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Electric Vehicle route to the alps

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@mooney058, If you need to charge on the public network away from home I'd want to be testing very carefully what chargers are available, speed, reliability, cost. That's the reason I changed my iPace to a Tesla, multiple apps needed, public charging broken/full/not able to take payment. I've experienced zero issues since getting the Tesla in 20k miles. My wife has had to queue once on a motorway for 2 mins to get a charging slot.
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Markymark29 wrote:
… 80/85mph for 2-3 hour stints between WC breaks, 2 people sharing the driving, 600 miles in 9/10 hours, one fill up half way there is my measure of where a car needs to be if driving to the Alps.
Just out of interest, what are the timings for a typical drive you do to the Alps? I’m a fair bit closer to the Alps than you are, in driving time, so my typical journey in an ICE car means a 5.30am start with an arrival in Les Arcs around 7.00pm (local), driving in the same way you’ve described here. That won’t be the case in an EV, but friends’ experience and my own route planning suggest a 5.30am departure will get me to Les Arcs somewhere around 8.30 - 9.30pm. It’s a longer travel time, but I’m still doing the journey in a day and the difference in arrival time I don’t think has any practical significance.

As I do this drive, there or back, on only 4 or 6 days per year I didn’t think those few days should dictate my car choice for the rest of the year. So I was prepared to accept, if necessary, splitting my drive overnight to allow enough time to make the journey in an EV. Turns out it’s not necessary, and in the grand scheme of things the extra time it will take in an EV won’t make a difference. For a longer drive time from N. Yorkshire maybe it will make a difference, so if you want the EV experience to be no different to an ICE experience on that long journey I think you’re right to say it’s not for you, even if it works for many other people.
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Great thread - I’m now planning our Xmas ski trip, and only thing booked so far is the Eurotunnel, departing Folkestone at 10.36 on Friday 22nd December. I have a new Ioniq 5, 77kwh RWD and this will be our first road trip in Europe with an EV. Thinking of going to Les Sybelles area. Not been there before and fancy trying something different.

Looking for overnight stopover in Macon area with EV charging. Free charging would be nice but although can find hotels with EV charging having trouble finding out if they are paid for or free.
We’re happy with a budget hotel but prepared to pay a bit more if there is free charging. There is an Ibis Budget at Macon Sud and assume that would be paid for charging.

Has anyone got some advice on this or know of any Apps that shows the cost?
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Our experiences: we’ve done 4 return trips to the Alps (Tignes), 3 with dogs, in a Tesla Model Y Long range. We always take the Eurotunnel and arrive in Calais at ~maximum charge. The timings from Calais are around 10.5 hours of actual law-abiding driving and around 2 hours of charging (when we exercise the dogs). The car’s predictions are sometimes too optimistic on the projected timings (including charging) giving a total of 11hrs 20mins.

There has been very little variation in these timings, there or back.

The charging stops work for us: there’s usually 4 charge stops in each direction - no other spots are permitted. We leave Tignes with a full charge too. We’ve learnt to select the 250kW stops for speedier charging and our route generally supports that and new 250kW chargers were waiting to be unveiled to supersede the 150kW.

Load: 2 or 4 adults; 2 dogs; hand luggage.
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