OK, within a couple weeks the Texas Triangle will be one giant orbit of electrons as Teslas zip down I-35, I-45, and I-10. The latest supercharger is in Columbus, 2/3 of the way from San Antonio to Houston. This is great for me as I have projects in Houston and previously had to count on spending the night to charge up before returning home. All that is now much easier…
I really would like one of those parking signs for work. Tesla, pretty please? I promise to never, ever, buy gas again.
Saturday we decided to lean heavily on the Supercharger in San Marcos, TX. Not because we had to, but because we could. We were going from San Antonio to Leander for Cattlepup’s afternoon soccer game, a basically 100-mile drive in each direction. We could have gotten there and back with a max charge (which is hovering around 259 miles for us, presently) driving in the low 70s – but what fun is that?!? If you’ve read here and elsewhere before, you know the Teslas are good at efficiency, but they are even better at performance. Not wanting to be limited we decided to supercharge both on our way up and way back.
On our way up, we made a very quick stop and added 60 miles of range while getting fast food at the mall’s food court. But on the way back, we took the toll road that bypasses Austin and has a speed limit of 85 MPH. Going 90 in this car feels like 20 in any other (or so I imagine, not admitting to exceeding the speed limit – yet), so it was a blast to barrel down Texas 130 and roll back into the supercharger around 6:30. We stopped for dinner and had depleted our rated range to about 50. So we plugged in, set the car for a max charge, and went to dinner, checking in a couple minutes later. Holy cow!!!
The thing had cranked up to a charge rate 355 miles of range/hour (or about 117kW for electrical geeks – running current software and was the only horse in the barn)! Since we only had 45 miles to get home, we backed the charge off to a standard charge and enjoyed dinner. Before the entrees arrived, the charging was done – added 170 miles of range in what I’ll guess was close to half an hour (should have timed it, sorry.) And it was free! That’s right, read it again – the fuel for this trip was free. We drove about 210 miles and put in about 230 of range at the supercharger. In our other car, we would have used 7 gallons or about $25 of gas. Beautiful. $25 doesn’t pay for the car, but it makes a smile. Worth a lot more than $25.
As my son and I were returning from his soccer tournament Saturday evening, we decided to try out the new San Marcos supercharger. We got there at 9 PM, and plugged in. Sort of a non-event, other than the cable is ALOT thicker than the one comes with the car. We plugged in and went in search of food as we were starving. Not many options after 9, so we got a milk shake and bottle of water and decided to take off. Added 80+ mile in about 15 minutes (didn’t time it, showed up with about 120 miles still in battery). It was charging at 90+ KW though. Here are the action photos!
Independent testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has awarded the Tesla Model S a 5-star safety rating, not just overall, but in every subcategory without exception. Approximately one percent of all cars tested by the federal government achieve 5 stars across the board. NHTSA does not publish a star rating above 5, however safety levels better than 5 stars are captured in the overall Vehicle Safety Score (VSS) provided to manufacturers, where the Model S achieved a new combined record of 5.4 stars.
Of all vehicles tested, including every major make and model approved for sale in the United States, the Model S set a new record for the lowest likelihood of injury to occupants. While the Model S is a sedan, it also exceeded the safety score of all SUVs and minivans. This score takes into account the probability of injury from front, side, rear and rollover accidents.