Thanks to the technological revolution that accompanies mobility, we can go further and further with an electrified vehicle. In less than a decade, the autonomies have gone from reaching just a hundred kilometers to touching, and even exceeding, 400 kilometers. Now, what should we know when we choose to travel these holidays with our electric car?
Traveling by electric car is getting better and better
As you know, planning the trip is essential to avoid setbacks, but even more so if we travel with an electric car, especially due to the particularities and characteristics of these cars and due to the limited infrastructure that still exists in Spain. In 2021, these cars increased registrations by 42%, according to AEDIVE, and in the first half of 2022, electric renting increased by 17.35%, compared to June last year.
In any case, the truth is that very recently it seemed impossible to travel by electric car to the beach, the house in the mountains or to a weekend plan. All in all, these limitations responded to the limited autonomy of the cars and the few recharging points available, which initially were the two main issues to be resolved.
Now, and in a more complete way, using this efficient, clean and safe means of transport ensures you an adventure free of the risk of having breakdowns on the road, arriving at the same time as any other car. But it is also important to know what we have when traveling these holidays by electric car. Your load? Also.
What we have
One of the advantages of these cars is that part of the energy can be partially recovered when driving. When braking, or stopping accelerating, small amounts of energy are achieved by transforming the movement into new energy for the vehicle, which means efficiently lengthening the consumption and duration of the battery, which means minimally delaying the need to perform a full charge.
In those, there are some recommendations that you should take into account before starting your way to vacation, bridge or your little getaway. None of them is more difficult, you can do it on your own.
Plan your trip
Before leaving, it is best to fully recharge the batteries. Leaving home with 100% of the car battery will save you worries on the road. Likewise, it is essential to be clear about which route to follow , locating the existing charging points or stations on the chosen path, as well as taking into account alternative points in case the first option fails.
To know how many times you have to stop to recharge, a simple calculation can be made: if the route exceeds 80% of the autonomy of your car, it is best to stop to recharge halfway to avoid unforeseen events and reach our destination. with enough charge to be able to make short trips before plugging it back in.
Always check that the car is charging when you plug it in
Although it seems obvious, there are not a few electric vehicle users who, despite having connected the cable correctly, when they return to get it they find that it has not been charged. It occurs when the vehicle detects that some parameter of the electrical installation is not correct, such as a poor ground connection .
In addition, by following this good practice we will be able to see at what real power the battery is being charged and thus be able to calculate the time we need to recover the necessary autonomy and avoid setbacks. Therefore, always check that the vehicle is charging when you plug it in.
Fully charge it
Leave home with the vehicle loaded. However, throughout the trip, it is recommended that the charge level is always between 30% and 80% . In the same way, and as happens with our mobiles, to preserve this vital element in an electric car, it is advisable not to always recharge it up to 100%.
This will save time at the station as the last stage of charging takes the most time. In addition, you can configure this in the vehicle itself and you can indicate and preset the vehicle’s charge percentages without having to pay attention to the charger.
Road and weather
It is useful to know what kind of roads the trip will take. Autonomy responds differently depending on speed. Likewise, it will be relevant to know if we will face great unevenness , both positive and negative. It’s more; This data is very easy to obtain, for example, Google Maps offers it when calculating any route, or what weather factors we will deal with.
Thus, we will be able to manage the use of the air conditioner and check how the autonomy evolves with cold and heat. In any case, it will not be necessary to do much research to obtain this information. The planning of any getaway includes consulting the itinerary and the weather, so, in this sense, there is nothing new more than the pleasure of driving our electric car to the destination.
In addition to respecting the recommended maximum speed according to the type of road and depending on the weather and the weather, it is essential to drive efficiently. To do so, there are some keys such as avoiding sudden acceleration and braking , achieving a constant speed and a sufficient safety distance that allows us to react smoothly to any unforeseen event…
As well as using the ECO mode whenever possible, taking advantage of daylight and thus avoiding turning on the lights, and taking advantage of the regenerative braking system to increase our autonomy.
There are also other factors that influence energy consumption such as the type of road (slopes, potholes or roads in poor condition…), the use of air conditioning, the load of the car… for this reason, it is advisable to carry luggage fair and well organized.