Irishman journeys from Ireland to Morocco in a Tesla Model S
Grattan Healy and his partner, Simona drove the electric Tesla Model S 9,500km from Galway to Morocco, once and for all dispelling any concerns about long distance Electric Vehicle (EV) touring.
The road trip took the couple from Dublin to Cavan and on to Belfast before they journeyed to Edinburgh, through the UK to the channel tunnel and then onward through central France and down through Spain.
According to Grattan they chose to travel down the east coast of Spain because of “the extensive network of Tesla superchargers there.
“Indeed the Cullar station near Granada was opened not long before our trip, getting us almost within reach of the ferries from Algeciras or Tarifa.
“We also charged up on the Tesla Destination Chargers located at the fine Vincci Hotels in both Malaga and Marbella.
“Our route took us through Tangier, where charging the Model S at Hotel MInzah allowed Simona and I the opportunity to enjoy the sights and sounds that Tangier has to offer.
“We then continued on to Casablanca for our next stop, ahead of arriving at Marrakech, with more than 'half-a-tank'.
“The Movenpick Hotel in Marrakech has a commando socket set up, and the hotel very kindly arranged an adaptor for us.”
Following their time in Marrakech they topped the Tesla up and headed for the High Atlas Mountains and up to a height of 2,260 metres.
According to Grattan: “the first half of that journey used 40% of our battery, so we were at least confident of reaching Ouarzazate.
“We had of course anticipated that the descent would use very little battery, and indeed it only took a further 8% to reach the Berbere Palace Hotel in Ouarzazate.
After celebrating New Year in style the couple ventured back across the Atlas to Marakech and followed the same route back to Spain.
“Our Magnificent Tesla gave us not one moment of trouble, not even a puncture,” said Grattan, “It may well have been the first electric vehicle to cross the High Atlas, and brought us all the way back to Ireland, all 9,500 km at minimal cost!”
Grattan, who lives between Ballsbridge in Dublin and Inverin in Galway, is an energy specialist and advised the Green Party in the European Parliament until the end of 2001.