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Tesla End to End: John O'Groats to Lands End

dpeilow

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May 23, 2008
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Roadster Road Trip: John o'Groats to Land's End | Tesla Motors

ABOUT THE DRIVE

Tesla has partnered with UK hotels and tourist destinations to install a high power charging network, comprised of ten charge stations throughout Great Britain.

Each charge station is privately owned and available for public use, either provided free or for a nominal fee. The network is the result of a grass-roots effort by Roadster drivers and forward-thinking hotels and resorts. Now Roadster owners can enjoy their cars’ breathtaking acceleration and 212 mile range as they tour Great Britain, and conveniently recharge while having a meal, using leisure facilities, or indulging in an overnight stay. Tesla’s High Power Connector (HPC) delivers a whopping 70 amps of electricity, fully charging an empty battery in less than three hours, and “topping off” a partially-charged battery in a fraction of that time. Complimenting the HPC network, Zero Carbon World, a charity dedicated to creating a clean energy future, has installed medium power connectors (MPCs), delivering 32 amps, at several sites throughout Britain. Tesla’s forthcoming Model S luxury saloon also can charge on the entire network.

An historic drive, from John o’Groats on Scotland’s northeast tip, to Land’s End on the southwest English coast, will combine the Roadster’s long range with the network’s high power charging. On Saturday, May 21, Kevin Sharpe, founder of Zero Carbon World, will set off from John o’Groats in his electric blue Tesla Roadster along with EV expert David Peilow, both taking turns at the wheel. They expect to reach Lands End on Sunday, with stops to charge up using Tesla HPCs along the way.


Follow our progress live at the link above or on @dpeilow and @zerocarbonworld on Twitter, using tags #endtoend and #EV.
 

markwj

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Apr 10, 2011
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Looks like it is time to revisit that Roadster London -> Scotland trip, but this time using public HPCs. Or, perhaps Landsend to Caithness?
Really needs to be a step up from last year, though - is Lands End to John O'Groats possible??? Is Robert Llewyllen available to drive???
Watch this space...

Wow! I wasn't expecting anything this quick. Have fun (as fun as 900 miles in a roadster can be), and I'll be watching on Twitter.
 

malcolm

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Nov 12, 2006
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HUGE thankyou to David and Kevin for getting this off the ground in such quick time.

Any approximate timings for the stages in your journey?


ETA: the (recumbent) cycling record seems to be about 41 hours :biggrin:

The End to End Gazette
 
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dpeilow

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May 23, 2008
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The following timings are very preliminary:


Saturday 21 May 2011

· 8:00 a.m. Leave John o'Groats KW1 4YR

· 11:00 a.m. Arrive Macdonald Aviemore Resort PH22 1PN (HPC)

· 2:00 p.m. Leave Macdonald Aviemore Resort PH22 1PN (HPC)

· 4:30 p.m. Arrive Dalmahoy Hotel, Kirknewton EH27 8EB (HPC)

· 7:00 p.m. Leave Dalmahoy Hotel, Kirknewton EH27 8EB (HPC)

· 10:00 p.m. Arrive Radisson Blue Hotel, Durham DH1 5TL (HPC)


Sunday 22nd May

· 1:00 a.m. Leave Radisson Blue Hotel, Durham DH1 5TL (HPC)

· 3:30 a.m. Arrive The Nottingham Belfry NG8 6PY (HPC)

· 6:30 a.m. Leave The Nottingham Belfry NG8 6PY (HPC)

· 7:30 a.m. Arrive The Arden Hotel, Birmingham B92 0EH (ZCW 32 amp)

· 8:30 a.m. Leave The Arden Hotel, Birmingham B92 0EH (ZCW 32 amp)

· 11:00 a.m. Arrive Castle Hotel, Taunton TA1 1NF (HPC)

· 2:00 p.m. Leave Castle Hotel, Taunton TA1 1NF (HPC)

· 5:00 p.m. Arrive Land's End TR19 7AA
 

Jaff

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Aug 15, 2010
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Best of luck guys...sounds like a great trip!

(P.S. Don't forget to email Jeremy @ TG after every 55 mile segment to keep him apprised of your progress! :wink::biggrin: )
 

Cobos

S60 Owner since 2013 - sold, S85D owner since 2017
Jun 22, 2007
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I'm glad you are creating som positive buzz for Tesla in the UK.. with the BBC, Top Gear and the rest of the population against EVs you seem to need it :) I especially like that this is done before the Leaf Top Gear episode is aired.

Cobos
 

doug

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Nov 28, 2006
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Not just photos... You guys should certainly shoot video as well. Maybe Bobbyllew can hook you up with some cameras.
Any scheme for getting charge status notifications?

I'm a little surprised this looks like an endurance run. What's the rush? Why not get a nice 8 hours of sleep at one of those hotels?

Enjoy the trip! :smile:
 
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I did Lands End to John O'Groats with my late wife in our 1950 MG-TD. I'd love to do it in my Tesla Roadster. Have a great time and keep us updated.
 

TEG

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Will it just be the two of you in the one Roadster, or will there be other vehicles coming along too?
 

TEG

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I imagine you blokes will be quite well acquainted by the end of 900 miles!
 

Alan

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Sep 18, 2010
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A quick google news search shows a dozen or so sites have picked up the story including MSN and What Car. Great progress seeing you have not even set off yet!
 

GSP

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Does anyone know what the various icons on the map represent? I see:

Red Tesla Logos
Gray Tesla Logos
Gray Lightning Bolts
Blue Lighting Bolts
Yellow Circles

GSP
 

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