Whether traveling with your relatives, a group of friends, or your significant other, road trips are a treasured American pastime. In fact, it’s a tradition that even more people embrace each year! According to a recent AAA survey, 79% of families planned to take a summer road trip in 2017 (a 10% increase from the year prior). Best of all, you can take a road trip in just about any car – yes, even in an electric vehicle. You might assume that the need for electric car charging stations could derail your travel plans, but that idea couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’re planning a Spring Break road trip, or looking forward to the summer, here are a few tips for traveling in your electric vehicle.
Are Electric Vehicles Suitable For Long Trips?
Absolutely. Electric cars continue to grow in popularity and battery range — to the point where we soon won’t even need to question whether they’re an appropriate choice for longer trips. Since fueling a car with electricity costs approximately the same as fueling with gasoline (at about $1 per gallon), it’s never been more practical to take a road trip in your EV. The Tesla Model 3 has a battery range around 300 miles, while some of the other new 2019 EV models such as the I-Pace can go 230 miles before needing a charge. EV charging stations are becoming more and more prevalent across the nation, which will make it even easier for you to charge your electric car as needed during your trip.
Before you head out on the open road in your EV, however, you’ll want to properly prepare. An EV road trip is certainly possible, but it will require you to be proactive and a bit more methodical about where you’ll be going and what needs to happen prior to embarking on your adventure.
Tips to Prepare For a Road Trip in Your Electric Car
- Carefully Plan Your Route: Vacations in gas cars are usually pretty easy to plan. You choose a destination, plug it into your favorite navigation service, and jump in your car, knowing that you probably won’t need to worry about getting stranded. After all, you can usually find a gas station every few miles. When driving an electric vehicle, however, you do have to be meticulous about the route you take to ensure you’ll be able to find charging stations during your trip. Mapping tools like Google Maps, PlugShare, and the SemaConnect station locator can help you find stations along your route. Check to see if your hotel has charging stations, or if you can charge while visiting a mall or National Park! With the right planning, you can make your charging sessions into the best part of your vacation.
- Head to a Major Metropolis: Electric car charging stations are popping up even in small towns and rural areas these days. Still, the highest concentration of EV stations can still be found in highly populated areas. For a worry-free vacation, that means that it’s easiest to take a road trip to a large city without too many back roads. Although some might see this as a limitation of destinations or a longer trip overall, it’s a good way to ensure you don’t miss an opportunity to charge and can allow you to visit a place with a lot to see and experience.
- Switch Up Driving Habits: The way you drive can have a significant impact on your car battery life. You’ll probably want to limit your use of battery-draining activities in the car, such as excessive technology use and hard braking. Driving more slowly and parking in the shade at rest stops can keep your battery from depleting prematurely, too. As long as you’re methodical about your driving behaviors, you shouldn’t have to charge your EV more than usual.
With EV stations becoming more plentiful across the US, your energy efficient vehicle doesn’t have to stop you from taking a road trip. If you follow the tips outlined above, you should be in a great position to plan an amazing vacation.
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