Four popular road trips to do in an EV
Melbourne to Sydney
The Hume Highway dash from Melbourne to Sydney via Albury is a well-worn path for truckies and road-trippers alike. Technically, you can drive the 880 kilometres to Sydney’s CBD in the Tesla with just one stop to fully charge. The most logical place to top up is just north of Gundagai, 510 kilometres along, where you’ll find Tesla’s Supercharger station next to the famous Dog on the Tucker Box. You’ll need to monitor the real-world driving range as it may need a charge earlier, which could be done at the Supercharger in Wodonga. While it’s charging, grab a burger at The Goods Shed or a coffee at nearby BeanStation Cafe.
Another cute stop 224 kilometres further along the Hume is Jugiong, which got its first NRMA EV charging station last year. The Sir George Hotel is great for a long lunch, while the Jugiong Wine Cellar has plenty of Canberra-region wines to take with you. The Tesla will easily make it from Jugiong to Sydney’s CBD.
Given the distance between charging stations, the Ioniq will need to stop at the Chargefox station in Euroa, 170 kilometres from Melbourne, before charging up again in either Barnawartha North (Chargefox), about 15 minutes south of Wodonga, or Holbrook (NRMA) in New South Wales. Further stops in Jugiong then Mittagong for the final leg will be required.
You could drive from Melbourne to Sydney in a day in the Tesla, but it’s harder in the Ioniq. Assuming each charge stop is about an hour, the trip could take 13 hours. It might be better to split the journey over two days.
Melbourne to Apollo Bay
The sweeping bends and jaw-dropping vistas of the Great Ocean Road make it an enduringly alluring prospect for drivers and, with plenty of chargers dotted along its length, an electric-powered journey is a viable option.
The Tesla Model 3 Long Range could do a return trip from Melbourne to Apollo Bay without recharging but a quick pitstop will allow you to power up while checking out some sights.
A handy first stop is RACV’s Torquay Resort at the start of the Great Ocean Road, about 100 kilometres from the City Club. While your EV is plugged in at the resort’s Chargefox ultra-rapid station, take a stroll via the fairway path to the beach to check out the surf, or enjoy the ocean views while lunching at Number One restaurant.
Apollo Bay is another 96 kilometres from Torquay and both the Tesla and Hyundai will comfortably make that distance. There are three Tesla destination chargers located at businesses in Apollo Bay, but you’ll need to plug in somewhere via a regular power point if you want to charge the Hyundai. Check with local hotels in advance to see if they cater for this.
Or you could stop at the Lorne Visitor Information Centre on the way home to charge, and treat yourself to a meal at MoVida Lorne while you wait.