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2013 Tesla Model S: San Francisco Road Trip, Part Three

August 15, 2013

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The drive back to L.A. from San Francisco gave us a lot more freedom than the drive up. We didn't have to be back in town at a scheduled time, so we could take our time. Despite this, we managed to head out of town by 10:00 a.m.

I grabbed the Tesla out of the Union Square garage with 257 miles of range showing. Considering the fact that we eked into town from Harris Ranch with only a 27-mile buffer, I knew to take it easy heading south.

As we arrived at the Harris Ranch supercharger, we had 49 miles of range left, which might lend some credibility to my theory that the northbound 5 Freeway has a slight uphill that sapped power on the way up. Short on choices, we once again had lunch at the Harris Ranch Restaurant, taking care to avoid the beef.

2013 Tesla Model S

When we emerged, we were greeted by another Model S that was charging up, along with some Tesla flyers tucked under the windshield wipers. I assumed the flyers came from the other Tesla owner, but he was nowhere to be found. Knowing that it was a shorter drive to the Tejon Ranch supercharger, I pulled the plug with 244 miles of range in the batteries.

2013 Tesla Model S

We did meet up with that other Tesla owner at Tejon Ranch though, just as we got back from a Starbucks break. We chatted for a bit and it turns out that he didn't slip those flyers on our car, as he had the same thing happen to him. He was a nice fella, just as enamored with his Model S as we are with ours.

We pulled into Edmunds HQ in the early evening, with the sun still out. I think if I were to do it all over, I'd consider taking the 101 instead, as there are three superchargers along that route. With the prospect of coast-to-coast supercharger network within a year, and 90-second battery swaps a distinct possibility, I think a much longer road trip is in the cards.

Got any suggestions?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 7,360 miles

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