Going on vacation with an electric car: how to plan correctly

Going on vacation with an e-car without sacrificing anything compared to a combustion engine – is that possible?? Depending on the destination, such a trip can quickly result in 1.000 kilometers and more combined. With most electric cars capable of a maximum of 200 to 300 kilometers on one charge, such a trip quickly becomes a challenge.

Electromobility is a big topic- not only in Germany, but worldwide. Vehicles that run on electricity are now part of everyday life. But are e-cars also suitable for the next family vacation? It is well known that traveling involves more luggage, which in turn places a greater load on the battery. R+V24 has made enquiries for you and explains what you need to pay attention to if you want to go on vacation with an electric car.

Charging an electric car at the charging station

Charging infrastructure varies from country to country

As a driver of an electric car, you are inevitably dependent on a well-developed public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. During a trip, however, this point is even more important than in normal everyday life. In the case of a diesel, the reserve lamp lights up from a residual range of 90 kilometers. Within a radius of this size, you can find a charging station anywhere in Europe. In an electric car, on the other hand, the battery is usually still 35 or 40 percent full after 90 kilometers. A warning therefore usually only appears when the remaining range is less than 15 kilometers. This becomes a problem for you at the latest when there is not one charging station on a route of 100 kilometers. E-car and vacation therefore mean a significantly greater planning effort for you. In countries with poor infrastructure, it is not enough to rely on the charging stations noted in the navi. You should plan your route in such a way that in the event of an emergency (traffic jams, road closures, defective charging station, etc.) you can always find an alternative charging point.) always have enough range to drive to an alternative charging point.

According to a study by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA)*, Europe’s charging infrastructure has room for improvement. In some countries, the expansion of charging stations is inadequate. Therefore, before you go on vacation with your e-car, find out in advance whether there are sufficient charging options available along the route. According to of the study, the following destinations are particularly suitable:

  • Netherlands: 66,700 charging points
  • France: 45.800 charging points
  • Germany: 44.500 charging points
  • Italy: 13.000 charging points

Less suitable, for example, is Romania. There are only about 500 charging stations to recharge your electric car during your vacation.

Electromobility: Not all charging stations are the same

Especially on long-distance trips, the mere presence of a charging station is not the only decisive factor. It is at least as important that the charging station is fast. At one of these you can charge your electric car almost completely within 30 to 40 minutes on vacation. It’s perfect for a short break. In many places, however, drivers only have access to a 22 kW or even 11 kW charging station. In this case, the charging pause of your e-car takes several hours, which you certainly do not want to spend at a rest stop on vacation.

There are now a variety of providers for charging stations. But not every provider supports all charging stations. Thus, it is essential to check which requirements you have to fulfill before starting your journey. In some cases, online registration is required in advance. Often the charging process is only possible with an appropriate charging card, which is sent by mail (!) is sent to you. Charging stations operated by local energy suppliers are subject to completely different conditions in some cases. Charging stations for electric cars at hotels and restaurants may be free to use while on vacation- but only as a guest.

Is an e-car suitable for going on vacation??

Despite all the apparent obstacles, there is hardly anything standing in the way of a vacation with an electric car. There are many fast-charging stations, especially on the highway network, so that the forced breaks don’t last longer than they really have to. Speaking of forced breaks: these may seem daunting at first, but especially if you are traveling with children, you need to take regular breaks anyway. Every two to three hours (or. every 300 km) even offer themselves in this case. Another advantage: you will be better rested and less stressed when you reach your vacation destination. Nevertheless, we recommend that you draw up a charging plan in advance in order to be prepared for all eventualities. Because especially in southern regions it can be more difficult to find a charging station for the electric car on vacation.

If you need help planning your trip, we recommend reading up on the Internet or using apps such as Charge&Fuel or Chargemap. These show you all the charging stations on your way to your destination and allow you to plan better. Another advantage: many apps show you where you need a charging card, how to get one in advance and which plug you need for the individual charging stations. Then it won’t be a problem to go on vacation with the electric car.

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