We also want to give it a try! We look for a way to get an electric car. That’s easier said than done. It seems impossible to rent one. Maybe we can arrange a test drive? We ask various dealers and, indeed, many invite us to drive their cars. However, just for an hour and under supervision. That won’t get us to our intended destination: the world’s first electric car ferry “Ampere”. After a few calls to the Tesla customer service in which we explain our mission, they generously offer us a Tesla Model S for the weekend. On to the Sognefjord, where the “Ampere” operates!
Silently Along the Fjords
After a brief explanation of the Tesla, we silently drive through Norway’s spectacular landscape. The powerful electric engine and the beautiful design of the car impress us. The technical gadgets keep us entertained, too. The car can drive autonomously between the white lines and we can listen to Spotify music via the Internet.
At some point during our trip, we are puzzled when the on-board computer predicts a higher load status at our destination than we currently have. We still have to drive twenty kilometres! Our amazement turns into admiration when the road starts to descend considerably, allowing the batteries to be recharged. The predicted load status on arrival turns out to be exactly right.