My good friend Marco “Speedy” Jeanrenaud, a resident of the Lake Geneva area of Switzerland, is a lifelong automobile lover — around the several years, he has owned, between other folks, a 1976 Cadillac, a Dodge Charger, quite a few Ford Mustangs, a Range Rover SUV, and Harley and BMW motorcycles. In 2016, he purchased a Model S, and quickly became an ordained Tesla EVangelist. In 2021, he traded his S for a Model 3, due to the fact it experienced the most recent technological know-how and because he located the scaled-down car or truck less complicated to deal with on Europe’s slender streets.

The rugged roads of Corsica. Impression courtesy of Charles Morris.

Speedy has been vacationing on Corsica due to the fact he was a boy, and I’ve been listening to about the island’s Mediterranean charms considering the fact that I fulfilled him 20 years in the past. This 12 months, I was at last ready to make the trip. My spouse Denise and I joined Marco and sa femme Dadou for a 7 days on the island. I’m writing this on the porch of a rustic cabana a several steps from an very picturesque seashore near Calvi.

In a natural way, we drove down from Switzerland in Speedy’s Model 3, et voila — my latest addition to the Tesla highway excursion literature!

Corsica is — shall we say — not the most contemporary location of Europe, so Fast took every single precaution to make absolutely sure the battery stayed topped up. With all-around 450 km of assortment, we may possibly just have produced it from Vevey in Switzerland to the Italian port of Savona where we caught the ferry to Corsica, but just to make sure, we stopped at two Superchargers together the way.

Ordinarily, Fast sets his Model 3 to cost only to 80%, in purchase to increase battery lifestyle. Nevertheless, when on a long street trip, specially to a area where by the charging infrastructure may be missing, he performs it protected and expenses all the way up to 100%.

We climbed as a result of amazing Swiss Alpine landscapes to the St. Bernard go of canine fame. It’s however achievable to take the old highway that winds to the best of the pass, but Fast, who has driven this way quite a few moments, defined that the old route, with its hundreds of switchback curves, is entertaining on a motorcycle but tedious in a motor vehicle. We paid a $50 toll (!) to acquire the three-mile-lengthy tunnel, and have been quickly descending the Italian facet of the Alps previous crenellated medieval castles.

In Aosta, the Supercharger station is in the vicinity of a complicated highway junction, and available only from the eastbound facet of the Autostrada — a actuality which overwhelmed the Tesla nav system. Receiving there concerned many erroneous turns, a very long detour to get pointed in the right direction, and no tiny amount of profanity in French. When we arrived, the expertise was effectiveness by itself — in the 20 minutes it took to leading up, we went seeking for lunch. At a non-descript pizza put in a shopping mall, I experienced an superb pizza (it’s difficult to get a terrible a person in this part of the environment), adopted by my to start with gelato of the trip (I suggest at the very least a person per day when in Italy).

Italy’s Ligurian coast is less glamorous than the Riviera to the west, and less impressive than the Cinque Terre region to the east, but it’s a wonderful extend of the Med, complete with sidewalk cafes and fashionably-dressed people cruising by in Ferraris, Maseratis, and Vespas. The seaside city of Varazze has a person of the most wonderfully-positioned Superchargers I’ve observed — it is situated in a little parking ton bordered by vine-covered stone walls, with an expansive perspective of the sea and the mountains. We plugged in, took a stroll alongside the yacht-crammed harbor (these aren’t the Russian oligarchs’ yachts — just the 50 percent-million-greenback type), sat down at a café for a round of Aperol spritzers, and acquired again on the highway.

All European Superchargers now have both equally Tesla and CCS connectors. Appropriate: A further picturesque Supercharger spot.

Just a couple miles down the coastline is Savona (Savonne in French), the place we took our 1st dip in the Med, appreciated our first pasta frutti di mare, and caught the ferry to Bastia in Corsica.

The ferry ride was additional of a character-developing experience than a travel emphasize. This was an massive RoRo (roll-on/roll-off) ship that carried about 1,000 cars and trucks on 3 decks. Mobs of people milled about — the properly-to-do types handed the time in cabins, while the significantly less lucky distribute blankets on the decks. The cars and trucks had been packed in like sardines, and when we arrived in port, finding back into the vehicle was an adventure in contortionism. I’m by no signifies portly, but it was all I could do to squeeze in. There will have to be far more than a number of dented and scratched doors each and every vacation.

For the reason that we had an electrical vehicle, we could sit inside of in air-conditioned ease and comfort when the rest sweltered (or idled their engines to run the AC — thank goodness for the Tesla’s HEPA air filter). Immediately after a claustrophobia-inducing half-hour, we rolled off the ship and headed about the mountains to our desired destination.

Not glamorous, but it is effective!

We invested a week in some price range bungalows just a couple measures from the beach front. Keeping the Tesla charged turned out to be no difficulty at all — there was an out of doors electrical outlet ideal up coming to our shack, so Fast merely plugged the auto in each night and bought an overnight trickle charge. (Finding online was a different make any difference — we paid an added fee to have WiFi entry, but irrespective of many annoying tries, it never worked.)

My office on the street.

Corsica is exceptionally lovely, with crystal-crystal clear waters and wild and rugged mountains, and the tradition is a delectable blend of French and Italian influences. The coastal regions see plenty of visitors in the summer months time, but there are incredibly handful of of the unpleasant high-increase hotels that mar a great deal of Europe’s Mediterranean coastline. The locals have a standing for — shall we say — mischievous actions, and legend has it that builders gave up on developing mass resorts years ago, soon after several ended up dynamited.

The Corsicans are not precisely early adopters. I saw only a handful of EVs in a week — a couple of Renault Zoes and some vacationer-driven Teslas — and not a solitary solar panel. There’s at this time no Supercharger station on the island, but there are a dozen or so location chargers at upscale accommodations.

On the return vacation, we built the trek in reverse. The ferry journey was even extra of a cauchemar — the notoriously inefficient Corsica Ferries dropped our cabin reservation, so we joined the huddled masses sleeping on the deck and arrived home rigid and frazzled (which, I suppose, is how a person ought to experience just after a genuinely fantastic holiday). After once again, we stopped at the Superchargers in Varraze and Aosta. The latter has a fewer-idyllic immediate setting — a parking whole lot jammed with semi trailers — but is surrounded by magnificent mountains.

The electricity intake monitor just after ascending and descending a 7,000-foot mountain. The shaded spot at reduced suitable exhibits that the battery is in regen mode, incorporating vary.

This trip presented an exceptional case in point of how pace and terrain influence selection. Zooming down the autostrada at 140 km/hr rapidly drained the battery (Speedy didn’t get his nickname for nothing), and so did climbing to the 7,000-foot St. Bernard pass. Descending the other side, however, brought the motor deep into regen territory — we added about 60 km of variety amongst the top of the go and the valley under.

Originally released by EVANNEX.
Composed by (and pictures by): Charles Morris

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