21 excellent Tesla Model S Road Trip – Sydney To Melbourne

you Could Be Forgiven For Thinking That Tesla Had Already Broken All The Rules In The Electric Car Book, But They Haven't That's Because There's One More To Break And We're About To Do It We're Going To Drive This Model S All The Way From Sydney To Melbourne On Electricity Alone And The Best Bit It's Not Going To Cost Us A Cent The Tesla Supercharger Network Is Designed To Give Owners A Free Charging Option While They're On Their Way From One Place To Another And With A Full Charge Onboard The Model S Is Capable Of More Than 500 Kilometres Of Electric Driving Our Route Will Take Us From Here Instant Lanterns In Sydney's Inner North All The Way Down The Hume Freeway To Goulburn Where The First Super Charge Is Located And From There Across The Victorian Border To A Dongle Where The Second Major Regional Supercharger Is And From There, If All Goes To Plan We'll End Up In Melbourne Later Today With About 900 Kilometers To Cover And One Day To Do It It'll Pay To Keep A Close Eye On Energy Consumption Both The Cars And Mine, But Thankfully The Supercharger Stations Are Pretty Well Located. So, That Should Mean We Aren't Fatigued At The End Of The Drive Time To Hit The Road As.

I Made My Way Out Of Sydney And Down The Hume Highway Towards Golden. I Started Thinking About How Much Things Have Changed In The Australian Automotive Landscape In Recent Years It Wasn't That Long Ago That Conventional Cars Weren't Able To Make The Full Sydney To Melbourne Trip On One Tank They Can Now Obviously And We Aren't Going To Be Able To Do Sydney To Melbourne On A Single Fill, But It Is A Testament To The Approach Of Tesla Motors In Australia And Around The World To Make Long-distance Driving Using Emissions Free Electricity A Viable Option The Fact That Supercharger Stations Are Located In Places That You Might Not Usually Stop To Recharge Your Own Batteries Means The Company Is Helping To Push The Local Business Angle And Once. I Reach Goulburn.

I Could See That The Locals Including The Mayor We're Excited To See The Company's Presence In The City Centre Rather Than Out At The Bypass Service Station With The Full Recharge Taking About An Hour To Complete. I Had Plenty Of Time To Watch The Ceremony And Talk With Tesla Owners About What The Expansion Of The Supercharger Network Means For Them. So, This Is Kate This Is Her Model S 85 And She's Owned The Car For About Six Months.

So, Kate Tell Us What It's Like It's Great Do You Live Near Golden Or. I Live In Sydney, But My Parents Are Down South Lee Yes So. I Spend A Lot Of Time Driving Through Here And.

So, Is This Going To Make That Trip A Lot More Convenient For You It Will It Gives A Lot Of Flexibility. So, If. I Just On A Spur Of The Moment.

I Want To Drop What. I'm Doing And Can't Drive Down Without Having Charged My Car Beforehand. I Can Drive To Here Then Chop Up The Charge And Then Drive On With Or Maybe Drive Here And Then Go Onto The Snow Whatever Wow.

So, And You've Been Able To Achieve That Five Hundred KS Claimed Range. I Had Actually Tested It. So, Far, But.

I Don't Want To Run Out Well. I've Got Over 400 Case Ok Yeah Push To The 500 Right. I've Got A Bit Of A Lead Foot Oh It's Easy To Have In A Car Like This.

So, Jim Your Model S Do You Love It. I Certainly Do Wonderful Car The Fact That There's Now A Regional Supercharger In Your Area Be Assisting You To Get From A To B Or Yes Very Much Sir Oh In Fact. I Come To Garban On A Regular Basis And.

I Can Do It Easily If. I Remember To Charge The Car To A Trip Charge Before. I Leave Home Now.

I Don't Have To Bother. I Can Just Rip Up Literally 15 Minutes Here You Go And Have A Coffee Come Back The Cars Got Enough To Give Me A Side Go More. I Want To Go And Home Again Easily Yeah Sounds Like A Win How It Is It's Win 2-1 It's The Best Place.

I Could Have Possibly Put The First Supercharger For Me Excellent Cool All Right Thanks Jim Appreciate That Right We're Fully Charged More Than 500 Caves Of Range Time To Hit The Road It's Onwards To Wodonga Before. I Hit The Highway. I Passed The Big Merino Which Was Controversially Moved Out Of Town To That All-encompassing Service Center Near The Highway And Then It Was Back On The Road For About 370 Days Of Cruising To Our Next Supercharger Station.

So, We Keep The Freeway Outside Goulburn And After Just A Few Kilometers A Warning Came Up On The Navigation Screen That Said Drive Slowly To Reach Destination Sitting At About 110 Because That's The Speed Limit After 20 Or 30 Kilometers It Said You Need To Slow Down Or You Will Run Out Now That Could Be An Issue, If You Like To Get Places In A Fairly Timely Manner Than Electric Driving Perhaps Isn't For You And That's Obvious When You Think About The Time That You Need To Factor In To Do These Long-distance Drives In A Tesla Yes It Does Take Longer You Might Have To Allow An Extra 40 Minutes To Recharge Here And There And As Soon As All The Supercharger Network Stations Are Opened Up That Might Not Be Such An Issue And When It Comes To Highway Cruising There's Something Truly Enjoyable And Refreshing About The Silence That Comes With Electric Driving Not Only Is It Quiet, But It's Also Really Comfortable The New Seats With Extra Bolstering And The Base And The Upright Do Offer Better Support And Even After Four Or Five Hours Behind The Wheel. I'm Not Feeling Fatigued At All Part Of That Also Comes Down To The Fact That This Car Rides Really Well It's On Air Suspension It's Got The 19-inch Wheel Package Rather Than The 21s That Makes A Huge Difference Even Over Rough Surfaces And Cracked Concrete It Feels Composed Compliant And Most Importantly Comfortable. So, We've Just Gone Through Some Roadworks Neither Turnoff To Tambour Rumba And The Sat-nav System Has Now Decided That We Don't Have Enough Charge To Make It To A Donger Even Though The Distance To A Donger Is Apparently 93 KS And We've Got 164 K's Of Rated Range It's Telling Me That We Might Not Make It.

I Think We'll Make It. I Think It's A Bit Confused. I Hope It'll Be Confused.

I Made It Just That Was Close Had To Drive Fairly Carefully There Just To Make Sure. I Had Enough Battery Range To Get Me Here To A Donger. So, We Made It Here With About Forty Five K's Of Range Left That Means It'll Probably Take About An Hour For The Model S To Be Fully Recharged.

So, We Can Keep Going All The Way To Melbourne Must Be Time For A Cup Of Tea The Wodonga Supercharger Is Located At The Community Centre Known As The Cube Which Is Right On The Main Street That Means You're Within Close Proximity To Shops Cafes And More After A Refuel Of My Own It Was Time To Hit The Highway Once More In The Dark And We Had A Surprise Coming Well This Wasn't On The Agenda, But Tesla Has A Temporary Supercharger Here In Euro It's About 200 Kilometers From Melbourne. So, We'll Do A Quick Top-up And Keep Going After Leaving The Tesla On Charge For An Extra 15 Minutes. I Was 100% Confident.

I Would Make It The Rest Of The Way To Melbourne And Tesla Has Confirmed The Euro A Charger Will Be Permanent After Another Few Hours Of Driving It Was Time To Park Our Model S For The Final Time On This Epic And Lengthy Journey. So, We Have Made It All The Way From Sydney To Melbourne Using Pure Electric Power And It's Taken A Long Time 14 Hours Or. So, Including Shooting And Charging, But It Hasn't Cost Us A Cent And That's What Tesla Is All About Getting People From A To B Electrically.

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