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Polestar 2 NE American road trip notes +3

This entry relates the experience of my first road trip with the Polestar along the American northeast coast.  I've driven back and forth across both America and Europe in gas cars.  Thus, I am writing from the perspective of a hardcore road tripper who prefers to avoid airline nonsense, and is accustomed to driving high speed back to back tanks of gas with just brief refueling stops.  The three main points for people considering such an excursion are:
  1. For populous areas and major highways, it's completely doable.  Just plan ahead and expect charging to increase your minimum travel time by almost 20%.
  2. Know your charging companies, and car capabilities.  Polestar's active battery warming really shines here.
  3. Do NOT expect to save money vs gas cars.
My trip began on a cold early morning with a full charge an initial Chargepoint destination at a mall identified.  Despite no signs, Google maps in the Polestar lead me to the charger easily enough.  However, although everything looked good, I could not get the unit to respond in any way.  A call to Chargepoint wasted perhaps 20 minutes in identifying the unit and eventually confirming that it was not functioning.  The representative appeared to be finding this out for the first time, and could only say that the owner of the charger would be notified.  I've been updating on the goals of Chargepoint and other companies on the private side of this blog in an effort to project the overall situation in the coming years.  However, a public service announcement is in order here:
The Chargepoint recommended the PlugShare app for finding alternate charging, and it does appear to offer the most information, even compared to Google Maps, which is pretty comprehensive.  I had very limited range left, and was fortunate that a bank of Electrify America charging spots was just hundreds of feet away.  Electrify America quickly became my go to preference for charging for the following reasons, in descending order of importance:
Some Polestar-specific notes are in order too.  Bizarrely, Google Maps on my phone and in my car turn up somewhat different results and mileage.  The car was generally more accurate, and of course updates on charge dynamically.  The car will point out when a destination is out of range and give you options for adding charging stops along the way.  However, if you make an unscheduled charging stop, you should cancel your destination and remap to change your next charging stop.  Where the Polestar really managed to shine in contrast to other brands is with its battery warming capabilities.  I often charged in cold conditions and the car actively warming its battery still made for a speedy charge - from 10 to 80% in 20-30 minutes.  Note that charging over 80% is not generally time-efficient because charging rates slow as batteries approach full.  Those ready or a full sleep might alternatively consider RV parks for overnight charging.

Finally, a word on cost and experience...  Charging rates for my trip varied between 37 and 48 cents per KWh on this particular trip with state and provider being the biggest points of variance.  By my math, this averaged out to be a comparable to current gas prices in the northeast, whereas charging at home certainly saves us substantial money.  That's disappointing, but par for the course in America.  It really speaks to the varying business & growth models available to different companies, and my private analysis of investment prospect on CHPT.  Despite the initial scare, and my efficiency-minded approach, I still very much enjoyed my trip.  I had a book and the food I like with me for charging breaks; maybe I'm just getting old, but the trip wound up feeling much more relaxed and safe than ever.  Infrastructure will need to expand to keep pace with EV adoption, but again, that's a matter for the private side of this blog.  I hope many others can benefit from my experience!