Adrian, Texas to Elk City, Oklahoma
Total Miles: 210
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With a full tummy and an 84% charge in my EV1's battery pack, I headed east for the town of Shamrock. Since Shamrock was around 90 miles east of Amarillo, I wasn't taking any chances that I would run out of charge on the way, so I planned a short intermediate stop at the small town of Groom, Texas. As it turned out, my EV1 was getting such incredible range that I probably could have skipped the charge at Groom, but Mary at Groom City Hall was looking forward to seeing the electric car, and had notified the local newspaper that I'd be coming. I stopped in Groom for an hour to charge, and had a pleasant interview in the City Hall's adjoining library with a reporter from the Groom News. It was hot and humid outside, but Mary had arranged a nice charging spot in the city's maintenance garage, right next to a 220 volt 50 amp welding outlet.Using the EV1's handy "cabin preconditioning" feature, I was able to chill the car's interior in Groom by using the incoming power from the charger, rather than wasting valuable energy from the batteries to perform the initial cooldown. Very easy to use, you simply set the time you plan to leave, turn "preconditioning" on, and 15 minutes before your departure time, the air conditioner automatically turns on and cools the cabin. When the driver disconnects from the charging source, he turns the a/c power to it's lowest energy saving setting to maintain the temperature. A valuable feature, not unlike many of the EV1's innovations. Muggy days like today are perfect for this feature, which performs a similar task in cold weather by pre-heating the cabin.
Once again I've got an 84% charge, and I'm off to Shamrock. There was no doubt about the charging location in Shamrock, because there was a large sign welcoming me. The friendly folks from West Texas Utilities (a division of Central and Southwest Corp.) had lots of shade and cold water waiting for me, along with a 220 volt power drop from a power pole.
While the EV1 charged up, I fielded questions from lots of folks who stopped by, and posed for numerous pictures with my EV1. I'm not sure that what I'm doing warrants the celebrity-like attention, but people keep thanking me for bringing the EV1 to their town for a charge. Of course, I'm the one who is most grateful. Without the help of people like Deanna Miller, Linda Caton, Sae McAlister, and Tommy Hudson of WTU, I'd be spending a lot more time rooting out sources of 220 volt power to operate my charger. As it is, everyone has been more than happy to help. Again in Shamrock, Texas beef is on the menu, as I was treated to an incredible steak dinner at a local
Shamrock is yet another small town on Historic Route 66. A famous service station and restaurant in the heart of Shamrock is the now-defunct "U Drop Inn." I imagine that this was once a thriving business before Interstate 40 bypassed Shamrock as it did so many towns when it replaced Route 66.
After only a day in Texas, I crossed the Oklahoma border. My first of two nights here was spent in Elk City. Although the city appears quite small on the map, I was surprised at its size. CSW's Ron DeFatta drove down from Tulsa to greet me, and Layne Chandler and Anita Archer from CSW's local subsidiary PSO (Public Service Company of Oklahoma) made arrangements for me to stay at the modern Elk City Holiday Inn. Anita invited me to use the 220 volt 30 amp dryer outlet at her home to charge my EV1 up overnight. Tomorrow, an in-depth television interview would give me the opportunity to continue to spread the good word about the EV1 and electric vehicles, and I'd visit the largest city in the state, Oklahoma City.
|Town or City||Adrian, TX||Amarillo, TX||Groom, TX||Shamrock, TX||Elk City, OK|
|Driving Notes||Leave 8:30 AM||Used A/C, low power, fan speed 4||Used A/C, middle power, fan speed 4||-|
|Grades Encountered||Flat||Flat||Flat||Some hills||Mostly flat, some small hills|
|Charge Start Time||11:00 PM||10:45 AM||1:40 PM||3:45 PM||9:00 PM|
|Charge End Time||8:30 AM||12:30 PM||2:40 PM||7:15 PM||Overnight|
|Charge Duration||9h 30m||1h 45m||1h 0m||3h 30m||3h 0m|
|Charging Facility||Fabulous 40 Motel||SPS/Amarillo||Groom City Hall, maintenance garage||WTU/Shamrock||PSO/Anita Archer residence|
|Contact Name||-||Ken Vaughan||Mary||Deanna Miller, Sae McAlister, Tommy Hudson||Ron DeFatta, Anita Archer, Layne Chandler-Public Service Co. Okla.|
|9||3 start/10 finish||6 start/10 finish||? start/10 finish||3 start/11 finish|
|Charge Start (%)||50||18|
|Charge Stop (%)||84||84||84||100|
|Ambient Temp (°F)
|Approx. Miles to Next Charging Stop
and Known Grades
|50 miles - Flat||39 miles||50 miles||55 miles||29 miles|
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