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Winter road trip in Australia


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Its my first winter in Australia owning an electric vehicle and my anxiety about range on my winter road trip was misplaced as all went well. I travelled on a 4,252km road trip in my Tesla 3LR Electric Vehicle, visiting places across NSW and Victoria. Energy used was 670kWh at an average of 157Wh/km. Road surfaces included the heavily potholed main roads and country roads in NSW, snow covered roads in Kosciuszko National Park, good country roads in Victoria, wet and dry dirt roads in Victorian and NSW National Parks and freeway travel. Temps ranged from low teens to single digit days down to -2 degrees some evenings and mornings.

Average range was 15.7kWh/100km or the equivalent of 477 kms on a full charge. It was a cold weather trip, with the cabin heated at 20 or 21 degrees, terrain included the highest mountain ranges in Australia and I had sentry operating each evening overnight while the car was parked at motels, which uses additional energy each night.

I used PlugShare to allow me to top up my electric vehicle at a combination of Tesla superchargers, RACV Chargefox chargers, NRMA chargers and destination chargers. At two places where I stayed I also plugged in to a normal power point overnight. Every charger I stopped at was available and worked well for me. So I’ve decided the 3LR is great for Australian road trips.


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