Long electric trips? It is possible, word of Fabrizio

The Opel Corsa-e of our reader, who here tells a journey of 925 km.

Long electric trips? It is possible, according to Fabrizio, a reader from Bergamo (he is from Cologno al Serio) who talks about a 5-day vacation with his Opel Corsa-e.


by Fabrizio Chiodini

“IMy intent is to disprove one of the most common clichés when it comes to electric cars: to argue that long journeys cannot be made. I have been a happy owner of an Opel Corsa-e since November, and I state that I am part of the club of those who would not come back. So maybe this narrative can be a little biased.

However, I will describe below the itinerary and the places visited in the 5 days. I state that the average consumption indicated by the car at the end of the trip is 11,2 kWh every 100 km“.

Long trips… / Day 1: Bergamo-Ravenna-Gradara

The interior of the Opel Corsa-e

Departure on the morning of May 24th with 100% auto charge (although not recommended) from the province of Bergamo. Travel in the rain with a temperature of 13-15 ° to Ravenna, avoiding motorways, for a total of 280 km about and just over 4 hours in duration. Remaining range reported 64 km. So with more favorable weather conditions the stop in Ravenna would not even have been necessary. I put the car in charge in a paid parking lot (it should be noted that putting the car in charge does not require the payment of the parking). And I went to the center of Ravenna to have lunch and to visit the city. Having done this, after a few hours I left to face the last 80 km towards Gradara, near Gabicce Mare, where I stayed and where there is a charging station, which I used for a couple of hours.

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The Castle of San Leo

Long trips… / 2/3 days: Gradara-San Leo and surroundings

The round trip to San Leo is just over 100 km, on hilly roads. So the consumption was higher on the outward journey, given the presence of climbs which in the return turned into descents. However, I was able to answer another question that often arises with electric cars: how is it going uphill? Answer: fine, no problem. Indeed, driving on these hilly roads with ups, downs and hairpin bends was a lot of fun. The third day I limited myself to going to the beach in Gabicce, so I walked only 6 km between there and back.

Day 4: Gradara-Urbino-Gabicce Mare-Gradara

The path towards Urbino winds through 32 km on hilly roads, similar to those towards San Leo but with less marked slopes. Also in Urbino I took advantage of a charging station in a paid parking lot, also in this case without having to pay for parking. In the meantime I was driving around the city, the car was recharged. Precise for those who do not know that when the car is charging, the cable can be disconnected from the car only by stopping the operation. So only via APP or special card. Furthermore, the car must be unlocked, so there is no need to be present to avoid any theft.

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Fabrizio’s Opel Corsa-e charging: the declared range is 330 km, with a 50 kWh battery pack.

Day 5: Gradara-Ferrara-Bergamo

Arrived in Ferrara in about two hours, always avoiding the highways given the absolute lack of haste, I decided to try a fast charging station for the first time. In less than half an hour he brought the battery to 81% of charge. After the necessary visit to this beautiful city, I faced the last 202 km of the journey on state and provincial roads towards home. After about 3 and a half hours, I arrived at my destination with a residual autonomy of 28%, therefore without any worries. I also used the climatizer given the external temperature of 28 °.

In conclusion: this is how much I spent for 925 km

long tripsBasically, I have traveled in everything 925 km, with a total expense of 35,18 euro to which must be added the cost of the initial home recharge, approximately 9 euro, and a total of 70,92 kwh recharged. So is an electric car trip possible? Absolutely yes, even if it has to be planned a little differently than the trips we are used to. Not with the desire to arrive at our destination that leads us to bottle up on the motorway. I quietly traveled all the planned itineraries without the slightest “autonomy anxiety”. The only drawback to note is, in my opinion, the excessive cost of public top-ups, which as you can easily calculate in my case was about 0.50 euros per kwh.

My question is this: what is this cost due to? If we consider that I have mostly used ENEL X columns, that energy distributes it, I can’t explain it to myself. Maybe they have to recover the costs for the installation ….”.


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