We drove the whole trip. We managed to reach all the pre-booked accommodations. With the exception of Estonia, we managed to use all the charging stations we visited.
Of course, Tesla’s own charging stations worked just as expected. On several other stations, we need help from the charging station’s support personel to started the charging for us or restart the charging station.
With the experience we now have, we know that we can drive exactly where we want throughout Europe – long enough for a road trip I think.
We have charged for about 2000 NOK (220 €). We have driven about 4200 kilometers. That is about 4,80 NOK pr 10 kilometer (0,52€).
… and remember that we were generous with the payment when we charged privately.
If you have a car that use 0,5 litre petrol pr 10 kilometer you will pay about 8 NOK pr 10 kilometer (0,86€).
… and remember that this is a car with 350 hp (motortrend.com) top speed of well over 200 km per hour and 4-wheel drive.
After sleeping all night and eating a good breakfast, we had time to enjoy Stockholm’s beautiful archipelago. Then we drove ashore. What we hadn’t thought about was that when traveling with a Russian ship you have to go through border control and customs control to get into Sweden. This was Schengen’s outer border.
Since we had a fully charged car from Estonia, we were able to drive about 400 kilometers before charging. On Swedish highways with good speed.
We crossed the border into Norway without seeing a single border guard. The beautiful roads continued right up to Moss where we could drive straight onto the ferry as the last car on board (half price for electric car according to one I talked to).
Since we were the last car on board we had a motorhome right in front and the ferry limb right behind. The motorhome driver had a some trouble since the engine stopped every time he tried to start driving. And since there was a little uphill just where he was standing he fall back a little for each attemt. I backed off until I had only 30 cm between us and the ferry limb. Fortunately, the camping driver got the car started and half an hour later we were on the ferry terminal at Tenvik. Almost at home.
We managed to get our luggage out and put the car in the garage before the ferry arrived.
A short ferry trip sp we were at home at Veierland.
Today is the last day in Estonia. We pack, say goodbye to our nice hosts and head to Tallinn in a fullt charged Tesla.
We have chosen to travel with Princess Anastasia. The ferry belongs to St. Peter Lines or Moby Lines if you like. A Russian ferry company.
Russian? That means careful control. We are supposed to meet 3 hours before departure.
First we have to enter the departure hall and get boarding passes and cabin passes. One card for the car. One for Anne and one for me plus two cabin cards. Five cards to get on board.
Then there was the queue to get on board. There were three checks (1.5 hours) before we were inside the boat. First customs clearance. Then some kind of ticket and car control and finally the ferry crew who checked that We had the right tickets.
Right shall be right. The nice lady in the departure hall found that we had booked two cabins. This did not appear in our invoice. She put these together so we got an upgraded cabin.
One hour late, we left the harbor in no wind and no waves. We left Tallinn in a beautiful sunset.
Despite the poor arm, today’s plan include a bike ride. We have got tips about an old windmill that has been converted into an art center. This center shall have an event today and is therefore open.
After putting into me all the best the local pharmacy can offer Anne massages my shoulder with something similar to Voltaren, but should be better ?!
Then we cycle off. It should be about 7 kilometers. We cycle a bit longer since we made a little mistake. We had many breaks. Both because of my arm and because of the heat. But we did it.
The construction was amazing. Great views from the top. Anne also thought that she had seen a small unused spot in the car’s trunk. This was to be filled with a vase from the site’s potter – the art center’s owner.
The purchase was made without cash. The art center owner knew our host. We only had to pay our host before we moved on.
We were also served a good local soup.
The bike ride home went very smoothly. This time we took no detour.
During the afternoon I took pictures of the flowers in “our” garden and in the surrounding nature.
Since cycling is bad for me these days we would like to use the car. Our problem was that the Estonia charging stations did not work with the Tesla Model 3. We didn’t want to to drain the car battery any more. We wanted to be sure of reaching the nearest Supercharger when we roll off the ferry in Stockholm. The problem was solved by our super hosts by allowing us to connect to the network at their house.
Although this is slow charging, it charges around the clock.
This allowed us to use the car. We were on some kind of hippie version of Dagros (our local summer restaurant on the island where we live). Here it was fish & chips. Quite okay if you don’t want the chips crispy. In Estonia they clearly want it soft.
Pootsman. One of the three dogs at Pootsmani Suvekohvik (the restaurant).
Then we took a walk in a large nature area by the coast. An area that locals used frequently. Cars were driven far into the forest and down to the sea. There was barbecue and bonfire (they roasted the food over the fire) all over the place.
The accommodation we have chosen outside of Tallinn is absolutely perfect except for one thing. It does not have air cooling. Otherwise, it’s an advenure. A whole, small, house to ourselves.
Today we take a trip and visit Estonia’s largest waterfall. It is not big at all. If you fold your pants you can walk over. There were many (also children) who did. Or you can swim under the waterfall. Someone did tha too.
We also tested a fun suspension bridge, not far from the waterfall.
The flowering is amazing, impressive and beautiful. Both on the property garden and out in the countryside.
Today we have driven from Riga in Latvia to somewhere a few kilometers outside Tallin in Estonia. About 340 kilometers. We had enough power on the battery to drive all the way. We had charged with the hosts ordinary power outlet throughout the night. Since we didn’t know anything about charging in Estonia we tried to fill up at the last charger before we left Latvia. It didn’t work, but it worked on the first charger we tried in Estonia. Our plan was also to fill up on the last charger before todays destination.
In Estonia, one company own almost all chargers (Elmo). This was an Elmo charger. We tested, but found that we had to register as a customer at Elmo. We tried, but the web registration worked poorly. It would not accept my ID and then we was not able to move on with online registration. Finally, it became the support girl who had to register for me. She will do that tomorrow.
When we arrived at the destination we had enough power to reach a fast Tesla charger in Sweden (after the ferry tour) if we did not use the car in the coming days.