Is it really possible to travel with an electric vehicle?
A driving trip with an electric vehicle?
are you mad?
Where will you charge?
And if you run out of battery on the way?
how will you come back
Who will wait two hours for your vehicle to be refilled?
Don't ask what happened at the end...
Friday, September 23, 2022, 07:01 Updated: 07:48
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The fuel for the car is replaced by coffee for the driver as a gift (Photo: Surfers' Photos, Yoav Falls)
Every car enthusiast knows the "driving trips".
The name of these indicates their character.
Driving to drive.
to enjoy the act of driving itself.
Most of the time there is no tourist goal or one site or another, maybe a lookout point, but mainly places for a break and food.
On a driving trip, you usually avoid highways like highway 1 or 6, generally stay away from roads with a single number in their name, or even two.
The compiler will look for three digits or more.
What are you looking for?
Winding lanes where the absolute speed is not high, but they require the driver to be very focused and precise in the driving itself.
When I had the Peugeot 208GTI, I often went on these kinds of trips with friends.
Even with an elderly '93 Toyota Celica.
With my transition to an electric car, it was a little neglected, until the members of the 208GTI tour group decided to stab me with small pins in the soul, and of course they got the answer - "Set a date, I'm coming with the Ionic 5".
What do you know - they picked up the gauntlet...
As a chamois among the doe (photo: Surfers Photos, Yoav Falls)
And so I found myself on Friday morning with a somewhat clumsy Ionic 5, at Shlomi's gas station (Shlomi the town in the Galilee, not my friend Shlomi, he still doesn't have a gas station...).
The route - the North Highway, the Finger of the Galilee, Majdal Shams, stop for a meal at "Mushbotz" in Moshav Ramot (because we still need a break for food and rest), Zemach, Alon Highway, and back to the center via Highway 5.
Already in terms of the route, it was clear that the Ionik would need two Loading on the way.
With the average power consumption of about 17 KWH per 100 km, a single charge should also be sufficient, but this is not driving with average consumption but with energy consumption (electricity or fuel) significantly higher than average, so two charges are required.
The inspection of the various companies indicates a slight lack of fast charging stations along the route, so the first charging was carried out at the Afcon station in 'Big Ragaba' (two fast stations of 60KW and two regular AC stations of 11KW) and I arrive with about 90% battery, to meet two 208GTI and more A somewhat orange Mini Cooper S with five doors, all with manual transmission.
The northern section (photo: screenshot, screenshot)
The Ionic 5, which weighs over 2 tons, makes the sounds of a large finned whale that was asked to jump through a hoop
With the start of the ascents towards Adamit, the Ionic 5 has no difficulty in maintaining the fast pace of drinking the dinosaur juice, but it broadcasts to you 'you got confused on the route, don't you want to go back?'
While the small and fast ones weigh about 1,200 kg, and the French are known for amazing road behavior and the ability to get in and out of corners fun and fast, the Ionique 5, which weighs over 2 tons, makes the sounds of a large whale with a fin that has been asked to jump through a hoop. However, it hides less fun With high torque and the ability to accumulate impressive speed, the electricity consumption is about 45 KWH per 100 km, which is almost three times the normal average consumption of the vehicle.
I perform most of the braking using the regenerative braking levers, and determine the braking force required according to the route, a bit like manually downshifting, but it's not really great fun.
We travel about 70 challenging kilometers, when on the descent towards Kiryat Shmona the Ionic regains electricity through regenerative braking. Stopping for refueling and electrification at the Goma junction, at an ultra-fast position of Afcon (175KW) and during a soda break (despite its age) the Ionic reaches about 98% battery.
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An ascent to Majdal Shams brings the Ionic to fly forward and say goodbye to the group stuck behind slow vehicles.
It turns out that the overtaking ability of the chubby is very impressive and instills a lot of confidence.
A break for knapa and coffee at the 'Hataf Hirok' restaurant in Majdal Shams, and we head south towards lunch at "Mushbotz" in Moshav Ramot.
The driving section The journey from Majdal Shams to the Beit Tsida intersection in the North of the Kinneret brings with it a descent from an altitude of about 1,200 meters, to an altitude of -200, and accordingly the average electricity consumption in this driving segment is about 1.5KW per 100 km.
Interruption Lunch with excellent meat, and I'm debating whether to add another charge to the Ionic 5 at the station at the 'Dor Alon' station at the entrance to Kibbutz Ha'on, and decide not. The electricity should be enough to get home without a problem, even with the ascents from the Valley towards the Taphum intersection.
Despite the pressures, one charge per 500 km of a driving trip at a ridiculous cost compared to gasoline (photo: screenshot, screenshot)
But the fact that something is possible does not mean that it should be done, I admit that this kind of driving in the Ionic 5 is not one of its outstanding features
The entire round, about 500 km, actually passed without any particular problems. Two charges that added a cumulative 35KW to the battery, almost 'half a tank' (for Ionic batteries with a capacity of 72.7KWH) at a cost of 70 shekels (according to a rate of 2 shekels not cheap for each kWh at fast positions of Afcon).
Conclusions - possible.
It is certainly possible to go on a driving trip of this type with the Ionik 5.
Requires a little advance testing of charging stations.
In this case all the charging stations were from Afcon, but there are also Ginergy, EV EDGE, Sonol EVI and others.
But the fact that something is possible does not mean that it should be done, I admit that this kind of driving in the Ionic 5 is not one of its outstanding features.
I have a hard time thinking of an electric vehicle that is suitable for this type of driving, perhaps the dwarf Fiat E500, which is full of grace and fun, but even in models with its large battery, you will need quite a few charging breaks in this type of driving (Yoav, I prescribe you driving a Tesla Model 3, even Basic SR - the editor).
The Ioniq 5 is a wonderful car.
No less - as long as it is about uses that were before the eyes of Hyundai engineers.
That being said, this really isn't its natural environment, until the Ionic 5 N arrives, a performance version of the Ionic 5. For
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