2022 Northland RoadTrip

The 2022 RoadTrip - 18 -23rd April; 7 adults and 2 children in 6 EVs drove a Northland loop from Auckland and back, covering just under 1,000 km in 6 days.  The Hamilton based car, an Ioniq 5 owned by Vanessa and Robert Nicholls, managed 1,250km by the time it returned to its base! the other travellers were Mark Buckingham in his Model 3, Sean and new tripper Adrian in Model S’s and Margaret Baker and myself in Konas.

 

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EV Rentals are easy as

Several years ago EV drivers fitted into only a small number of categories. The largest probably either a fanatical enthusiast or devout greenie.

And you would never find one available through a rental company. Those days are gone, people from any group you may think of, except the diehard petrol heads, of course, are likely to be EV owners.

If you are used to driving an EV, it is highly likely you would be looking for one to rent to get around on holiday. Who wants to go back to expensive to run, noisy vibrating vehicles after you have had an EV any period of time.

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EV penetration in Europe

As a member of GEVA the Trust gets to experience the EV landscape from all around the world.  In the last meeting Patrick Renau from Catalonia showed a map of Europe with EVs/100,000 head of population.

As we would all expect Norway is head and shoulders ahead of the pack, but I immediately wanted to work out the NZ figure as a comparison. We are at 727 - using 37,000 EVs and a population of 5,084,000 (2020 figure), which I think is pretty good considering our distance from everywhere!

Many thanks to Patrick at the 'Catalan Association for Electric Vehicles' for allowing me to share this schematic.

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Nelson to Christchurch in my Leaf

A trip by William Stewart. Map

I just got back to Christchurch from a trip to Nelson and I made a video about bridging the gap of 200km between fast chargers in the Lewis pass in my Nissan Leaf.

Usually, with my electric vehicle road trip videos, I like to show how easy it is to drive with an electric car. This is not that, we took the road less travelled, which resulted in a total charging time greater than the trip itself! But the reason for that is that it's about the journey, not just the time it takes you to get there.

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EVs Demystified

Andy Bassett, A Leaf owner from Taranaki, has put together a great article to show all those supposed barriers to EV adoption are really more perception than reality!  But then most EV owners would know that - but sometimes a cogently written article is easier to point to, when you are in an EV discussion!  This is that article!

With many thanks to both Andy and Live magazine where this article was originally published late last year!

The reason Andy bought a Leaf was via the redoubtable Margaret Baker and her 2020 RoadTrip travelling companion Sheri O'Neill, Andy's singing partner who lives in Northland! At the RoadTrip Sunday breakfast meet, organised by Stephen Hobo-Tuck, Andy experienced an EV ride and the resulting chat! Convinced by that chat Andy bought his Leaf. 

In another '2 degrees of separation' moment the article was published by Live, which is published by Irena Brooks, Stephen's sister! Proving yet again, if proof were needed, that NZ is just a largish village!

https://livemagazine.co.nz/evs-demystified/

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Total battery capacity vs. usable battery capacity

The total, (or gross) capacity of a battery pack is the amount of energy it can store when it's fully charged to 100% The usable capacity is how much energy the user is allowed to access. The usable capacity vs. the total capacity can vary depending on the battery chemistry as some types of lithium-ion batteries are better suited to be charged to 100%, while others will degrade faster if the battery is frequently charged to 100%

 

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North Island RoadTour - Rob Birnie's experience

The first leg on this year’s Better NZ Trust's #LeadingtheCharge Roadtrip started quietly, as EVs tend to do, on the morning of the 6th of October. Clouds of uncertainty, both metaphorical and literal,  surrounded the trip with the spectre of COVID lingering in the air to the north.  The lockdown measures slowing the spread of COVID have had many impacts, in this case resulting in a non-stop drive though the Auckland region for a number of our comrades, and the absence of many.

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The East Cape RoadTrip - October 2021 by EEEVEE

The weather Gods turned on a glorious Hawke’s Bay morning for us as we prepared to leave Gisborne for the East Cape leg of the Better NZ Trust Leading The Charge EV Road Trip 2021.

Gisborne to Te Kaha, 260km.

This was the 5th day of a trip, somewhat curtailed due to Covid, that had started in Taupo. Our remaining crew consisted of myself (Margaret Baker in EEEVEE the famous Hyundai Kona), Peter Karl (Tesla Model 3), Mark Buckingham (Tesla Model 3) and his daughter Snow (5), Tim Gutteridge and Phil Pingram (Tesla Model X) and Jasper the dog (English Pointer).

We started the day with a short drive to the top of the Titirangi Scenic Reserve and the WWII Gun Emplacement for spectacular views of the bay, Young Nick’s Head, Mahia Peninsula and beyond. By now it was well and truly time for breakfast so we popped in to Zephyr Wainui for what was the healthiest meal we had eaten all trip - and delicious. And vegan.

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2021 SI Road Trip Day 7

The South Island loop concludes...

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2021 SI Road Trip Day 6

Cromwell to Naseby/Ranfurly

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