How far do you really go before you have to charge? This question has followed the electric car & # 39; s since the beginning.
The new word "range fear" is not that new anymore, it has also become less relevant as the electric cars become longer and longer.
Carl Anton Stenling (53) from Lommedalen outside Oslo is one of those who deals with this theme more than average. He has owned an electric car for more than 20 years. Carl Anton is a board member of the electric car association Oslo and Akershus. Moreover
He is a member of the Nomination Committee of the Norwegian Electric Car Association.
A tempting challenge emerged in this regard last weekend when the Elbilforeningen had a national meeting in Trondheim. Carl Anton chose to drive an electric car there and back. Here is his story:
The question was "Is Oslo-Trondheim possible with an electric car without a charging break?"
This weekend I drove from Oslo to the national meeting of the Elbil union in Trondheim. And to reveal it immediately: it went without a cost break with our Tesla Model 3 Long Range. 49 miles were traveled without loading.
How did that happen? Well, from Haugenstua in Oslo with 98 percent power on the battery, there was still 8 percent power left on arrival in the center of Trondheim. 134 Wh / km in average consumption.
The cruise control was set at 93 km / h on the highway – otherwise the traffic was followed at normal speed. The tire pressure was 3.4 bar, the car is also equipped with 18-inch, energy-saving antenna wheels.
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Fill the air before the trip
The temperature was between 2 and 9 degrees and it rained regularly. Along the way it was still a pleasant temperature in the cabin. I was without outerwear and had set the thermostat to 19.5 degrees. Wash alone in the car during an uphill trip.
This was not a "hypermiling trip", but a fairly realistic journey. High air pressure works great on Model 3 – it's designed for it. Usually I use a little lower pressure, but I fill up before the trip.
This means that Model 3 Oslo-Trondheim can run at 90 percent of the capacity, even under non-optimal weather conditions. Probably I could stay on the highway at full speed, but for safety reasons I took it easy with the start of the journey. A good aid for far-away driving is the Tesla energy curve that shows the "energy budget" and the actual consumption.
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Old dream fulfilled
The route went through Østerdalen where much of the road is two-fold by medium standard. It is "always" a truck train ahead and so the speed around the speed limit is stable. Used "chill mode" most of the trip, but by passing I tested the acceleration. You pass quickly with Model 3, but you will pay attention that the speed will become illegally high in no time.
I also noted that it is difficult to work coherently so far. A short break on the mountain was necessary, but otherwise the journey was carried out continuously. Now I understand how holiday travel feels for those who have a diesel car and want to avoid brakes. Not recommended!
Along the way I drove past a number of superchargers and it was no problem to top up electricity if needed.
Thus, an old dream of running a free Oslo-Trondheim has been fulfilled!
VAT paid on the electric car
As mentioned, Carl Anton was early with an electric car. It started in 1998. During these 21 years he owned Kewet Citi-Jet (the predecessor of Buddy), Peugeot 106 electrique, Think City, Nissan Leaf and now Tesla Model 3.
– A nice curiosity is that I actually paid VAT on the first electric car. Back then, we were just a handful of private electric car owners in Oslo and it was a duty to greet when we met on the road, says Carl Anton.
– We have our model 3 delivered on March 1 and it has already been on tour in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden. I had no problems with the car, but saw the total chaos at Tesla during the delivery process.
Anyway, it's nice to be part of the Model 3 circus. We still have the magazine in the family. It is run by the woman until further notice. The idea is that she and I switch the electric car together for a while, but it will be tough, Carl Anton laughs.
Built his own electric bike
He has a degree in engineering and is currently working with project management at the Fremtind insurance company, owned by SpareBank 1 and DNB. The 53-year-old describes himself as "a little nerd".
Among other things, he built his first electric bicycle long before it became a common means of transport in Norway. The children (who are now 13 and 18) ride an electric bicycle from the age of six.
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– I like to screw the car myself, but there are fewer and fewer opportunities for modern cars. I like to make some electronics and the car electric interests me the most. I also drove a little motor and had an electric Vectrix.
As a young man I had the fastest moped in the area and can therefore do something about two-stroke engines, he says.
Nor does Carl Anton hide his belief that the mobility of the future is electric:
– I am concerned about the environment, both locally and globally, and the electric car activities are a great opportunity to combine two interests. I am a technology optimist and believe that we can solve the climate challenges if we use the right technology.
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