Bayerischer Wald

We went for a short drive today, only to the Bayerische Wald. We had wanted to try to get to Klatovy in the Czech Republic but as we approached the border the weather started to go grey and it started to rain, so we turned towards Zwiesel, where I have never been, but it was even worse rain there. So we came home again. We did try out a fast charger at Teisnach technology canter, but it was defective. However across the woad is the main office from E-Wald, and as luck would have it there was a guy in the garage there doing something with an electric VW Beetle. At that location there is also a rapid charger, which looks very temporary, so we asked if we could charge and they said yes. It was free which was good. Otherwise, a free charge at the BMW factory in Dingolfing, a short walk and free top up at Deggendorf was about all for the trip.

Zwiesel might be a place to go back to one day to visit the glassworks perhaps.

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Namlos and Bschlaber Tals

It was Whitsuntide and Whitsunday the weather was not good so the tour we had planned was postponed to Monday. At least it wasn’t so bad Monday, so it was down to the car and time for a tour. I wanted to try out a video camera in the car to record the drive as well, so first I spent a few minuted setting that up in the car.

The plan was to go via Linderhof to the Namlos Tal. I had never heard of this place e, but it is not really so far away. The drive was easy of course, but my concern was where to charge. According to the apps I have, there are no rapid chargers in the area, only a couple of type 2, and I really don’t want to hang around in the middle of nowhere to charge for hours on end. So I chose the BMW hotel at Ammerwald where there is a free CCS. Its also a good place to stop for a coffee and the toilet. I arrived with about 43% charge, and the car told me I would need about 30 minutes to reach a full charge. Charge started timer on iPhone set and off to the hotel. 25 minutes later we returned to find the car had not charged. The charge had failed with a communication error after only 5 minutes. Annoying. Anyway,Chantal went for a short walk, and I stayed at the car and monitored the charge until it ended. It only took 15 minutes. The road is nice in this area, typical Austrian tan road with a nice lake to one side. It is not a fast road, but it is relaxing.

We reached the Namlos Tal easily and had a pleasant drive along the valley. It is an attractive place only 10Km or so long. However, the number of crazy motorcyclists driving way to fast and often on the wrong side of the road spots it. The motorbikes also make it a very noisy place. Our charge level was very good, I don’t remember how high it was but the drive up to the top of the valley and the decent basically more or less cancelled out.

So there was no need to look for a charger and we decided to have another pass, this time the Bschlabertal, also an unknown valley for me. The peak of the Bschlabertal is about 1900m I think. It is very bleak and there was still quiet a bit of snow off to the side of the road. The decent is quiet narrow and very windy, with an impressive view. As a driver you feel like your on a ledge on the side of the cliff. In addition there was also again a large number of mad motorcyclists risking their lives. Crash at those speeds on that road and you won’t live to tell the tale, you could easily end up smashed against the cliff or catapult over the railings and fall to your death.

After the Bschlabertal We decided to start home as the weather was deteriorating. First we needed to get a quick top up, from 65% to make it home. We went to a charger at Ötztal-Bahnhof and used the Maingau charge card where we fully charged in about 15 minutes. We returned home via Mittenwald and the Kochelsee. This was a mistake as we had a 45 minute delay due to traffic at Kochel. Something I also noticed is that the navigation in the Ioniq is sometimes very strange on its routing algorithm. I had selected Fastest route no motorway, expecting it to put me more or less parallel to the Munich autobahn, but instead of heading toward Munich, it took me due east and then north, brining me into Munich from the south east. We were originally south west of Munich, and there is a nice fast road which goes most of the way. The route it took was through a lot of winding side roads. Very strange.

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Romeo, Romeo, therefor art thou Romeo? Or to put it another way, lets goto Verona!

Italy has been outside my comfort zone when it comes to using my Ioniq Electric. To understand why we need to go back a couple of years to the time when we were first considering the possibility of going electric.

We had driven in our hybrid to Milan, an attractive city, at least in the center, and we were looking to see where the charging points were. We didn’t see many, in fact as I remember we saw 1 rapid charger and a couple of slower chargers, possibly type 3c. On the drive back to Munich, we decided that we would simulate an EV with a range of 200 Km and stop at recharging points on route. We didn’t find any rapid chargers but 1 slow charger. I  think we had the New Motion charge app with us at the time but I am not 100% sure. In any case we came to the conclusion that Italy was “difficult” for charging.

So back to the recent past and we now had our Ioniq Electric and we decided to make a tentative exploration into Italy. I had read in the GoingElectric forum of other users and trips to Italy, and one of them showed pictures of a rapid charger at the Brenner Pass. So, we decided to go there, and if possible a bit further. It was winter and therefore our range was limited. On reaching the top of the pass we drove into Brenner town, and looked without success for the charger. We saw a local police car, so we asked them where the EV charging was, and they said there wasn’t any but maybe in Vipitino which is about 30 Km down hill. We were at about 20% charge, so I was a bit worried about going further, but we rolled down hill without using any power, in fact we gained a bit. We found the charger, which was a 11 Kw Type 2 and  for an hour whilst walking around, but I was still worried. on that charger we didn’t get much of a recharge and most of what we gained we used returning back up to Brenner. 

Just outside Brenner I stopped and pulled up Apple maps, put it into satellite view and manually searched for possible charging locations. It was then I spotted the Tesla superchargers outside of Brenner on the other side of the autostrada. tracing the road back I found there was a tunnel to the other side, and we only a few meters away from it. So we got our charge, and it was free. 

Lidl, Hall in Tirol

Now to the present. Since the first test of Italy we had been to Vipitino a few times and once from Lago di Resia to Merano and back over the Brenner without incident. So it was time to step out the comfort zone a bit more.  I decided on the following strategy. I would drive to Brenner, and fully charge, then drive to the next charger that I found listed at Bolzen, or if the charge was ok Pagenella. From there to the next charger and so on in the direction of Verona, never letting the battery fall below circa 55%. If there was any issue with charging I would turn around and go back. 

The route went first to Hall in Tirol, to a free Lidl, where I would give a quick charge, Pagenella Oestjust enough to get up the Brenner. There I charged to 94% and started downhill “into the unknown”. Downhill I needed very little power, and it made no sense to get out at Bozen, so I continued to Pagenella, and on arrival had only used 40% of the battery.
The charger was free and worked perfectly. Here I have to say, not once was any charge point blocked by another car, and all chargers worked perfectly. Very impressive. The next stop was planned to be Affi, but I actually had enough power to get to the charger at Verona. Realistically I could have gone all the way from Brenner to Verona Veronaon the one charge if I had kept to circa 110 Km/h, but I did go to the autostrada limit of 130 Km/h which of course takes its tribute.

The charge point in Verona was also free, as was the parking, but had to be started with an app. I had already downloaded and installed the app, so after finding the correct QR code, the charge was easy. I stayed there about 2 hours, and then started the return trip. 

The return trip was, needless to say, without incident.Affi Almost. First a quick toilet break and 10 minute top up at Affi, and then onto Pagenella. This is the only incident I experienced. It poured down with rain and there was a very close lightning strike. Luckily it only lasted about 15 minutes and during this time the temperature dropped from 27C to 15C. At Pagenella, the charger was a bit out of the way but well signposted. 20 minute or so charge up to 94% again, then up to Brenner arriving with 19% (27 Km) left. All uphill of course so high consumption. My longest charge was here. 40 minutes to reach 94% When I was almost finished a Tesla X P90 driver arrived and was very interested in the Ioniq. Surprising to me was that when I told him I get a range of up to 240 Km, he said he doesn’t get much more with his Tesla. The final part of my trip was over Garmisch to Munich, which was completed in one go arriving home with 31% (74 km) battery left. 

The totals were 869 Km covered in 10:45 hours of driving (plus charge breaks), average speed 86Km/h and a consumption of 13.2 kWh/100 Km.  Overall I think a good day and certainly a successful trip.

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Neuburg an der Donau

On a rather grey Thursday with  about 19c I decided to go for a drive. I didn’t really know where to go, but I just wanted to get out for a few hours. A quick look at the map and a pin in a random town not too far away, that I hadn’t been to before. A second quick check on the ChargEV app to see what Charging was available and then off. 

Neuburg an der Donau was the target. It’s about an hours drive away but in the 29 years i have lived in Munich, I have never been there. The route took me first on the Autobahn direction Ingolstadt and I thought I might make a quick top up at the Tank&Rast but I decided I had enough charge  to get there and back home again. As I drove by the Tank&Rast I saw that there were a large quantity of police and it looked like there was something going on, so it was probably a food idea not to stop. 

I turned of the Autobahn shortly after and drove across country via Schrobenhausen and it’s asparagus fields eventually crossing the Donau and parking at a small car park 10 minutes away from the old town. The parking was free as was the type 2 charger. The charger needs to be activated by an RFID card, I used the Maingau card. 

The old town of Neuburg an der Donau was very quite. It is full of historic buildings, a couple of cafes and very few stores. In this area is also the tourist information office and the theatre. There is also the old castle which now has a museum in it.  The new or lower town was not so interesting but it is where you feel M.D. most of the stores and restaurants. 

I must have spent a couple of hours there in total. The sun had come out and it was about 21C. Returning to the Ioniq I had about 81% charge. For the trip back I went first in the direction of Augsburg and cross country until I reached Odelzhausen where I rejoined the Autobahn back to Munich. 

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