Let’s face it—electric vehicles (or EVs as they are popularly known) are the future and sooner than later, most of us will be embracing them. If you already drive one, you know how they are much better than the traditional, fossil fuel-driven cars in many aspects. However, there are a few tips that can improve your road trip experience in electric cars, especially if it is your first time.
Let’s find out more on how you can make the best of your trips in an electric car.
Making the Shift
If you are one of those who are not completely ready to ditch the feel of the good old petrol/diesel cars, consider a hybrid model. These are essentially the designs that get you the best of both worlds—they are not fully electric but give you the added benefit over the full tank of petrol. The downside here is that the electric experience would not be fully authentic either. If you plan on using the electric mode more often, it can be a hassle to charge the vehicle because the batteries are not as large as fully electric vehicles.
With multiple types of electric vehicles, renting an electric vehicle is a great way to establish your comfort with the technology and find if it suits your taste.
The fully electric vehicles come with larger batteries and in most cases, a fast-charging mechanism. Instead of fossil fuels, they utilise DC electricity stored in the batteries for operations.
While Australian highways are getting more and more fast-charging stations every day, there is still a long way to go. EVSE, Australia’s top electric charging specialist, has a growing network of charging stations across the nation.
Though, finding charging stations is getting fairly easy with increased government efforts to install more public EV chargers in many states, it’s not a reliable system yet. So, you can’t fully rule out the possibility of having to pull a halt for the lack of a charging station. This is why planning your trip according to the charge capacity and the availability of chargers along your route is essential. Many upscale hotels are now offering charging stations within the property as well and you can use the time to your advantage.
Also keep in mind that some electric vehicles do not have the technology for fast charging and take longer than their traditional counterparts to get fully charged.
An electric vehicle’s battery works like most common batteries, losing juice varyingly with temperature changes. This means your electric vehicle would discharge faster in cold weather and hence, need more charge, more often. If you intend on longer road trips, summers would be the ideal time to go.
Road trips may operationally be somewhat different in an electric vehicle than the petrol/diesel-powered ones, they can be far more enjoyable. Electric cars are quieter, economical and environmentally friendly. So when you use one for your road trip, you can also enjoy the ‘feel-good’ aspect of doing your bit for the planet, besides relishing the savings of course.