Before Jon purchased it, he did his research and found that Tesla has installed superchargers through the country.
|Tesla Superchargers Locations 2013|
He plotted our course and we began. I admit, I was anxious and apprehensive; Would the superchargers be accessible? Would they work? Would they be available when we needed them?
Jon was undeterred by my concerns and since we didn't have small children anymore, I thought we could do it... worst case, we had to call a tow truck, right?
I wish I could say I was more confident, but I wasn't.
I was happily incorrect with my worries!
After a bit of planning, Jon came up with a route that took us to Florida, stopping 11 times to charge the car. We decided that we'd stop for the night in a hotel, once we were tired/ready or cranky.
Now, we've driven down to Florida in the past, going 24 hours straight, stopping only to fuel up in our gas guzzler, for snack breaks or to switch drivers. We thought that we'd take this trip somewhat more leisurely, as we'd need at least 40 minutes at each stop to charge. We planned to stretch our legs at each stop and take it easy. This was the hardest part for us because we are both very driven people. But, we had a plan.
We started our trip on a Saturday, leaving our home in the morning. It was 40 degrees out, sunny and pleasant for a change. We were hoping for warmer weather along our journey and optimistically, we were looking forward to getting to the Sunshine State where even "bad weather" is in the breezy 60's.
The first leg of our trip took us to our first stop.
Seeing non-charging cars in the spaces was a bit unexpected and we didn't know if it were a sign of things to come. Luckily, this was the only instance we encountered.
We left the car to charge and went to Ruby Tuesday's for lunch. We arrived at 12:10 and departed after lunch at 12:50. Interestingly, when we left another Tesla had taken a space and started to charge their vehicle.
We continued on our way down the coast, heading to our next charging station, a rest area in Darien, CT. The supercharger was conveniently located near the rest area building, just to the right of the gas pumps. There were no other Teslas when we arrived, but a gas car pulled in to take advantage of the convenient parking. We went inside for a cup of coffee and to chat and when we came out, there was another Tesla charging. The charger was operational and worked well and we arrived at 2:52 and departed with a full charge and belly at 3:40.
We headed south, passing through CT, NY and NJ. We took the George Washington Bridge and as usual, there was traffic, but it was light and moving fairly rapidly, all things considered
Our first night's sunset was in NJ.
We continued into Delaware over the bridge and started to get concerned as the next stop was approaching and our battery was getting low. We made one mistake - we programmed the address into the Tesla, instead of selecting the actual Supercharger from an icon. The GPS took us in circles to try and get to the address and we "winged it" and made our way to the rest area in Delaware.
Just as we were pulling in to the parking space to charge the car, the Tesla beeped a warning, that I hope to never see again. BATTERY LOW! Luckily, we were just moments from charging up, but it made my heart skip a beat, just the same.
We pulled into a charger and another Tesla owner was charging their car two spaces down. He came over and kindly explained that one of the chargers wasn't working (of course it was the one we chose!) But, the problem was easily remedied and we moved over one space and began charging the car. We had 27 miles left on the battery! We went inside the rest area, had dinner and recounted how lucky we were that things worked out so well. We arrived at 6:57 pm and departed Delaware at 7:45 pm.