Driving from Taupo to Wellington in an EV
The goal for this trip was fewer charging stops
Today, we have returned from a lovely summer holiday near Taupō. The driving distance was 342 km, with an expected driving time of 4:40.
Unlike our previous journey, this time we set out to charge the fewest number of times.
Stop 1: Mangaweka (7 mins)
Abandoned DC3 at Mangaweka International Airport
We really wanted to stop in Bulls (191 km) — this was well within driving range, but (like last time) we wanted to avoid the possibility of being stuck awaiting a busy charger.
So instead, we stopped at the town beforehand (Mangaweka) for 7 mins and added 5.4 kWh of energy (cost $3.31). This would allow us to stop at our desired charge location of Bulls, but if the charger was in use, we could drive onto the next town (Foxton).
Stop 2: Bulls (44 mins)
The charger was not in use. We stopped here for morning tea. The aim was to get to 80% charge, so that we could drive all the way back to Wellington without stopping.
Bulls is a great place to stop. Unlike many of the central North Island towns, there’s plenty of life, and new developments happening. We went to Mint Cafe at a little strip mall.
We ended up spending longer at the cafe than expected, and the car charged up to 89% adding 21.2 kWh for $16.56.
Summary: Easy drive
The drive home was easier, with fewer stops.
Total cost was $19.87 for a four and a half hour drive.