Owner Howard Eastwood successfully completes 1000km test drive
Over the trip to Forster Seal Rocks and back, we covered a total of 1000Km. The aim of the trip was to explore ways of recharging an EV on an extended journey without an existing charging network.” Howard was also keen to test the car’s range when climbing from the coastal plain up onto the New England Tablelands (3,500 ft above sea level).
On the way down to Forster we stayed the night in the Walcha Motel where we trickle charged the car from the room’s 10amp power point. (We claim this Motel would be the first to charge an electric car).
We pulled into Gloucester for lunch and recharged at the local electrician’s workshop. This gave us the ability to recharge at a higher ampage taking only two hours to charge. This is where the expense came in. Pam went shopping for the last hour and it cost nearly $100.
On the way back from Foster we again lunched at Gloucester and charged fully before attempting the climb up the range. The car climbed well operating at 0.6Km per 1% of battery charge. It was obvious when we reached the top of the range that we would not be able to make Walcha without a top up. We called into the Nowendoc Roadhouse and plugged into charge. We expect Nowendoc is the first petrol Roadhouse to charge an electric car.
The information displayed on the dash gives you a good progressive indication of the distance available at all times and with the lithium polymer battery, is able to be fast charged. The future looks very promising.