Preparing your electric car for long summer journeys: Essential tips
Summer vacations are approaching, and for many French people, this means planning longer journeys. Electric vehicle owners, if you want your journey to go off without a hitch, good preparation of your vehicle is essential. In this article, Stations-e presents some essential tips to help you make the most of your vacation with peace of mind.
Check your electric car’s range
Before embarking on a long journey, make sure you know the real range of your electric car. Take into account driving conditions, speed, weather and previous charging to best estimate the distance you can cover on a single charge. Plan your stops accordingly, taking into account the charging stations available on your route.
Plan your route with public charging stations
Before setting off on vacation, use apps like the one offered by Stations-e to locate public charging stations along your route. Plan your stops around them to avoid the stress of a nearly empty battery. Use fast charging stations to minimize waiting times for recharging. As an e-Card holder, you have access to preferential rates at our charging stations and to over 250 partner networks in France and Europe!
Carry out a preventive inspection of your vehicle
Before you leave on vacation, have your electric car checked by a professional. Make sure that all essential components are working properly, including the battery, brakes, tires and air conditioning. A preventive check-up will avoid unpleasant surprises along the way.
Prepare an emergency recharging kit
Even if you plan your stops at charging stations carefully, it’s still a good idea to have an emergency charging kit in your car. This kit can include an adapter for different charging outlets, emergency charging cables, a flashlight, gloves and a basic tool kit. Being prepared will help you cope with any unforeseen circumstances.
Optimize your driving style
To increase the range of your electric car during long journeys, adopt an eco-responsible driving style. Avoid sudden acceleration and excessive braking. Choose constant cruising speeds and use energy regeneration whenever possible. Smooth, well-considered driving will improve your vehicle’s energy efficiency.
Take advantage of rest areas equipped with charging stations
On your journey, choose rest areas equipped with charging stations. This will enable you to recharge your vehicle during your breaks while you rest. Some rest areas also offer services such as restaurants, toilets and children’s play areas, making them pleasant stops for the whole family.
Preparing your electric car for long summer journeys is a sure-fire way to ensure a carefree vacation. By planning your itinerary with public charging stations, carrying out preventive servicing and optimizing your driving, you can make the most of your trip by keeping your electric vehicle in top shape. And don’t forget to take along an emergency recharging kit so you’re ready for any unforeseen circumstances.
See you soon on the roads of your eco-responsible vacation!