Road trips are a part of American culture. Who doesn’t want to just grab a friend or two and jump out on the open road for a great adventure? You may have a location in mind or just see where the road leads you. The best part of road trips is all you need is gas money to start your journey.
Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are increasing in popularity, and a common misconception is that due to range limits, road trips are a thing of the past. The range of a PEV on a single charge varies depending on the model. Some PEVs may have a range of around 70 miles and others, like the Tesla, have a range of around 250 miles on a single charge.
So feel free to take your PEV on a road trip. Here are some tips to remember when planning your PEV road trip.
Take a New Route
Plan your route –You can use our station locator to plan a route that will have adequate stops for charging. Be sure to plan more stops than you need to be prepared for the unexpected.
Enjoy the Scenery
Drive slower – Driving fast uses more energy. You have to stay with the flow of traffic, but you can extend your range by not speeding.
Drive with Style
Know your vehicle – Pay attention to your driving style and the range you get. You may get more or less miles out of a single charge based on driving styles and route layout. You’ll get more miles out of slower speeds and flat roads than higher speeds and hills.
Take an App
Download charging apps – You can download an app likePlugShare to help you locate charging stations on your smartphone.
Remember yourPEV etiquette – At public charging stations make sure you are considerate for those that come after you. Wind up any cords necessary and treat the charging station with respect.
Don’t be a range hero. Try to prevent your PEV from going below 20% charge so you don’t have the stress or worry of running out of charge.