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‘Gadget Man’ to prove electric car cynics wrong with epic journey from Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 11:33 07 August 2017

The Tesla Model S 100D that Matt Porter, pictured inset, will be driving on his ,1200 mile challenge. Picture: TESLA/PAUL SHALAN PHOTOGRAPHY

The Tesla Model S 100D that Matt Porter, pictured inset, will be driving on his ,1200 mile challenge. Picture: TESLA/PAUL SHALAN PHOTOGRAPHY

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A technology-mad Suffolk drone pilot is to drive an electric car 1,200 miles across the UK to prove it is a viable alternative to fossil fuel, “even in the most remote areas.”

Matt Porter, 48, also known as the Gadget Man, will set off in the latest Tesla Model S from the UK’s most easterly point at Lowestoft Ness, for a four day return journey to Ardnamurchan, Scotland, which is the most westerly location.

The Ipswich website designer will be taking his 75-year-old father, Ken Porter, along for the ride and “live streaming” their exploits as they go.

Having reviewed electric cars for his Gadget Man blog, and as technology correspondent on BBC Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy Show, Matt is keen to challenge the “cynics” and their belief that electric cars cannot compete with the range of petrol or diesel.

He said: “By far the most common question I receive about electric cars is ‘what is its range?’ and ‘how long does it take to charge?”

“Tesla have very kindly provided a Model S 100D for our challenge; a car with a range of more than 300 miles between charged and recharge times as fast as 30 minutes.

“We are very confident we can achieve our challenge using their network of charging points along the way.

“We’s both super excited to be attempting this challenge together and looking forward to some father-son time and amazing scenery during our journey.”

He described driving the Tesla Model S as feeling “like you are riding on the coat tails of automotive history”.

The pair plan to set off from Lowestoft on Friday, October 6, returning the following Monday.

They will be making overnight stays in “camping pods” in the Lake District and Ardnamurchan as well as a short trip on the Corran Ferry, west Scotland.

To document the journey, they will be live streaming as much of the challenge as possible as well loaning aerial photographic equipment from DJI.

As the director of an aerial photography company, Matt has shot many videos of Suffolk’s famous landmarks.

He is seeking sponsorship to cover the cost of accommodation, with any surplus funds going to the Red Cross charity.

Visit www.eastwestroadtrip.co.uk/ to find out more about the adventure.

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