Visitor Put up by very long time MEC good friend Angela Tillier
When our flights to Cairns had been cancelled with 2 days’ discover we determined to take the Tesla for a vacation in WA. I purchased the Tesla Mannequin 3 SR+ in June 2021 so this might be an actual get to know the automotive and charging choices in August/September 2021.
The very first thing I did was to take a look at the Plug Share app to see the place we might cost and calculate distances. My priorities had been to see wildflowers, the perfect season for years, and go to some favorite coastal cities looking for sunshine and heat.
The journey required some cautious planning as some areas we went to haven’t any chargers.
First cease Kojonup the place we had lunch at The Black Cockatoo for 1.5hrs whereas the automotive charged. After we arrived, there was a Tesla already there however fortunately, he was gone in quarter-hour, and we had been in a position to cost.
Now there are three Superchargers at Williams Woolshed, opened mid-September, so solely a 35-minute cease is important.
We did a brief detour from the freeway to borrow a 3-phase charging cable from the Tesla Homeowners Membership. A $20 p.a. membership payment permits you to get plenty of recommendation and borrow some helpful extras. Sadly, the spare tyre was already on mortgage, so we took the chance and travelled with a can of tyre foam simply in case.
In Perth there are actually 6 Superchargers at Karrinyup Procuring Centre and plenty of different charging factors so no downside.
Our subsequent cease was Jurien Bay the place there’s a quick charger run on used cooking oil.
From right here we headed inland to the wildflowers and topped up the battery at Three Springs on a 3-phase energy outlet whereas we had espresso and home-made vanilla slices on the native café.
This high up allowed us to go touring across the wildflower areas of Coalseam Nationwide Park, Pindar and Canna and half cost in a single day on a standard energy level.
We then spent 2 nights in Geraldton at a Motel with two Tesla vacation spot chargers so touring round was no downside. There’s a quick charger in Geraldton and three different charging choices, so an in a single day cease isn’t mandatory.
Subsequent cease was Kalbarri, so we had a fast cease at Northampton to take a look at the placement of the Tesla vacation spot charger and have a espresso.
Kalbarri has a vacation spot charger, however we didn’t want to make use of it as we plugged into a standard energy outlet within the carport of our vacation rental and toured round from there for just a few days.
From Kalbarri to Monkey Mia we needed to cease on the Billabong Roadhouse for one and half hours on the Tesla vacation spot charger they supply. This can be upgraded to a quick charger when the brand new authorities electrical freeway is completed.
Charging on the brand new electrical freeway from Esperance to Kununurra can be a lot sooner with chargers obtainable each approx. 160km.
At Monkey Mia Resort there’s a 3-phase energy outlet for company, and we noticed one other blue Tesla there.
Our solely hiccup on the entire journey was the following part the place we had deliberate to cost at Wooramel on the way in which to Carnarvon. One of many two turbines had damaged down so they might not allow us to use the vacation spot charger. We ended up driving to Carnarvon at 70kmph so we might make it with out operating out of battery. The automotive’s navigation display advises what velocity to journey at to succeed in your vacation spot and offers updates and warnings.
The Carnarvon Motel has two Tesla vacation spot chargers which cost the battery to full in round 7 hours.
Subsequent cease was Coral Bay which we made with no issues and charged over the following couple of days on a 10amp energy outlet.
The return journey was simpler going straight to Carnarvon, in a single day after which cease at Billabong for a cost earlier than arriving in Northampton. We used the vacation spot charger there whereas we had dinner on the lodge after which plugged into the lodging 10amp energy outlet.
We left Northampton absolutely charged however topped up in Geraldton as we had been overnighting in Dongara the place once more we topped up on a 10amp outlet.
The following evening was Mingenew Motel once more on a 10amp after which to Dalwallinu the place that they had a 3-phase outlet.
We toured round some wildflower areas close to Dalwallinu so topped up at New Norcia storage earlier than heading to Perth.
Total, the journey within the Tesla was a pleasure. While you arrive at your vacation spot you don’t really feel as drained as an ICE (inner combustion engine) automotive. The seats are very comfy and since it’s so quiet it’s a pleasure to drive. The sound system is great, so we loved some nice music. Additionally stopping extra ceaselessly and for longer to cost makes the journey far more stress-free and pleasing.
We took the automotive onto gravel roads in just a few locations with no issues although we’re very conscious that the bottom clearance of the Mannequin 3 is barely 140mm.
I used to be impressed to put in writing this text as a result of many individuals are anxious about vary in an electrical automotive. Vary may be very depending on velocity as we discovered. Mainly, travelling at 110 kmph makes use of extra battery so the vary within the SR+ reduces to round 330km on the freeway. Travelling at 90 kmph the vary is extra like 400 km.
On the journey we travelled just below 5000km and the price to re-charge was $22. This was as a result of primarily the chargers are being offered freed from cost. This may increasingly change at some stage although I believe most lodging will proceed to supply charging free of charge.
At house, I drive about 50km in a day and the automotive makes use of round 16% battery. I plug in to re-charge both once we are producing extra solar energy at house or in a single day on off peak electrical energy between 11pm and 4am so it solely prices round 20c kwh.
Synergy has a brand new EV Plan for electrical automotive homeowners and 30% low cost is utilized to all off peak energy consumption in addition to giving just a few different incentives.
So, the preliminary up-front value of shopping for an electrical automotive is offset over 5 years due to the a lot decrease operating and upkeep prices.
A latest research evaluating the acquisition of a Tesla Mannequin 3 with the Camry Hybrid estimated that after 5 years the Tesla prices round $4,000 much less. https://thedriven.io/2021/07/12/tesla-model-3-now-costs-less-to-own-than-toyota-camry-hybrid/
The worth in WA for the Tesla SR+ is presently round $66,400 driveaway.