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Wisconsin trip, 2021

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Recently returned from a 2 week vacation in Wisconsin.  My folks originally planned to go as well, but were unable to.

 

I didn't document the trip as I made it, but thought y'all might appreciate an update on the charging experience.

 

My prior trip to Wisconsin was December 2019. Even though the faster 250 kW V3 Supercharging had starting rolling out, all of the charging stops were V2 Superchargers which maxed out at 150 kW (and one V2 site maxed out at 120 kW). I often had to charge beyond 80% to reach the next Supercharger, which is slower as the charge time from 0% to 80% is the same as the charge time from 80% to 100%. During my summer 2019 trip I'd documented an extreme example of this - a 100% charge was required between Miner, MO and Little Rock, AR and even then Talith prompted me to drive slower to make it.

 

During this trip I first stopped to vist my nephew who's stationed at Fort Riley in Kansas.  I then made my way to Wisconsin and stayed in the Wisconsin Dells for 2 weeks.  From the Dells I took numerous day trips around the state to visit family.  On the way back I visited friends in Chicago.

 

Of the 19 Supercharger sites I used 5 were new V3 locations containing 8 to 22 stalls, the other 14 were older V2 sites with 6 to 10 stalls.  Faster charging, plus not needing to charge beyond 80% as often (as the new V3 sites filled in some of the gaps between V2 sites) was a noticeable improvement over prior trips. A prime example would be the new V3 site in Brinkley, AR which eliminated both the 100% charge requirement and the prompt to drive below the speed limit that I'd previously encountered.

 

Another difference I noticed was with the charging fees. On prior trips only Minnesota sites charged by the kW, all other states were by the minute. This trip only Texas and Wisconsin charged by the minute, all others charged by the kW.
 

Kansas, my nephew and his wife:

 

 

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First night in Wisconsin - football and dinner at Texas Roadhouse ?!?!?!

 

 

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Nano nano nano nano Batman:

 

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Uncle Jeff rebuilt a 46 Harley Davidson Flathead:

 

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Multi-level go cart track at Mt Olympus. Neat in concept, but bumpy as hell with hard plastic seats.  My back hurt for over half a week.

 

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mini-golf at Pirates Cove

 

  

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Upper Dells boat tour

 

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Chicago - my friends have a new condo overlooking Navy Pier:

 

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Forgot to mention - in Manhattan Kansas, the town my nephew and his wife live in, I encountered my first Diverging Diamond interchange. It was at the intersections of highway 18 and highway 113. Was quite slick.

 

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I'd first heard about them after running across this video a few years ago:

 

 

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I forgot the battery degradation update!

 

I started the trip after work on Friday, so in the afternoon I bumped up the car to 100% so it would be fully charged when I left for the trip. As a reminder you should only charge to a max of 90% for daily use because sitting for hours on end with a 100% charge is not good for the batteries.

 

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So my range is now 297, down from the 310 when new.  That's about 4% battery degradation over 3+ years of ownership.  I did not check mileage then, it's currently at 39K. I just checked the app and it's still 297:

 

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Major app overhaul was released in August, which is why it looks different.

 

In Tesla's impact report for 2020 they show this on degradation after 200K miles for the S and X.  The capacity drops quickly at first, then slows down. They likely don't have enough data yet to report on this for the newer 3 and Y.

 

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On 9/11/2021 at 12:25 PM, SpiceWare said:

Forgot to mention - in Manhattan Kansas, the town my nephew and his wife live in, I encountered my first Diverging Diamond interchange. It was at the intersections of highway 18 and highway 113. Was quite slick.

 

We have one of those just a few miles from where I live...

 

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