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Is driving from Sydney to (nearly) Newcastle and back possible?

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by Homer, May 20, 2016.

  1. meloccom

    meloccom Moderator Aus/NZ

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    Not me in Newcastle, I think you mean @MangroveMike.
     
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    Being new to Teslahood, I’m finding information in this thread very informative. Thanks for sharing your knowledge so generously - what a great community.
     
  3. NovoCasGreeny

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    Champ, get onto plug share. They're are a couple of 32 A options. Mike seems to be very accommodating but there is another charge couple of points much closer to Merewether which are also 32A, they have details on plugshare if you go looking. Failing that there are a few public charge stations that you can use you J1772 on around the greater Newcastle area. All in all though you should have more than enough range, you should have plenty to spare from the comments above.
     
  4. championi

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    Thanks Ray & Mark,

    I think it will be fine too. I have downloaded the app plugshare and also charge point. I have the adapters and I'll keep an eye on the Nav and typical range. I'll keep you guys posted. I have the air heating up the car as we speak, a little cold at the moment. Turn off the air about 10 mins before I go, so that the charge tops up to 100%. Looking forward to the open ride and my first long drive. I'll be in the car today for around 5-6 hours. It will be interesting to see how it compares to my old Volkswagen Touareg. I'm sure it will be like chalk and cheese!
     
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    #25 championi, May 31, 2016
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    Hey guys,

    So I'm back from my Newcastle round trip.
    My stops where as follows:

    Canada bay to Fletcher
    Fletcher to Merewether
    Merewether to The Star Casino, Sydney (Super charger)

    Stats as follows
    Total distance = 329.9 km
    Total energy = 65.6 kWh
    Avg energy = 199Wh/km

    I think I had about 70kms to empty.

    Now I'm sitting at the casino having a coffee and charging back up to 80%.

    Really enjoyed the drive. Didn't feel any range anxiety. I had autopilot running for about 80% of the time. I don't think It was very efficient, I had a rated range of 510kms at 100% charge. Realistically I think I would have got around 400kms.

    Thoughts?

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  6. raynewman

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    Rated range is a waste of time. Typical is more typical :D
     
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  7. Homer

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    I agree but as I'm a lead-foot around town, my "typical" range is scary when commencing a long trip. "Rated" range tells me how much I could potentially get if I drive conservatively. So that is comforting for me when I think I'm pushing the battery limits. :)
     
  8. Homer

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    Good result championi. I don't find autopilot very efficient either. It's not very smooth; it breaks a little late and hard. It's sort of like being driven around by my dad. Neither my dad, nor autopilot, looks very far ahead ;).
     
  9. championi

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    Hahah.... My wife says autopilot drives like me, she's right:D

    What do you guys think of the results of today's drive?

    Oops, edit: sorry Homer, you did say it was a good result. Do you think we would make it from Sydney to Port Macquarie SC if I drove like today?
     
  10. Homer

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    I'll leave this one for the long-range driving experts to comment on. I've only ever done a loop down to the Southern Highlands and another loop up to the Blue Mountains. I need to crush my range anxiety!
     
  11. alpal

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    You can see from the photo - I have a 90D and made the Sydney to PM run easy and averaged 180Wh/K.


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    Oops - right you are - posted that too early in the morning. :)
     
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    I never even bother displaying rated range. It's only good on flat ground at 80km/h. "Typical" range (in settings) is 200Wh/km and pretty close to reality.
     
  14. championi

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    Hey Alpal, your averages is 20wh/km better then mine, did you use autopilot? What were the conditions? My drive today was mostly sunny, around 20 degrees and tried to use autopilot for most of my drive
     
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    You can see it's fairly flat once out a little from Sydney explaining the good average - for my whole road trip (Melb to Scotts Head and back) I averaged 197Wh/K.

    Most of the drive was sunny (April) and I used autopilot sparingly. I think the other main factor would be head wind if any - not sure how to check that yet.

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