What you need to know before your electric driving road trip

When you go electric, you don’t have to miss opportunities for fun road trips.

Prepare to hit the road in an EV (electric vehicle) by brushing up on the ins and outs of long-range electric driving.

Tesla Model 3 parked in the neighborhood


Tesla Model 3 parked in the neighborhoodPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

Knowing where the nearest charging station is along your route will help you get from point A to point B.

Apps like PlugShare show user-generated maps of public chargers in your area.

The US government is spending $5 billion to build a nationwide network of fast-charging stations, Fox reports.

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Most public chargers are Level 2 chargers, which take around 8 hours to provide a full charge, Fox reports.

The highest charging level is a level 3 charger or a DC fast charger.

Level 3 charging is less frequent than Level 2 as most EVs are not yet compatible with these chargers.

EV manufacturers say Level 3 chargers deliver an 80 percent charge in 20-30 minutes.

There are different sub-tiers of DC fast chargers, each with different capabilities.

The amount of kilowatts that a charging unit generates determines how quickly this energy is transported.

The fastest chargers deliver up to 350 kW, reports Fox.

If you’re renting an electric vehicle for a road trip, try to get a Level 3 compatible car to save time.

Fast chargers are typically found in shopping malls, gas stations, dealerships, office parking lots, and large residential complexes.

Home charging is usually the most cost-effective option, as drivers can charge at home outside of energy use periods. But we’re not here to talk about road trips.

Knowing where the nearest charging station is will be an essential part of your EV road trip planning


Knowing where the nearest charging station is will be an essential part of your EV road trip planningPhoto credit: AFP-Getty

Charging costs depend on factors such as local electricity prices and charger brands.

Don’t worry about saving extra energy when your EV is charged and you’re pulling off a highway.

Motorway driving doesn’t benefit as much from an EV’s regenerative braking.

Don’t forget that over-range isn’t the only thing that can go wrong on an electrified road trip.

Even if you drive a gas car, you need to watch out for punctured tires and damaged headlights or taillights. What you need to know before your electric driving road trip

Chris Barrese

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