Solo, day #03 17-07-24

Orleans, Orleans Sc, Aire de Chateauxvillain Sc – Vale Marnay Orge Sc, Val-de-Meuse SC (16 stalls), Beaune Sc (12 stalls), km driven today: 547 km.

Orleans cathedral
Choose one of 16 available stalls; and there’s the place for expanding to 16 more, 32 total. Is it enough? 🙂
Beaune Sc 12 stalls + 1 slooow charger

Solo, day #02 17-07-23

Biarritz – Bayonne Sc – Bordeaux Sc – Brive-la-Gaillarde Sc – Châteauroux Sc – Orléans (Sud), 778 km.

@Bordeaux Sc, taking a picture I didn’t realize this beauty was arriving behind me, I know pedestrians sometimes get scared when the silent car passes by, this was the first time the other way around!
@Brive-la-Gaillard Sc, in onde minute another S will arrive. That/one in the picture is a 60D (a software limited 75), no fog lamps package
@Châteauroux Sc, in the middle of nowhere, it’s there, but it’s a scare
@Orléans Sud after a 778 km long 2nd day drive

Solo, day #01 17-07-22

PoD – Aveiras’ PCR – Santarém PCR – Abrantes PCR – Serra Shopping Covilhã – Parador de Salamanca Dc – Tordesillas Sc (still off) – Burgos Sc – Bayonne Sc – Biarritz, 989.7 km. A long leg, a leg alone, done. Thanks EM for  the Supercharger network. Spain is almost a pain…

@Tordesillas, not yet
@Burgos, the invisible Teslas, I’m not alone?
@Bayonne, S P85+ N, S 85D P, X 90D UK, S 85 NL
@Biarritz, “Eu, do Nada”, the Nada (Nothing) place and book travelling Europe
@Biarritz from PoD, 989.7 km for day #01

Stress? What stress?!

Driving with family can be fun. Driving with family in the Model S can be funnier. Or slower. Specially if your wife stresses on the charge % and every single stop is the time to wait for a battery topped…

Stress? What stress?! No stress when the goal is the magic number 9, followed by a zero and the symbol %: 90%.

90% and unstressed happiness happens


History being made today. It seems so far away, when all spoke on the bright future to say “These are the cars for the future today”, and suddenly the future faded away, EVs crushed in pain, it was yesterday, when Volvo had the C30 EV, three hundred of them, Michelin had its own brilliant EV R&D, and for what? For nothing from all of them, hurey!

But today, history is being made today: the first Tesla Model 3 is being assembled in the factory pipeline today. The revolution is on its way.

The 3, the future is here, very soon on the roads, by the 28th, the day

Charging rate

As more people move into “EV mode”, the same questions popup on a regular basis. Several recurrent ones are:

  1. I have a 220 V circuit with 30 A, how much do I get to charge my car? It depends on the kW charger of your car. You want a bigger kW charger for more range/h charge. It does not give you more when you feed the car 22 kW if your car only accepts 3.7 kW or 7.4 kW! Your car is the limitation! It’s very sad when, with a 7.4 kW charger available nearby, we see a 3.7 or 7.4 kW car occupying a 22 kW charger, it’s such a huge waist!! Specially if the person arriving has a 22 kW charger in the car and all 22 kW chargers are busy for slow charging cars and the only thing available is a slow 7.4 kW charger… Sad.
  2. How can I know my charging rate? For a consumption of ~200 Wh / 100 km, multiply your kWatt by 5 and you have approximately your charge rate in km/h. Divide by 1.6 to get miles. For 110 V 12 A: 110 × 12 / 1000 × 5 / 1.6 = 4 mi/h. For 220 V 30 A you get 220 × 30 ÷ 1000 × 5 ÷ 1.6 = 20.6 mi/h. 230 V 16 A 3 phase (11 kW) normally gets you 55 km/h. 32 A 3 phase (22 kW) gets you ~110 km/h.
  3. Why do I get less than the arithmetic tells? If the circuit delivers less V when loaded (typical), your W decreases and the charge rate will stabilize with less km or mi per h charging rate. A circuit delivers as much A as it can, depending on the Quality of Service and on the quality of the wire of the installation. Also, if the plug where you connect your EVSE is far away from the main distribution, you might get lower V when loading with higher A, the wire’s resistance plays an important role. Sometimes it pays to be attentive and to move to a plug near to the main energy distribution board. I’ve seen differences between 8 to 11 kW just for moving to a plug near the supply board, due to shorter wiring between the different plugs to the power supply board.
  4. As always, YMMV.