Road trip — no petrol needed
Drive the Coromandel the electric way.
That’s the new way of seeing Whangamata and the surrounding districts, driving electric cars charged from local charge stations.
Car enthusiast Max Christoffersen had to check out the curious looking object across the road from the Coastal News offices.
He found a car charging station in pieces as Test & Tag registered electrical inspector Bill Mitchell took the complex device apart for testing, maintenance and repair.
Mr Mitchell has an extensive background in electrical engineering and had recently driven around the Coromandel Peninsula without using a drop of gas.
“It is possible now to fill up on electrical power at charging ports located at Thames, Tairua, Whitianga, Coromandel and Whangamata. It makes for a near silent and enjoyable road trip minus the engine noise and with quicker pickup.”
The question that dogs most EV car enthusiasts is how far between charges. With the map printed on the back of Whangamata’s charging station it is possible to plan the trip with stops to top up at each station.
“It is recommended that drivers allow around 20 minutes for a charge on the road and aim for 80 per cent of storage capacity. That will get them back on the road quickly.”
For local EV car enthusiasts the road is open to the Coromandel and beyond. Electric car power is the way forward and at the equivalent of 30 cents per litre, it’s economical.
Max Christoffersen wonders if there are any takers for an EV road trip around the Coromandel at the next Beach Hop with a TV familiar yellow electric Ford Fairlane leading the pack!
Power to the people.
Test & Tag registered electrical inspector Bill Mitchell checks out a charging station.
Electric cars are becoming more popular.