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Tesla Trip. Doable?

Discussion in 'General EV Discussion' started by ardandy, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. ardandy

    ardandy Electric Leaf Man

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    Im considering getting a tesla for 3 days and have been trying of a suitable road trip to go on as they're not exactly cheap to rent.

    One plan is to do the North Coast 500, which in itself is easily doable in 3 days. However I'd be picking it up from Manchester airport and just to get to Inverness it's 380miles each way, meaning the whole trip would be circa 1200 miles in 3 days.

    Is this reasonable do you think? One unknown for me is that after Edinburgh there's no superchargers so relying on ecotricity type stuff after that. How long for a 90D to charge on a rapid?

    Oh and I'd also be tesla camping for accommodation so it's in car sleep too!

    Should be fun need to figure out the logistics of it all!
     
  2. cah197

    cah197 Well-Known Member

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    Isn't there now a Supercharger at Dundee?
     
  3. Parax

    Parax Well-Known Member Speak EV Supporter

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    You can use superchargers to get there.. but you will need a Chademo adaptor to use the many CYC Rapids to get around the 500.

    I think you could probably do it if you planned really carefully, and drove very early to very late... As to whether it'd be fun? not sure... May be easier to do John o'Groats to Lands End as many more superchargers available..

    It'd take well over 2 hrs on a rapid to refill a 90D (some remote units won't give full charge rate either!) but you could do an hour then move on.. the chargers are at good intervals I'd guess 30 miles or so... so you could easily skip one or two.. but some can have (network signal) issues so never risk a final stop!

    I did most of the 500 in a leisurely three days, but started each day fully charged.. picking two hotels with chargers(Torridon) or next to a rapid (Tongue)..

    Tesla.jpg
     
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    thinfourth Non Member

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    Lets replace your tesla with a V8 Jag which is as close as you can get to a tesla

    3 days to do the Northeast 500 starting and returning to manchester

    NOPE

    it would not be enjoyable

    Too many miles

    Too few days

    The north east coast of scotland should be done at a more leisurely pace
     
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  5. ardandy

    ardandy Electric Leaf Man

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    I'd love to be able to take my time doing it but tesla's ain't cheap!
     
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    familymad Active Member

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    What's the damage for hiring one?
     
  7. srichards

    srichards Well-Known Member Speak EV Supporter

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    Would it be better to go mad and use loads of polar plus charge points and try and get a free Tesla out of Polar? I think you get it a week then. Gives you more time and you get free use of the Polar network.
     
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    Simon Mac Well-Known Member

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    @thinfourth it does depend if you like driving. My last 2 driving holidays have averaged close to 400 miles per day.

    Of course it helps if the sun is shining, you have the wind in your hair, and you have no real deadlines.
     
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    cah197 Well-Known Member

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    Around £169 per day I believe.
     
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    There is the Polar Plus experience. You need to use a number of their chargers, the RFID card is free for six months. Then you get to apply for a car for the week for free. Pick up Tuesday drop off Monday I believe/

    Polar Plus

    If money is tight it might be worth the hassle and picking it up from Luton.

    Richard
     
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    halcyonrichard Well-Known Member

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  13. ardandy

    ardandy Electric Leaf Man

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    Polar plus would take months at best.

    In Jan with the tesla you can get 3 days for price of 2.
     
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    thinfourth Non Member

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    Forget it

    Most hotels etc in the north will be closed and you will have no daylight and it will be cold and miserable.

    You would have to pay me to do the northeast 500 in 3 days in a tesla starting and finishing in Manchester especially in January.

    I would advise you wait till early season and plan for a week or more using the leaf or hire an ICE

    Oh and around John-o-groats it is pretty dull and barren. Start at the north west tip of Scotland and work your way down. And if you don't visit Skye and eat diver caught scallops then you have made an epic booboo.
     
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    Is this with White Car? Do they have an Edinburgh base yet? Would save a bit of time on rental starting there rather than Manchester...
     
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    cah197 Well-Known Member

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    Apparently, yes.
     
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    Sandy Zoe Devotee

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    In Scotland you'll take your 30mins and then you'll fook off! ;)
     
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  18. ardandy

    ardandy Electric Leaf Man

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    They're currently doing the Model S at £149 per day instead of £169 so I think it's time to sort this out.

    I'm thinking Feb half term now as I don't have to stick with January. I'd love to do later but these are all the hols I have coming up before April from work.
     
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    Just bear in mind that journey times on some remote Scottish roads will average at 40mph, maybe less. The A9 is fine but some other stretches will be full of blind corners and up-and-down bits.
     
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    Sandy Zoe Devotee

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    And do not speed on A9 unless you want to join the tragic statistic club.
     
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