Not far from Eliott is the huge cattle station of Newcastle Waters, once part owned by Kerry Packer who sent his son, James, there to work for a year. It’s also the site of Sun Cable’s proposed $30bn solar farm. When operational, this ambitious 12,000-hectare project would provide power to Darwin and – via a 3500km undersea cable – Singapore and Indonesia.
For real Outback travellers, it’s simply not an option. Who has a second EV waiting for them at every stop, recharged and ready to rock? It’s a sleight of hand for sure, but for me, it doesn’t undermine Porsche’s overall goal of proving that EVs can be driven huge distances across the country. And to be honest, I don’t know why they felt it necessary. I’ve done big drives in EVs. I don’t mind waiting for a car to charge.