Has anyone driven a Bolt S.F. Bay Area to Tahoe or Yosemite yet?

Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:23 am

sgt1372 wrote:I wouldn't drive my Bolt there but I just checked and there is a 30A L2 charger at the Village Store and a 15A L2 at the Awahanee (now Majestic Yosemite) Hotel.

The L2 at the hotel was installed by Tesla because the NPS required them to install one that EVERYONE could use as a condition to allowing them to install a 80A Tesla charger there. There's also a 110 plug that you can use a the store w/your L1 charger.

But with only 2 L2 chargers in the entire valley, and only 1 of them a 30A charger at that, good luck getting a charge there. Pretty slim pickings outside the park too.

In this case, Tesla has the real advantage w/Supercharger sites in Oakhurst near Wawona on 41 and in Groveland on 120, as well as other Telsa non-Supercharger sites sprinkled in between.

I'm aware of the charger situation in Yosemite (i surveyed then all as well as potential new locations last September), but there are eVgo dual-mode QCs along Hwy 99, so the Bolt should be able to make the round trip from them to/from the Valley, perhaps taking it a bit slowly - from the QC in Atwater it's only 90 miles one-way, with ca. 4k feet of climb.

Tahoe shouldn't be any problem at all, so I've been surprised that no one has mentioned trying either of them yet, at least among the membership here.
Guy

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