Can I charge on a long road trip?

Yes!

If you are planning a long road trip, you may want to consider some "range-extending" and time saving best practices.  These include :

  • Making sure your tires are fully inflated
  • Taking it easy on the accelerator 
  • And more

Here is a great article with tips for your next EV road trip!

If you plan to drive your EV long distances, make sure it has a DC fast charger so you can access the Level 3 (Fast Charge) chargers that are increasingly available on highway corridors. Most of the new EVs on the market today do have a Fast Charge port included, but some of the early models, such as the Fiat 500e, do not. It's pretty simple to know if your car does or does not. Does your EV have only one port to charge? Then it probably does not have fast charging. Does it have 2 ports? Then it does. 

The fast charge ports are bigger and more robust than the simple level 2 ports.

Here are pictures of the various ports to help you.

J1772 connector or plug for charging stations and chargers networks for for electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles

Connector: Port J1772/Level: 2

CHAdeMO connector or plug for charging stations and chargers networks for for electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles

Fast Charge Connector: CHAdeMO/Level: 3

J1772 connector or plug for charging stations and chargers networks for for electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles

Fast Charge Connector: SAE Combo CCS/Level: 3

Tesla HPWC connector or plug for charging stations and chargers networks for for electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles

Connector: Tesla HPWC/Level: 2 or Supercharger/Compatibility: Only Tesla

Below is a map that shows all the available chargers here in Sonoma County The green ones are level 2, and the orange ones are DC Fast Chargers. 

Click here to create a custom map for your next road trip.


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