My Nissan LEAF to Attempt Canada to Mexico Trip Using West Coast Electric Highway

2 years ago by Tony Williams 14

Scouring the West Coast For Plugs From June 12th to 20th

Today, June 12, 2012, we start day one of a 9 day odyssey from Mexico to Canada in our 100% electric car, the Nissan LEAF. This car was designed and intended to be a short range, around town car, but with some basic charging station infrastructure, and a little luck, we will be able to drive this 73 mile (118km) US government rated (EPA) vehicle over 1600 miles (2500km) on the West Coast Electric Highway.

Headed for 1,600 Miles on the West Coast Highway

Some time later this afternoon, a brand new black 2012 LEAF SL, serial number 20782, will start at the city of Tijuana, Baja California Norte, Mexico, and end at my home in San Diego. A very easy first day of only about 33 miles (54km), but a great chance to check that our preparations are all in order. Tomorrow will be approximately 250 miles !!

Stay tuned for more updates along the way, and you can follow along with us on Twitter at “QCpower”, or find the trip blog at QuickCharge Power.


InsideEVs Staffing Note/Bio:  Tony Williams is an unemployed airline pilot and electric vehicle aficionado who lives in San Diego, California. He enjoys taking things apart, and sometimes putting them back together, usually not working the same way as when he started. The car he is driving is his second Nissan LEAF; his first one has already gathered 25,000 miles in the first 13 months of ownership. He loves to drive!

14 responses to "My Nissan LEAF to Attempt Canada to Mexico Trip Using West Coast Electric Highway"

  1. Jay Cole says:

    Fantastic road trip. Good luck Tony!

    Anxious to hear the stories from this one, (=

  2. Airton says:

    God’s speed my brother, we are headed for Toronto from NJ on our annual summer holiday and will be driving the Volt. I hope to make this trip in our next EV without having to burn any foreign oil.

  3. Lyle Dennis says:

    The EV community wishes you all the best on your historic flight =)

  4. Brian says:

    I hate to nit-pick, but I wish the artist used the real American Flag. The Mexican and Canadian flags are accurate….

    That said, this is exciting new. I hope he gets some press when he’s done!

    1. I don’t know why he did that, but I don’t like to start messing with somebody else’s work. I do like it, but would have preferred a proper flag, but I suspect he likes this look better.

  5. MrEnergyCzar says:

    You’ll be the first probably to set the world record benchmark time for an EV. A Tesla could do it in 6 days… In 5 years, someone will do it in 4…..

    MrEnergyCzar

    1. A Tesla went from San Diego to Seattle in 4 days back in April 2010: http://www.pluginamerica.org/drivers-seat/tesla-trippin. I actually started in Seattle, got down to San Diego in 4 days, spent a day or two down there visiting friends, and then came back.

      I wasn’t in a particular hurry; I stopped to visit people in Portland, Chico, San Francisco, LA, and San Diego. There were 208V 70A Tesla chargers around for the southern half of the trip, but I used campgrounds (208V 40A) for the northern half.

      Good luck, Tony. The shorter range of the Leaf means a lot more stops, so more planning…but once you hit DCQC, it also will mean a lot less time waiting around!

  6. I don’t have any plans for 120 volt charging, or any Walmarts. I do have AAA, however the LEAF comes with its own towing included for 3 years with the car.

    Miles – Location [charger / EVSE / power source to be used]

    Tuesday, June 12, starting from Tijuana, Mexico
    California, USA:
    33 – San Diego, my house near Poway [Blink L2]

    33 miles

    Wednesday, June 13:
    —– San Diego, my house near Poway [Blink L2]
    67 – Laguna Beach – 547 Forrest Ave [Chargepoint L2]
    10 – Newport Beach – 1151 Newport Center Dr [Chargepoint L2]
    20 – Cypress – 6400 Katella Ave [Eaton DC]
    Alternate: Los Angeles – Church and State Restaurant, 676 Mateo [Blink DC]
    52 – Malibu – 23555 Civic Center Way [Clipper Creek L2]
    45 – Ventura – 460 E. Harbor Blvd [Chargepoint L2 $$]
    Alternate: Camarillo – Mike M’s house for booze and laughs [his dryer NEMA 10-30]
    34 – Santa Barbara – 4770 Calle Real [Blink L2]
    31 – Solvang – 1556 Mission Drive [Chargepoint L2 $]
    —- Solvang, Holiday Inn Express, 1455 Mission Drive, 805-688-2018 [RON only] reserved*

    259 miles

    Thursday, June 14:
    —- Solvang, Holiday Inn Express, 1455 Mission Drive, 805-688-2018 [RON only] reserved*
    —- Solvang – 1556 Mission Drive [Chargepoint L2 $]
    55 – Pismo Beach – Air Park Drive, numerous RV parks with: [NEMA 14-50]
    14 – San Luis Obisbo – Target, 11990 Los Osos Valley Rd [Clipper Creek L2]
    18 – Morro Bay – RV Park, 1700 Embarcadero 805-772-2722 [NEMA 14-50]
    Alternate: Morro Bay – LK Private residence [L2]
    30 – San Simeon – Hearst Winery, 442 Slo San Simeon Road, 805-927-4100, POC: Geraldine [Dryer NEMA 10-30]
    38 – Lucia – Lucia Lodge, 62400 California 1, 831-667-2391 [120 volts]
    26 – Big Sur – RV Camping, 47000 Highway 1, Phone (831) 667-2322 [NEMA 14-50] reserved*

    182 miles

    Friday, June 15:
    —– Big Sur – RV Camping, 47000 Highway 1, Phone 831-667-2322 [NEMA 14-50] reserved*
    54 – Watsonville, 275 Main St #400, [Blink L2]
    60 – Palo Alto – 660 Stanford Shopping Center, 650-617-8202 [350green DC]
    —– Private residence [RON only] reserved*

    114 miles

    Saturday, June 16:

    —– Private residence [RON only] reserved*
    —– Cupertino – Electric Automobile Association, Silicon Valley Meeting
    10am – 12noon, 19483 Pruneridge Ave, HP Oak Room, next to the main lobby of Building 48

    —– Palo Alto – 660 Stanford Shopping Center, 650-617-8202 [350green DC$$]
    10 – Belmont – Volkswagen, 600 Clipper Dr [Blink DC]
    76 – Santa Rosa – Nissan, 1275 Santa Rosa Ave [L2, maybe Blink DC]
    63 – Ukiah – Super 8, 693 South Orchard Avenue, 707-468-8181 [AV L2] reserved*

    149 miles

    Sunday, June 17:

    —– Ukiah – Super 8, 693 South Orchard Avenue, 707-468-8181 [AV L2] reserved*
    68 – Leggett (half way point) numerous RV parks [NEMA 14-50]
    52 – Redcrest – RV park, 707-722-4396 [NEMA 14-50]
    39 – Eureka – 2 “C” Street [Chargepoint L2]
    14 – Trinidad – numerous RV parks [NEMA 14-50]
    71 – Crescent City – numerous RV parks [NEMA 14-50]

    244 miles

    Monday, June 18 or Tuesday, June 19:
    —– Crescent City – numerous RV parks [NEMA 14-50]

    Oregon, USA:
    46 – Obrian – Lone Mountain RV Park [NEMA 14-50]
    37 – Grants Pass, Oregon – Exit 58, 1995 NW Vine Street [AV-DC]
    Alternate: Ashland, Oregon – Exit 14, 2373 Ashland Street [AV-DC]
    Alternate: Point, Oregon – Exit 33, 1510 East Pine St [AV-DC]
    20 – Wolf Creek, Oregon – Exit 76, 100 Front Street [AV-DC]
    23 – Canyonville, Oregon – Exit 99, 130 Creekside Rd [AV DC]
    27 – Roseburg, Oregon – Exit 125, 227 NW Garden Valley RD [AV DC]
    26 – Rice Hill / Oakland / Sutherlin, Oregon – Exit 148, 621 John Long Road [AV DC]
    26 – Cottage Grove, Oregon – Exit 174, 1570 Gateway Blvd [AV DC]
    21 – Springfield / Eugene, Oregon – Exit 195, 840 Beltline Road [AV DC]
    81 – Marion – Outlet Stores, 1001 Arney Rd NE [L2]
    Alternate: Halsey, Oregon – Exit 216, 32180 Highway 228 [AV DC]
    Alternate: Salem Oregon – Exit 256, [AV DC]
    Alternate: Woodburn, Oregon – Exit 271, [AV DC]
    28 – Portland, Oregon – Exit 1, Fred Meyer store, 3030 NE Weidler St [Blink DC]
    Alternate: Portland, Oregon – Exit 299B, World Trade Center, 26 SW Salmon Street [JFE DC]
    Alternate: Portland, Oregon – Exit 299B, 633 SW Montgomery St [Eaton DC]
    Alternate: Wood Village, Oregon – WalMart, 23500 Northeast Sandy Boulevard, 503-492-9041 [Blink DC]

    332 miles

    Tuesday, June 19 or Wednesday, June 20:
    —–Portland, Oregon – Exit 1, Fred Meyer store, 3030 NE Weidler St [Blink DC]

    Washington, USA:
    Alternate: Vancouver, Washington – Exit 11, Safety Rest Area [AV L2]
    Alternate: Ridgefield, Washington – Exit 14, 6370 N. 1st Circle [now AV L2, future AV DC ?]
    Alternate: Kelso, Washington – Exit 36 or 39 [not open yet Av DC]
    49 – Longview, Washington – 700 7TH Avenue, Nissan dealer, 360-423-4321 [L2]
    46 – Centralia, Washington – Exit 82, 817 Harrison Avenue [AV DC]
    21 – Tumwater, Washington – Exit 101, 6131 Capital Blvd SW [AV DC]
    64 – Seattle, Washington – Exit 167, John St & Westlake Ave N [Blink DC]
    65 – Burlington, Washington – Exit 229, 448 Fashion Way [AV DC]
    25 – Bellingham, Washington – Exit 255, 222 36th St [AV DC]
    19 – Custer, Washington – 3063 Creasy Rd [AV L2]
    8 – Blaine, Washington – Exit 269, Safety Rest Area [AV L2]
    Alternate: Blaine, Washington – 200 Peace Portal Drive, across from Chevron on west [AV DC]

    British Columbia, Canada

    5 – White Rock – Iguana Beach Grill, 14985 Marine Drive, 604-726-3641

    288 miles

    1. NRGTom says:

      That list looks exhausting. good luck with the trip

  7. Jack Brown says:

    Congratulations. I am planning a Santa Cruz to LA trip in an ActiveE in September. I hope to meet you at the EAA meeting this weekend.

    1. Jack Brown says:

      Can you also post the charge option you used at each stop and approximate recharge rates and times?

  8. So far, in two days, with 11 charge events, only the last one, a Chargepoint in Solvang, has had any cost. There was a strange thing in Solvang; the site and parking lot is owned by the city, and it’s posted “no overnight parking” where the charger is. Hopefully, somebody can get this fixed. I’ll try and call the city now.

    So far, the charge events are in California:

    0.3 hours – San Diego – El Cajon Blvd / 15 freeway [Blink] free
    1.0 hours – San Diego – Macy’s, Mission Valley Mall [Blink] free
    6.0 hours – San Diego – my house, [Blink] free
    0.3 hours – Laguna Beach – [Chargepoint] free
    0.8 hours – Newport Beach – [Chargepoint] free
    0.9 hours – Cypress – Mitsubishi headquarters [Eaton DC] free
    0.4 hours – Malibu – [Clipper Creek] free
    0.1 hours – Camarillo – [120 volts household plug] free
    4.0 hours – Camarillo – Outlet Mall [Avcon with adapter] free
    2.0 hours – Santa Barbara / Goleta – Ramada Inn [Blink] free
    6.0 hours – Solvang [Chargepoint] $1.25 hour / total $7.50

  9. Jack Brown says:

    Any updates? The site shows the last location somewhere near Morro Bay.

  10. There is a GPS tracker on the car linked at http://www.QuickChargePower.com, or direct:

    http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0q90yWZQvVj1l0CnSSYcuYhW0q00IXy12

    I’m leaving California within the hour.

    Tony Williams