Tesla Lends Gadget Man Model S 100D For 4-Day, 1,200-Mile Journey To Prove A Point

AUG 6 2017 BY MARK KANE 9

Ipswich based Matt Porter, who has been testing and reviewing ‘gadgets’ for the last 3 years – under the moniker of ‘The Gadget Man’, has announced that in October he will prove electric cars capability for long range journeys.

Tesla Model S 100D

The goal is to drive 1,200 miles (more than 1,900 km) through the UK, coast to coast and back, in four days. Matt will take on the journey with his 75 year old father, Ken Porter.

The route is from Ness Point in East Anglia (the most easterly point in the UK) to Ardnamurchan Lighthouse in Scotland (the most westerly point in mainland UK).

And the car for this task to be longest range Tesla, the Model S 100D.

Completing the 1,200 miles round trip journey is to be Matt’s answer for the doubters. To spread the word, the journey will be documented using live streaming and aerial shots.

Matt Porter said:

“By far the most common questions I receive about electric cars is ‘what is it’s range?’ and ‘How long does it take to charge?’. Tesla have very kindly provided a Model S 100D for our challenge, a car with a range of more than 300 miles between charges and recharge times as fast at 30 minutes. We are very confident we can achieve our challenge using their network of charging points along the way. We’re both super excited to be attempting this challenge together and looking forward to the some “Father-Son Time’ and amazing scenery during our journey. We’re also hoping to exchange gifts across the country too”

Dates / Times (approximate)

● (Fri 6/10) Depart Ness Point , Grantham, Ullswater
● (Sat 7/10 Depart Ullswater, Gretna Green, Glencoe and Ardnamurchan
● (Sun 8/10) Depart Ardnamurchan, Kilchoan, Glencoe, Abington,Ullswater
● (Mon 9/10) Depart Ullswater, Grantham, Ness Point

More details here.

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9 Comments on "Tesla Lends Gadget Man Model S 100D For 4-Day, 1,200-Mile Journey To Prove A Point"

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I already did 1277 miles in March this year in my Hyundai Ioniq EV.On a trip from Scotland To Norfolk and Suffolk (3 days there) then back to Scotland.

What’s the point? Longer distances proven already many times over.

Didn’t some guy already drive his Tesla P85D all the way across the USA last year??…a distance of some 3,000ml!!!!

I did 2,000 miles to and from Northern Italy from Essex a few weeks ago. I’m pretty sure this is a misuse of the word challenge.

lol

The key part of the challenge is the remote areas of Scotland. It’s also to show to cynics and people who don’t believe EV’s are the future, than this kind of journey is both possible and more importantly practical.

4 days to cover 1200 miles in an EV rated to go 335 miles on a charge. Oooh, that sounds like a real nail biter. /sarc

They should be able to easily do that just with destination charging and no use of SuperChargers.

With a Tesla Model S 100D and making use of SuperChargers, with two people they should be able to cover that distance easily in under 2 days, and if doing nothing but driving and supercharging, as quickly as 24 hours (5 hours driving @ avg 60 MPH + 45 minutes charging is under 6 hours per 300 miles).

OK, I understand your calculations. However, the fastest route from Ness Point to Ardnamurchan takes 12hr 35mins mins. In fact the last 76 miles takes 2hr 39mins. It’s easy to oversimplify the journey times or in fact that the last 60 miles in on a single track unlit road.

However, I’m not doing it to break some kind of human endurance test, I’m doing it to show the unconverted that electric is in fact a serious alternative to ICE. Most people base their assumptions on a diesel/petrol car that takes 5 minutes to fill up at a filling station.

I appreciate your comments and hope you will follow our journey and enjoy the photos and videos of the trip.

It wasn’t as easy as it seemed. In the first instance, the car decided we didn’t have enough juice to make it to Grantham, so we ended up having to divert to Thetford. Once on the A1 we hit a massive amount stationary traffic around Sheffield and had to divert around that too. This took us way off route and mean’t that we would have struggled to get to Gretna Green after staying overnight at Ullswater. Fortunately, (Tebay) Penrith Supercharger had opened up the week before, so we were able to Supercharge there. By the time we had reached Ullswater, we had driven 420 miles which on paper should mean 1 stop, but in fact we had just above half charge when we left Ness Point, on top of that, unless you put the car on cruise control at 65mph, you don’t achieve anywhere near 300 miles per charge. After stopping at Gretna Green, we decided not to stop at Abington (we should have done), but go on to Glencoe Ski Centre which had a Chademo charger. Upon arrival the charger was asking for a RFID card, which we didn’t have (Tesla hadn’t tracked down the cards for Scotland). Someone… Read more »