Today’s the day: My youngest daughter and I are on our way to Styria via Italy and Slovenia.

After a very normal hectic last day at work spent making sure everybody knew what needs to be done during my absence, I meet my daughter outside my office at 4.30pm.

We're ready for TDIN2016!
We’re ready for TDIN2016!

 
We leave Zürich and hit heavy traffic on Switzerland’s motorways – Zürich’s schools close for a two-week autumn holiday period today and we’re not the only ones with the brilliant idea to drive towards Italy 🙂

As usual, here comes the traditional TWIKE-team picture:

The traditional TWIKE team pic
The traditional TWIKE team pic

 
There isn’t too much to say about us driving across Switzerland on the motorway… other than it is incredible to be actually able to cover 200km+ driving at 90+kph for most of the distance. (I really like my new battery!)

Some pictures from our late afternoon / evening trip to Italy:

The upper Rhine valley beckons
The upper rhine valley beckons

 
Sargans castle
Sargans castle

 
Evening impressions
Evening impressions

 
Left, San Bernardino - right, Tamins
Left, San Bernardino – right, Tamins

 
Via Mala gorge
Via Mala gorge

 
Via Mala gorge - dramatic views
Via Mala gorge – dramatic views

 
Lake Sufers
Lake Sufers

After 3 hours and some serious climbing to 2115m altitude, we cross into Italy via the Splügen pass – Italy greets us with its usual bumpy roads. (although, I must concede that they are currently resurfacing parts of the road and the overall ride is better than in June during TDAF2016)

Welcome to Italy!
Welcome to Italy!

 
Up here, after sunset, temperatures are already sub zero…brrr! Time to get to our overnight stay!

20 minutes later, we check into our B&B and start charging TW560. Again, a very new experience: TW560 will be charging around 10+ hours at the maximum rate allowed by the plug we sourced for our recharge!

Our distance and consumption for today
Our distance and consumption for today

 
TDIN2016 - our trip today
TDIN2016 – our trip today

3 Replies to “TDIN2016 – Day1: 14.7kWh to Italy”

  1. Danke für diesen tollen Reisebericht.
    Macht an ,selbst auf Tour zu twiken.
    Liebe grüsse,gute Reise
    Heiner,twike 56

    1. Hi Arne,
      Good to see you here! The TWIKE weighs about 250kg (depending on the battery config) Indeed, the older Zoe variants would struggle to drive this far and high on one charge. OTOH, Switzerland has an extremely high charging point density – similar to Norway – and you would have had no problem adding a 20-30 minute 43kW quick charge just before starting the ascent up the Splugen Pass. Let’s plan to meet sometime soon – it’s high time 🙂

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