I needed to go to San Francisco to the California Academy of Sciences (CAS). I was leary of going there as I was not sure I could get back as SF EV charging is not good.
So, Yesterday I took my gumption and a
full charge to find parking at CAS. I needed to complete a chore to free me up to
possibly attend the Cal
Poly EVent on Sunday.
San Francisco was built out from the original port to incorporate the peninsula hills. So one should always plan SF driving to include steep hills to climb and pump the brakes on the down side (this eats 30% more power). Hwy 101 was basically flat until I reached SF. I didn't climb any hills until I left the Hwy and was on Fell Street. But this was mid-week and mid-day so traffic was light and I could tractor my way in the right lane conserving power by going the speed limit.
I was at 28 miles
on the trip odometer (more than half way) but at 67ahs
down or ~34 miles energy miles used. I found parking at
CAS and went in to complete my chore. I took a different
route heading back to stop at the Colma BART to charge.
19th ave. is a straight shot but it too has steep hills past when you reach Hwy 280. Hwy 280 is more of a challenge as now you have to go Hwy speeds climbing steep hills and dodging cars that drive like accident seeking missiles.
I pulled into the Colma BART station (next to Daly City) All my concerns of no EV charging access was defused. There were three EV parking only signed spots with a smaller large paddle gen1 inductive charger and one AVCON (ics-200). An silver EV1 NiMH gen2 was plugged in, but the other two spots were open. Since it was the early afternoon, there were few cars vying for spots (trolling the parking lot for cars leaving). I pulled into the spot that was in front of the AVCON. I pushed the charge button on the box and got nothing. The unit looked dead from the outside. But this can be deceiving as the settings can be weird and really the unit can provide power. The only way to tell is to connect to it and try it
I connected my
EAA AVCON adaptor ( http://eaaev.org
). The AVCON head unit clicked with no synth-o-voice and
the green power led bar was lit. I routed the 14-50
208VAC power from the EAA AVCON box to the PFC-20 charger
I am borrowing. I got 20 amps into my pack
At 87 ahs down, my
pack was lapping up the juice. 20 amps is nice, but at
this rate to be safe about heading back, I would need to
charge for four hours. If I had the PFC-50 I signed up
for, I could cut that time in half.