On this 2019 trip from Placentia, California to Reno, Nevada (approximately
1,000 miles round trip) for the 6,000+ classic car Hot August Nights
show, we took my 1956 Chevrolet with the Tesla Model X. Since
this is a classic car show, I registered the Chevy so that we could
drive it in the Sparks and Reno Cruises with the For Sale signs in the
windows. In the Chevy trunk, I needed to fold my TravelScoot
assistance vehicle, still leaving ample room for luggage.
A photo of the Navigation/GPS screen in the Tesla showing our charging stops.
you will see that we entered our destination as our Hotel in Sparks,
Nevada into the Tesla X GPS and it gave us the Superchargers where we
should stop for charging, how much of the 238 charge capacity we would
have left at that point, the time we would get there (this was not the
actual time we left the next day), and how many minutes we should
charge. Keep in mind, the number of minutes to charge will be
higher than stated if you use Ludicrous Mode to pass other cars, or you
drive over the speed limit. We actually started a little past 5
a.m. the next morning.
A screen shot of my iPhone Tesla App during driving.
away from the car during charging, we used the Tesla app to see how
many miles the Supercharger had completed, so we knew when to return to
the car for more travel. Additionally, the app tells the interior
temperature so that, from the app, you can change the interior
temperature for when you return to the car.
Tesla's Cruise Control
is very intelligent. When you set the speed, it follows that
speed until it encounters a vehicle in front of you that is going
slower and it slows to the number of car lengths you have programmed it
to stay behind the next vehicle. The photo above shows the '56 Chevy
which we followed so that we would not have to keep looking in the rear
view mirror for him, and he could see us always behind him.
Tesla's AutoPilot will say when it
is available when it detects two painted lines on the highway. To
change lanes on a 4 or higher lane road, simply turn on the left turn signal and it will pass if
the car ahead of you is traveling slower than the speed you have set in
Autopilot insists that you put a bit of pressure on the steering wheel
so that it knows that you are paying attention. I did not do this
correctly and it said something like you cannot use autopilot the rest
of this trip. I was able to use Autopilot after the next
This photo of the dash and the
stopped truck in front of us shows: The 45 speed limit (that it
learns from the signs along the road), the speed of 50 that I have set
on the Autopilot, The 0 current speed (because the truck in front is
stopped). Right of the speed is a blue steering wheel indicating
that I have Autopilot on. If it were off, it would be gray.
On the left is a local map showing our car on the map as a red
triangle. We were stopped because of the red light on Hwy.
58. Bottom left is the number of miles we have left on this
charge and the outside temperature. Because I have it on cruise
control, when the truck moves, we will dutifully follow. Autopilot is
excellent for stop and go traffic.
The large computer screen on the
right of the dash can be set in various combinations. We ran it
with the map on top, the rear camera (currently showing our 1956 Chevy
which was following us), and the radio station we were listening
to. All changeable on the touch screen. When you stop, you
can open any or all of the doors from the screen. When you exit
the car, it will turn itself off and lock the doors as you walk away
with the key fob.
first Supercharger stop was Inyokern, California. The GPS had
directed us off Hwy. 395 to this station. I asked Paul to pull
the Chevy in beside the Tesla X since there were no other Teslas in the