Our first Supercharging opportunity would be Somerset, PA. I'd been using the cruise control once we hit... well.. cruising speed. We were getting great efficiency stats according to the onboard computers and our rated range was very closely mirroring the actual miles traveled. Safety margins on range were well beyond the distance remaining to Hagerstown, so we waved at the red Model S charging there as we whooshed on past. How cool is it that there are some "extra" Superchargers?!
Pulling in to Hagerstown we STILL had nearly 60 miles of rated range. Indeed, despite some of the craziness that would come on the trip, this would actually end up being the lowest state of charge (SOC) we'd have THE WHOLE TRIP. And it was easy. It was completely anxiety free. The future has become the present!
I returned to my family with the good news, sitting down to eat all the munchies we'd found in the large food court. On our way back to the car we found 2 more Teslas had pulled in. They were properly spaced out so we all had a Supercharger to ourselves and were nicely color coordinated as a bonus! In case you don't know, each Supercharger (hidden behind the fencing) services 2 of the pedestals. So since there are 6 pedestals in Hagerstown that means there are 3 Superchargers serving them and you get maximum current when you are not sharing with another car. The pedestals are marked alphanumerically to indicate how they are connected to Superchargers (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B).
The other grey car's owners were nowhere in sight but the red car's owners were walking their dog. They were heading much farther than we were (towards the Midwest if I recall correctly) and very sociable. We chatted with the husband for several minutes while downing some pineapple we'd brought along.
Yeah. You know that isn't how this is going to end.
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