Video: Tesla Model S Driven Up the California Coast Using Supercharging Network And “Good Samaritan” App

JAN 24 2014 BY ELECTRICCARSTV 4

Nick Rufford, the Sunday Times Driving editor explores the west coast of California in a Model S.

Guys Tesla Model S Gets A Quick 15 Minute Charge En Route To Tesla HQ In Palo Alto

Tesla Model S Gets A Quick 15 Minute Charge En Route To Tesla HQ In Palo Alto

Along the way he utilizes not just Tesla’s Supercharging Network, but also takes advantage of the car’s 17″ touch screen connect to PlugShare’s “Good Samaritan” app that points you in the direct of other EV owners who make their own residential L2 outlets available for those in need of a quick boost.

Mr. Rufford seemed duly impressed with both the car and the infrastructure on his 500 mile trip to Tesla’s headquarters in Palo Alto.

“The charging points I tried worked well. Buellton, home to the nearest supercharger, gave me a 100-mile charge in less than 15 minutes.”

The UK reviewer is also quick to point out that although the price of the Tesla Model S is quite steep compared to other plug-in cars, he feels it is enough of a game changer to be a force to reckon with across the world;  not unlike another Silicon Valley company of note – Apple.

(Also, check out the full written review at the Sunday Times Driving portal)

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4 Comments on "Video: Tesla Model S Driven Up the California Coast Using Supercharging Network And “Good Samaritan” App"

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A good video but I feel like he pushed the plugshare thing too hard as a place to charge, rather than an easy way to find owners to interview. Too someone less knowledgeable it might seem like you have to go to some random person’s house to make it from LA to the Bay Area on 101, when you can do the entire thing easily via superchargers

I think going to some stranger’s house to charge up if you don’t know who they are and it’s not a public business could backfire big time in terms of getting ambushed and robbed by someone saying they have a charging station. B they really don’t and are waiting for you to show up and stop so they can feed off of you like a catfish hunting prey.

Wow, you’re so paranoid you’re not even thinking this one half-way through, are you?

So say I lure someone into coming at my house and rob him/her.
And I’d hope to get away with this… how exactly?

Ok, say I’m smarter and I put someone else’s address, so that can’t easily be traced back to me (unless LEOs ask Plugshare, then my ISP, but we digress).
Then what, I just wait at that place?

There are dramatically easier ways to rob someone (e.g. wait near an ATM?), why would any sane criminal go through the trouble of posting potential evidence and other incriminating details (proof it was premeditated) online, to unpredictably attract an overall extremely small crowd, EV drivers in need of electrons?

I’ve listed my place on Plugshare for almost 2 years now. So far 3 people contacted me, and only one actually used my EVSE. It was a neighbor who that one day needed to fill up a little faster than L1…

at 3:17 into the Video the little talk with another Tesla lady is really good PR.

“So you bought the P85?”
“Yes it goes very fast”—-she’s like giggling and all excited

That’s what it’s all about!

Oh yeh and the supercharger thing is good too.