Win one for the Zipper…

Detroit really is a sports city: There are few other alternatives for entertainment other than movies, the occasional concert, travelling shows (Stomp, Mythbusters, etc.) and the rare play that makes its way here. Above all Detroiters love their sports teams (yes, even the Lions!). What better thing to do on a Sunday night, then take a trip downtown to see a Red Wings game.
Go Wings

Joe Louis arena, where they play, is right next to Cobo Hall where the North American International Auto Show was held. This proximity also makes the same parking structure/chargers convenient to going to Red Wings games as well.
Chargepoint map
(The blue “C” on W Congress St.)
Instead of turning left when leaving the parking structure to walk to Cobo you turn right and climb the ramps up to the arena.

Reading online about areas with a lot of EV adoption (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta) gives you the impression that there are more EV’s than public chargers can accommodate. Looking at the map above ~10 chargers are available in the dozen or so block area. Joe Louis arena seats approximately 20,000 people and these days is usually about 1/2 full. Given that EV adoption is a few percent of overall vehicle sales you’d think that there would be 10 to 20 plug-in vehicles attending any Red Wings game.

Knowing the above, we left plenty early to get to the game in order to snag one of the two spots at the Millennium Garage. Turns out I didn’t have to do so: The other charge spot remained free throughout the duration of the game. I guess the intersection of Red Wings fans and plug-in vehicle drivers is exactly one: me!
Chargepoint map
Further evidence of this was the large group of people ahead of us as we exited the arena and entered the parking garage. As they rounded the corner in the garage and saw my car I could hear one of the party loudly exclaim: “ELECTRIC!” (She said it very loudly almost shouting it).
When we made the trip down to the auto show it was a very cold January morning with a strong headwind for the ride home causing us to burn 22 kWh:
Trip Display
For this trip the temperature was a bit warmer (in the 30s instead of the 20s LOL) with very little wind resulting in us only using 20.5 kWh:
Trip Display
For some additional figures I reset the 2nd trip meter before returning home: This way I can break out the two trips:
Trip Display
The trip down to the arena used 9.1 kWh and the trip home used 11.4 kWh. On the way to the arena I was driving very conservatively, using minimal heat, etc. since I didn’t know if I could charge at the game or not. For the drive home I was free to use as much heat and speed as I wanted.
In addition, since the car was charged up when I started, I charged to full in the parking garage, and the charge station was a Chargepoint station I can also use this to calculate the efficiency of the charger in the FFE. According to Chargepoint the car consumed 10.887 kWh during that session. Thus the efficiency should be at least 83%. I say at least because I had remote started the car when the game ended so that the car would be nice and warm by the time we got there which means some of the 10.887 kWh was used to heat up the car for the 15 minutes or so it took us to get there.
In the end, though, the Wings lost in overtime. Although not the best outcome they still did get 1 point to try to keep the playoff dream alive…

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