Are Tesla cars good for road trips?

TESLA experience report from Woitek K.

When the battery is 80%, we finally drive off and on the next 250 kilometers of Danish country roads along the sparsely populated west coast, the car is finally in its element. Autopilot to 85 km / h, air conditioning to comfortable, Spotify playlist to good mood and through the window everything looks like a painting.

In Thisted we are charging again as a precaution, because who knows whether charging at the socket in the holiday home will actually work - and we would like to be mobile for the next five days on the coast.

After the routine has finished and the car has been charged, we pick up the key to our house, drop off luggage from friends who have traveled earlier in another house, which we had taken for them, and finally relaxing in Klitmøller aka Cold Hawaii is the order of the day. In between, of course, a few relaxing jaunts with different friends are the order of the day, because everyone wants to experience for themselves what a Tesla is all about. From experience I can now say: there is usually silence when accelerating - the car simply doesn't want to make any noise and the passengers can't.

The return journey is announced five days later. And unfortunately we have to start this by driving with a few last percent of the battery to the already known charging station in Thisted, 20 kilometers away - because the Tesla did not want to charge at the holiday home and the only charging station in sleepy Klitmøller is unfortunately, contrary to expectations, Private.

From Thisted we now choose a route along the east coast, but stick to expressways and motorways for a long time - and because of the general speed limit in Denmark, we are also extremely energy-efficient here. We only recharge at the Rødekro Supercharger in the south of Denmark - our first Supercharger in Denmark and at the same time the most popular.

Actually - thanks to the former tax advantages - Teslas are nowhere near as conspicuous in Denmark as in Germany, where they are regularly examined by groups of people. But on the way to our last overnight stay in Sønderborg, the situation is funnily different: There are currently several vintage car rallies taking place, with participants from all over Europe, and a Tesla then stands out again among decades-old fire engines.

The next day, back in Germany, the next charging stop including routine at the already familiar Busdorf Supercharger is due. Here we also see the first face-lifted Model S, as well as a Model X.

Then we stick to beautiful, energy-efficient and - in contrast to the overcrowded highways due to the weekend - traffic jam-free country roads for over 200 kilometers. We drive on towards home via places that are exotic for us, such as Eckernförde, Kiel, Timmendorfer Strand and Lübeck. But first a charging stop at our favorite ski hall in Wittenburg.

Thinking we are on the home straight, an average speed of 170 km / h is set again and it quickly becomes clear that we will need another charging stop in the already known heartbeat. All right, one last time: toilet, eat, walk, plan and continue.

But the planning step confuses expectations a little: Lots of traffic jams on the autobahn and Google says we should rather continue to follow the country roads on which we are now due to the Supercharger. So, driving into the twilight, we follow the route recommendation, which changes several times along the way and moves further and further away from the motorway. In the middle of nowhere, the road is suddenly closed due to construction work. But there is nobody to be seen in Brandenburg on Sunday evenings. So we drive the next 10 or 20 kilometers on various roads that are actually cordoned off - in the hope that we will actually get through. At least we have enough electricity.

Shortly before Berlin, the streets widen again and the vacation is over. In retrospect, this road trip was a lot of fun and proved the practicality of a Tesla even over long distances. Next time we'd do a few little things differently, but on the whole a Tesla, I think, is mostly a question of type. If you drive a lot on German autobahns and like to accelerate, then you should drive off fully charged and either not have to cover more than a few hundred kilometers or like to take breaks. If, on the other hand, you are a relaxed highway driver and rarely drive over 130 km / h, a Tesla is much more than a full-fledged replacement for a gasoline or diesel vehicle: You travel extremely comfortably, with absurd acceleration reserves that you quickly learn to appreciate and give on the way far less for fuel. What does this mean for us? We're still not sure we'll actually buy the Model 3. Maybe we will do more trial road trips with the Model S and we will definitely do a trial road trip with the Model 3. Because Teslas are always fun, and until the decision is made, you can just spend a few nice vacations in fascinating cars.

Speaking of saving fuel: Somehow, as a Tesla driver, it is always enjoyable to stop at gas stations. You park on the side, go to the toilet, buy something and say things like “No, no gasoline, just the Magnum” or “Ah, you have run out of mineral water? Then we'll probably go on. I beg your pardon? No, no gasoline. "