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5 tips for planning an EV road-trip

Originally featured on T3.com.

Osprey Charging shares their top tips on how to have the most cost-effective, sustainable electric trip over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

With the mini-heatwave soon to be upon us, many of us are thinking about travel plans for the Easter bank holiday weekend.

This year is predicted to be a record-breaking year for staycations with 53% of us intending to holiday in the UK in 2022, but with 247,827 miles of road network in the UK and the average electric vehicle having a range of 201 miles on a single charge, an electric road-trip can seem a little daunting.

We are sharing our top tips on how to have the most cost-effective, sustainable electric trip over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

A DC charging cable plugged into a yellow electric vehicle

 

1. Understand your electric vehicle

Before you leave, understand your EV’srange and what charge rate can your vehicle handle, if you do need to stop at a rapid charger. For example, if your EV’s maximum charge rate is 50kW, the vehicle will not be able to charge any faster than 50kW when using an ultra-rapid 150kW chargepoint.

2. Charge at home

If you have a home charger, slow charge to 100% at home the night before. A smart charger is ideal for this as it captures off-peak rates and draws clean energy from the grid in line with your home’s energy tariff. Not only does this mean you’re minimising a charging stop during your journey the next day, but it’s an easy way to save money and reduce your carbon emissions.

Two tritium 75kW chargers in Osprey branding located at a retail park

 

3. Head for fast chargers

Consider where reliable rapid EV chargers are located on your route and be aware that chargers may not be immediately available. You can check live availability on the Osprey AppZap-Map, WattsUp and even Google Maps. Always factor in a back-up and save enough range to travel to another nearby charge point rather than turning up with 1-percent charge left in your battery!

4. Recharge yourself, as well as the car

Take a break and combine charging with a natural rest stop to make the most of your charging time. There are various charging stations available at tourist attractions, restaurants, shopping retail parks, supermarkets, and hotels as well as at traditional motorway services. Depending on the length of your road trip and if you charge your EV the night before at home, you may not even need to make a charging pit stop at all!

A young family laugh together while eating lunch outside

 

5. Drive efficiently

This is relevant for all cars, regardless of their power source. The faster you drive, the more energy you will use. To help maximise your EV’s range, avoid fast acceleration (however tempting in an EV!) and harsh braking, and make use of your vehicle’s eco mode. Check your tyres too – improperly inflated tyres will increase energy consumption and drain your battery.

 

Find an Osprey charging station on your journey here.