We made the decision just shortly after lunch on Friday. A last-second change might send people unfamiliar with electric cars into a bit of a panic about the battery range. I had charged it to 90% the night before and driven it to work that day. So I was in Nashville with 78% charge when it was time to head home.
As you can see, I came home from work in nashville, we picked up the dogs at home and dropped them off at the vet’s for boarding and started on our trip with about 66%. With the charge at 66%, I get over 150 miles, but not enough to get to Atlanta.
We decided we would stop for a burger and a car charge in Manchester. It’s got a lovely supercharger behind Dunkin Donuts and near Russell Stovers (aka good ice cream). We went from 49% to 95% in 33 minutes at the supercharger for free! This level of charge left us with more than enough to get to Atlanta and the hotel we had selected.
Navigate on Autopilot with no confirmation lane changes was nearly flawless from Manchester to Atlanta. We had one aborted lane change and one episode of phantom breaking due to the way a car crossed in front of us.
One of the other excellent features of a Tesla charging network besides superchargers is destination chargers. While not as fast as a supercharger, these chargers are where you want to go and spend time in our case that meant a hotel. No not every hotel in Atlanta has a destination charge, a whole bunch did. We found one that had a AAA discount, Aloft Atlanta. We found it using the Tesla destination charging website earlier in the day.
When we arrived with 29% battery, the valets took my car straight to the charger and plugged it up. They knew exactly what they were doing and made sure all the Tesla and other electric cars at this hotel were ready to go in the morning rotating as needed. I saw one Model S and two Model 3s plus ours in the hotel parking lot along with a couple of Nissan Leafs.
When we awoke the next morning, the car was charged back up to 90% again for free. I Regularly charge my car to 90%. I only use 100% when I need it for a trip - see the Gatlinburg trip.
We made the short drive over to the aquarium and enjoyed our visit there. The aquarium had a bunch of level-2 chargers, but thanks to the full charge via the destination charger at the hotel, we left those spots for other vehicles that might need them and parked in a regular place.
Famished, after all the behind the scenes and walking the rest of the aquarium with our reef club, we headed to get some food nearby.
After that quick stop, we set off towards home. It’s worth noting that we likely had enough charge to get home, but I had never been to the Chattanooga supercharger before, so off we went.
This was the first time I’ve ever been disappointed at a supercharger location. It at the Chattanooga airport, and when we arrived on Sunday all of the food, snack, whatever places outside of security were all closed. We did manage to find a vending machine and use the bathroom, but overall, it was a disappointment. We went from 45% to 90% in 25 minutes.
Navigate on Autopilot with no confirmation lane changes was flawless from Atlanta to Murfreesboro! We finished off our trip back to Murfreesboro and grabbed a bit to eat. After it was all said and done, we got home with 47% charge.
This was the first full long trip I had done with Navigate on Autopilot with the lane change in a city as complex at Atlanta. It worked wonderfully both going and coming. I never felt nervous for a moment about how much range we had left at any point in the trip. In total, we spent 58 minutes charging on the whole trip. Both times it was when we wanted a break or food. We paid nothing, as in $0.00, for charging on this entire trip as I still have free supercharging on my car!
I’d love to make a more extended trip and really test out how that changes the impact of my charging.