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I see Plugshare is showing the much delayed EVgo charging station in Baker Ca on I15 on the way to Vegas is now OPEN.
Critical leg going through the high desert between Bakersfield and Baker. Distance is 188.9 miles. A full charge would be required, not just 80%. Lots of heat and lots of hills out there.
I wonder if that critical leg is range achievable .
Sure would love to go to Vegas but not this time of year. All destinations, hotels, bars, airlines and restaurants are full thanks to the good economy for those with disposible incomes.:)
 

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I see Plugshare is showing the much delayed EVgo charging station in Baker Ca on I15 on the way to Vegas is now OPEN.
Critical leg going through the high desert between Bakersfield and Baker. Distance is 188.9 miles. A full charge would be required, not just 80%. Lots of heat and lots of hills out there.
I wonder if that critical leg is range achievable .
Sure would love to go to Vegas but not this time of year. All destinations, hotels, bars, airlines and restaurants are full thanks to the good economy for those with disposible incomes.:)
FWIW, I started a thread about it opening two days ago.

From what I can tell from the photos posted on the PlugShare page, so far the slower (125 amp) chargers are open, but not the “prototype” 150/350 kW chargers, which may be why it's not officially open yet.

Regarding getting to Vegas, it was possible even before this station opened. @NewsCoulomb has made the journey, for example.
 

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Regarding getting to Vegas, it was possible even before this station opened. @NewsCoulomb has made the journey, for example.
IIRC he had to L2 charge along the way. I'm sure you'll agree that for most people once you're L2 charging (other than destination charging) that the trip is pretty much not doable. NC is pretty extreme in his dedication.
 

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IIRC he had to L2 charge along the way. I'm sure you'll agree that for most people once you're L2 charging (other than destination charging) that the trip is pretty much not doable. NC is pretty extreme in his dedication.

No L2 was required. I made the trip from LA->Vegas as well, by L3 charging in Victorville and then from there it's 188 miles to Vegas.

There are a couple threads on it here where a few of us posted our trip data.
( https://www.chevybolt.org/forum/135217-post11.html )

The Baker station will make this much, much easier.
 

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No L2 was required. I made the trip from LA->Vegas as well, by L3 charging in Victorville and then from there it's 188 miles to Vegas.

There are a couple threads on it here where a few of us posted our trip data.
( https://www.chevybolt.org/forum/135217-post11.html )

The Baker station will make this much, much easier.
Ahh I remember that thread. So you did 3 - 30 minute sessions in Victorville? Or was your 3rd session less than 30 minutes.

What I'd like to go for is to drive from L.A. (the Valley) Straight to Baker, do a single 45 minute charge session and go to Vegas from there. The problem is it's ~200 miles from my house to Baker and it's pretty iffy whether I'd make it.

On the return trip would aim to start in Vegas and drive straight to Victorville and do a single 45 minute charge there.

On paper it's possible but only just and there's basically no margin for error.

I might be willing to try it but honestly I'd feel a lot better if there was another L3 charger in Yermo or Barstow. I feel like you won't know for sure if you can make it to Baker from Victorville but you would probably know with a pretty good amount of probability by Barstow or Yermo.
 

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IIRC he had to L2 charge along the way. I'm sure you'll agree that for most people once you're L2 charging (other than destination charging) that the trip is pretty much not doable. NC is pretty extreme in his dedication.
Nope. No L2 required. I charged on L2 at Whiskey Pete's on the way back (I stayed the night).

Under normal conditions, you can make it to Las Vegas from Victorville with only 80-85% charge, though I'd recommend having a bit of a buffer. I've actually made it back to Victorville from Las Vegas leaving with only 85% charge, but I barely made it back (I think I had 2% battery on arrival).

The big win for Bolt EV owners when it comes to the Baker charger is that Victorville is simply too close to Los Angeles and too far from Las Vegas. Even leaving from Ventura County, I can drive with the flow of traffic and make it to Baker with a safe battery margin.

The truth of the matter is, the chargers slated for Yermo and Barstow will be just as effective for Bolt EV owners.
 

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Ahh I remember that thread. So you did 3 - 30 minute sessions in Victorville? Or was your 3rd session less than 30 minutes.

What I'd like to go for is to drive from L.A. (the Valley) Straight to Baker, do a single 45 minute charge session and go to Vegas from there. The problem is it's ~200 miles from my house to Baker and it's pretty iffy whether I'd make it.

On the return trip would aim to start in Vegas and drive straight to Victorville and do a single 45 minute charge there.

On paper it's possible but only just and there's basically no margin for error.

I might be willing to try it but honestly I'd feel a lot better if there was another L3 charger in Yermo or Barstow. I feel like you won't know for sure if you can make it to Baker from Victorville but you would probably know with a pretty good amount of probability by Barstow or Yermo.
3rd session was short, and probably not necessary.
 

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Hey everyone, just sharing another Los Angeles to Las Vegas experience. I live in San Pedro, drove all the way to Baker, charged for ~40 mins and then made the rest of the trip to the M Resort which is on the extreme south side of town--first casino you pass in Vegas as a matter of fact, total trip of 278 miles. I left at 1:30 in the afternoon, hit a few pockets of slow traffic in the LA area, but otherwise kept the cruise set at 70 and toggled the air conditioning on/off the entire way. It was pretty much in the 100's the entire way from Victorville to Vegas. One thing I found helpful was to track the range and minimum range compared to the GPS. This would at least let you know if the range gaps were remaining constant or changing compared to the actual mileage as you hit the hills. I found that on the way back the leg from Vegas to Victorville was way more of a drain than the initial Cajon climb was when you're going towards Vegas. Details are below.


Depart San Pedro, 100% charge & 278 mile range
Arrive Baker, 200 miles traveled/62 mile range & 20 min. range remaining
Depart Baker, 159 mile range & 130 min range
Arrive Vegas, 78 miles traveled/55 mile range & 45 min. range remaining
Depart Vegas, 100% charge & 242 range
Arrive Victorville, 178 miles traveled/29 mile range & 23 mile min. range
Depart Victorville, 121 mile range & 99 mile min. range
Arrive San Pedro, 105 Miles traveled/45 mile range & 36 mile min. range
**Few extra miles on the way home for a grocery shopping detour
 

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Hey everyone, just sharing another Los Angeles to Las Vegas experience. I live in San Pedro, drove all the way to Baker, charged for ~40 mins and then made the rest of the trip to the M Resort which is on the extreme south side of town--first casino you pass in Vegas as a matter of fact, total trip of 278 miles. I left at 1:30 in the afternoon, hit a few pockets of slow traffic in the LA area, but otherwise kept the cruise set at 70 and toggled the air conditioning on/off the entire way. It was pretty much in the 100's the entire way from Victorville to Vegas. One thing I found helpful was to track the range and minimum range compared to the GPS. This would at least let you know if the range gaps were remaining constant or changing compared to the actual mileage as you hit the hills. I found that on the way back the leg from Vegas to Victorville was way more of a drain than the initial Cajon climb was when you're going towards Vegas. Details are below.
Thanks for this report, this is very applicable to my situation, I live in the West Valley but my distance to Baker is almost the same as yours.

We do stay a bit further into Vegas (typically the Northern end of the Strip) but still seems like you would have had the range.

Seems like you cut it a bit closer than I would like to on the return trip but I know that once you get into the L.A. area there are quite a few options for charging, probably for the last ~40 miles you were never more than 10 miles from a L3 charger.
 

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Thanks for this report, this is very applicable to my situation, I live in the West Valley but my distance to Baker is almost the same as yours.

We do stay a bit further into Vegas (typically the Northern end of the Strip) but still seems like you would have had the range.

Seems like you cut it a bit closer than I would like to on the return trip but I know that once you get into the L.A. area there are quite a few options for charging, probably for the last ~40 miles you were never more than 10 miles from a L3 charger.
Yeah, I definitely knew I had several L3 chargers near by so I wasn't worried at all. Keep in mind, I charged to just about the bare minimum in Victorville. I could have easily hung around for a bit longer since the charger is in the mall parking lot. The mall was very handy for stretching the legs for a bit and it had a food court. Unlike Baker, the charger is in the back parking lot of the visitors center next to a diner that is closed down. You have to walk a little bit just to get to a convenience store or fast food place. Not too convenient in the 100+ degree heat.
 

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