The open road has been alluring and synonymous with freedom since cars were invented. Nothing reminds you that life is good quite like a road trip to explore new places, or revisit old ones in your favorite car.
Now that electric cars are becoming more mainstream and may eventually take the place of internal combustion engines, people are wondering if road trips may be a thing of the past.
After all, a road trip is usually long distance and electric cars don’t have the technology yet to handle that.
Is it still possible to take a road trip in an electric car? The answer is yes, but you’ll need to be a bit creative to be able to do it. In this article, we will go over several tips to make this a possibility.
1 – Have a detailed plan
Unfortunately, spontaneity is a luxury that is not available to electric car owners when it comes to road trips. You can’t just fire up the engine, put on some tunes and see where your wanderlust takes you.
The route will need to be highly planned for this to work. After all, you’ll need to make sure there are going to be charging stations along the way. Since they are not as ubiquitous as traditional fuel stations, you have to have a route planned where you can reach them.
The easiest way to plan a route is to use a Tesla trip planner app. Apps like these not only help you plan your trip to coincide with charging stations, but can give you an idea of how much battery charge will be used.
Terrain plays a big part in your mileage and a map only gives you distances. With an app, elevation is also factored in so you can get an accurate idea of how far you’ll actually be able to go. And, you don’t need to have a Tesla to take advantage. Anything from a Kia Soul EV to a Tesla can use an app.
2 – Make cities your destination
Your best bet to be able to travel some distance is to use cities as destination and way stations. It can take a fair bit of time to charge your vehicle and sitting in the middle of nowhere waiting can be a drag.
When you arrive in a city, you can plug in and then go explore. Take in a museum or have some lunch and do some sightseeing. Any city has some points of interest so find some small ones along the way to stop and enjoy something offbeat.
3 – Take shorter trips
Planning shorter trips that finish with the estimated mileage you expect can be enough to satisfy. And you can do multiple trips at different times by using your mileage radius so you pick a destination in a different direction each time.
It may not have the romance of spending a week at a time on the road, but a StayCation can be a good way to explore closer to home.