EV Road Trips Are Getting Easier, Even Without Tesla Supercharger Use

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What’s more American than a road trip? Immortalized in songs (Route 66) and literature (On The Road), the Cross-Country Road Trip is a staple of our culture. The Electric Road Trip adds a couple of new dimensions to the adventure. Drivers can enjoy the natural wonders of our country more than ever before, knowing that, by driving electric, they’re doing their bit to preserve them for future generations of wanderers. There’s also the challenge of finding places to charge along the way – a quest that can actually be fun, adding a treasure hunting element to the quest.

*This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Charles Morris. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs.

Above: Tesla Model 3 parked below the Golden Gate Bridge (Flickr: Thomas Hawk)

As Tesla vehicles and other electric cars have become popular, a new genre of road trip narrative has developed — we’ve reported on many of these odysseys (and not only in the US):

The folks at Tesla were hip to the lure of the open road from the beginning, and that’s why they made deploying the comprehensive Supercharger network a priority. Today, you can travel through many regions of the country using only Superchargers and Tesla’s growing network of Destination Chargers. However, you may not always find a Supercharger in a convenient location, and furthermore, with Model 3 gradually becoming a mainstream automobile, some popular Supercharger locations are getting downright crowded.

Fortunately, there are lots of other options, and with Electrify America and several regional networks under construction around the country, the number of public charging stations is growing every day (well over 22,000 in the US and Canada at last count). However, the savvy road-tripper carries a complete set of charging adapters, as well as the latest Plugshare and ChargePoint apps, and knows a few places to find alternative charging spots.

This handy new infographic from CarRentals.com depicts the various types of public chargers you’ll encounter on the road, and also suggests a few scenic cross-country routes that are well-served by chargers.


Across America in an Electric Vehicle

Written by: Charles Morris; Infographic: Carrentals.com

*InsideEVs Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here.

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9 Comments on "EV Road Trips Are Getting Easier, Even Without Tesla Supercharger Use"

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There is no EV that charges to full in 20 minutes. Even the quickest charging EV in history, SparkEV, takes about 30 minutes.

I assume that’s in response to the 20 minutes-1 hour figure in the infographic?

20 minutes may be enough to get to the next DC charger. A Kona would add about 95 miles in that time. (Assuming you’re in the bottom half of the battery getting a 74kW average rate.)

There is no ICE vehicle that refuels itself over-night while the owner sleeps.

Volt#671 + BoltEV + Model 3

The SC v3 will be revealed this Wednesday, supposedly, about twice as fast as the vehicle now but no one knows:
1. V3 stalls will command a premium price over the V2 and/or be exclused from free supercharging…
2. Which vehicles will be able to accept the faster charge…

EA could be s good network if they ever get them to work reliably.

The alternative to the Supercharging network is still enough of a pain to scare folks off of the EV platform. Not knowing the functioning status and amount of availability of charging stalls in real time is a big hurdle for folks to come to grips with- which is where the Supercharging network shines. Merely tapping on the Supercharging icon to find out instant operational status and stall availability is the minimum (in my opinion) to win folks over to the electric space. Tesla’s been doing it for years now, why other manufacturers don’t understand this concept is beyond me.

ChargePoint chargers show current status and allow you to get notified when a spot opens up: https://www.chargepoint.com/blog/ev-charging-just-got-easier-alexa-and-new-app-features/

That’s great!! Finally we’re seeing solutions, thanks for sharing that information.

The picture for the J1772 plug is wrong, currently using the chademo one.