One of the most common concerns with an electric is range. In day-to-day driving with a home charger, range is effectively a non-issue. However, where range and charging do become a challenge is on long trips. Knowing this, and knowing Electrify America has been expanding their high-speed network quite quickly, we decided to put our Project e-tron to an all-day multi-state race of sorts.
The idea is to hit the road early Thursday the 24th and be home by the 26th. That means Thursday will be Hershey, PA direct to Oconomowoc, WI in one day… normally a 12 hour and nearly 800 mile drive.
While the e-tron will be leaving Hershey, the F-150 will be picked up at the airport in Allentown, PA – about 1 hour east of Hershey, making it an estimated 13-hour drive for the Ford. Beyond that, the difference between the two will entirely be downtime either recharging, refueling or food and lavatory needs for the driver. We also want to get out there in one day, meaning the plan is to leave early enough to make that happen.
By our estimation, the e-tron will need to make six stops to Milwaukee, largely due to placement of Electrify America. The spacing of their new charging stations along the route ranges from 72 miles in between to 130 miles. With a 185-200 mile range expected on a full charge in those temps, we project we’ll only be able to skip one charging station en route. That said, this means our charging stop times will be shorter because we’ll be coming in on partial charge.
We plan to run stock wheels and tires for efficiency reasons, and will take a roof box and hitch mount extension but will carry those inside while running empty out to Wisconsin for the competitive portion of this trip. Running solo in a relatively empty e-tron carrying no external gear, we think we’ll have range closer to 200 miles.
Loose estimate of 20 minutes per stop puts us charging downtime at two hours and twenty minutes. The office in Allentown with the F-150 opens at 8AM, so for the sake of this competition the e-tron will depart Hershey one hour early, with the Ford leaving from a destination one hour to the east and headed due west . The question then is whether the trailing F-150 can catch the e-tron before Milwaukee where we’ll bed down for the night.
Here are our estimated Electrify America stops. Of course, if any of them are down then it’ll be a mad scramble to find other charging stations or options.
|Charging Station Location||Distance from Last Charge|
|Bedford, PA||112 miles|
|Cranberry Twp., PA||119 miles|
|Elyria, OH||130 miles|
|West Unity Ohio||144 miles|
|Mishawaka, IN||98 miles|
|Glenview, IL||117 miles|
Look for live updates on the Audi e-tron connect Facebook Group on the day of the trip, then recaps on Youtube and in future issues of Audi Club’s quattro Magazine.