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Travel from Melbourne to Stawell in Victoria with Model S

Discussion in 'Australia & New Zealand' started by Bairaktaris, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. Bairaktaris

    Bairaktaris Member

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    Hey everyone,

    I am planning a return day trip to Stawell in Victoria from Melbourne. The return distance is 470km, just inside/outside our Model S85 500km range. Does anyone know/has used any charging facilities along the M8 (say in Ballarat) please ?

    Thank you for your feedback,

    Dimitrios
     
  2. Wattup

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    I do not know a specific answer for your question but the plugshare app is a good place to start.
     
  3. wpapua

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    G'day Dimitrios,

    Be aware that your range, at 100kmh, is actually 400 kms, not 500 ! I do understand there is a Tesla owner (probably only hpwc) at Bacchus Marsh - perhaps that could assist. I have linked Tesla to the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, overnight stay required, (in the general vicinity of Stawell), but don't know if anything has come of a suggested destination charger (high powered wall connector) there. Best of luck !
     
  4. mhh

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    Tesla owner Rob in Bacchus Marsh is your man. He's on Plug share.
     
  5. Keiron

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    Hi Dimitrios

    As stated Model S has at very best a 450Km range up that way if you have ideal conditions. Real world goes like this:

    4 passengers say two adults and 2 kids total gross weight ( lots of assumptions built in this bit.... ) allocate around 280kg for everybody

    General family stuff including the wifes handbag etc etc etc another 20kg

    Total weight payload = 300Kg approx.

    Assuming your a completely law abiding citizen and you stay exactly on speed limits all the way- both ways. The attached Project sheet gives you a pretty reliable energy data set.

    The trick is when you get to 70Kw/hr is actual usage things start to go wrong and alarms are buzzing at you that you wont make it- reduce speed etc.

    According to EVTRIPPLANNER you'll use an ACTUAL 89Kw/hrs and that calc is based on Richmond Supercharger and back to Richmond Supercharger with NO safety margin.

    If you get a topup at Bacchus Marsh that'd be great but its likely to take you about 2.5 hrs on a standard charger to get sufficient and even then you still have no margin for error.

    When I am faced with this one I contact the Destination site and ask question about local mechanics and engineering companies that would have 415 V 3 phase 32 Amp Plugs.
    The trick is I carry one of Tims 22kw/Hr 3 phase charger modules and it loads about 105Kms of DISTANCE per Hour -must betterer!
    More than happy to lend it to you for your trip but you will need to source someone to donate you a bit of juice if you want to try this option.

    Cheers View attachment 108930
     
  6. raynewman

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    That, of course, assumes dual chargers. For single charger cars, the Tesla Euro three phase adaptor for the UMC and a convertor is a much cheaper option (but only 50 odd KMH).
     
  7. Bairaktaris

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    Many many thanks for your most helpful advice.

    Dimitrios
     

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