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2013 Tesla Model S: Visiting the Tejon Ranch Supercharger

April 26, 2013

2013 Tesla Model S

There I was, taking the long way to Moab, Utah in our 2012 Jeep Wrangler. My first stop was Buttonwillow Raceway to help out at the SCCA road races, but before I got there I peeled off Interstate 5 at Laval Road in Tejon Ranch for some sustenance.

"There's a Tesla Supercharger around here somewhere," I thought to myself.

I found it just behind a Fro-Yo place and the Chipotle Grill. It's in the back corner of the parking lot, in fact. A Panda Express sits next door. There are several others, including an In-n-Out about a quarter mile away if you really want to stretch your legs. A nice motel stands just across the street not 100 yards away if you feel the need to spend the night.

Bottom line: You'll have plenty to eat while your Tesla Model S quietly recharges in something like 30 or 45 minutes. And there are six available spots.

I met a happy Tesla owner from the Bay Area as he strolled out of the Fro-Yo place, the app on his phone having just told him his car was ready. He was headed to L.A. on his first road trip in his 2012 Tesla Model S Signature.

This charge would easily get him up and over the Grapevine and Tejon Summit, and the next public charger at Tesla HQ in Hawthorne would serve him during his visit and get him back here for the trip home. There are no credit card readers on these "pumps." Tesla does not charge for their use.

You can bet I'll try this out soon enough in our own 2013 Tesla Model S.

Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 31,567 miles (in the Jeep)

Comments

  • zhangrenhou zhangrenhou Posts:

    The stations seem to built near eateries. Good planning on Tesla's part!

  • darthbimmer darthbimmer Posts:

    Definitely smart planning to locate charger facilities near clusters of restaurants. The ownership experience of driving on long trips would really suck if every 3 hours you had to stop at some out-of-the-way location and just sit there for an hour while the batteries juiced up. But if you can easily grab some lunch or dinner while the car's charging, it becomes a non-issue.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    "There are no credit card readers on these "pumps." Tesla does not charge for their use." That is something you paid for when you bought the car. They don't charge you each time you use the nav system, either.

  • mayhemm mayhemm Posts:

    Yes, how dare they build a car that includes THINGS. No other car is like that. They're all just a seat with four wheels on it.

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