By David Waterworth and Adam & Tanya Philips
It’s a widespread joke amongst electrical car house owners in Australia that some individuals received’t consider that an EV is value shopping for until it may possibly get you to Uluru — the sacred coronary heart of Australia (beforehand often known as Ayers Rock). Properly, one intrepid driver and his companion determined to test it out. Adam and Tanya Phillips drove to Uluru within the Northern Territory from Marysville in Victoria and again. Their full story might be discovered right here.
I’ve supplied a few of the highlights with their permission.
With a complete distance of roughly 6000 km and an absence of high-speed chargers, getting from rural Victoria to the centre of the Northern Territory is kind of the problem. Complete stats for the journey: distance = 6050 km, complete power = 1044 kWh, common kW/km = 173, complete price = $281.04.
A lot of vacation spot chargers at their lodging supplied the majority of the charging. This included Keith Motor Inn — South Australia, Desert Cave — Coober Pedy SA, Erldunda Roadhouse — Northern Territory (3-phase outlet free to company), Yulara Campground — Northern Territory, Oasis Motor Inn — South Australia.
Listed here are some journey highlights from Adam and Tanya:
Day 3 problem — Only one street right now, the Stuart Hwy. 110km/h the entire manner. Charged on the Ampol at Glendambo, $20 per hour to cost from 3 section that will solely give 8kW. After 4 hours and $80 to get from 23 to 63% (29.63kWh), I deemed that just about sufficient to get to Coober Pedy tomorrow. However simply to verify I don’t must drive sluggish, I’m charging from the 15A outlet for the air conditioning in our lodge room for the remainder of the evening until we depart. Complete distance = 290km, common Wh/km = 173.
Day 5 — We headed from Coober Pedy to Erldunda right now, greatest single stretch of the journey at 495km. A cease was had about midway at Marla for two hours @ $10 an hour to cost on their 3 section working 16A giving 12kWh, then onto Erldunda the place they’ve a 3 section 16A plug that’s free for company and in addition delivers 12kWh. Complete distance = 495km, complete power = 83kW, common Wh/km = 167, complete price = $20.
Day 6 — A fast run down the Lasseter Hwy and we arrived at Yulara and arrange camp at Ayers Rock Camp Floor. They’ve a Tesla vacation spot charger giving 12kW which is free for individuals staying on the tenting floor. Complete distance = 285km, complete power = 47kWh, common Wh/km = 166, complete price = $0.
Day 8 — We left Yulara and headed north for Kings Canyon. We had an Ensuite web site which has a 15A energy level and that is how we charged while at Kings Canyon Resort with our UMC. The walks round Kings Canyon have been completely very good. As we have been within the powered web site space, we had many individuals that couldn’t consider that the automotive was charging from an influence level. Many nice conversations have been had with individuals serving to to teach them: wherever there’s an influence level, we are able to cost. Complete distance = 311km, complete power = 55kWh, common kW/km = 178, complete price = $0.
Day 13 — We headed south down for an evening at Kulgera earlier than shifting on. The pub is a basic. The queue for diesel was about 300m lengthy, as everybody was towing one thing the dimensions of a home behind them taking over all the opposite diesel bowsers. Charging was a breeze on the 3 section charger within the caravan park facility at $10 an hour. $50 and we’re full! Complete distance = 295km, complete energy = 50kWh, common kW/km = 171, complete price = $50.
I did my maths just a little higher this time and labored out I didn’t want to make use of the three section charger and pay $20 an hour for actually sluggish 3 section (10% an hour). So I plugged the UMC into the aircon 15A socket in our room and acquired to 90% by the point we left within the morning, which was greater than sufficient. First bit of injury to the automotive right now. 1km out of Glendamdo we acquired a stone from a small automotive and obtained a windscreen chip and star. This can must be changed once we get residence, I known as forward to Port Augusta making an attempt to get a fill restore however no luck. Complete distance = 290km, complete energy = 47kWh, common kW/km = 173, complete price = $0.
Day 22 — After discovering the one ‘quick’ charger within the space is damaged, we needed to both backtrack barely to Ballarat for a cost to get residence or I may ask the lodge in the event that they thoughts me plugging into the outside energy level to cost up. They have been fairly after I defined how EVs are high-quality like this as we’re not off until the morning in order that’ll be all of the cost we have to get residence. They wouldn’t settle for money so I gave them a pleasant bottle of wine as we have been trying out within the morning to say thanks and to encourage them to think about a correct vacation spot charger.
Adam and Tanya have included a useful desk with charging strategies and distances, and many others. The problems they confronted, how they solved them, and the generosity of their lodging hosts is much like what we discovered once we drove to Winton. It’s going to virtually be unhappy to assume that quickly these challenges will not be there as chargers grow to be extra ubiquitous.
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