Tesla Road Trip
Tesla Model X Road Trip
Anaheim Hills, California to Reno, Nevada
for "Hot August Nights" classic car show.
August 9 - 12, 2017
Owner: Steven Grande, Steve @ TeslaTouring.com
Carl Morrison, Carl @ TeslaTouring.com
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Tesla Map of Supercharger Stations: https://www.tesla.com/findus#/
(Red pins are active supercharging stations, grey are proposed)
For this road trip, we took I-15 to Hwy. 395 to Reno and back to
Anaheim Hills, California.
(left to right above)
1. Anaheim to Rancho Cucamonga
2. Rancho Cucamonga to Inyokern
3. Inyokern to Lone Pine to Mammoth Lakes
4. Mammoth Lakes to Topaz Lake (Gardnerville)
5. Topaz Lake (Gardnerville) to Reno (Atlantis Hotel)
Tesla iPhone or Android app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tesla-motors/id582007913?mt=8
The Tesla app puts owners in direct communication with their vehicles and Powerwalls anytime, anywhere. With this app, you can:
- Check charging progress in real time and start or stop charging
- Heat or cool your car before driving – even if it's in a garage
- Lock or unlock from afar
- Locate your vehicle with directions or track its movement
- Flash lights or honk the horn to find your vehicle when parked
- Vent or close the panoramic roof
- Summon your vehicle out of your garage or a tight parking space (for vehicles with Autopilot)
I presume this app would also be helpful in finding the location of your Tesla or spouse or even its location if stolen.
When we picked up Steve Grande's
Tesla Model X, I was concerned about which charging stations should we
plan to stop and charge. He replied that you just put your final
destination into "Navigate" and it plans where you should stop, what %
of your charge will be left at that time and how long you should charge.
Additionally, the navigation systems gives you voice and map directions
how to get to the charging station at each location.
We left Anaheim Hills about 5:30 a.m. with our first stop at the Rancho
Cucamonga, California, Supercharging Station. This location has
12 charging stations with 2 non-Tesla chargers at the end. There
was a white model S and a black model S charging at this early hour.
"Moon of Supercharger"
Assistant Drivers, Paul Clifford and Fred Schlumpf, fueling a Tesla for the first time.
Two charging stations of this type are adjacent to the 12 Tesla charging stations.
This shopping center is adjacent to the charging stations, but was not
open at 6 a.m. The Bass Pro Shop next door was not open this
We've found that Supercharging stations are like Tesla car shows, often owners enjoy talking about their Tesla experience.
Soon we were on our way to Inyokern, California, following I-15 then north on Hwy. 395 (map 2 above).
Sign on the side of the delivery van from the Inyokern Supercharging station which is behind the market.
Front of Market at the corner of Hwy. 178 and Brown Road, off Hwy. 395.
Owner, Sal, was happy with Tesla's
installation of the charging stations behind his market. It
involves a 15-year lease and is 100% self-contained with a separate
electric meter which goes directly to Tesla. He says, "Sometimes
I have 3 charging at a time!" The name "Inyokern" is derived from the
two county names, Inyo and Kern, the border of which is a few miles
north. He has agreed to make his restrooms available to Tesla
chargers, and his market is well stocked so many customers buy snacks
and drinks while charging.
We learned that the mileage you
charge to is based on driving the speed limit to the next Supercharger
on your route. Since
few people on Hwy. 395 through the desert drive the speed limit, some
calculation needs to be done to charge past the "You are charged enough
for your next destination."
Our next charging station destination
was Lone Pine, California. Directly behind and on the south side
of the Film History Museum on the south edge of town are four charging
We soon concluded that the easiest way
to look for Tesla Superchargers is to look for the taller, wooden
structure which surrounds the electrical equipment next to the
chargers, which you will see in other photographs. Since that
structure is taller than the chargers, it is often the first thing you
see when arriving at the station.
As with all property managers on
which Tesla Superchargers have been placed, they seem to be glad to
answer questions about the way the initial contact was made with
The Lone Pine Film History Museum's proprietor (above) was quite
excited to tell me about the Tesla charging stations mentioning that
about 240 Teslas charge there per month. Tesla plans to add
20 more stations. He is from the corporate world and says Tesla
is the best company he has ever worked with. He is proud of the
Tesla section he has added to the Museum's website: http://www.lonepinefilmhistorymuseum.org/Traveling-in-Lone-Pine/tesla-supercharging-station
It even has a camera on the website facing the charging stations (Which
did not work at this writing. Also the web address on the
brochure cover lacks the word "MUSEUM".) Because Tesla owners
often asked if he sold drinks, he has added a cooler of drinks for sale
next to the exit (because drinks can't be brought into the
museum). Restrooms in the museum are easily accessible inside.
The Museum proprietor proudly proclaimed that this Supercharger had the best view, possibly even better than Colorado.
A few steps from the Tesla chargers is this view to the west.
Photo above of Museum hours since they are not posted on the Tesla app below.
of the museum, on the same side of the street, is a McDonalds with
welcomed food, drinks, restrooms, and especially, on this 100 degree day
in Lone Pine, air conditioning while we waited for the car to be
Information above can be found for each charging station using the Tesla app.
Lone Pine was the only location that provided a dog pickup
recepticle. None of the Superchargers provided a trash can nor
any other amenities other than electricity.
We spotted this picnic table near the chargers. We did not know
whose property on which it was placed, but we named it the "Tesla
We charged to 139 miles and left Lone Pine for Mammoth Lakes charging
station. We were on the north side of town when the message, "Must
drive 55 or less to reach destination" came on the screen. We decided
to return to the charging station and charge more, and to remember to
charge more than the computer says, since we didn't want to drive 55 on
a 70 mile per hour highway for over 100 miles.
Mammoth Lakes Superchargers. The
only ones we saw with pull-through chargers - two per lane. Keep
in mind that Tesla owners must back into most charging stations,
perhaps to keep the charging cable short.
The Tesla App gives the info. above,
however, after seeing a big sign "Restrooms for Customers Only" in the
Good Life Cafe, we presumed that prior arrangements had not been made
for Tesla owners to use the restrooms.
Therefore, I would suggest the closer Nik-n-Willie's Pizza &
Subs. It is west, uphill, from the chargers, on the northwest
corner of the intersection, 100 Old Mammoth Road. His hours are
11:30 am to 9 pm. Even though we asked him about 11 a.m. if we
could use his restroom, he said, "Sure, thanks for asking. I'm
not open until 11:30, but go ahead." Of course, we bought some
cookies from him.
From Mammoth Lakes, we planned a stop at the Gardnerville, Nevada,
Supercharger. The address is 1979 Hwy. 395 Gardnerville. We
drove into Gardnerville looking for 1979, but it never appeared, so we
proceeded to Reno to the Atlantis Hotel's charger. Wouldn't you
think that address would be in the town? No, it is 20 miles south
of Gardnerville near the border of California and Nevada! (See
Map 5 above.) Later, we found the maps on the Tesla screen and
realized where it was and stopped there on the way back south.
Atlantis Hotel and Casino Supercharger
Tesla app information (above).
First evening after we arrived with only 12 miles left, we plugged in
and ate at the Manhattan Deli in the Atlantis. We later used
their charger as we went to the Classic Car Auction in the Convention
Center across the street and again when we went to the Atlantis Show
The Atlantis Supercharger had 6 stations and 2 or more were always in use.
One time when we charged at the
Atlantis, we met Amanda and her son in a White Model X. Her
husband works at the Tesla Gigafactory near Reno.
The falcon doors made it very easy to put her kids into the two car seats.
Returning home, driving down Hwy. 395 from Reno to Orange County,
California, this is the view of Topaz Lake and the "Gardnerville"
As you can again see, the wooden fencing around the electrical installation is more visible than the chargers.
This location's view rivals Lone Pine for beauty with mountains on one side and Topaz Lake on the other.
A very nice Topaz General Store has restrooms, but the WIFI listed in the Tesla app does not work.
The Topaz General Store has convenient rockers in view of the charging stations.
The Topaz Lodge next door has a nice, shaded play area with picnic tables and BBQ grills.
Beyond the Lodge is a Casino. The Chevron gas prices I added just for laughs.
Just a few yards south of Topaz Lodge's charging station is the Nevada/California border.
The "Welcome to California" sign on Hwy. 395 is hardly comparable to state signs on Interstates.
All highways into California have California Inspection Stations.
Continuing south in California, we noticed that the Walker River had much more water than in past years.
We crossed summits as high as 8,000+ ft. and unless you were looking outside, the Tesla never slowed.
We noticed forest fire smoke as we passed Mono Lake.
As you approach a Tesla Supercharger, the navigation system will give you voice and screen directions.
On this return trip we stopped at Mammoth Lakes Supercharger, the forest fire smoke had dissipated.
Scenery on the pull off between Hwy. 395 and Mammoth Lakes.
Westward view 10 minutes south of Mammoth Lakes cutoff on Hwy. 395.
View westward from Hwy. 395 north of Lone Pine, California (iPhone shot.)
Our final charging stop was back at
Rancho Cucamonga. Since it was on a Saturday, during business
hours for the nearby mall, there were many Tesla's charging. We
found a spot and I walked into the mall to see what was available food
Food Available at the mall next to Rancho Cucamonga Supercharger. There is also food and restrooms at the Bass Pro Shop.
I leave you with this "Tesla Passenger's View from Hwy. 395 in California".
A neat feature of iPhone photos is the exact location that is recorded
with each photo. This photo's location is: US-395 S
Independence CA United States:
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