We’ve been getting quite a few questions about charging so we thought we’d answer the most common ones right here on the blog! Check it out.
Taking a road trip in an electric vehicle initially seems like an impossible venture. But, with some flexibility and some planning, its not only doable, its enjoyable. The biggest concern though: are there enough charging stations and where do you find them?
Luckily there are more than 17,000 publicly available charging stations throughout the nation’s 50 states, accounting for over 50,000 individual charging outlets. Here are some of the top resources for locating chargers while on the road, especially if you’re planning a road trip like us.
LOCATION: Goodwill parking lot
MILES DRIVEN SINCE LAST CHARGE: 132.8 miles since last charge.
KWH USED: 45.4 kWh used.
LOCATION: Clearwater Travel Plaza
MILES DRIVEN SINCE LAST CHARGE: 0 – Since this is our official departure location, consider this mile 0.
Traveling in an electric vehicle (EV) gets easier every day because of the expanding charging infrastructure and the growing distance EVs can travel before needing to recharge. This is also making it easier to travel beyond your typical daily route and take a long distance road trip – just like us! However, there are nowhere near as many charging stations as gas stations, so some planning is required. And if you knew us personally you would know that we like to have a little more control over our plans than others. Thankfully there are plenty of online tools and resources available to help you plan your trip quickly.
Here’s a quick overview on how we plotted our trip:
Although this will be our first time driving an electric vehicle, no less driving cross-country in an electric vehicle, we are obviously not the first to embark on such a journey.
To help us plan our trip, we reached out to connections of our own! Mark and Kathleen Bernick are member-owners of Stearns Electric Association who own their Tesla, a Model X (insert drool face here). They provided us with the top things to know about driving EVs to help us prepare for our trip: