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IsRandy a Model 3 owner

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Where are you from? Alameda, CA

What car do you drive? For the last year a Model 3

What's the longest trip you've taken in your EV? I am retired so I have time to play, but my longest trip is still my first real road trip to Colorado on 80 and back via Zion.

Am I the only one that didn't get ABRP at first? I think I did my entire first road trip with the Tesla Trip planner on their website. I mean, who knows Tesla Supercharging more? And the interface at ABRP is crazy until you sit thru it. But even the Tesla planner could only handle part of my trip, so I had to plan it in legs.

I finally figured out some of the advantages of ABRP and the biggest one is the number of waypoints available. I was able to go back and add all the stops on my first few road trips including my first big trip, and have used ABRP as an archive of those trips. The only other product that comes close is RoadTrippers.com, which doesn't have the location of, really, any chargers. AND I just noticed, is no longer free to use. I will miss its ability to find attractions I don't wanna miss.

I recreated the trip as a single leg and it still managed to take all my stops on a 22+ day drive. I would more than double the number I have visited in a year of driving and several months of playing the Most Superchargers Visited game. I think it is the ONLY product that could handle that effort. Heck neither the Tesla nor Apple Maps even do waypoints yet and WAZE only allows one extra stop. Telsa.com/Trips and Maps.Google.com both had only a certain number of them causing me to give up on both of them.

Now if ABRP could only handle saving changes to a named route, and perhaps some level of versioning, at least keep the last route that actually planned w/o error in addition to the edit I am working on. I am sure there is a reason that each trip is unique, and it must be about the shared links, I notice long after I delete a trip if I refer to a link I previously shared it still has that trip in that state. I just think some way to keep the site from creating so many multiple trips each time you hit save would be a great upgrade.

Oh, and would be nice if the local charger data could be handled more gracefully. A tie-in with Plugshare.com would nice, though they are trying to branch out to do trip planning themselves. I end up using their product to find chargers at my destination and then tying those into my ABRP route.

Anyway, that's me, and why I am here.

  -Randy

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My three favorite vehicles, LTV Serenity RV, '57 TM3, and a Kiwano self-balancing Scooter

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You definitely aren't the only one who didn't get ABRP at first, we've got a lot of options to customize your route planning.  That comes as both a boon and a bane, for someone familiar with the tool it can be very powerful. Customizing your driving style and conditions to exactly match how you drive.  However, for someone new to the tool it's daunting!

It's something we hope to address soon (when we have time...), improving the new user experience and hopefully making it easier to use.

As far as PlugShare goes, we've reached out to them for a partnership several times.  They're perfectly happy to develop their own planner, and wanted us to pay a quite unreasonable sum of money to access their charger data.  So for the moment, we're still using our motley collection of charger databases.

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On 4/6/2019 at 12:41 PM, Jason (ABRP) said:

As far as PlugShare goes, we've reached out to them for a partnership several times.  They're perfectly happy to develop their own planner, and wanted us to pay a quite unreasonable sum of money to access their charger data.  So for the moment, we're still using our motley collection of charger databases.

Hello, new ABRP forum user here (but not a new ABRP user!)

This is pretty awful behaviour from Plugshare.  Most of their data is crowd-sourced and given to them for free.  😞

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On 4/5/2019 at 8:41 PM, Jason (ABRP) said:

You definitely aren't the only one who didn't get ABRP at first, we've got a lot of options to customize your route planning.  That comes as both a boon and a bane, for someone familiar with the tool it can be very powerful. Customizing your driving style and conditions to exactly match how you drive.  However, for someone new to the tool it's daunting!

It's something we hope to address soon (when we have time...), improving the new user experience and hopefully making it easier to use.

As far as PlugShare goes, we've reached out to them for a partnership several times.  They're perfectly happy to develop their own planner, and wanted us to pay a quite unreasonable sum of money to access their charger data.  So for the moment, we're still using our motley collection of charger databases.

Would ABRP be able to negotiate something with PlugShare that could be subsidized with a subscription model to ABRP's site?

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