24 January 2020
Today, we have returned from a lovely summer holiday near Taupō. The driving distance was 342 km, with an expected driving time of 4:40.
Unlike our previous journey, this time we set out to charge the fewest number of times.
Abandoned DC3 at Mangaweka International Airport
We really wanted to stop in Bulls (191 km) — this was well within driving range, but (like last time) we wanted to avoid the possibility of being stuck awaiting a busy charger.
So instead, we stopped at the town beforehand (Mangaweka) for 7 mins and added 5.4 kWh of energy (cost $3.31). This would allow us to stop at our desired charge location of Bulls, but if the charger was in use, we could drive onto the next town (Foxton).
The charger was not in use. We stopped here for morning tea. The aim was to get to 80% charge, so that we could drive all the way back to Wellington without stopping.
Bulls is a great place to stop. Unlike many of the central North Island towns, there’s plenty of life, and new developments happening. We went to Mint Cafe at a little strip mall.
We ended up spending longer at the cafe than expected, and the car charged up to 89% adding 21.2 kWh for $16.56. Plenty to get home.
The drive home was easier, with fewer stops.
Total cost was $19.87 for a four and a half hour drive.