In early August I am driving to Bellevue, WA and have the Supercharger route all mapped out. I am looking for guidance on hotels or other charging options while I am in the Bellevue area. Appreciate any help.
Plug share shows a ton of J1772's plus there is a service center in Bellevue and I was told they will let you charge. How long will you be staying? Hope you have a great trip!! Keep us informed, maybe on the owners site and perhaps if you have time, some of us could meet you for a "Tesla lunch"
In Kirkland, the artsy restaurant town a few miles north of Bellevue on Lake Washington, there is two Clipper Creek CS-100 chargers up on the hill above town that you can use for free.
They will automatically charge up to 70A, but after initiation, you can hit the start button again and they will ramp up to 80A if you have 80A set as your charging rate in your car.
They are the fastest chargers on the Eastside besides what is available at Tesla. It is a bit of a walk to the waterfront downtown. I only know of the chargers being full one time. It is usually one car at a time.
Two chargers and 4 EV parking spots makes for less ICEing problems. You will find them on Plugshare.
Those chargers are proof positive that if you put in a fast charger, the Teslas will come.
The other option is that you can use the really slow pay chargers on the scenic waterfront. The Teslas go for the big juice on the hill.
There are Tesla charging stations on the ground floor of Bellevue Square Mall parking lot at the corner of 8th and Bellevue Way. Everything including some good quality dining and hotels are just a short walk away and you don't even have to go outside to reach them.
There are non Tesla charging stations on the other side of Bellevue Square (west) on the second floor too.
I believe that the Tesla stations in Bellevue Square Mall are available 24/7, and that it's a reasonably safe place to leave a car overnight. East-siders will correct me if I'm wrong about this.
I haven't been there in a while. The chargers were limited to test drive vehicles for a while and it was a call ahead situation.
Has there been new installations? I only go to BS about once a year anymore. Most visits were to see Tesla in recent years.
Captain_Zap. Can you narrow down the location of the two Clipper Creek chargers in Kirkland. I moved from Woodinville seven years ago and have dined in Kirkland many times so am familiar with the town. During a trip to Scottsdale I used the chargers at the Tesla Showroom several times and could use the Bellevue Mall as a fallback. Thanks folks.
Hopefully this link will work.
The charging stations are not visible from the road. On 6th, just South of the railroad tracks, you turn East into the uphill driveway to the parking lot.
I think it used to be the Kirkland City Hall or jail or some government building before.
Captain_Zap. Thank you much...map printed. I will let you know how it worked for me during my trip next month.
I noticed that the map listed two businesses.
The chargers are at NYTEC.
Its easy to remember. Not Your Typical Engineering Company.
Captain Zap. I returned from Bellevue the middle of last week from this 3,808 mile trip. Thanks to you I found and used the charger at NYTEC once while wife and I strolled through downtown Kirkland and then had lunch. The Bellevue Tesla Sales Center very graciously let me use one of their chargers two different times during our 5 day stay and this allowed us motor around town and then to go the 85 miles to Centralia on the return trip. The Bellevue Hilton did not even have an available 110 outlet to do an overnight charge. I let the ho9tel manager know that the addition of a few charging ports could bring them more business.
Addendum. We used Supercharges and two home clothes dryer 30 amp outlets for the entire trip. We only had to wait for a SC slot at the Barstow SC on the outbound leg. On the return the Barstow SC was getting upgraded to the newer, higher output equipment and four additional charging slots were being added.
Glad you found it MrLeeJ. I hope you had good weather!
Stayed in Bellevue for a week during our recent cross country trip. I stayed at the Silver Cloud Downtown and was a couple of blocks away from the four J1772 chargers at Bellevue Mall near the Nordstrom Valet Service. They give you only 20/mph but I left the car overnight as it is very safe, right next to Tesla's own cars. Didn't bother asking them as they seemed to be very busy. You need a chargepoint card and account and it costs $2/hr of charge. You can also charge at a couple of J1772 s on the south end of the large central park in Bellevue off 102 av. Those cost 50 cents per hour.
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