First Tesla In Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – 72-Day Journey To Raise Awareness (w/video)


First Tesla Model S on a E-Explorer mission (source:

Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are countries where electric cars aren’t very popular right now, but one special Tesla Model S was recently on a mission to maybe spark some change.

First Tesla Model S on a E-Explorer mission

We received a note from the Swiss couple that last summer made what’s referred to as an E-Explorer mission in a Tesla Model S 85.

Over the summer of 2017, Magdalena and Benedikt traveled from Switzerland to Central Asia and back via the Baltic countries with their Tesla.

The venture took them through Iran, around the Caspian Sea and back by relying on regular power outlets and 3 phase wiring rigs and adapters.

All in, it was 72 days of travel without any official electric charging stations between Georgia and Russia.

Many people along the way saw an electric car for the very first time and its’s through endeavors like this that minds start to open to the idea of going electric.

You can read a whole lot more about the E-Explorer mission here.

Map Of Journey

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I was in Morocco last week, saw a Model S with Swiss plates! I did see one charging station on the PlugShare app at one point but had spotty internet.

Charging at regular outlets would mean they had to spend days waiting for each charge. I can’t imagine that would be attractive to people that need to drive on a regular basis.

A regular 240 V standard outlet in these parts of the world can be used for 3.5 kW of constant power, if the wiring is done professionally. Over night charging (like 12 h) gives a healty 42 kWh (more than most packs currently available, except for Tesla, Bolt and maybe some Chinese models). Remember, they were there also for sightseeing, not just to rush through.
Once used EVs become available cheaply, the less developed countries of the world will adapt them, and they will have a charging infrastructure being built up along with them. (See Ukraine, for example, where it is already happening).

32 amp 3 phase power should be relativly widespread in industry and on farms. With a 22KW dual charger they could have charged at 100km/h on several occasions. Not too bad if you have no other charging options.