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We spent much of day 3 testing out more real world charging stations and stocking up on supplies for the trip. A quick stop at Walgreens in Daly City revealed another public station not providing full claimed amps but a really nice, wide spot with plenty room for EV owners to park and go about hooking up their cars without being crammed between other cars.
The Model S seems to be handshaking with the chargers just fine, the illumination rings on the charge port always glow flashing green when charging. Thanks to everyone for your in depth research into why we’d be getting less than ideal amounts of charge.
We also stopped the Menlo Park Tesla Showroom to pick up some swag for the trip and take a higher amp charge. The employees here are super friendly and knowledgeable and set us up with a 40A NEMA 14-50 plug. They also gave the car a quick detail to get rid of some of the errant hand smudges on the car. Chrome trim is a magnet for hand prints.
At Menlo Park, they also have the first Model S prototype which looks like it’s had a hard, hard life. It’s worth stopping to check out if you’re ever in the area.
Overall, spending time in the car has been fantastic. The human-car interface though the 17″ touchscreen is different enough from other cars out there that it does take some adjustment to become accustomed to how to operate the car. Years of conditioning on a car with push button controls have to be unlearned or relearned with the Model S’ touchscreen. However, what’s not to say that this isn’t the way of the future?
We also spent some time trying to fashion “key rings” that fit into the Model S keys. Most standard key rings don’t fit into the holes on the key, so we fashioned our own out of kevlar shoe laces. Results are questionable but a bit more to the key allows you to more easily find it in your pocket or bag.