In the modern world, long-distance travel is a necessity for many people. Whether you are going from point A to point B as part of your job or just want to explore the country, electric vehicles can make this process easier and more enjoyable.
However, planning a long journey with an electric vehicle has its own set of challenges. With the rise in popularity of EVs, it is important to understand what you should look for before embarking on your journey. There are some road planning tips that one should look into before embarking on their journey with an electric vehicle. We will go over these tips here in our article!
Know Your Car and its Range
The most important thing to do when planning a long journey with an electric vehicle is to know the car’s range. This means knowing how far the vehicle can go on a single charge. You need to take into account the terrain you will be traveling on, as well as the weight of your load.
If you are unsure of your car’s range, you can always check with the car manufacturer. It is also a good idea to look at your route and see how far apart each charging station will be from one another. This way, if your battery runs out before reaching a charger, you know how much time it takes for the vehicle to recharge so that you can work that into your schedule.
When planning a long journey with an electric vehicle, it is important to map out the route you will be taking. It would be best if you also took into account things like elevation changes and wind speeds. This way, you can make sure that each charging station is in range and that there are no surprises along the way.
Vehicles do not charge as well in high-wind conditions because the power from the wind can be absorbed by the battery. If you are going to a popular electric charging station, it is also important that you take into account how many other EVs will likely fill up there and what time of day/night this might happen (will your car be in line with all the others?).
It is also highly advisable to take eco-car insurance for your electric vehicle just to make sure you’re covered against any mishappening during your journey.
Charging Stations Locations and Availability
Another thing to consider when planning a long journey with an electric vehicle is making sure that each charging station will be available. This means checking their location, opening hours, how many ports they have, etc. You should also check if there are any fees associated with charging at each station. Sometimes, you can also get a reward for using certain charging stations (which is an added plus!).
Have All Your Charging Adapters and
One thing that you definitely don’t want to happen during your long journey is running out of battery power due to not having the right charging adapters or cables. Make sure that you have all the necessary adapters and cables for both your car and the charging stations you will be using. This way, you won’t run into any surprises while on the road.
While the tips mentioned above are just a few things you should consider when planning a long journey with an electric vehicle, they are also the most important. Below is the infographic from Motor1.com that also includes some fantastic tips to make your EV road trips even more enjoyable!