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Summary Of Trip

Well this brings our South Island adventure to an end. We had no idea what to expect taking this EV road trip on. We had done our homework as far as charging stations go, but had no idea on how reliable the services were on the South Island. I am pleased to say that, overall, the worry was over nothing. The only area of the trip that needs some serious investment in charging facilities, is on the west coast between Franz Josef and Wanaka. This run is long and pretty rugged, so places a big demand on battery usage. If the Haast charging station had been in service, then we would not have experienced an issue, but failures in service are inevitable, so additional options are required to cater for such events. The only other area where we were tight on charge arriving at the charging station, was between Richmond and Westport, but we had no battery alerts so no big drama. Also we chose not to stop, as there are charging stations between these two locations.

Total kilometers return travel from home = 3264 Kilometers
Total cost of charging (including any parking fees) = $449.72
Cost per Kilometer travelled = $0.13778
Total Kwh charging = 593.975
Number of issues with chargers encountered = 3
Number of times had to queue to charge on trip = 2 (longest 20 minutes)

Breakdown of charging providers:

BP
Total Kwh charging = 157.905
Total cost of charging (including any parking fees) = $110.54

Z Energy
Total Kwh charging = 79.52
Total cost of charging (including any parking fees) = $54.87

ChargeNet
Total Kwh charging = 350.55
Total cost of charging (including any parking fees) = $250.33

Caravan Parks
Total Kwh charging = 6
Total cost of charging (including any parking fees) = $15

Free Charges
BP Wanaka = 40 kWh
Edgewater Hotel Tesla Charger -10kWh

So the big questions are:
1. Was it a good experience?
2. Would we do it again?

Well the answer is an emphatic HELL YES on both counts. Apart from the heart wrenching Wanaka leg of the trip, the remainder was a breeze, with most of the chargers we mapped out being operational. We also used ones which we hadn't factored in, so even more options.

Hope this blog has been informative and proves useful to others considering such a trip. If you have a vehicle with 400+ Km range, this is an easy road trip for sure.

Posted by Awsome1UK 05:37

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