Patrick Nadeau, From Disraeli (QC), drove from his home to Mexico and back.
His car is a Hyundai IONIQ 5 Long Range RWD.
All of the fast-charging sessions totalled $620 CAD.
Many believe that long road trips are impossible with an electric vehicle, but a few dedicated drivers have proved the opposite.
For example, take Patrick Nadeau, a Canadian who recently completed a 15,700-kilometer (9,755 mile) road trip in his Hyundai IONIQ 5.
The man set off on this business/vacation trip from his home in Disraeli, Quebec at the beginning of October and returned 116 days later on the 20th of January, after crossing most of the United States and Mexico.
Indeed, the destination was Puerto Vallarta on the west coast of Mexico, which was reached after having driven to Zion National Park in Utah and visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
Including the return leg driven in a relatively straight line over the final 7 days of the trip, Nadeau and his car covered a total of 15,712 kilometres and entered 12 US states as well as two Canadian provinces.
According to him, the car performed flawlessly and managed to take him to his destination even when the distance between chargers was very close to the IONIC 5’s official EPA range.
Indeed, one leg of the trip required the vehicle to drive 460 kilometres on a single charge, while the advertised range, determined by driving in the best possible conditions, is only 480 kilometres.
According to the car’s onboard computer, the electricity consumption over the entire road trip averaged 18.5 kWh per 100 kilometres.
Of course, such a trip was made easier by the relatively long range of the IONIQ 5, but also by its charging capabilities that make it possible to boost the battery from 10 to 80% in only 18 minutes when using a fast charger.
Speaking of which, the grand total for all of the charging stops came in at $620 CAD, which is about half of what it would have cost to drive the same trip using a gasoline-powered vehicle assuming an average consumption of 8L/100 km and an average fuel price of 1$ per litre.
Source: Patrick Nadeau (Facebook.com)