ROAD TRIP! Taking the ID.3 to central Italy

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Post by van » Fri Aug 06, 2021 5:44 pm

G43FAN wrote:
Fri Aug 06, 2021 12:09 pm
thewanted wrote:
Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:51 am
G43FAN wrote:
Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:48 am


There's always good old Bjorn and his banana box test..

Cheers. I've seen this video but banana boxes are not a very useful point of reference for me.
To be honest I'm am not sure they are for anyone other than a greengrocer.

We can get my son's full hockey kit in the back along with stick bag. (Goalie) so a lot of kit. It actually fits in the ID3 better than it did in my Tiguan as although the Tig had a bigger (slighlty, I think) boot the wheel arches stuck into the space and made it less practical.
Take a look at autoev.co.uk review from about 6'40"
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Post by Andreas » Fri Aug 06, 2021 6:41 pm

thewanted wrote:
Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:08 am
I'm really jealous that you managed to go abroad! Sounds like an awesome trip, and Italy is my favourite destination in Europe.

I have searched high and low for photos/videos of how practical the boot is with regards to luggage but haven't been very successful. Would you mind taking a photo of how you've packed the boot please? I'm wondering if the car could be used for airport runs where two large (20kg+) suitcases need to be carried. I don't mind removing the parcel shelf in this situation.
Okay I just checked. With soft shells 2x20kg+ and one carry on seem to be the design load. If you can then wedge the Type 2 cable into the small stowage space you will be able to put some smaller bags in on the side of the large suitcases.

All the best

Andreas
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Post by Andreas » Fri Aug 06, 2021 6:48 pm

Here’s a picture. There’s enough space in front of the big luggage to put another one.

All the best

Andreas

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Post by Andreas » Fri Aug 06, 2021 6:59 pm

Abadgermac wrote:
Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:38 am
Andreas wrote:
Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:12 am
Two observations I forgot to mention:

1) the car recognises it is not in Kansas anymore and the lights switch automatically to ‘drive on the left’, which beats the old way of doing this which was to glue tape over the long-distance part of the lights. We have the adaptive lighting pack as standard on the Tour so not sure if it’s linked to that.
2) you can set units to “sane, sensible and comprehensible”, sorry I mean metric, which I would recommend while in France. One side effect of that is that suddenly instantaneous consumption (which I think is in miles/kWh in the UK) is now in kWh/hour which keeps your brain occupied (e.g. 20kWh/h and speed of 120kmh/h means your doing 6km/kWh or 3.75 miles/kWh. It’s good to keep your brain jogging while driving.

All the best

Andreas
Which country are you referring to when you say “drive on left”. This setting has confused me ever since I got the car.
Sorry for delay. Convinced now it refers to the side your car is on based on the forward direction of travel. I got left and right confused in my post. Only human, and male. 😬

It switched from one to the other automatically though when we got to France.

All the best

Andreas

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Post by thewanted » Sat Aug 07, 2021 4:44 pm

van wrote:
Fri Aug 06, 2021 5:44 pm
Take a look at autoev.co.uk review from about 6'40"

Thanks! I missed that review. His suitcases are smaller than ours, but it certainly gives a good idea of what's possible.

Andreas wrote:
Fri Aug 06, 2021 6:48 pm
Here’s a picture. There’s enough space in front of the big luggage to put another one.

All the best

Andreas

That's amazing! Thank you so much for going through all of that hassle for me. I really appreciate it.

I test drove the ID.3 today and the boot is certainly bigger in the flesh than it comes across in videos. I have no doubt that we could get a large amount of luggage in, including a BabyZen YoYo stroller.

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Post by KefynBryn » Mon Aug 09, 2021 8:31 pm

great fun and good luck!
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Post by Andreas » Tue Aug 10, 2021 9:57 am

Thanks! Loving it now that I'm here. The car was made for driving around bendy hilly roads. Very zippy and sits flat on the road.

Every evening before going to bed it's plugged in and recharges happily, to start the next day at 80%. Turns heads too, as it seems to be the only ID.3 around here thus far.

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Post by Kelloggs » Wed Aug 11, 2021 6:05 pm

Thank you for posting this. Really enjoyed reading about your trip. I was thinking of driving over to see my son in Milan when we can get over without 5 day isolation. I’d be really interested in your trip back if you can post anything. Have a great time and best wishes for a smooth trip back
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Post by tomstring » Sun Sep 12, 2021 9:36 pm

Thanks your posts are a very interesting read. Mine will be a 58kwh pro performance family. Your stops to Switzerland are similar to the ones I had in mind. From Zurich I’ll be heading to Viareggio which on ABRP means I’ll be charging at Bellinzona and Piacenza ionity.

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Post by Andreas » Wed Sep 15, 2021 11:04 am

Okay, final on this in two parts.

I - In Italy
We spent about four weeks in Central Italy, with two return trips to Firenze airport (200km each way) and two return trips to Abruzzo where my parents now live most of the year (200km each way). Also racked up about 50-100km per day driving around, e.g. to the public pool in the morning, shopping etc. All on hilly and bendy roads. It was awesome. Charging was done mostly at home, on reduced AC current overnight, with no major issues. You can't have other heavy loads going, it will blow the fuse as Italy only has 3.3kW as mains power standard in a domestic connection. High-speed charging at Valdichiana Outlet (Bettole, ca. half-way to Florence). The place was crowded the first time I went there, and I ended up looking for a nearby EnelX which also worked. The village also has a BeCharge column (11kW) which was good to have but too expensive at 45c/kWh. Still, good backup. If it had been 30ish I would have used it exclusively. Used a hotel charger in Pineto twice, which also worked very well, on a timed charge by the looks of it, and a free 11kW Lidl charger once.

One thing to consider for home charging in Italy is that if you have a power adapter on your granny charger, make sure the adapter is rated to 15 amps. In Abruzzo power quality was very low, the adapter only rated to 10 amps, and it melted it. Fortunately enough no fire, but this was a close call.

The ID.3 is handling very very well on the Italian secondary and tertiary roads. It's acceleration is awesome and really helpful if you want to overtake. In hot summer weather range even at 130km/h is exceptionally good, I co-axed it to over 400km, which is not something I could replicate in colder northern weather.

All the best

Andreas
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