Monthly Archives: August 2015

Alaska, at last

An essential aim of this drive north was to reach Alaska by EV, and so the day arrived to use some of my precious battery energy to cross the border into Hyder. There’s no border crossing run by the U.S., … Continue reading

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You know you’re in bear country when …

Welcome signs are shaped like bears Half the businesses in town include the word “bear” in their name The score sheet at the local hotel shows a grizzly visited the nearby fish creek about two hours ago. Trash cans are … Continue reading

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Hanging out in Stewart

My calculations showed that a charge of some 60 hours (after figuring energy I’d use for the trip up to Hyder) would be needed to fully charge the Tesla’s battery before I set off again for Smithers. That placed me … Continue reading

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To Alaska’s doorstep

All looked good for the final push to my destination. By driving during daytime with reasonable temperatures, not using the heat or air conditioning, driving at about 45 mph and smartly, I should easily be able to cover the 209 … Continue reading

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To Houston and Smithers

Determined to make it all the way to Houston before charging, I drove mostly at 50 mph. Plan B was to stop at Burns Lake, quite a bit short of Houston. When faster cars approached, I put on flashers, and … Continue reading

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A plan materializes

Reaching Alaska in an electric vehicle requires some planning, particularly for someone not well-seasoned on off-the-supercharger-network travel. I needed to answer a few questions before setting off: * Would I really be able to get at least rated range out … Continue reading

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Destination charging: Inn of the North

Cold and tired, I arrived at my Prince George hotel, Coast Inn of the North, in the black of early morning. This hotel is known as a destination charging location because they have installed a Tesla charging unit in their … Continue reading

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