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    I'd do a range charge anyway. The impact of being at 100% for a matter of hours is negligible, and having that extra charge will definitely save you some time at your stopover.
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    Always do a range charge when going on a road trip. You have a big battery, use it.

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    Great Success!..

    I drove to Ottawa last night and stopped in Kingston to charge for about 1 hour at the Best Western Hotel while having dinner. I think I added about 60k in an hour.

    I spent most of the time about 10-15km above the limit. On the way to Ottawa, my average energy use was 169 Wh/km. That seems very low. It was warm out at about 23C and maybe there was a tail wind.

    I arrived in Ottawa via the 401 and 416 and still had 90km of range left. I could have made it without recharging.

    Overnight I charged at a 30amp Sun Country charger which took a pretty long time. However, it had just completed a range charge when I was ready to drive back to Toronto.

    I took the scenic route along highway 7 and arrived back in Toronto with 31km left. Pretty impressive. Average energy use on the way home was 178 Wh/km. Average was 173Wh/km for 850km.

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    Nicely done!

    Just remember, though, that it takes more juice in winter.
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    Yes, of course. But, hopefully there will be superchargers by then.

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    That would be great, but I will be very pleasantly surprised if they appear before March 21st.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug_G View Post
    That would be great, but I will be very pleasantly surprised if they appear before March 21st.
    That's a very specific date, or are you saying the last day of winter I actually thought the first bunch of Canadian Superchargers were due in the "Fall" (or by December 21st).
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    They said "winter 2013" IIRC. I'm setting my expectations low so I can be pleasantly surprised instead of disappointed. (And if I'm too optimistic then I won't be disappointed as much.)
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    I just got back from a quick trip from west of Toronto to Ottawa in the Model S. We averaged 179Wh/km on the way up, and 190Wh/km on the return trip. A headwind seemed to have made the difference on the return trip. We made good use of the Sun Country Highway chargers at the Best Western hotels in Cobourg, Kingston, and in Bells Corners. Average speed was around 105km/hr on the 401.

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    That's pretty good consumption levels for 105 kph. Do any drafting?

    I usually find I use more going West than East. As you say, prevailing winds.
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