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LONG DISTANCES IN A BLADE

Posted: Sat, 28 Jul 2018, 06:34
by Randall679
Newbie Question: Is it possible to range extend a Blade by carrying a little generator in the boot?

I realise this is probably a dumb question ... I want to travel from Sydney to Melbourne. There don't seem to be enough public charging stations yet to make this a breeze. I know some people just pay to park near a powerpoint. I have the PlugShare app ... is there a more up to date one?

Re: LONG DISTANCES IN A BLADE

Posted: Sat, 28 Jul 2018, 09:00
by jonescg
Plugshare is probably the most up-to-date list there is. If you take a 3 phase to single phase adapter you can access a few more charge points.
The generator is probably unnecessary, and besides it takes up a lot of space.

Re: LONG DISTANCES IN A BLADE

Posted: Sat, 28 Jul 2018, 11:53
by antiscab
For obvious reasons, don't run the gen set while you're driving.

How much range do you have? What version of electron do you have?

Re: LONG DISTANCES IN A BLADE

Posted: Sat, 28 Jul 2018, 17:05
by Randall679
No, I wouldn't be running the genni while driving! I just thought there are gaps in the PlugShare network. I could stop, boil the billy and charge with the generator.

It only has a range of 75-80kms. Not sure this version ... it is a 2009, but has had an "upgrade" ...

I live in Castlemaine where they were built and some of the original mob still live here... they will advise.

I just didn't want to truck it all the way home ... Save $650 ...

Re: LONG DISTANCES IN A BLADE

Posted: Sat, 28 Jul 2018, 23:01
by mikedufty
By my estimate it would take you 5 days or so if you could find optimal charging points. You'd have to really want to drive it.

Re: LONG DISTANCES IN A BLADE

Posted: Sun, 29 Jul 2018, 06:58
by 4Springs
Randall679 wrote:
Sat, 28 Jul 2018, 06:34
Newbie Question: Is it possible to range extend a Blade by carrying a little generator in the boot?
Find out what current the Blade charger draws. Then check just how "little" a generator is that will supply that current continuously. Generators are often sold on the peak power output, but you should be able to find the continuous rating there somewhere.

Re: LONG DISTANCES IN A BLADE

Posted: Sun, 12 Aug 2018, 16:13
by Randall679
jonescg wrote:
Sat, 28 Jul 2018, 09:00
Plugshare is probably the most up-to-date list there is. If you take a 3 phase to single phase adapter you can access a few more charge points.
The generator is probably unnecessary, and besides it takes up a lot of space.
That makes a whole lot of sense ... the 3 phase to single phase adapter ... does it charge any faster that just a normal power point? I have three phase in my Garage in Castlemaine ... I think they were going to run a kiln or a lathe.

Re: LONG DISTANCES IN A BLADE

Posted: Sun, 12 Aug 2018, 16:15
by Randall679
I have decided to challenge myself and drive 1000kms back to Castlemaine.

Will the Tesla charging stations get bolshi and not allow me to charge, even if I pay and have an adapter?

Re: LONG DISTANCES IN A BLADE

Posted: Sun, 12 Aug 2018, 16:24
by Randall679
How long does it take to charge a Blade?

Re: LONG DISTANCES IN A BLADE

Posted: Sun, 12 Aug 2018, 17:23
by jonescg
The three phase adapter only allows you to access single phase to supply the on board charger. It won't charge any faster, it just gives you more options.

Re: LONG DISTANCES IN A BLADE

Posted: Sat, 18 Aug 2018, 08:58
by Randall679
I got a three phase adapter ... good suggestion ...

Re: LONG DISTANCES IN A BLADE

Posted: Sat, 18 Aug 2018, 09:01
by Randall679
mikedufty wrote:
Sat, 28 Jul 2018, 23:01
By my estimate it would take you 5 days or so if you could find optimal charging points. You'd have to really want to drive it.
Well, that would be one way to get to know my EV!