If you own an electric vehicle, then you know that out of town travel is not usually a possibility, depending on your car’s range on a full charge. While zipping around your local area in your day to day normal life is easy enough, you also have the ability to charge your car at home on your own every night. If you decide to hit the open road and see some of the country, this becomes increasingly problematic, and perhaps even impossible. Many electric car owners resort to flying, taking a bus, or renting a traditional or hybrid vehicle for interstate driving.
There are a couple of ways to get around the difficulties though. The first is to do research and identify electric vehicle charge points that are available to the public to come in and use. These are common in major cities, and even some smaller communities might have a point or two at the county hub to service corporate and local government electric vehicle fleets. If you have a specific destination and route in mind, find charge points not too far off your primary route, and then start making phone calls.
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While some websites will list hours, directions, and possible pricing information, it is best in this case to confirm all details yourself with a live person, since one case of bad information or an incorrect website could leave you far out of town and running out of electricity.
In many cases, especially when traveling along population corridors, you can actually patch together enough electric vehicle charge points to get a long trip done. It is much harder to do in rural areas, and especially out West.
The other option is to schedule stops at the homes of friends and family members you may know along the way, hopefully charging up at their residences. Be sure to offer to pay them for their electricity, and never drop in somewhere just to juice up. In fact, stops like these on a vacation can be a vacation or a component of it, where you stop and spend time with those you love and cherish.
Taking an electric car out of town is still a difficult undertaking, but as more electric vehicle charge points are built and opened to the public around the country, then the burden grows less with every passing year that goes by.