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7 Countries/2000 mile road trip in an SR+ - Observations from the continent

Medved_77

TM3 SR+ | MSM+Black | No FSD
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Jan 20, 2020
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Scotland
Trip was compliant with covid regulations in the UK and the European leg was permitted due to compassionate exemption.

1. Car details
  • 2020 TM3 SR+
  • No heat pump
  • No aero covers
  • 3rd party mud flaps front and rear
  • Tyre pressures ~45 PSI
  • 2021 Maps.
  • 2021.4.18.2


2. Route Map
Scotland > England > Wales > England > Netherlands > Germany > Poland > Czechia > Slovakia

The detour to Pembrokeshire was for a wedding. As expected, this was the hardest part of the journey in terms of charging, however after fiddling with some engenie and podpoint account setup it wasn't too tricky.

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3. Charges

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4. Observations

I didn't make any alterations to my usual driving style, so no attempt at hypermiling or being cautious with the acceleration. I managed to have some fun on the auto-bahn. I've done similar trips in a BMW E39, E61, Audi A6 (all estate) and Jaguar X308 so they're a point of reference for my observations.

  • The car knew I was in NL and the LTE signal was active before I'd disembarked the ferry. I'd read about the need to reset the car when arriving on the continent but this was not required.
  • Being able to quickly switch the display from miles to KM was really useful.
  • Autopilot seemed a lot more confident, far less jerky compared to the UK. I don't enjoy using it in the UK but did around 20% of the trip with it in Europe.
  • No phantom breaking issues occurred. I passed loads of curtain sided lorries and when passing noticed they jumped away from the car on the visualisation rather than toward the car.
  • The speed sign recognition and map speed is dangerously wrong, especially in Germany. Many issues of no speed limit enforced where it was actually 120 and failure to recognise reduced speed limits due to roadworks. It's often hard to know what the speed limit is when in a foreign country, especially if the limit is enforced when certain conditions apply, and you don't understand the language that's written below the speed limit. I'll probably setup waze for the return leg, just to handle the speed limits.
  • Speed limits aside, the navigation was spot on, It's really clever how it works out which superchargers you need to visit and for how long.
  • The leg between Dresden and Wroclaw was probably the tightest for range, I was advised to charge to 100% to arrive with 6%. I was also told to keep my speed under 120kph, I did this for the first 10 minutes, the warning then went away, and ultimately I arrived with 21%, far more than the 6% forecast.
  • I was flashed once by an oncoming vehicle when my lights were dipped, so not sure if that was just a friendly local or if the lights would benefit from some adjustment to driving on the right hand side of the road.
  • Many of the superchargers visited were on the forecourts of petrol stations (Gulf, Shell, Orlen). This makes sense to me yet not something I've seen in the UK yet.

Overall I found the SR+ to be a comfortable and competent tourer compared to my previous rides. Most of the time I was ready to stop and take a break when I needed to charge. I suspect with the LR or P I would have been able to reduce the charges stops/time charging and make the journey a bit quicker.
The EU leg took around 19 hours including stops, by the time I got to Poland though, I think I was probably the slow factor rather than the car as I'd already been driving for around 14 hours at that point.

I'm due to drive back in a month, fingers crossed the FSD/EAP subscription is active then as I'd love to activate that for the return leg.

Many thanks to @spdpsba and @noelebob as your Tesla Referral miles covered this trip, ultimately I spent around £30 to do the 1985 miles.
 

Medved_77

TM3 SR+ | MSM+Black | No FSD
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Jan 20, 2020
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Thanks for posting this.
How were the border crossings? Were you delayed for COVID checks etc? Did the Dutch search your car for ham sandwiches? (Blame the Daily Mail for this question!)
I ask because I have a similar journey to Hungary in the planning stage at the moment.
Long story short I showed my negative PCR test to the Stena ticket man, my passport to the Dutch border control and was wished a pleasant trip.

I researched for weeks the various rules for the countries I was transitting which of course all changed the day before I was due to leave. I prepared a note with many translations for the purpose of my visit, my intended route, letter from the family doctor, marriage certificate, vaccination status etc. None of it was required.

The only border control I came across after arriving in Holland was between CZ > SK. They waved me through and then stopped the local who was behind me.

I think there are now forms that you can complete to exempt yourself from quarantine in some countries so look into those and print before departure.

Also, regular PCR tests are valid for 72 hours from the time of test but 48 of those hours are spent awaiting results. I used a same day service with Vivio, taken in a hotel near Heathrow, test was at 3pm, results guaranteed same day and got the all clear at 8.30pm which meant I could get the ferry that evening and still have plenty of time to transit.

Let me know if you want any more details about the testing company and good luck for the trip.
 
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ACarneiro

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Trip was compliant with covid regulations in the UK and the European leg was permitted due to compassionate exemption.
I don’t think this preamble was required. Your circumstances are your own and none of our business.
All my best wishes for whatever your compassionate reason for travelling was.
 
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Very impressive!
From 16th August will be my turn for a long trip, the second time, from near London -Folkestone - France - Belgium - Germany - Austria- Hungary - Romania some where to Black Sea (hopefully the Sun 🌞 will be in place hahaha).
On the previous trip, FSD was active almost all the time and except for (maybe) 15-20 phantoms braking was brilliant. This was on May 2020. So, expecting the trip to be a lot better because I don't experienced the phantom braking from November 2020 (beta 9 i don't think will land here in mean time... but I wish).
All the best!
 
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BMW740iL

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The speed sign recognition and map speed is dangerously wrong, especially in Germany. Many issues of no speed limit enforced where it was actually 120 and failure to recognise reduced speed limits due to roadworks. It's often hard to know what the speed limit is when in a foreign country, especially if the limit is enforced when certain conditions apply, and you don't understand the language that's written below the speed limit. I'll probably setup waze for the return leg, just to handle the speed limits.
I can recommend the free of charge Flitsmeister app for iOs and Android. It is by far the best community driven early warning system. Enjoy your ride back home!


NB You dont need to use the paid Pro subscription although I also recommend to support Flitsmeister as they will save you lots of money in speeding fines
 
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Medved_77

TM3 SR+ | MSM+Black | No FSD
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Jan 20, 2020
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I can recommend the free of charge Flitsmeister app for iOs and Android. It is by far the best community driven early warning system. Enjoy your ride back home!


NB You dont need to use the paid Pro subscription although I also recommend to support Flitsmeister as they will save you lots of money in speeding fines
Thanks for the tip! Installed now, I like how it starts up automatically based on movement.
 

spdpsba

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Long story short I showed my negative PCR test to the Stena ticket man, my passport to the Dutch border control and was wished a pleasant trip.

I researched for weeks the various rules for the countries I was transitting which of course all changed the day before I was due to leave. I prepared a note with many translations for the purpose of my visit, my intended route, letter from the family doctor, marriage certificate, vaccination status etc. None of it was required.

The only border control I came across after arriving in Holland was between CZ > SK. They waved me through and then stopped the local who was behind me.

I think there are now forms that you can complete to exempt yourself from quarantine in some countries so look into those and print before departure.

Also, regular PCR tests are valid for 72 hours from the time of test but 48 of those hours are spent awaiting results. I used a same day service with Vivio, taken in a hotel near Heathrow, test was at 3pm, results guaranteed same day and got the all clear at 8.30pm which meant I could get the ferry that evening and still have plenty of time to transit.

Let me know if you want any more details about the testing company and good luck for the trip.
Yes I would like some more info regarding the testing Adam. Hope you are all ok.
 
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Medved_77

TM3 SR+ | MSM+Black | No FSD
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Jan 20, 2020
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2,212
Scotland
Very impressive!
From 16th August will be my turn for a long trip, the second time, from near London -Folkestone - France - Belgium - Germany - Austria- Hungary - Romania some where to Black Sea (hopefully the Sun 🌞 will be in place hahaha).
On the previous trip, FSD was active almost all the time and except for (maybe) 15-20 phantoms braking was brilliant. This was on May 2020. So, expecting the trip to be a lot better because I don't experienced the phantom braking from November 2020 (beta 9 i don't think will land here in mean time... but I wish).
All the best!
The Romanian part of that trip sounds really interesting. Not driven in Romania but suspect the motorways are reasonably well maintained. I have driven in Serbia and would avoid any routing through there as those are probably the worst roads I've driven in Europe and their border guards are particularly fierce.

I had a quick look at the Supercharger map and it seems that you can get to the black sea using superchargers exclusively:

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Constanta for example is only 140 miles from the SuC in Bucharest.

You can see there's been a good amount of thought been put into the locations of the superchargers. From the UK it looks like (even in an SR+) you could get as far North East as Moscow or South East as Istanbul, without needing to use non-Tesla chargers. With more sites due to open in Turkey that'll soon join the dots all the way to the Red Sea!
 

Medved_77

TM3 SR+ | MSM+Black | No FSD
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Jan 20, 2020
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Scotland
Just to follow up with the return leg:

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Split over 3 days this time (had the kids with me) so overnight in Germany then got the ferry to Newcastle from Amsterdam which cut out a a significant chunk of miles.

Didn't have to queue for any super chargers en route, all worked flawlessly as I've come to expect:

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The double charge at Nossen was due to changing stalls to allow an e-tron owner to access the only working (non-Tesla) stall which was adjacent to a supercharger, but due to cable length and the position of his charge port being in the front wing meant that he couldn't use his stall if a Tesla was charging in the adjacent stall.

Overall I think this car is an awesome tourer. Wouldn't hesitate to do this length of trip again.
 

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