It’s Tuesday around 1pm and our work team is embarking on a business trip. Tomorrow and Wednesday an important business meeting awaits us. Because our boss is an electromobility lover and has not yet put his half-year-old Tesla to a proper distance test, we are setting out to go approximately 720km without the purring sound of a combustion engine. Everything will make even more sense when I tell you that the core of our company’s business is the design and manufacture of traction batteries for commercial and industrial vehicles.
Beginning of the Journey
We are perfectly prepared. The car is charged to 99% SOC. After lunch in the Štěrboholy Europark, our stomachs are satisfied. We travel in three people and that is the optimal number for a long journey in a Tesla. I sit on the left back seat and from the other I make a temporary office. How else to take advantage of an afternoon spent in the car when one is not driving. It is unthinkable that my colleague sitting in the passenger seat and I could help with driving. I have not yet known the owner of a Tesla, who would let this car out of their hands.
There is no shortage of Tesla Super-chargers in Germany, so our vehicle has conveniently planned charging stops along the way. My friends and I normally go trekking to the north of Germany or, traditionally, Norway every year, so my worries about the trip are not about the distance. What worries me most is not knowing what the road will look like with an electric car. In total, the vehicle has three stops planned for charging. That doesn’t sound so bad.
We have the first stop planned at the charging station just after Dresden. At the moment, it can be seen that only one vehicle out of six possible vehicles is charging there, so we do not anticipate any occupancy problems. Perfect.
Nossen, Sangerhausen, Staufenberg
The journey is going along smoothly. The highway is beautifully clear. Only one surprising thing jolted me out of the travel lethargy between enjoying the scenery and looking at the company email. Shortly after crossing the Czech – German border, a German police patrol chose us. A police motorcycle led us to the nearest highway rest area, where his colleagues were waiting. And there were many of them! At least 5 police vans. Probably the German “Action Christopher”. The in – depth inspection was replaced only by an identity card inspection and we were released.
We stop at the charger for about 25 minutes. We replenish approximately 50% of the battery. A short walk to the petrol station shop and we are good to go.
The next stop is on the outskirts of Sangerhausen just after Leipzig. After about 170km. We have a snack here and stay for about 40 minutes.
The last planned stop is the station just outside of the city of Kassel, about 140km. Here we count an incredible 14 Tesla charging stations plus chargers from other providers. We are the only rechargeable vehicle. A short stop – a walk, refilling of water and after 20 minutes we set off. Our last leg of the trip takes us straight to our hotel. It’s around 10pm and we drink a well – deserved beer before going to bed. The car charges with less power overnight at the hotel.
Morning and Way Back
Overnight, both we and the car are charged in the morning. We are in a good mood. We will have an all-day meeting with a company involved in the production of public transport vehicles.
We consider the meeting a success and a little after 3pm we set off back to the Czech Republic. Charging takes place at the same stations as the day before. The highways are again very clear. We cross the border at about 11pm and get home around midnight. Hail glory……
Technical parameters of the journey
- Total travelled approximately – 1,500km in 2 days
- Average electricity consumption approximate – 20kWh / 100km
- Cruising speed around 130km/h on the highway
- Only occasional use of Tesla’s dynamic capabilities
- Interior air conditioning on throughout the whole journey
- Air temperature during the day +30°C
- Approximate cost for electric energy is 2,400CZK
Travelling by electric car over long distances may seem like a significant restriction of freedom. In my opinion, however, it is mainly about changing learned habits. As the biggest benefit of forced stops (and there weren’t many), I take the fact that the driver and passengers get a break from continuous driving, which, although it doesn’t seem to be the case, is very exhausting. A short walk, stretching or visit to the restroom is a welcome refreshment. At the end of the journey, thanks to this, one feels much more alive than after driving with only one to two stops.
Due to the fact that the stops are planned on selected chargers, I would not recommend a longer journey for parents with small children. However, the electric car has proved its worth for long business trips, and I will definitely not resist another business trip by electric car.
- Im Industriegebiet 1, 01683 Nossen, Germany
- Am Mittelfeld 5, 06526 Sangerhausen, Germany
- Triftstraße 11, 34355 Staufenberg, Germany
Jakub Eliáš – nano power a.s.