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  1. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web BMW i3 and Model 3

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    Originally referenced in a YouTube video, this survey applies to my experience in the USA. One teaser being Tesla owners have almost no range anxiety which given the low density of SuperChargers in Australia goes against the common wisdom.

    Source: https://thedriven.io/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/TOCA-Report_FINAL-1.pdf

    In total, 741 Tesla owners responded to the survey, from across the country, making up 51% of the total TOCA membership. This is a significant response to a self-reporting survey, and one of the largest surveys of EV owners in Australia.

    A wide range of Tesla owners were surveyed, including many that have owned EVs for several years, and have long-term experience in driving and charging their EV.

    Respondents to this survey provided information on vehicle owner demographics, charging behaviour, and total cost of ownership, helping to gain a better understanding of EV ownership in Australia, and also address some common misconceptions.

    What I've found is maximum range, EV charging occurs at the beginning of a cross country drive. Thereafter, it is like crossing a stream by going from rock-to-rock, just enough charge to reach the next SuperCharger with a reserve. However, I've started started a new trick that uses free, along the route, L2 chargers to avoid diversion to added miles, off route, SuperChargers. Cutting out diversion miles means the same time and free L2 makes the trip more affordable.

    Bob Wilson
     
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    Good analogy. With protracted pauses on each rock, which is frustrating.
     
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    mikefocke Prius v Three 2012, Avalon 2011

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    40k superchargers around the world and routing to charging stations are a potent combination.
     
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    bwilson4web BMW i3 and Model 3

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    I’m finding typically 15 min which matches a biology break and brief stretch/walk. Then drive another 1.5-2 hour segment to the next one. The best part is staying in the 80-170 kW charging range

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    While that's true, it's also a potent combination when you survey a very small group. If they are self selected and all of them have an incentive (see Bob Wilson's tag line for his Tesla Referral code) to downplay the the faults and flaws of a system, then you get very positive results.

    Another powerful factor in that survey is the management of expectations. You won't set out on a cross country trip in Australia in a BEV without careful planning. If you always stick to the main roads, the likelyhood of range anxiety is reduced to little or nothing.

    As an example, If you want to drive from Longreach Queensland to any point west, you will not be likely to go through Birdsville park despite the fact that it provides a charging point for vans and travel trailers. ( PlugShare - Find Electric Vehicle Charging Locations Near You ). It's a long way from anywhere. On the positive side the plugshare review shows the last time someone checked in there was only a few years back. It was a Tesla, by the way, proving that it can be done.

    Looking at the map of Australia's charging facilities, it's obvious that the well traveled routes along the coast are well provided for. Charge points are available every 10 to 50 miles. Like many areas, the free/public chargers appear to be primarily L1 and L2. The center of the continent has very few charge points by comparison to the coasts and major metro areas.
     
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    Trollbait It's a D&D thing

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    Perhaps population density is the reason.
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    The center is essentially uninhabited, and I don't think Australians make a habit of driving cross country. There are a few members here that can correct me, but I think most such travel is done by air, with the only regular ground travel is shipping by road trains.
     
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