Another week of driving and another range testing trip.
To some extent the novelty of electric driving is wearing off and it’s just normal. Plug it in every night and just drive it. The thing that’s still fresh is that petrol stations are now just places that you go to get milk late at night and put air in your tyres.
So I got a bit relaxed about it last weekend and decided to go to Tayto Park 58 km round trip – so no issue but I used the car earlier in the morning to do some errands which took 8 km extra. I’d never been to Tayto Park before but thankfully we didn’t get lost. Now that we are back to a more typical Irish summer of course the heavens opened just as we got there so the planned picture with Mr. Tayto and the ecar had to be put off as Mr. Tayto gets soggy in the rain.
After passing a few, mostly dry, hours at the park we headed for home. The battery gauge was showing half full which was a bit tight but I was confident we would get home. In the end we pulled up to the driveway with 6 km remaining on the range 2 bars on the battery gauge and a flashing fuel gauge. However I was a bit nervous as we drove down the motorway in the lashing rain. I was afraid to turn on the fan to un-fog the windows in case it affected the range so I opened the window a bit and hardly got wet at all.
I did consider driving home via a fast-charge point near home in Ballycoolin but did I mention it was raining. Luckily I didn’t because when I checked later, on the ESB app, that point is not open on a Sunday. There is a fast charge in Ashbourne which I could have used but did I mention it was raining? A lot!
In the end the car managed it comfortably but without much margin for error (well 6 km margin). The drive to Tayto Park is almost all Motorway which probably reduces the achievable km a bit because you are driving at speed and the needle is always in the white and never in the blue.
Next time will definitely get Mr. Tayto in the photo