It’s finally Spring! The weather is warm, and the wide, open roads are calling. If you’re like us, you’re itching to take your electric vehicle (EV) out for your first road trip of the season. To help make sure you have a smooth, enjoyable time, we’ve put together the top do’s and don’ts of EV road trips.
DO Plan Ahead
The first to-do when you’re taking an electric vehicle on a longer trip than usual is to plan ahead. You want to know exactly where the next charging station is you’ll be using. We highly recommend having a plan B, and even a plan C, just in case life happens…
To help make this easy, do download the free FLO app and map out the charging station locations you plan to use along the way.
How often you will charge your car depends on its range. If you choose to charge every 175 km, you should find charging stations that are around 175 km apart, or even a little less to give you peace of mind .
Just like with gas cars, we suggest aiming to charge at the 75% mark of your car’s range for absolute peace of mind. You can even do a test drive to confirm your car’s range on the highway.
You can find a quick guide to EV charging on the FLO Network here.
DON’T Be a Speed Demon
You don’t want to speed like a race car driver to try and get to the next charging station sooner (we’ve tried, in vain).
The thing is, the more you floor the accelerator or when try to pass other cars by speeding up, the more you deplete your battery. So, don’t drive crazy or quickly accelerate often. Just try to keep it at a safe speed on cruise control or a steady pace. Trust us, your battery will last much longer.
DO Plan Fun Things To Do While Charging
The amount of time it’ll take to charge will depend on the EV. However, it’ll generally take a minimum of 30 minutes to get a full battery at a fast charging station, and three to four hours at a Level 2 station.
To enjoy yourself even while you wait for your car to charge, find charging stations near coffee shops or restaurants, movie theatres or historical sites. By fitting the charging time in your road trip activities’ schedule, you can combine the useful with the pleasant.
For more ideas of things you can do while your EV charges, we made a full list here.
DO Choose Lodging with EV Charging Stations
When planning a longer road trip, it’s a good idea to choose lodging where you can charge. While it’s not a necessity, it’s one way to make sure you can leave in the morning with a full battery.
Some hotels have charging stations, while others will let you plug in the portable Level 1 charger that comes with your vehicle. Alternatively, you can also charge overnight close to your hotel if you aren’t able to charge on site.
We recommend contacting hotels before your trip to see if they have charging stations. If you’re using a website for your lodging bookings, do feel free to add the charging information when missing. A small way to pay it forward.
DON’T Blast The AC the Entire Trip
Everyone loves a cool breeze on a hot day. But as EV drivers report, keeping the air conditioning on full blast decreases the car’s range.
Rather than cranking the AC, try to turn it down just a little bit. You can also use it intermittently. Both options will help increase your battery life.
DON’T Stress Out
Finally, keep in mind that taking an EV for a road trip is an adventure, so you should have fun! Just like taking a trip in a gas vehicle, unexpected things are going to happen. Just remember to roll with it, and you’ll have a great time. Drive safe!