Vic EV Long-Weekend Tour begins

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Vic EV Long-Weekend Tour begins

Post by Bryce » Sun, 15 Sep 2019, 17:30

Hi all- just finished the first leg today of one of our Vic branch's EV Week events-this one the 'EV Long Weekend tour'. Over 360km travelled to Bairnsdale in Victoria's east (via the SHD events at the Cape Paterson sustainable housing estate). Kona arrived with 95km of range left too - it is so economical when you stick to 100 ... and don't leadfoot it at 110km/h with the heater flat-out, on my recent trip to Sydney. :twisted:

Also good to carry a few EVSE options when traversing the PlugShare badlands. 3.6kW EVSE in 15A caravan park outlet will have it all but fully charged before I head off to my first EV fleet info presentation at 10 here tomorrow. (BTW: NRMA Caravan park manager very EV supportive).

Next day's tour: over the top to Albury via the Great Alpine Road. Hopefully some Kona EV in the snow pics to post tomorrow night. 😊
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Re: Vic EV Long-Weekend Tour begins

Post by Bryce » Mon, 16 Sep 2019, 16:32

Day 2: stopped at Myrtleford instead of Albury. Longer EV info session than planned in Bairnsdale, and heavy cloud over Hotham-so was tired and needed a beer/feed by 5. Car currently tucked in bed with 15A bottle and feeding happily. :-)
Fully charged this morning sometime before 9am (as in I went to pack the car at 9 and it was fully charged: comfortably ahead of the dashboard readout estimate the night before).
Was a slight concern on reaching Hotham with less range than remaining distance, but then I could have turned off the heater (but was 0 degrees outside and snowing) or for that matter selected 'eco', but on the other hand: unlike a fossil car where that range would be pretty definite, my car could refuel on the downhill run! (To that point today I had hit an all-time record of 20kW/100km. Uphill all the way, and heater on for second half of that, was stretching the economy friendship a little). Anyway, at that point it was zero outside and downhill from Hotham to Harietville-so what the heck, stayed with heater flat out and normal mode. All went to plan and range was well in in excess of Albury distance by bottom of hill at Harietville. Only increasing on the flat too. Was about 40km in excess by the time I stopped for the day.
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Tomorrow to Kerang. My one day off from AEVA EV info sessions means I can head off early to make up the 80ish km shortfall today. All still within range though: remember, this trip must be DC charger free to show EVs can already do weekend distances away!!! (DC fast-charge makes it too easy ;-) )
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BTW: Myrtleford caravan park also very EV interested. Dropped off another AEVA EV charging point sign there too.
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Re: Vic EV Long-Weekend Tour begins

Post by Bryce » Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 16:46

Day 3 saw me out of Myrtleford at 9.30, with 'nan' the GPS taking a nice but unexpected detour along a windy hilly road to Echuca on the way to Kerang. (My stop tonight). I named the GPS 'nan' as it has a habit of detouring the route through country towns and byways instead of keeping to the highway. (A Kona foible rather than an EV one). The other Kona foible shown up again today (although I knew it when I bought it) is it's a rather boring car on a twisty road. Very safe and predictable handling, but they've designed all the fun out of it!
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Predictably, it reached a full charge before I got up and still had over 100km left of range after driving 5hrs and 312km. Did have one surprise on arriving in the Kerang caravan park though: old caravan pillars have tiny access areas and my industrial plug wouldn't fit! A quick disassembly and removal of the offending lock ring solved that.
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Tomorrow is Swan Hill for another fleet EV familiarisation session, then on to ... the top town in Vic: Mildura!
So far: I am getting tired enough to need to stop each day before the EV runs out of charge.
Far further each day than a normal weekend drive - but I need to do over 5hrs on the road each day to cover a circuit of Victoria in a week!
More from Mildura tomorrow: then it's southward again to begin the run home.
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Re: Vic EV Long-Weekend Tour begins

Post by Bryce » Thu, 19 Sep 2019, 05:00

Day 4: Mildura. And it's beginning to dawn on me this not a 'typical' long weekend drive. A tour of over 2300km in 6.5 days (with stops for EV talks) is definitely not your normal restful holiday drive.
Yes, was a bit tired last night: hence filing me report the next morning!
Now on the return run as I head south to Hamilton today. Learnings so far: caravan parks and EVs are a marriage made in heaven. Until AC destination and DC fast charge EVSEs become ubiquitous (and as it turns out, the perimeter of Victoria is a PlugShare desert), the availability of 15A plugs everywhere in a caravan park make this trip a beeeze.
Another learning is that you do need to choose your caravan park placement well. Tonight I ended up too far from Mildura CBD to have any choice of evening eatery. (Not assisted by the caravan park placing my car 100m from my cabin to charge as they did not 'get' that people charging their car might like it near where they are staying to access it. All the others so far thought of that (without prompting from me I might add) and made the cabin and charging spot next to each other). Plus Myrtleford CP made a note to tag the cabin I stayed in as the EV traveller choice :)
Stats for Kerang to Mildura below.
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For some reason I was less than economical, running at around 16kW/100km. Still had almost 130km range on arrival (not including taking any economy measures-so realistically I could eke that to 160km or beyond, so who cares?
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Saturday meet-up points for EV drive day to ECOSS

Post by Bryce » Thu, 19 Sep 2019, 05:54

Hi all - for anyone interested in joining the EV drive day to the EV Long Weekend finish line (Ballarat to Wesburn in the Yarra Valley via Geelong and Melbourne) the meet-up points and times are as follows:
1. Buninyong: 7.30am (leave 8am sharp)
At coming Buninyong EV charging station (opposite the BP fossil fuel station)
2. Geelong: 9.30am (leave 10am)
Cunningham pier EVSE, 10 Western Foreshore Rd
3. Melbourne (1): 11am (leave 11.30)
ScienceWorks car park, Booker st Spotswood (Melway map 56, B1)
4. Melbourne (2): 12.30 (leave 1pm)
Yara Junction: The Yarra Centre car park (Melway map 288 D7)

Destination: ECOSS Sun Festival, 711 Old Warburton Rd, Wesburn.
Hope to meet you at one of those points!
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Re: Vic EV Long-Weekend Tour begins

Post by Bryce » Thu, 19 Sep 2019, 17:32

Day 5: Mildura to Horsham to run another fleet EV familiarisation session. As a challenge, am staying at a motel tonight. Was hard to find a room with wiring and switchboard safe for charging (lucky I am an electrician!): but last checked room had new wiring and switchboard-so felt safe to book in/plug in. 😊
Owners had been thinking of what to do for EVs, but had no reason to do anything. .. till I turned up!
Today's stats were 322km travelled, with 145km of range still available still. Means day's range could have been 467km!! (13.9kWh average at 100km/h a lot of the way).
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Tomorrow is Hamilton for another fleet session, then Buninyong (near Ballarat) for an evening talk at the Ballarat region AEVA sub-branch meeting. Almost there. Car doing well, but I am wearing out!
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Re: Vic EV Long-Weekend Tour begins

Post by doggy » Fri, 20 Sep 2019, 16:11

Excellent range figures! A 64kW battery sure makes it all very doable.
Have you noticed how things go with a stiff headwind?
But perhaps it hasn't been very windy?
No wonder you are tired!
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Re: Vic EV Long-Weekend Tour begins

Post by Bryce » Fri, 20 Sep 2019, 19:50

Yes, the data from the trip show a lot of the effects of altered driving conditions. Day 1 was flat 100km/h driving. Day 2 was up hill and lots of heater. Day 5 was with a very strong tailwind, etc. Will analyse in detail for the final articles.
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Re: Vic EV Long-Weekend Tour begins

Post by Bryce » Fri, 20 Sep 2019, 20:08

Day 6: almost there!
Hotel charge went well, and ready to go with full battery before 8am. Since I planned to leave by 10, safely done and dusted. 😊
Today was two talks: the last fleet EV familiarisation session, plus an evening presentation to the AEVA Ballarat sub-branch. Was nice to start putting the bigger pic together tonight with a few slides and number crunching of different driving conditions now the bulk of the tour is done. As it is the drive-day tomorrow and am staying in an older house tonight (many thanks to Steve Carter for lending me a spare bedroom tonight!) am granny charging tonight as I was not entirely certain of the switchboard capacity. Will DC fast-charge in Geelong at the meet-up point there tomorrow. [21.9 edit: my error-was a bit tired last night when I looked. Chargers on Geelong foreshore are Mode 3 AC chargers = max 7kW for the Kona]. (Car showed 29hrs to a full charge here using the granny charger!! Be interesting to see if that improves by the morning. Have found so far the estimates are slightly conservative and it's generally ready a bit sooner).
Tomorrow: EV drive day and parade to ECOSS. Call me on O428 537 O53 if you can join in with your EV. See earlier post above for meet-up places and times.
Oh, nearly forgot the stats for today. About 345km travelled and 73km left on the range meter. So 418 all up. Almost bang on the US EPA range number - on predominantly 100km/h roads.
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Re: Vic EV Long-Weekend Tour begins

Post by Bryce » Sat, 21 Sep 2019, 17:51

Day 7. And enough via the granny charger to go direct to ECOSS, but not enough as I was going by Geelong. Lucky the first stop is at the Geelong Mode 3 charger. 😊 A short walk into town to do some shopping and a coffee until the organised leaving time. Hung on a bit longer to make sure of enough charge for the day, so ended up arriving about 20 min into the 30min window for the next stop. All good in the end though: it was the only delay of the entire trip!
However, am feeling rather tired now, so will put off doing the final wrap-up post for a day or two. That will cover a travel and driving conditions energy use analysis.
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