Road trip — no petrol needed

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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.

PHO­TOS/MAX CHRISTOFFERSEN

Elec­tric cars are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar.

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