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San Juan Capistrano Supercharger

Apparently there is a permit to install a supercharger station at the Union Bank Plaza. I was just there and no construction is underway. Furthermore, this parking lot is way too small and congested to accommodate superchargers. So I proceeded to peruse all of the neighboring shopping plaza's and I couldn't find any Tesla work under way. So what's up with this permit? Does anyone have any new info on a Supercharger in this area?

There is an approved PROJECT for the Union Bank parking lot, but not yet a PERMIT.

http://crw.sanjuancapistrano.org/etrakit2/Search.aspx?Group=PROJECT

Type in Tesla into the search string to search a Project Name.

I don't know what the hold up is - I would guess something to do with the power company, but that's just a guess.

Also, the recent California supercharger map that has been hung on the wall of the Hawthorne design center shows a SC in San Juan Capistrano, so one is very likely going there.

I looked up the San Juan Capistrano Tesla Super Charging station through the San Juan Capistrano Development Services web page. The permit (Project #AC13-027) was submitted 8/2/13 and approved 8/8/13. Its location is just off Interstate 5 at the Ortega Highway exit.

31971 Camino Capistrano
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(at the Union Bank)
http://crw.sanjuancapistrano.org/etrakit2/Virtual_Map.aspx?Group=project

The slot of parking stalls for the supercharger is part of the Union Bank parking lot that has the entrance near the railroad tracks. It's the entrance just before the railroad tracks that are parallel to the entrance on Del Obispo. I have spoken to the city, the manager at Union Bank (I know him); it's confirmed. There was construction by SDGE just past the railroad tracks on Del Obispo which may have been getting the grid ready for the supercharger. I am also eagerly waiting the SJC supercharger, but for some reason it is delayed. Don't worry about it, it has been confirmed from many sources and I'm sure Tesla knows what they are doing. They haven't screwed up yet, so I am certain that they have negotiated the stalls with Union Bank.

Yeah, I can count about 35 parking spots there from the google map Image. More than enough for a bank to share with superchargers.

I spoke with one of the national agents on the Tesla 800 number this afternoon to ask if they have any update. He confirmed it was at Union Bank and said it is scheduled for completion by end of this month. It told him that others on the forum have reported there is no visible progress, and he said the schedule he was looking at was relatively current and he had no additional info.

It was one of grey dots on the summer Supercharger map. Would be nice to have it completed during the fall.

It will not take much longer, as soon as they start construction there.

The speed of the supercharger rollout has been the only disappointing thing in my ownership experience. I have no charging outlet at my condo in San Diego, and relied (I know) upon the website showing this being completed in summer.So it has been a nervous few months with extension cord anxiety.

When I spoke to them on the phone line a week ago they had no update.

It's been a week. Anyone drive by there recently?

Latest info from another thread somewhere said Tesla didn't expect this SC to open until early 2014 at the earliest. Presumably utility/permit/site owner, take your pick, delay.

@djm12,

I stop by SJC once a week to check on the status but so far nothing. No permits posted, no ground broken and definitely no Supercharger. yet.

No construction in October 2013, maybe in November 2013?

The official permit (B13-1085) was applied for on 10/23/2013. It was approved by the planning commission on 10/28/2013. However, the permit has not officially been issued yet. There must be some more steps in the process. This is all according to the SJC website.

@blaverne

Thanks for the info.

7 charging stations according to permit B13-1085. Yeah! This will be one of my favorite stops on my SAN-LAX-SAN trips. Coffee houses and restaurants nearby :) And I will feel better wandering over to them after dark than I do at Hawthorne.

@WalterRC

Good for you.

I think there's a brothel near by too. I'll only need 5 minutes charging time. :-)

Don't you mean discharging time?

Had to drive San Diego to Huntington Beach this weekend in my MS 60. Range charged in the morning before I left w/ 200 miles of rated range. Drove about 70mph up and back on cruise control and came up about 10 miles short. Had to stop in Encinitas on the way home to charge. Public charger only gave me 18mph charging. So painful to sit there for almost an hour just to get home. SJC Supercharger would have saved me big time, literally!

Yes, it is also needed when doing San Diego to/from northern Los Angeles in one day in an 85. Good to hear you were smart and had a backup plan. Incidentally, my horse barn in Encinitas has a public 15kW charger for anyone to use. It would have shaved some time off your recharging and it's a nice place to hang to (free wifi, etc)

D and K;
If you'd driven home at 60 mph instead of 70, it would have cost about ¼ hr of driving and extended your range by much more than 10 miles, probably. About 1% range reduction per MPH over 60. Near the limits, slower is faster.

@D and K

Consume less energy when you start a long drive, so that you have higher chances to arrive at your destination. When you are sure that you are going to make it, then you can start to consume more energy and drive faster.

@shop, is your charger listed on Recargo? I'm planning a few SD to LA trips in a 60 and that would be a great back up plan until SJC is open. Thanks.
@D and K, how many actual miles did you drive? Trying to plan ahead too. Thanks

I figured I would have needed a charge anyways. Drive was 98 miles each way, 196 miles round trip. My S60, even on range charge only gets about 202 miles at rated range.

Just checked. No progress. Yet.

They really should start construction during November 2013, otherwise something weird is going on.

The us bank lot is weirdly inappropriate due to its tiny size and apparent lack of space for the equipment.

Should they choose another location then (nearby)?

Went to the area on a Sunday. Had breakfast across the road. Looks like a pretty good site. Just off the 5. Seemed to be about 20 spots outside the Union Bank all empty. I foresee that after banking hours absolutely no problem. Issue could occur during banking hours when there is a possibility of being ICEd

I believe there are about 29 parking spots there. More than enough for both bank customers and supercharging spots.


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