to use A Better Route Planner to plan the entire trip (very good details)
and Tesla's onboard computer for charge-to-charge navigation during the trip.We charged about every 100 miles on this trip.
ABRP now gives
alternative routes (in grey) plus your preferred route based on
quickest arrival. In the preferences you set your state of charge
(SOC) at arrival at the Tesla Superchargers and the SOC to continue to
the next Supercharger. Before the trip, you enter your year and
model of Tesla (or other EV), tire size, extra weight you are carrying,
number of passengers, and SOC at arrival and departure of Tesla
I like to have 20% left when I arrive at a Supercharger and leave with
about 80% for the fastest charging. This allowed us to skip one
stop (Bishop) this trip. The phone App will tell you when "Your
Tesla is charged enough to reach your next destination". At that
point, I usually let it charge some more in case we want to make a
short side trip and since we left the air conditioning on during our
stops while we were away from the car, called "Dog Mode". Dog
Mode allows you to see into the car through the phone app in case
you want to check on your dog.
Being away from the car while charging, unlike an ICE car, gives you
time for restroom and/or food. The only thing unrealistic about
the table on the left above is the time of day since it is set at the
current time you did the planning in the app, however the driving time
and miles are correct as well as the SOC at arrival and
departure. The total time and miles at the top is useful.
1,000-mile Road Trip to Hot August Nights and return home.
Since we left at about 7:20 a.m., we were ready for
breakfast before we needed to charge so we stopped at MacDonald's at the
Hwy 138 exit off I-15. I had been in this area several times
before since it is an excellent place to watch trains ascending and
descending Cajon Pass.
Ocean-going containers, some on semi-trailers, navigate Cajon Pass.
First stop for charging at the Hesperia Tesla Supercharger.
Plenty of empty chargers at 8:30 a.m.
On the in-car computer you can see how many chargers there are at the Tesla Supercharger and how many are open at the time.Because
of the rapid turnover of cars from the up to 250 kWh Superchargers (up
to 500 miles of charge per hour) we never had to wait for a spot, even
on a weekend like Saturday when we returned.
Hwy. 395 north of Hesperia is a great place for Autopilot -
Lane Keeping and Traffic Aware Cruise. Autopilot will allow you
up to 30 seconds to, for instance, take a photograph. You will be
warned to put some turning pressure on the wheel to be sure you are
still alert. If you fail to do so, the car wil disallow you from
using Autopilot for that section of the trip---until you stop and
restart the car.
Eastern Sierra near Inyokern's Tesla Supercharger
The original Inyokern Tesla Supercharger cabinets are still there, ...
these newer chargers have been added within sight of the original ones on an adjacent lot,
so I doubt anyone uses the order set. The cabinets are very close
together and drivers can back in on either side with one drive-through
cabinet for Teslas with trailers.
This was the second year to see these RIVIAN chargers, but yet to see a RIVIAN charging here.
I wonder if RIVIAN owners know there is free charging here. RIVIAN plug connection, right.
Next stop, Lone Pine Supercharger which has been moved and enlarged.
talking with the owner of the Western Movie Museum which has these on
their property, he thought this might be the most scenic Tesla
Supercharger in the US with Mt. Whitney and others to the west.
At this stop we walk about a half block and have lunch at MacDonald's,
keeping an eye on the Tesla app to be sure we do not stay too long thus
getting an idle charge. As you can see there were plenty of
spots, but travelers are asked at a "busy" Supercharger to limit their
charging to 80%...more than what we need. If I get a warning
about moving my car, I can raise the charging limit in the app giving
me ime to walk back to my car and pull the plug.
The rest of the Superchargers left of the electrical corral/wooden enclosure.
like to take a screen shot of my iWatch for current conditions.
The TESLA sign on a traffic cone among the tumbleweeds is along an
unpaved shortcut to the Tesla chargers. Even though many
Supercharger stations are inside multi-level parking garages in the
city or on a remote side of a shopping center in the suburbs, there
are never any signs pointing to them - except this small one in Lone
Pine. The in-car computer does get you very close to the chargers.
Fred still at the wheel, I had time for more photos of the Eastern
Sierra. This is just south of Manzanar National Historic Site.
With wide open spaces like Owens Valley, you notice thunderheads forming. We didn't get any showers, however.
Next stop, Mammoth Lakes for charging with all pull through
Superchargers. Notice the tall red poles indicating curbs for
snow plows. We walk to the nearby Starbucks, hardware or Subway
store for restrooms.
Mono Lake showed that the previous winter had been the wettest one in
decades. Last year you could have walked between all those
incrustation mounds, and now water makes them all islands.
were several construction sites requiring one-lane travel, but
automatic signals were installed to keep traffic moving on weekends
without a live flagman. Many sites were cleaning out clogged
culverts and one was carving back a hill to straighten a curve.
The Walker River was running much higher than last year.
When you see the south side of the California Agricultural Inspection Station, you are at the Nevada State Line.
Nevada state line sign, with the Local Sheriff watching incoming Californians.
A few feet into Nevada is our next
stop at the "Gardnerville" Tesla Supercharger. It is still about
18 miles to Gardnerville, and there is not a Tesla Supercharger in
Gardnerville, but this state-line Supercharger has a Gardnerville street
address. Note the Nevada gas prices as we plug in for our 10
cents a mile charge.
Gardnerville/state line Tesla Superchargers.
Return Trip to Orange County from Hot August Nights, Saturday, August 5, 2023 withSummary of Tesla Tip Statistics
started our 500-mile trip home by taking McCarran from the Nugget around the
east side of Reno. We repeat our same charging stops as we used
coming up. Our first charge was at Gardnerville/State Line
"Tesla Lounge" at the Gardnerville Tesla Supercharger with Topaz Lake view.
A few yards past the Gardnerville Tesla Supercharger is the Nevada/California state line and Mono County Line and California Inspection Station through which we were waved.
Since it was Sunday, no roadwork was taking place and the automated lights at one-lane areas were essential.
We noticed more snow in the Sierra than we had seen in August in decades because of the record snowfall of the past winter.
Our stop for a charge at Mammoth was busier on this Saturday than on our Wednesday visit.
This time we walked to the nearby Starbucks for restrooms and a moment in their A/C.
Next charge was at Lone Pine where, during charging, we walked to MacDonalds.
year before we had seen a lot of smoke from fires to the west, but
this small fire was very near 395 and as we got closer we could see
ground zero. At this point we saw a water bearing helicopter and
firetrucks near the highway. On those earlier, more smoky, trips
in a Tesla X we used the biohazard setting and did not even smell the
This was the only area that looked like sand dunes north of Inyokern.
Since Tesla Superchargers are never marked with signage, look for this gas station/country market as year its location.
Enter on the west/right side and the newest cabinets will be behind the adjacent gas pumps.
The dark blue Tesla's occupants were patching a large hole in the windshield with clear tape.
Luckily for this Tesla Model X, there was a pull-through cabinet so he could charge without unhooking.
As we walked by the RIVIAN chargers, I recorded the info. on the
electrical cabinet for future RIVIAN drivers headed here. Are
RIVIAN chargers shown on the vehicle's internal computer/dash like
Highway 395 south of Inyokern is mostly 2 lanes with passing lanes in
hilly sections. Farther south toward I-15 there are sections of
We saw this boat on the way north, 3 days earlier, but it was piled
high with stuff. Now the stuff was gone, but the boat was still
here. Wonder who now has the stuff and if the boat owner will
Take the Randsburg turnoff sometime and enjoy the "Living Ghost Town", the General Store serves sandwiches and drinks.
Recently I took a photo safari in our Tesla there and you might enjoy the photos from there:
Click the photos above or link below to go to my Randsburg photos.
The most asked questions after I take a road trip with our Tesla is:
1. How long does it take to charge.
14 minutes average per stop (We took longer to eat and restroom)
The quickest way to get to your destination is to charge more often,
but for a shorter times. Tesla says to charge when the battery is
at 20% or more and charge to up to 80%. to reach your destination
quickest. Put the Tesla Supercharger in the car's computer as
your next destination and car car will compare the battery on the way
for the quickest charging.
2. How much did it cost, is it cheaper than gas?
Total cost for the 983 miles = $84.64 or 9 cents per mile.
Our gas mini-van gets 18.8 mpg and would have cost 27 cents per mile or
$261. That's 68% less than gas.
3. What is the Miles Per Gallom equivalent of your Tesla 3 Standard Range +?
Sunset view eastward from our 27th floor room in the Casino Tower of the Nugget Casino Resort Hotel in Sparks, NV.
Room on the north side of the 27th floor in the Casino Tower allows for a view of the parking structure below and eastward.
View from our window of the Victoria Square cruise route below with the
grandstands running right to In-N-Out - white building on right.
Half way through the route, between the cruise route and I-80 is a stage. The act Friday night was a tribute to Neil Diamond.
We left the Tesla parked in the
parking structure plugged into one of the four Tesla Destination
chargers provided to guests for free charging.
We walked down to Victoria Square for In-N-Out and watched the nightly cruise with our hotel in the background.
Several Casino Hotels in Reno and Sparks including The Atlantis,
The Peppermill, and the Grand Sierra Resort (above) host show-and-shines.
This photo is from their reserved Media parking at the GSR, a short
walk to the show cars parked in their lot.
There is something for everyone at Hot August Nights, even an Offenhauser in a Model A!
This Ford station wagon, trailer-with-a-boat is there every year and still one of a kind.
My buddy in high school, Louie Tracy, sold Edsels for a while and brought one out to our farm this same color and year.
The vertical grill and push button gears in the center of the steering wheel were new designs.
The fellow in the center was
driving this '56 Chevy here when the right front tread came off and
went through the front of the car taking out the headlight, parking
light and part of the grille. The tire did not lose pressure and
he was able to get it safely off I-80. He had a hard time finding
a 15 inch tire, however.
1956 T-Bird Sunset Coral
1954 Chevrolet Corvette White
As the story goes in my hometown of
Hayden, Indiana, a fellow returned from the Korean War and
bought himself a '54 Corvette, white. We had not seen
anything like this ever in Hayden!
This car had many accessories of the time including "authentic Indian blanket seat covers".
"Precious Metal" or "Automotive Art"
We had lunch at a Wendy's and local Bob enjoyed talking with Fred about military vehicles and other classics.
Local Champion Chevrolet is always there with free stuff and this
2023 Corvette Z06 Coupe with $24,610 additional options!
Cars in the 300s were being
auctioned. They were parked by their number before and after
going on the block. If one had been across the block and not met
the reserve, it had a window sticker that it was still for sale.
1955 Buick Century
1948 Federal Pickup
When is the last time you saw a 1946 Hudson Super Eight pickup?
1932 Oakland Model 101
(Remember: click any image for a larger copy.)
1932 Ford Model A
This rare group of late 50s Fords, all with continental kits, caught my eye.
This '56 Crown Victoria was the most customized
Lisa Schmidt, 775-219-9984, was with the cars at the MAG Auction.
These cars were from her aunt and uncle's estate in Elko, Nevada.
Lisa, How did the sale go?
The Nugget, 1000 Nugget Way, Sparks, Nevada - 2nd floor of the Parking
structure on the east side of the hotel. Destination Charger*
2. Pepper mill, 2707 S. Virginia Street , Reno, Nevada. Destination Charger*
Atlantis, 3800 S Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada. Tesla
Supercharger's not free, fast charge charged to your account.
4. Grand Sierra Resort (GSR) 2500 E 2nd St, Reno, NV Destination chargers*
Destination Charger: Park for a few hours or stay overnight. With
over 35,000 Wall Connectors at Destination Charging locations in both
urban and rural areas, there's likely a Tesla charging station waiting
for you at the end of your trip. Recharge at popular hotels,
restaurants and resorts. Charges about 30 mi/hr .
For the Reno Downtown Cruise, which runs Wednesday - Saturday nights,
we like to watch from the Truckee River bridge near this park and Space Whale**
sculpture and BELIEVE structure on River Walk on Virginia Street.
**The Space Whale is
a full scale stained glass humpback whale mother and calf. A monumental
testament to family, our relationships with nature, time and space and
our responsibility to preserve our environment. Originally appearing as
the Keyhole project at Burning Man 2016, The Space Whale now lives in
front of City Hall in Reno, NV.
Also a favorite spot for skateboarders, using the structures for them, and homeless.
View north from the Truckee River bridge on Virginia St. toward the RENO sign awaiting the 7 pm cruise.
View east of the Truckee from the Virginia St. bridge with more water than we've seen in years.
Excellent weather on the Virginia St. Bridge above the river on an August night.
General Motors leads the parade.
Photo processing experiment of selecting the subject and darkening the background in Lightroom.
Any pre-1979 convertible will do
Even from Europe
Even with a Coke cooler trailer
After sunset, I like to get a photo of the current RENO sign during the cruise.
I crossed at a guarded crossing for a shot of stopped cruisers
Darkness brings out the extra added lighting
Our Tesla awaits under the old RENO sign a block away
Keep the full power of the sun charging your Tesla - Solar Panel Cleaning
Panel cleaning is similar to a Fuel Filter Cleaning on an I.C.E. (Internal
Combustion Engine) car since our two Teslas, our home air
conditioning, and nighttime usage are all powered by our 56 solar panels with some credit
beyond our usage every day.
After successful cleaning of our fifteen 10-year-old original solar panels,
I contacted Andrew Watson, Cleantech, again to clean the 40 new panels
we have added. Andrew arrived and mentioned his new and better
way of cleaning with his new rotating brush. Here is a time-lapse
of Andrew's 2.5 hrs of work:
Cleantech van and Andrew starting work on the dull panels.
Finishing the last section from the ground. Right, cleaned panels producing "unfiltered" electricity.
From Andrew's Cleantech website:
How do we clean solar panels?
For residential rooftop systems we use a solar powered rotating brush and super purified water.
The solar panels stay clean for longer - Our
super purified water contains no chemicals or detergents. No
sticky detergents are left on the solar panels so there is nothing for
the dust to stick too.
Solar panels will be cleaner
- Super purified water has a strong desire to return to its impure
state so it sucks the dirt off the solar panels. We do not use a
squeegee which would risk scratching the panels. By using this purified
water it is impossible to leave streaks on the solar panels because no
chemicals or detergents are used.
Safer - We
do not touch or lean on the solar panels because we are able to clean
solar panels with our long telescopic poles. You also do not need
to worry about chemicals breaking down the solar panels seals with
- Solar panels are very environmentally friendly. We are also
concerned about the environment. That is why we use pure water,
eliminating the need for detergents or chemicals.
Lengthens lifespan of the solar panels - Chemicals
and detergents shorten the lifespan of rubber seals and fog the glass.
Pure water washes away damaging chemicals, pollutants, and dirt to
leave nothing that can shorten the lifespan of the solar panels.