Myth: You can’t road trip in an EV.
Myth BUSTED: Yes, of course, you can! Road trips in an electric vehicle are definitely doable.
Road trips in an electric vehicle are really quite similar to those in a gas-powered car. There are a few considerations to take into account before you start your road trip, but knowing that you’re driving without any tailpipe emissions is a huge benefit.
Range: It’s important to know how far your car can go on a single charge. How far will you be driving and how often do you want to stop? These are crucial factors in planning your trip.
Route Planning: Depending on your car’s range and your trip length, you will need to plan out your charging stops ahead of time. The nice thing about charging is that many stations are conveniently located in areas that have shopping centers, restaurants, and/or bathrooms, making it easy to take a driving break or to stop for lunch while your car is charging. You can choose to stop at a Level 2 charger if you’ll be taking a longer break, or can top off quickly at a DC Fast Charger. Many EVs come with built-in navigation that can find charging locations along your route, but there are other options like Google Maps, PlugShare, and A Better Route Planner that EV drivers also use.
Time: It might take a little longer than you’re used to on your road trip due to charging times. However, some EV drivers find their travel time quite comparable especially if you stop at scenic locations or quaint downtowns worth taking the time to explore. Know that even if it does end up taking a little longer, you’re keeping our air clean and saving lots of money at the same time.
Still hesitant about road-tripping in an EV? It may not be the go-to choice for everyone, and that’s okay. Think about how frequently you’d expect to go on road trips with your car. While we still support the switch to an EV, it may make sense for you to opt for a plug-in hybrid instead or to simply rent out a different car for the trip. This way, you’ll have more flexibility with your electric range and will still be saving money in the long run by driving electric.
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