So I had to go to Bakersfield, CA to get the COVID 19 shot on CVS. I live in Lake Forest, California / Orange County. My parents couldn’t book anything nearby and the only option was Bakersfield. Probably because it’s in the middle of nowhere and it’s a little easier to get an appointment.
What I did notice, however, was that there was only one compressor on the way to Bakersfield, but no charging stations in Bakersfield, CA. It’s located on Tejon Ranch, which seems strategic as your “last chance” to recharge before heading to Bakersfield. Why isn’t there a charge in Bakersfield, it’s in the middle of nowhere, but it’s not a tiny town. Has anyone ever traveled to or passed by Bakersfield as a destination? I figured a place like Bakersfield would be a good place to get a recharge for those taking road trips to other big cities in California like Sacramento or national parks like Yosemite.
Phoenix AZ was the only city I went to that seemed less Tesla friendly, only 3 compressors in the whole city. I stayed in downtown Phoenix and before venturing east into Mesa AZ I had to be sure I was charged near downtown because there was no charging at all in Mesa so I had to be absolutely sure that I had enough for a round trip back to the hotel.
Drove my parents’ Mercedes S-Class to Bakersfield, CA which is about 160 miles each way so I didn’t experiment with the Tesla. But I was still checking the Tesla GPS in to see how it was planning the route, and that’s when I realized there was no charge in Bakersfield. So it seems like I need to recharge at Tejon Ranch, which is about 30 to 40 minutes outside of Bakersfield, and be absolutely sure that I can return after entering Bakersfield, CA as that was the final destination and me would return straight home. I assumed Teslas was normal enough now because I see them all over Orange County, LA, San Diego. I haven’t seen many Teslas in Bakersfield, California, more older racket cars than Teslas.
If you check the Supercharger card it seems easier to top up on the I-5, but Bakersfield is on the CA-99. And the CA-99 drives through other NorCal cities in the middle of nowhere like Modesto, Fresno, Bakersfield. And there are only 2 top-ups to count on. The options seem leaner when traveling through inland California cities that aren’t near the beach and off a freeway.
So far, all I have to do is drive to Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and San Diego to leave Lake Forest CA.