Generally, the new models of EVs can run 150 miles per charge, but charging on the road can increase the range of the vehicle, making it possible to cover a longer distance. Here are few ways to smartly charge the EVs while on the trip
FREMONT, CA: Imagine driving an electric vehicle (EV), and while going an extra mile, your car runs out of charge. No need of worrying anymore as there are a number of ways one can charge the EVs on the road itself, that too with added benefits. Generally, the new models of EVs can run 150 miles per charge, but charging on the road can increase the range of the vehicle, making it possible to cover a longer distance.
Some plug-in hybrid vehicles that run either in gas or electric mode have all-electric ranges of less than 30 miles per charge and then rely on gasoline to fill the gaps. Driving habits matter in the process of consuming charge too, but the new EVs can beat this challenge and allows charging while on the road that drastically reduces the gas consumption.
The public charging stations generally have Level 2 EV chargers that use 240-volt currents. These charging units can provide 10 to 60 miles of charge per hour of charging time, depending upon the model of the vehicle and its compatibility. Here are few ways to smartly charge the EVs while on the trip.
Plan Long-distance Routes Wisely
One usually thinks twice before moving out for a long-distance trip with EVs. No one wants to spoil the fun of long-distance trips just because running out of charge. One can now plan their routes around charging locations. EV chargers are usually available near shopping centers, restaurants, and entertainment areas. One can plan their meals, shopping trips, coffee breaks, and visits to attractions accordingly so that without losing any extra second, they can charge the vehicle while taking these breaks.
EV Charger Apps
While travelling to lesser-known areas, one must have the easy-to-access charging information. None other than smartphones comes to the rescue in such situations. The charging apps developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory provide useful information for iPhone users. For Android users, apps like PlugShare and ChargeHub plays the savior's role. They help in locating alternative fuelling stations that help drivers to plan trips around available charging locations and connect with other drivers too for accessing local information. Some Tesla models even have an in-car navigation system that provides the required information.
Find Hotels with an EV Charger
Charging the EV overnight is extremely suitable. Some hotels are filling the gaps in the charging infrastructure by offering EV chargers for guests. For instance, around 3,000 Marriott Hotels have EV chargers, and more than half of Destination Hotels participate in Tesla's destination charging program.