Day 2: EV Road Trip to Walt Disney World

Made it to Albuquerque, NM just in time to trick-or-treat and attend a Fall Festival on day two of our EV road trip to Walt Disney World.

Sunrise in Scottsdale, AZ
Sunrise in Scottsdale, AZ.

Today, we drove 475 miles in our electric car en route to see the Fisker Ocean in Austin, TX. The electric SUV will be on display at Hotel San Jose on November 2nd and 3rd. This is the first time the entire family will get to kick the proverbial tires on the Fisker Ocean. We’re all pretty excited, well, some more than others!

We started day 2 leaving close to sunrise this morning from Scottsdale, AZ with a full charge from the previous night. No issues with the Tesla Supercharger this time while we ate dinner at Red Robin. Having used several chargers now, we much prefer using the chargers where you can pull in forward vs. having to reverse into. At Tesla superchargers, there appears to be one of those at most locations that we’ve seen. When using the PlugShare app to locate EV chargers nearby, there have always been a lot to choose from. We have spotted a couple Electrify America chargers along the way and they looked pretty empty. However, we’ve been opting to use the Tesla Superchargers for now since we’re newer to this whole EV thing. We’ll try out the CCS chargers, like EVgo and Electrify America on our way home back to San Diego.

Costs to date traveling from San Diego to Albuquerque, NM.

During our journey today we charged three times. All the EV chargers we’ve used so far have been near places to eat. The Marriott in Flagstaff, AZ had a Starbucks, though we missed the morning operating hours. Rates at this charger were $0.47/kWh which cost us $19.27 for 41 kWh. We then topped up our battery in Holbrook, AZ after seeing the Wigwam Motel. This charger was near a Burger King. The cost was $17.39 at $0.47/kWh for 37 kWh. Charging on the road is a lot more expensive than charging at home with a Level 2 charger. Nearly 5 times more expensive — yikes! It’s cost us nearly $100 to drive 784 miles so far.

We arrived in Albuquerque, NM just before Halloween kicked into full gear. It felt like a long day of driving after the “are we there yet?” far too often! The battery in our EV was down to 19% and needed a quick charge. We found a charger nearby our hotel and did some trick-or-treating in a strip mall which included an Apple Store, Lululemon, Michael Kors, etc. It seemed pretty posh and the Snickers hit the spot. This charge costs us $18.06 @ $0.43/kWh for 42 kWh.

Then, we found a local church that had a Fall Festival filled with carnival games and safe trick-or-treating. Running out of time we missed dinner at the usual time and ate about 8:30pm at the hotel restaurant — salads, quesadilla, and nachos all around! It was a successful Halloween away from home. Tomorrow, we drive into Texas for some BBQ and only one day from checking out the Fisker Ocean. Now it is time to call it a night…Happy Halloween!

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5 thoughts on “Day 2: EV Road Trip to Walt Disney World

    1. Anywhere from 25 minutes to 45 minutes. More frequent stops, less waiting. Typical charge goes up to 75% capacity.

  1. What days will the Ocean be in, Orlando Florida and where will it be on display ? I’m in Ft Lauderdale. Will it be coming any closer to Ldl than Orlando ? I want to see it. I’ve held if deposit waiting to see it first. Rick Banach

What are your thoughts?