How to have the ultimate, electrified road trip
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How to have the ultimate, electrified road trip

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Most people would say that he dies in Rd trips go together like picnics and ants or bathing suits and sand. That is to say not very well at all. And yes, it is true that if you're planning electrified road trip, it does require a little bit more work upfront. But whether you're looking to reduce your fuel usage with a plug in hybrid like we have here or eliminated completely with a full on EV, here are 5 tips that will help you get where you're going. The first step is to be realistic about how far your car can get you on a charge. Sure, we'd all like to be meeting or beating EPA estimates every time we go for a drive, but everything from temperature to terrain can impact your overall range, and you might not be able to charge fully anyway, so try to keep track of how far you actually get on average charge in your car, and when you're plotting your route, make sure you factor in the forecast in any significant climbs before you decide whether you can make it from 1 charger to the next. The second tip is to make sure you're giving yourself enough time to count for charging. Yes, a DC fast charger it can get a modern EDM to an 80% charge in about 12/ an hour, but that's everything goes according to plan. If your battery pack is too hot or too cold, or if the charger itself is not working at peak efficiency, things can take an awful lot longer, so make sure you give yourself a little bit of extra time for each stop. The third tip is to try and verify that the charges you want to use are actually working. The best way to do that in my experience, is to use an app like Chargepoint. Think of it like a social network for EV owners who are posting reviews and impressions of EV Chargers is a given charge of working properly or not at all, or is it may be hidden around back of the grocery store and some dark alley? The best way to find out is to look at the reviews here. Now, if you watched our previous video on battery health, you know that DC fast charging can actually have a slightly negative impact on the overall health and longevity of your battery. But still, if you're ever going to DC fast, charge a road trip is definitely the time to do it. The full charge on a Level 2 charger for most newbies is 6 or 8 hours or maybe even more on a Level 3 DC fast charger you can get an 80% charge just about 30 minutes, but keep in mind that last 20% can take over an hour or more, so it's more like partial fast charging. The final point for Rd tripping is the first point in real estate, that is location location. Location when you have the opportunity to do so, make sure you choose a charger that's next to something you might actually want to visit. Maybe it's a restaurant you want to try the shop you want to browse in, or even a park where you might want to take a walk. Anything like that can help make a lengthy charging stop less of a delay and more of a destination. Or worst case, maybe load up a couple of movies on your iPad, download some extra books on your Kindle, or treat yourself to a new game on your switch, or just kick back and take a nap. But whatever you do, try to use these charging sessions as an opportunity to relax and remember to enjoy the journey.

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