Today, to walk the walk

Today, as in “talk the talk and walk the walk”.

Since August 18th 2017, when I was the first to charge at Tesla Supercharger Tordesillas returning from a trip to Germany (28 days and 11 thousand km), I realized may be it could be done: to find the future to be built superchargers in Portugal before they where open, live, and document their building up, construction. And, when going live, to be the first to charge there.

Fatima supercharger was born. Made it.

Montemor supercharger was born. Made it also.

Some other superchargers are being started as we speak 🙂 and I’ve been able, with some luck, some work, some hard work, some ingenuity, some pure brain linear reasoning and (some/quite) a bit of driving, I’ve been able to get there, to the places, sometimes with work not yet started on site. Yes, that early.

Today it was a different day, a relaxing driving and touring pleasant day. No “Tesla scouting”. From our place to Borba and back, with friends, supercharging at Montemor, having lunch at a nice place, relaxing and visiting. A different day. A fun day, walking the talk.

Showing friends the Tesla easy way of driving electric

Today, two years

Exactly two years ago I installed the plates and started driving my Tesla Model S 85D. Two years have passed. 74000 km. It’s an amazing amazing car. No regrets. Looking forwatd to more km ahead.

Burst, the anti-Tesla bursts

It’s amazingly entertaining to read the anti Tesla bursts that come to the surface each time Tesla presents a new product. Now, just after the semi truck and the next generation roadster reveal, the Web is inundated with the most horrible prognosis and descriptions on Tesla’s downfall: now it’s the horrendous amount of money Tesla is burning by the minute, or the impossible business model that will never work, or the cars that Tesla promises that aren’t delivered, or the quality issues that aren’t solved, all and everything is used and thrown against all Tesla lovers, fans, owners.

The best part? When so called Tesla fans repeat and share everywhere add nausea the same catastrophic headlines with the word Tesla in it associated to bombastic adjectives and near future for sure Tesla’s death. When you start asking for objective factual information they all bable the same adjectives and death certainties until they dry and runaway. I call them the “snail eyes” people: they recoil, to surface again in the next new Tesla product reveal.

Traversing Spain & today

Its funny reading today’s descriptions of people going to, or returning from, France or Germany with their Teslas… “How difficult it is”, and “How adventurous it is”… Pleeeease… With Tordesillas and Burgos? And now Rivabellosa?! Give me a break…

Try doing the Spain traversing with no Superchargers. No Burgos, no Tordesillas. The Museo De La Evolución Humana De Burgos was a lifesaver. The three phase plugs 22 kW (no Destination Chargers!) @Parador de Salamanca was an oasis. The parking @Serra Shopping, Covilha, was an absolute must.

Thank you Tesla, today Spain is not anymore a pain.

Today’s superchargers panorama is well advanced and Portugal is being introduced in the superchargers network, the future is bright

First Tesla supercharger in Portugal

The 26 of October they started construction. Today it is like the photo shows, taken yesterday. Yours truly managed to follow the construction process not from the start but close enough. This find was a great joint effort from lots of people with a great deal of help from UVE, the Electric Vehicle Users Association.

A video here and the physical place

To Tesla my and our thank you for this supercharger!

There were no physical barriers and I could not resist to use 5 seconds to park the car: the first Tesla car at the first Tesla supercharger in Portugal 😉

31 the magic number

Sunday 22 October 2017 we gathered 31 Tesla cars. A new record. The video is being done. Two drones filming, people all over, fantastic feelings from everyone, it was a blast!

A preview from the sky, the final video to be released soon 😉

Portuguese, for a meeting of Portuguese Tesla owners


A 8 de Maio de 2016 juntámos 22 Teslas para pedirmos um Service Center para Portugal. O Elon Musk disse OK passados 4 dias. Esse dia da abertura do Service Center está a chegar, teremos finalmente um Service Center próprio da Tesla em Portugal. Queremos agradecer e convidá-lo a vir cá para a inauguração e abertura do Service Center. A mesma equipa do vídeo original está a preparar uma nova mensagem e precisamos de juntar o maior número possível de Teslas. Domingo dia 22 de Outubro às 15:30 h precisamos de todos neste ponto de encontro com coordenadas 38.794953, -9.092149

Single 1 phase to 3 phase plug converter

Someone just asked for the pinout of the 1phase to 3phase converter, useful when charging in places where the conventional plug is the only option. So here it is: very simple to do, just follow the pinout taking into account that Brown is L1 phase and Blue is Neutral. On the Schuko side it doesn’t matter provided your charger is OK with it either way. If your charger, like the Tesla UMC, is sensitive to the L1 being in the right place just unplug the schuko and plug it again turning it 180°, easy. The pictures follow next.

Wallbox.OK charger
This is my main charger, robust and goes up to 22 kW, also able to charge single phase
The 1phase to 3phase converter is just a plug converter where only 1 phase will be used, there’s no miracle and in this context there’s no way a 1 phase system is usable as a full 3 phase system
The connections, Brown to L1, Blue to N, it goes without saying that green yellow goes to the Earth pin
Protect the wire with a “sleeve”, it avoids damaging the connection and increases contact
From the schuko side I marked the L1 (F as for Fase = Phase – Portuguese) and the Neutral, but this charger works well with any position for the phase; some chargers refuse to charge, just unplug and plug again “reversing” 180° the schuko

Tesla, the husbands and the wifes

@Bordeaux supercharger, talking to a UK couple, the wife tells me:

– During a Tesla meeting in London, some women, several men, I told the European Tesla guy: we loose the husband before the buy, during the buy and after the buy, you should do something to involve the wifes!

I know at least another wife that agrees 100% with this statement, mine 😉 😉

@Bordeaux; the dark Model S was Elon Musk’s car while in the UK


Our German voyage Lisbon-Germany-Lisbon: 11027 km

Out: 22 Jully 7:30 h.
Return: 18 August 23:00 h.
Total km: 11027 km.
Average consumption: 182 Wh/km.
Average km per day: 393.8 km/dia.
Max km in one day, on 22 July: 989.7 km.
Km the return day, 18 August: ~744 km.
Km with a full charge running away from wild fires in Mação & Gavião, 18 August: 321 km, at ~100% charge, arrival with 38%.
Consumption for the 321 km: 46.4 kWh.
Total usable battery for this consumption: ~74.8 kW.
Total battery plus buffer: ~78.8 kWh.
Total battery from TM-Spy & SCAN my Tesla: 79.3 kWh.

At arrival

Last supercharger used, 18 August 11:14 h: Tordesillas, I was told I was the first to charge there, it was connected on the 17, by that time it did not show up yet in the car system.

Tordesillas supercharger