About the Drive - Completed May 20-21, 2011
Tesla has partnered with UK hotels and tourist destinations to install a high power charging network, comprised of ten charge stations throughout Great Britain.
Each charge station is privately owned and available for public use, either provided free or for a nominal fee. The network is the result of a grass-roots effort by Roadster drivers and forward-thinking hotels and resorts. Now Roadster owners can enjoy their cars’ breathtaking acceleration and 212 mile range as they tour Great Britain, and conveniently recharge while having a meal, using leisure facilities, or indulging in an overnight stay. Tesla’s High Power Wall Connector (HPC) delivers a whopping 70 amps of electricity, fully charging an empty battery in less than four hours, and “topping off” a partially-charged battery in a fraction of that time. Complimenting the HPC network, Zero Carbon World, a charity dedicated to creating a clean energy future, has installed medium power connectors (MPCs), delivering 32 amps, at several sites throughout Britain. Tesla’s forthcoming Model S luxury saloon also can charge on the entire network.
An historic drive, from John o’Groats on Scotland’s northeast tip, to Land’s End on the southwest English coast, will combine the Roadster’s long range with the network’s high power charging. On Saturday, May 21, Kevin Sharpe, founder of Zero Carbon World, will set off from John o’Groats in his electric blue Tesla Roadster along with EV expert David Peilow, both taking turns at the wheel. They expect to reach Lands End on Sunday, with stops to charge up using Tesla HPCs along the way.
- John o'Groats - High Power Wall Connector
- Macdonald Aviemore Resort - High Power Wall Connector
- Dalmahoy, a Marriott Hotel and Country Club - High Power Wall Connector
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham - High Power Wall Connector
- The Nottingham Belfry – Q Hotels - High Power Wall Connector
- The Arden Hotel and Leisure Club - 32A
- The Castle Hotel at Taunton - High Power Wall Connector