Got to wondering about the following question: regardless of the distance to my destination, if there is a supercharger(s) along the route, overall is it quicker if I go as fast as I want, and recharge when necessary ("wasting" time at the supercharger), or is it better to drive at 55, and trade time spent sitting at the supercharger for distance under way.
My math may be out, but running a number of different scenarios (with/without A/C, different temperatures, etc.) the conclusion I came to is that you should Go For It! and take the high speed option. The SuperChargers charge so fast that any time you lose charging you'll make up with the higher speed. This works for any speed up to about 90 mph
One assumption is that you only charge to the level you need - i.e., if the SC is 30 miles from your destination and you still have 10 miles, you only add another 20. (or if you want to get there with a 20 mile reserve you only charge to 40)
For anything other than an SC - even a HPWC/70A feed - it is better to eek out the miles (unless you need to stop anyway for food, etc.)
Anyone want to run their own calcs and see if you come to the same conclusion?
BTW - my post was prompted by this one: http://www.teslamotors.com/forum/forums/my-trip-la-reallife-range-experi...
[edited for clarity, 2/15]
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