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Couldn't resist the title.

I'm driving to San Jose today, heading out from Salt Lake City west on I-80 to Reno/Tahoe and down the hill to the 680 (between Fairfield and Vallejo) and on down to the offices (sort of near Great America Parkway and 237).

I have a Blink card because of the Fisker Blink charger, but it looks like it will do little if any good. The Chargepoint card I ordered is not here yet.

Bringing a heavy duty extension cord, so that I can charge at 120 V if nothing else. :)
 

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Have a save trip!!!
At least you can make it ... There are cars around, dreaming of range :)


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I'm reading this too late to be helpful, but there is a number to call on the charger itself that will allow you to use the charger even if you don't have your chargepoint card with you.
 

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Made it (about 770 miles, all in Sport mode). 120V charger is currently plugged in, I can see my car outside my hotel window although if someone goes to steal the charger I doubt I could stop them. :s

I tried to stop at the Einstein Bagels in Reno that supposedly has a Chargepoint charger. The charger appears to have been removed / crashed-into / vandalized, and I got there just after they closed for lunch. Sigh.
 

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To keep your charger safe, before plugging it into the car, back the rear tire over the cord a bit. It's heavy duty enough to handle it.
 

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I also keep a good padlock in the car. If there is something substantial near by you can loop the cable through it and add the padlock. Might even be able to loop it through one of the wheel spokes and add the padlock but I haven't tried that.
 

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Made it (about 770 miles, all in Sport mode). 120V charger is currently plugged in, I can see my car outside my hotel window although if someone goes to steal the charger I doubt I could stop them. :s

I tried to stop at the Einstein Bagels in Reno that supposedly has a Chargepoint charger. The charger appears to have been removed / crashed-into / vandalized, and I got there just after they closed for lunch. Sigh.
How long are you staying?
 

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How long are you staying?
I am here until Saturday morning, then it's the same 750+ mile drive back.

So far (Monday) I have been booked pretty solid though, and that seems likely to apply for Tue and Wed at least, and I think there is another thing on Friday. I was originally hoping that I might be able to stop at Zachary's Pizza in Berkeley on the way out here, but I got caught in stop-and-go traffic outside of Sacramento, and it was like that most of the way to the 680 turnoff. (Of course parking at Zach's, either Solano or the Oakland one on College, is terrible too...)

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Back in SLC. The entire trip went mostly without incident (I had one Check Engine P0004 code, I now think it's from doing the "top up" thing when the gas-station pump shuts off and I try to round out the dollar amount; I've stopped doing that and will see if that stops the P0004 incidents, but I have only had two anyway).

Total trip was about 1734 miles (including driving around San Jose—I did make it up to Berkeley on Thursday night). Total fuel usage was about 76 gallons except that I have not done the final refill, giving average mpg of about 22.8 (not bad considering the speeds involved ... let's just say that the car really will do what they say it will :D and the speed limit in most of NV is 75 mph and I rarely went much below that).

Best mileage was "in" San Jose (this includes going up to Berkeley and back) at 30.5 mpg. Could have done better if I'd known how to charge it the first night, and if there had been available chargers at restaurants (Berkeley, oddly enough, has almost no public charging anywhere). Interestingly, driving down from Reno to Vacaville (I put gas in at both of those points) I got 26.7 mpg down the hill. On the way back, going uphill from Auburn (foothills above Sacramento) to Sparks (just east of Reno—lunch stop as well as fuel), I still got 20.15 mpg.
 

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I have not done a trip that long, but for the road trips I have done, the Karma really is a comfortable long-range cruiser. The small gas tank is both a blessing and curse. It forces you to stop twice as often as an ICE-powered car, which means you get more leg-stretching and bathroom stops, but it also adds time to the trip. All-in-all, I would have no problem taking the Karma on a long road trip.
 

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I have not done a trip that long, but for the road trips I have done, the Karma really is a comfortable long-range cruiser. The small gas tank is both a blessing and curse. It forces you to stop twice as often as an ICE-powered car, which means you get more leg-stretching and bathroom stops, but it also adds time to the trip. All-in-all, I would have no problem taking the Karma on a long road trip.
Actually, in my case I had to make more bathroom stops than gas stops. (I'm prone to kidney stones, and the #1 way to avoid this is to drink a lot of water...)
 
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