As a fellow Santa Barbarian, I would also strongly support a SC in San Luis. That said, they might also just drop one in King City, since people stop there for food all the time on the LA<->SF run via 101.
Just got my Model S last Sunday, and planning on a weekend trip to Santa Barbara from LA next weekend. Notice a few folks here are in SB. Any tips on easy places to top off? I guess technically I can go no charge (it's about 200mi round trip), but I like having the freedom to drive spiritedly.
Enjoy Santa Barbara!
Earlier this week I drove my son's Model S (SSL 261--3500 miles already in 2 months!) from Santa Barbara to Hillsborough. SB to Salinas is 220 miles. I arrived with 6 miles left on the clock. Yes, a little range anxiety, but I knew I'd make it. An hour charge for safety sake, and off to Gilroy. Wow, the SuperCharger was impressive! 1/2 hour charge and I got a gazillion miles!
A SuperCharger in San Luis Obispo would be perfect--eliminating that hour in Salinas and would make the stop in Gilroy unnecessary. SB to SLO is 110 miles. SLO to Hillsborough --200 miles. Easy one hop. Charge in SLO and have a bite, empty the tank (No, not the car!)
On the way home if you want to go to LA, another 100 miles beyond SB so a total of 210 from SLO to LA--one hop without even needing a charger in SB!
So a charger in SLO would alow a trip from LA to SLO--charge--then to Silion Valley with no further stops. If you need to go further, a stop in Gilroy would give you more juice.
I returned to Santa Barbara in my Roadster today--1 hour charge in Salinas, 2 hours in Atascadero. What a pain. The Model S is a much refined car compared to the Roadster. But--do I want to trade my Roadster for one? No way--I love that Roadster!!
Timothy (or any other SB locals) - So I'll be staying at the Bacara this Sunday. Just called, seems they have valet and charge ports there! Quick question though, since I haven't valeted my Model S yet, has anyone had experiences doing that there?
I have driven my son's Model S--but don't own one and have never tried the valet mode on either the Model S or my Roadster. Personally, when I go to places with valet parking, I just tell them the car is special and I need to park it myself. I don't want some clown messing with my car!
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