Model 3 is coming

Hold on to your hats, people.

 

The Good, The Bad and the Smogly

Committee Member, Harald was on the ABC this morning with Jo Trilling along with Richard Baird talking about all things EV and Tesla – You can catch up here:

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/perth/programs/focus/electric-cars/11020238

Monthly Casual Tesla Owner Meetups

The committee has had a couple of things planned for the start of 2019, both of which ran into organisational hiccups, but will re-appear later in the year.

As a means of allowing for some interaction, and for potential new owners to come and see Tesla vehicles for themselves, we’re planning to have monthly “casual” meetups – swapping between a weekend daytime event and a mid-week evening event each month. Our first meetup in this new format was Sunday 7th April at Leederville Sporting Club

The meetings will be informal, but we’ll plan to have at least a couple of the committee and their cars at each meetup, so you can come and ask questions, meet other owners, and maybe grab a refreshment or two.

The upcoming casual meetups are:

  • Wednesday May 1st at The Gate, Cockburn
  • Sunday June 2nd at Heathcote Reserve
  • Wednesday July 3rd at Wembley Golf Club
  • Sunday August 4th at Mount Henry Tavern
  • Wednesday September 4th at City Beach

Perth Home Show

We’re down at the Perth Home Show for 2019 flying the flag

Eco town produced a video. Our Model X was featured a couple of times!

Eco Town with Wombat | Perth Home Show

??? If you're attending the Perth HIA Home Show this weekend then you MUST visit our exciting sustainability feature ECO TOWN. We've got 5 tiny houses, electric cars, worm farming, aquaponics and oh so much more! It' FREE to attend the Show so bring the kids and come say hello! Tickets available here: http://bit.ly/2FJFVu1

Posted by Perth Home Shows on Thursday, 28 March 2019

If you’re down at the home show, come and say hello – we’re there all weekend.

Some attention from Elon about Perth

Perth Tesla owner, Jayson Stanley, managed to get some attention from Elon himself after the recent Tesla posting about changes to the service centres and delivery centres:

Lets hope some follow-through happens.  We’ll keep you posted, and well done, Jayson.

If you want to respond on twitter and share the excitement, click on the image above to link to Elon’s response directly.

The Tweet also got some coverage at driven.io here:

Musk promises Tesla store in W.A. to the delight of enthusiasts

Faster Supercharging is coming

Tesla announced today its first “Version 3” Supercharger:

https://www.tesla.com/en_AU/blog/introducing-v3-supercharging

At present, the fastest speeds may be limited to new Model 3 deliveries (and the upcoming Model Y), but a new accompanying software update also works to condition the battery of your vehicle before you arrive, if you set the satnav to take you to a Supercharger.

After the full annoucement today, we will update with more information.  We will not see V3 Superchargers in Europe and Asia-Pacific until late this year.  The arrival date of Perth’s Supercharger is still unconfirmed, but we hope to see a more concrete announcement on this, too.

EV charging with diesel powered ChargePod skid – a solution for locations with inadequate power

Introduction

Several electric vehicle drivers in Australia have made the long journeys away from the isolated City of Perth travelling to Darwin, Adelaide and even all the way around Australia. A few keen enthusiasts in the EV community have done an excellent job arranging 3-phase power points to be installed along these routes. While these have been much appreciated by those that have followed, many places are not well connected to the grid and the power supply is inadequate or more to the point not as reliable as required – phases are often not balanced and access is sometimes restricted. The ChargePod was developed to service these locations, with a simple easily installed skid with 50kW DC charging capability. A keen AEVA member has built a prototype unit and a fuel consumption and endurance test was undertaken.

Objectives of the test

  • Check the reliability of the ChargePod over an extended multiple EV charging session
  • Evaluate the equivalent diesel fuel consumption for each model of car charged

Test Outline

The test consisted of 10 electric cars being charged consecutively at roughly 1 hour intervals utilizing a 50kW DC charger powered by a diesel generator (ChargePod). The cars were predominately Tesla Model S and Tesla Model X which arrived with around 35% battery with a view to charging to around 85% to ensure the optimum charging range. The ChargePod was not stopped between charges but allowed to idle for the few minutes while cars changed representing what would happen in a real situation. The charge sessions were all started and stopped using the ChargeFox App.

Equipment used

  • 10 full electric vehicles consisting of 6 Tesla Model S, 3 Tesla Model X and a 2018 BMW i3
  • A Tritium Veefil 50kW DC charger with a Chademo and CCS2 connector
  • A near new (23h) 75kVA Cummins powered generator set.

Test sequence

  • ChargePod fuel tank topped up to 38mm from filler neck.
  • Start charging car – record start and finish battery %, car’s average kWh consumption rate, kWh added to car, session start and finish times.
  • Change subsequent cars and repeat recordings.
  • Complete all 10 cars then shut down.
  • Leave skid overnight to cool.
  • Use mobile fuel truck with calibrated meter to refuel ChargePod to 38mm from filler neck.
  • Record total fuel consumption for the test.

Calculation method

Using total kWh added to all cars divided by the total fuel consumed an average kilowatt hour per litre diesel consumed is established – this is 3.392 kWh per litre which is the ChargePod performance.

Using the lifetime average kWh per kilometre for each car (this depends on the car and the driving style and is recorded continually by the car) an individual litres diesel equivalent per kilometre for each car tested can be established

Results

  • The ChargePod ran continuously for 9 hours 15 minutes and charged 10 cars without stopping.
  • the generator consumed 108.6 litres of diesel.
  • the total energy recorded as received by the cars battery packs was 368.4 kWh.
  • the average kwhr per litre delivered to the cars by ChargePod was 3.392 kWh/l.

Diesel fuel consumption equivalents :

  • BMW I3 is 4.392 L/100km
  • Tesla Model S range 5.011 to 6.014 L/100km
  • Tesla Model X range 5.689 to 6.957 L/100km

Conclusion :

A stand alone DC EV-charging skid powered by diesel generator for remote locations with inadequate power delivers fuel consumption results are very comparable but on most occasions better than equivalent diesel powered passenger vehicles.

Thanks to all the EV drivers who volunteered their cars  on the day and most importantly to Jon Edwards who provided the venue, equipment, knowledge and can-do attitude to build the Chargepod and complete the test.

TOCWA AGM

On November 3rd, TOCWA held its AGM at beautiful Millbrook Winery in Jarrahdale.  It was a lovely day for a drive out, even for those of us that couldn’t stay for lunch.   It was great to see so many in attendance, and see the car park full of new and old Teslas!

TOCWA’s new committee is – in Alphabetical Order:

Annie Atkins

Rob Dean

Martin Kane

Harald Murphy

Trevor Pinnington

Ken Taylor

 

We are yet to meet and assign roles/portfolios, but we’re pleased to welcome Trevor to the committee, and to get to work on the needs and wants of our members  here in WA.

To that end, we’ll be sending out a small survey to members this week to help us know what are the main priorities for this year – please give us as much or little feedback as you feel led!

 

 

New Chargers Announced

Chargefox have announced that they will be working with motoring clubs to roll out a 350kW charging network around Australia.  WA should get three new chargers over the next year (expected by early 2020 at the latest), one in Perth, one on the northern corridor and one south.

At present, Teslas can not make full use of 350kW CCS-2 chargers*, as we only have DC options of SuperChargers (120kW) and CHAdeMO (50kW).  There is much discussion about Tesla’s next move, as they are members of the CHAdeMO and CCS working groups, and stated in their Australian Senate submission they advocate the rollout of 100kW+ charging using Type-2/CCS-2.  Whether Model 3 will come with CCS-2 in Europe and Australia is yet to be seen, and there is much hand-wringing about the ability to adapt current vehicles to CCS-2.

It’s still great news that commercial funding continues to grow for EV infrastructure.

Car clubs, ARENA get behind solar-powered ultra-fast EV charging network

* In fact – no currently shipping vehicle can charge at 350kW and none that are likely to ship before 2020 will.

Tesla Owners Club Summit

Harald and I represented TOCWA at the Tesla Owners Club 2018 Leadership Summit in Fremont, California from the 11th to 13th October.

The summit was designed to be a two-way conversation between Tesla and owners and representatives from official owners groups from around the world were invited.

We began with a factory tour on registration day, and then spent the next day in sessions.

Tesla sent along a number of staff to talk about Tesla’s approach to marketing, owner liaison and how it hopes to work with us.  Some highlights of that conversation are:

  • Tesla is keen to get owners involved in making the new owner experience as pleasant as possible.  In the US, in the leadup to the end-of-quarter, they invited various owners clubs to help with the large volume of Model 3 deliveries.  This experiment is likely to be repeated – TOCWA will follow up with Tesla about this happening in WA, and we may call for volunteers.
  • There is now an up-to-date list of officially recognised owenrs clubs at https://www.tesla.com/support/tesla-owners-club-directory
  • Tesla is working on a mechanism for new owners to be put in touch with official clubs in their region – this needs, of course, to be sensitive to any privacy issues.
  • Tesla is slowly becoming more aware of issues presenting owners outside of continental North America, and recent tweets by Elon back this up

We were also given a good look at the new Performance Model 3, as well as the new service vehicle designs to be rolled out

Most importantly, it was a great opportunity to see how other clubs around the world were interacting with Tesla and with owners, and we hope to be able to provide a better channel of communication that has been present thus far.