ROAD TRIP! Taking the ID.3 to central Italy

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Andreas
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Post by Andreas » 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 you are doing 6km/kWh or 3.75 miles/kWh. It’s good to keep your brain jogging while driving.

All the best

Andreas
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Post by Black » Wed Aug 04, 2021 11:35 am

Excellent write up and thanks for taking the time to share.
Enjoy the rest of your trip.

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Post by Abadgermac » 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.
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Post by Andreas » Wed Aug 04, 2021 12:42 pm

Let me check that later.

I think it said ‘Drive on the Right’ (steering wheel side) while I was in the UK. I then wanted to change that manually after landing in France but saw the car had already done it.

But will check. I’m confused now as well.

All the best

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Post by thewanted » 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.

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Post by G43FAN » Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:48 am

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.
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Post by thewanted » Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:51 am

G43FAN wrote:
Fri Aug 06, 2021 10:48 am
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.
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.

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Post by G43FAN » 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
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.
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.
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Post by Andreas » Fri Aug 06, 2021 4:09 pm

Let's continue, day 2.

Considerable improvement over day one. After another trip to the pool and a great breakfast, appointment at La Pharmacie at 09.45 for obligatory COVID test (EUR25pp, needed for entry to Italy). Results by 10.30 and off we go.

Crossing the border is no issue, no controls, and off we go zooming down the very nice but busy Swiss highways (Vignette was mail-ordered in the UK). First stop is Ionity Neuenkirch, a marvellous charging location with a nice playground and view of the mountains. Taking some time the ID.3 is charged to 100%. On arrival at the four chargers a XC40 occupies another one, and that's it. While there a couple rocks up in an Ionity 5, test-driving, and obviously seeking out other EV drivers for a chat (there is a nice social aspect in charging, you get to talk to lots of fellow EV drivers if you are so inclined). I recommended the ID.3, which was their other option.

The onwards to the Gotthardt tunnel, and yes, mountain motorway driving is fun, the recharge function is working overtime, and the distance on the Guessometer keeps going up. As there is traffic jams advertised at the Gotthardt, a quick comfort break and opportunity top-up at Gotthardt Süd. Another nice location, next to a river. The Swiss do motorway stops in style.

Then off to the tunnel. A 5km traffic jam before the entry costs us about 30 minutes. The nav system is clearly on drugs (as is Waze), suggesting to avoid the jam by going over the pass. Sure, Jan. My daughter decides to take a nap in the back, and (another EV advantage) conks out completely for the next 3 hours. Lack of noise and vibrations makes for better sleep I guess. As the old joke goes, I want to die peacefully and in my sleep, like grandpa, and not screaming and in terror like the others in his car.

As the car is now quite well charged, and as the descent from Gotthardt means recharge is now permanent, there is no need to stop at Bellinzona, and we are off to Binasco, just south of Milan. Again, no checks at the border (with Italy this time), a short traffic jam shortly after the border, and then heavy but fast-moving traffic to Milan. The ACC is working well in this, but you need to keep attention to the speed limits in construction sites, since Italians treat them as laughable suggestions. At Binasco there's a McDonalds and not much else. Top-up to 100%, as there is a 281km leg coming up to Forli, and I don't intend to stop at Carpi or repeat yesterday's experience. We cut through to the A! direction Bologna rather than going north and then south again via the Milano Tangenziale Sud, shaving 5 or 6km off. Then it's straight 280km down the motorway at 130km/h without a break. The ID.3 just goes 'Range Anxiety, what's that mate'? I keep monitoring use, but we go along with music and nav system on and a/c running at comfortable level all the way, at allowed speeds (Although I may or may not once have taken her to 154km/h to overtake a particularly recalcitrant middle-lane hogger). it's all brilliant.

We get to Forli in the dark, the Ionity station is a bit off the motorway at a major shopping centre. So we shop a bit, have a coffee for the last leg, and stretch our legs. Then it is off into the night (the adaptive lighting is awesome) down the SS3bis. Trust me, you do not want to go down the SS3bis. It's a constant construction site down to Perugia, with the only benefit that it's so sh*t, even truckers spurn it and go another way south. We eventually make it, again maybe not always having kept the 40km/h speed limit the ACC insisted on. We arrive at around 23.30 at our destination with a reasonable charge, and another memorable day ended. I now have full trust in the range capacity of the ID.3 Tour, a much better idea of what I can push it to, and am overall happy as Larry (whoever he is) with the choice.

Day 2 stats
Distance covered = 861km
Speed = 86km/h average 1
Driving time = 10h12
Average efficiency = 6.1km/kWh
Day started charge level 59kwh
4 Charges:
1) Ionity Neuenkirch 55.82 kWh/58mins/CHF16.75 (to 100%)
2) Gotthardt Süd Ionity 6.56 kWh/12mins/CHF1.97 (top-up)
3) Ionity Binasco 32.14 kWh/44mins/EUR9.64 (to 100%)
4) Ionity Forli 52.10 kWh/53mins/EUR15.63 (to 100%)
Day ended charge level 53kwh
Total 146.62 charged and 4.62 battery drawdown for total of 151.24 kWh, 2h47 charging time, EUR42.68

All the best

Andreas
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Post by Andreas » Fri Aug 06, 2021 4:21 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.
We had one large Samsonite (20kg+ variety), two carry-ons, and various bits and bobs (small box, daypack rucksacks, charging cables (Type 2 and 3-pin). It's unloaded now but will see if two 20kgs fit. I suspect they will, if they are being but upright and athwart the car), with an additional carry-on and a backpack, charging cables between the large luggage wheels. As long as you remove the parcel shelf, which we did.

But let me check, I may be over optimistic.

All the best

Andreas
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