We readied to head out from Lake Charles with a decent charge, but not the full range charge we would have liked. Unfortunately, we have discovered that charging on most public EV chargers doesn’t quite fit our time line. If we get into a hotel at 10PM (a very early night for us), and get the car on the charger by 10:30PM, then charge at the standard 30A (200V typically), by the time morning comes and you pull the car off the charger at about 8am, you have just under 200 miles in the tank. This varies a bit, as some chargers are 240V (and by 8am you would then by just about full), but there isn’t any good way to know this ahead of time right now, and we found very few of these… Anyway, back to the story:
We headed out knowing that we would need just a quick stop on the way to New Orleans and charge for just an hour or so rather than wait the multiple hours the EV charger would take. After a quick stop over at the McDonald’s to make sure to purchase something as a small thank you for having the EV charger, we where on our way!
Tina was at the helm, and the day was overcast turning to rain. The automatic wipers started wiping as the rain started to fall, and immediately we noticed that there was something a bit strange. Something was under the wiper blade that made it’s way across the windshield with each swipe. First though was we had picked up a parking ticket somewhere along the way, and it was now literally flapping in the breeze. Then just as the next swipe came and a gust of wind lifted it away we noticed the McDonald’s logo! A couple of calls and we were able to find out that it was the owner of the McDonald’s who had left his card with us and wanted to find out a little more about the S!
While had we been able to pick up a full charge overnight we would have simply had a strait drive over to New Orleans, having only a bit under 200 along with a desire to enjoy the power the S has to offer meant a quick stop by an RV park. As we have now begun flying by the seat of our pants a bit when it comes to charging our steed, we pulled up our RV park finding app RV Park Finder we saw we where only a few miles from Frenchmen’s Wilderness Camp with highly rated bathrooms and 50 amp hookups. Minutes later we were pulling in, explaining that we where looking to plug in for less than an hour, and we where charging away. And yes, their bathrooms fully deserved their rating.
The trip into the city was easy, and we where quickly downtown and to The Saint Hotel. As with most places we have been, no-one at the hotel had seen an S before, but they where very happy to work with me to find the best way to charge. I spent about 30 minutes with hotel staff looking including the building engineer looking for the best and most accessible plug to charge from. Unfortunately, all of the 240V plugs where located in underground areas that where unacceptable, and we ended up with only a 120V plug that supplied us 4 miles of charge per hour. We probably should have looked for a better place to charge, but the 120V would get us well outside the city the next day, and we where excited to get out into the city exploring! Off we went to explore Bourbon street, Cafe Du Monde, and amazing live music