So I decided something a bit more challenging was in order and that was a 3000 foot climb to the Wild Horse Wind and Solar Complex outside Kittitas, WA about 170 miles away. Now due to AV incompatibility with my 2018 LEAF, the QC luxury was not going to be an option on this trip. I already knew that several hours or L2 would be in order so the challenge became how to incorporate all that into the trip.
I would leave with a full charge driving to the North Bend Premium Outlets and the EVGO QC there. Get a charge to at least 90% then hit Wild Horse which had Level 2 options available where I would plug in for the time I would be there which I estimated to be roughly an hour or just over then drop down to Ellensburg, Home of Central Washington University and to several level 2 charging options where I would park downtown and take a walk around the town to grab lunch. I figured on close to 2 hours or so for this and that should get me enough to make it back to North Bend to QC again.
The batteries were warmer than I had hoped for. All week long, I was in the mid 60's due to my shorter commutes combined with no fast charging but I did do a fast charge at Tacoma Mall the day before so I started with batteries warmer than I wanted but also realized that the slowing of the charging speed starts in the 90's so I am good! Batt stats aren't as high as I would have liked but realize this is first full charge Since March 29th so a good top balance was not expected or needed for the first leg.
I had missed the super warm weather we had had all week long but Ellensburg promised temps in the mid 80's so near perfect walk about weather but soon after I hit Highway 18, it started to rain. It was a mild one generally with a few stretches of rain hard enough to actually get you wet but all in all a pleasant drive with CC set to 65 mph.
I was tracking my batt temps knowing I needed to be no more than the low 90's to get a full speed charge from EVGO and just as I hit the Highway 18 to I-90 jam up (its always there...) I had been on the road 102 mins and battery temps were at 89º after 58.3 miles averaging 56 MPH which was great time. I pulled into North Bend with batt temps at 92º which meant I was golden!! But the elevation of North Bend is only about 450 feet so I still had over 3000 feet to climb so getting a good charge was paramount.
QC Charge rate declination starts in the 90's º F and its pretty steep. In the low 90's, you will see all that the station can provide. I started here at 121 amps but with the high SOC so the rate starts to drop right around 58-65% (temperature dependent) as expected but still able to leave the station with SOC over 90% and 145 miles on GOM. Here is a GREAT example of the knee that happens when the LEAF hits 90% SOC. Charge time; 30 mins, 14.08 kwh gained.
So off I went to make the climb and climb it is!
Still maintaining roughly 65 mph as much as possible. It was Friday and the traffic was heavy plus there is the perpetual road construction going on but traffic flow was good with only a few slowdowns into the 50-55 mph range. Although I had plenty of range to make it to Wild Horse, I got a nagging feeling that I should be preserving range so after summiting the pass, I decided to lower my speed to 63-65 mph to collect a little regen before the big climb ahead. I now only wish I had decided to do that sooner.
I got the Wild Horse and all was good.
The temps were actually in the mid 70's so not sure what LEAF was thinking but maybe the 30-35 mph winds were confusing her? Definitely a great place for a Wind Generator! In fact several of them!
You will have to click on this pix to really see what is going on but the red approximates the pix above but notice the purple square in the upper left corner? This complex is HUGE!!
Hard to show you what 35 mph wind is like but at least you can hear it!
But my joy at the awesome display of how green we can be if we want to be was soon tarnished. Wild Horse has several places to plug in including 14-50 outlets so I brought my trusty (and tested successfully) EVSE with me and plugged in and it started to charge!...or so I thought. The lights came on for a second but after about 5 seconds, the EVSE faulted. Well, that sucked but there were 2 more to try and... no dice! Well after checking several things including error codes and finding nothing, I went inside to ask if the breaker needed to be turned on since that is what the instructions on the breaker implied and both hosts looked like Deer in the Headlights kinda thing. Well, they called around and determined that the breakers were always on and finally ponied out their EVSE that hooked up to the 6-50 Outlet. I was able to plug in and charge on that at 5.3 KW but the whole process lost me about 20-30 mins of charge time.
But I had contingencies in place and the place really was amazing!
The Ellensburg DCFC is NOW OPEN!! So will probably be repeating this trip, stopping at the restaurant I had planned to visit and still have a MUCH shorter and more enjoyable trip!