Author: Nelleke Kloet
This Easter holiday we decided to beat the crowds at home and drive the Model X to a Dutch theme park, Duinrell. As the Dutch schools were not on holiday the Duinrell resort was amazingly quiet and the spacious electric car made the journey a real treat.
Taking a family holiday to the continent in the car is normal for us. For over a year now we have taken the Tesla Model S for these journeys and although it requires a bit more planning they work very well. This time around we had the added luxury of choosing the Tesla Model X on our trip to Duinrell, the Netherlands. Who doesn't want to experience the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility electric vehicle in history! The Model X has stunning looks and space for six adults, so we thought it should fit 2 adults, 2 kids and their stuff.
Luggage Space for the Whole Family
The Model X is a larger vehicle than the Model S but a lot of that space is used for passengers. Would the Tesla Model X have enough space to fit our luggage for a family of 4?
We brought a large suitcase, a small suitcase, a large bag for shoes and toiletry bags and tennis racquets. We were only going away for 4 nights but with various sports to be played and the changing weather in spring that seemed about right. At first when you see the Model X, the space in the traditional back boot doesn't seem very generous. BUT there is a lower level (as no engine) so the large suitcase fitted fine as well as the smaller one and various other bags. The tennis racquets were stored in the front boot, again with more smaller bags. Admittedly the Model S has more storage space, but this was plenty for our family mid week away. If you decide to go camping or need more space, you can lower the back seats. There will only be 4 seats with a large amount of bag space.
Inside the boys had their own bags, brought pillows and blankets and we still had plenty of space to move around - most of the time. They loved choosing their seats too. With so many seats, you can either sit together apart or decide to have some quiet time. I even managed to go right at the back myself and enjoyed it. There is a reading light too and you can be safe that you wont disturb the driver when you sit that far back.
Luckily it is possible to charge electric cars at both sides of the Euro tunnel. They have a Tesla supercharger at each of the terminals in Folkstone and Calais. On the way out, we usually ensure we are 100% charged at home and try to be a bit early for the check in time to top up. We don't have to but any charge is a bonus especially when enjoying a morning coffee. For the Model X, we booked a high vehicle space for taller vehicles, but you don't have to. This is good to know as generally waiting times are longer for these spaces. So if there is a delay its best not to wait for the high vehicle space.
When you rent one of our cars, you get a Eurotunnel guide with it so it makes it easier if you haven't used them before. Once through the check-in, proceed to passport control and then into your allocated lane to wait your turn to board the train. It's only 30 min once you have departed before you reach France. Read a book, get the kids to stretch their legs and voila!
Autopilot driving on European highways
Driving on the continent is simple for me, as I am Dutch and learned to drive on the left side. It does actually take me a second and I just mentally say to myself drive on the side you are sitting and then I am ok again. Following the other cars usually helps a lot too!
Autopilot operates seamlessly on European roads and it makes it so easy not to get driving fatigue. On one of our trips there was heavy rain and fog and the car could see much better than me! As we were fully charged, we only needed a 5min top up at Gent, Belgium, but we probably could have made it all the way in one go - depending on speed of driving. We aimed for Dordrecht, The Netherlands, and saw my parents for a chat on the way out and my sister on the way back - great way to socialise. As you can see below, my nephews were very sad to say goodbye to the car
The hotel chain Van der Valk is very well known in the Netherlands and they have selective sites where they have Tesla Superchargers. There is one in Belgium and another one in the north of the Netherlands we have been to as well. The hotel is modern, they have meeting / get together places and the coffee was great. Our friends, who traveled petrol, actually said they enjoyed the stops, the beautiful places and the journey.
Continuing our journey we made our way to Wassenaar, a very posh part of the Netherlands close to the sea, to make our way to the Duinrell resort. Duinrell is a holiday park that I used to visit on school trips, growing up in the Netherlands. They always had an amusement park and a water park but they have done a great job expanding and becoming a modern theme park!
We stayed in two bungalows as the two families and we were able to select some together as well as close to the park. This was great for the kids as they could go in by themselves. The Tikibad is the best water park we have been to (we have been to a few in America and Portugal, France etc) with amazingly fast and furious slides. The rides in the amusement park are up to date and as the Dutch kids were not on school holiday there was hardly any queuing. Our friends enjoyed the typical Dutch cycling with a few trips to the beach. Plenty to do for everyone. There was even an electric charging point and do check this when you are in the Netherlands as they are further ahead with going electric than the UK is.
Overall, we enjoyed another great trip abroad in the Tesla. After Wald am Arlberg, Austria, in February I think we are well under way setting a new family record for the miles we travel. The Model X is particularly good for traveling as there is so much space for people as well as luggage. Its very comfortable driving especially on a long journey.