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Distance driving - Brisbane to Sydney

Discussion in 'Australia' started by math2999, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. DavidRM

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    It was at the ned of June but in daytime and quite comfortable, maybe 20 degrees. With cruise the car gets about 6 km per kWh, also seen on a return trip to Canberra using the Hotel Realm charger overnight.
     
  2. MangroveMike

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    If anyone is worried about range from Sydney to Port Macquarie I have a 3-phase 32A plug in Newcastle which is up on Plugshare. A cable is available if I'm around or it would be worth getting one from Timpoo at Jetcharge if you do a bit of long range driving.

    Solar powered as well - but connected to the grid :)
     
  3. WhiteStar

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    That is great to know...thank you Mike!!! Hopefully those 400km won't be a problem but throw in some driving rain & headwinds and it could be.
     
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    Just asked the Nav to plot Brisbane (home) to Coffs Harbour; result was it insisted we had to go via St Leonards 'cause we don't (currently) have the range for Coffs Harbour.
    The funny part is St Leonards is twice as far and we have to go through Coffs to get there. The Nav logic could definitely use some polish.
     
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    would be worth reporting it as a bug to Tesla before someone does get stranded?
     
  6. math2999

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    Well at least we have a distance charging option at Brunswick Heads, so Coffs (300km) is plausible - and Port Macquarie is the next d/c location (400km - so could be line ball from Brunswick Heads !)

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    Further to my last post, for us in Brisbane does anyone know of destination charging plans between Brunswick Heads and Port Macquarie --- one more at Ballina or Coffs Harbour and the BNE/SYD trip becomes possible (over at least one night stopover).
     
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    I'm heading to Sydney on Monday; first to Coffs Harbour showground (charge on 3 phase that's available there for 4 hours). Then on to Pt Macquarie and overnight at the Observatory. Full charge next day will be enough to make it to St Leonards (hopefully).
     
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    If you have an 85, it's enough. Keep in mind 3 phase 32A was offered in Newcastle by someone else some posts back if you need it.
     
  9. WhiteStar

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    That will be an interesting drive, almost 400km from Brisbane to Coffs. Another 400km from Port Macquarie to Sydney. Are you planning on travelling at the speed limit or a bit lower for range? Pics & commentary please!
     
  10. raynewman

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    Plan to travel at speed limit on TACC. First leg to Coffs should be easy as it's mainly highway. The Port to Sydney is more of a challenge but there are plenty of emergency chargers around Newcastle.
     
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    Marc wrote some words on that journey in the past: Tesla Model S in Australia: Breaking the shackles and conquering new frontiers | One Step Off The Grid

    Keep in mind if you're range is suffering, using TACC behind a truck can help your range significantly. With safety in mind, of course.
     
  12. math2999

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    Yes I'm keen to hear how you go. Tackling 400km of highway still gives me range anxiety (with kids aboard) I confess .. So still keen to see a dist. charging option north of Coffs soon as a backup. I need to learn to use TACC better also: I may not have it set right but I seem to get very close to other cars and intervene.
     
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    Nice work in coffs, I didn't realise the 3 phase adapter for the UMC was available yet. Welcome to Port, hope they gave you one of the ocean facing rooms! Feel free to PM if you want any suggestions for food places etc.
     
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    Thanks, think I'll just rest and watch the ocean tonight.

    Tesla sell the European Red three phase 16 AMP adaptor for $130 + Shipping. I made up an adaptor: European three phase socket to Oz 32 AMP plug.
    Charges on a single charger car at 50+ Km/Hr.
     
  16. WhiteStar

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    70 kWh for the 400km. Those are very reassuring numbers!
     
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    Which indicates I had 15 KwH left; car indicated 23 km which does not compute. I would expect 23 km to be approx 5 KwH.
    Would be nice to know what this all means.
     
  18. WhiteStar

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    I think it probably means around 75 kWh or a bit more is usable in the 85. I think I've seen a figure around that quoted in other threads...so that the pack is not entirely depleted causing LV issues.
     
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    This diagram summarises it:

    image.jpeg

    Not sure of the original author of the diagram (possibly Nick Howe), but has been posted a few times in these forums and was found from a Google search for Tesla Model S usable battery capacity.
     
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    What speed were you driving?
     

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