After charging at 22kW for an hour or so at the Protos Vineyard (and an awesome tour and sampling session) we launched the cars off to Valladolid.
The council had organized a car display area for the 40 or so supercars but no charging 😦
The public charging there was as bad as ever in Spain… Low power (3kW or perhaps 7kW if lucky) and requiring a smart card that takes a whole process to obtain. Obviously there will be industrial power outlets all over the city but how do you find the right person to help you on a Saturday afternoon?
So I called the nearest Parador (in this case Tordesillas) and spoke to the maintenance guy, Lorenzo. “No problem Sir. I’ll leave the 22kW socket ready for you on the garage floor.
35kms later and here we are charging (at 27A so as not to blow the fuses, which gives about 18kW).
One day Tesla and others will cover this country with hyper fast charging, but until that day, I’ll be giving Paradores my business.
There are some nice cars here!
The roadtrip is getting ready to go. We are parked and charging in the Hotel Villa Magna but some of the cars are in the street outside Chopard.
Hope these guys behave themselves 🙂
Tomorrow we will be the first electric car to enter the Spanish petrol heads lions den … the excellent 6to6 roadtrip.
It will be a 600km round trip starting in the fancy Calle Serrano in Madrid, then up to Pedraza in the mountains, and then on to the famous Protos winery before ending up in Valladolid for lunch.
I hope to have charging in several of the stops (industrial 22kW outlets essentially) to keep us topped up as I don’t imagine we’ll be driving with economy in mind considering the other cars on the trip.
We will blog as we go along so you can follow the action.