Arun Bhat is taking his kona to a 800+km round trip. Here is about the journey so far.
It started on November 7.
Long road trip i.e. 800+km onward journey completed with my #Konaelectric ! Left home at 5.40am with 100% SOC and 368 km with AC on as inside temperature set and outside temperature were similar.
Drove 20 km from there to my office and reached there in 35 mins and topped up to 100% again in 15-20 mins and packed the wall charger into a bag and left for my destination 285 km from there with 352 indicated range e.i from start of day I should be able to do 352+20= 372 km.
Reach my 1st pit stop Swathi Delicacy restaurant ~ 79 km from my office. Once the family got down and went inside, as I had taken prior permission from its owner plugged in the 2.6 kW trickle charger and I too joined them for some breakfast. Has consumed exactly 79 km as per GOM.
Left from there at 9.10 am after adding 15 kms in 45 mins at 83% SOC
Reached Hassan with these stats at 10.40am
Reached Sakaleshpur with 40% SOC and 136 kms of range left at 11.32am
Completed the trip down Shiradi ghats and completed 280 kms for the day with 34% SOC and 123 kms of range left as per GOM. Consumption before ghats was at 8.4-8.5 km/kWh and had gone up to 9.8 km/kWh by the end on ghats.
Reached my farm house in Uppinangady (town 45 kms before Mangalore) at 1.23 pm with total driving time of 6hr and 30 mins. 24% SOC and 88 kms range on GOM with AC and 99 km without AC.
After everyone got down , took out the wall charger and plugged in to charge at 1.35 pm . Was getting 6.6 kW.
Now about to leave from here at 2.50 pm to a few other places nearby (~ 80 kms of travel planned, charging has increase range from 93 km to 166 km. Will leave in another 30 mins once everyone is ready and refreshed. Yup, unbolted the 3 bolts of wall charger from its stand and took it with me.
Travelling with kids and family. Finally leaving now, but SOC now at 53% and range at 214 up from 94 without AC.
This was about journey till now. Round trip stats coming soon.
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