Driving an electric vehicle through the desert from San Diego to Albuquerque with limited electric charging station infrastructure.  Am I crazy?  Here’s the complete itinerary of my #EVadventure.  #SD2ABQ and #ABQ2SD.

Stop #1: Blythe CA

Stop #2:  Scottsdale AZ

  • Blythe to Scottsdale = 159 miles
  • Blythe to Tucson = 270 miles (just a bit too far)
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square
  • EVgo, Level 3 High Speed Charging Station
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQq6JE_RisY

Stop #3: Tucson AZ

Stop #4: Silver City NM

  • Tucson to Silver City = 193 miles
  • Tucson to Deming = 210 miles (my preferred plan, but Deming charging station was not open)
  • Silver City Visitors Center
  • ChargePoint, Level 2 Charging Station
  • No Review.  I was so focused on getting back on the road after a long charge, I forgot to do the review!

Stop #5: Los Lunas NM

  • Silver City to Los Lunas = 214 miles
  • Silver City to Albuquerque = 244 miles (my original plan was foiled by slow mountain road driving coming out of Silver City and I couldn’t make it all the way to ABQ)
  • Melloy Ford (great people!)
  • Level 2 Charging Station, Ford proprietary, free!
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2Fo9RnUHdw

Stop #6: Albuquerque NM

  • Los Lunas to Albuquerque = 30 miles
  • Albuquerque Jaguar/LandRover Dealership
  • ChargePoint, Level 3 High Speed Charging Station (slower L3 version)
  • No Review

Stop #7: Albuquerque NM

Stop #8: Albuquerque NM

Stop #9: Kewa Pueblo, NM

Stop #10: Albuquerque NM

  • Kewa Pueblo to Albuquerque = 26 miles
  • My Airbnb
  • Level 1, SLOW charging, just to top off before I left the next day

Stop #11: Socorro NM

  • Albuquerque to Socorro = 83 miles
  • Albuquerque to Deming = 242 miles (windy conditions made this impossible)
  • Best Western Hotel
  • ClipperCreek, Level 2 Charging Station
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v31f239oHGY

Stop #12: Deming NM

Stop #13: Tucson AZ

Stop #14: Casa Grande AZ

  • Tucson to Casa Grande = 63 miles
  • Tucson to Yuma = 235 miles (windy conditions made this impossible)

Stop #15: Yuma AZ

Stop #16: Poway CA

  • Yuma to Poway = 172 miles

Overall Mileage

  • SD to ABQ = 937 miles (if gas, most efficient = 771 miles)
  • ABQ to SD = 881 miles
  • TOTAL = 1,818 (if gas, most efficient = 1,542)

Charging Time for Kona EV

  • Level 1 Charging Time (120V): 2.5 days
  • Level 2 Charging Time (240V) : 9 hours and 35 minutes
  • DC Fast Charging Time (SAE Combo / CCS connector): 80 percent in 54 minutes (206 miles)

Closing Quote:

“The overarching goal of Tesla is to help reduce carbon emissions and that means low cost and high volume. We will also serve as an example to the auto industry, proving that the technology really works, and customers want to buy electric vehicles.”

― Elon Musk, Tesla

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