Your Guide to Electric Car Road Trips

Category: Travel and Trips


Welcome to the future of road trips, where you ditch the gas stations for charging stations, and emissions for cleaner air. If you’re considering switching to an electric vehicle (EV) or already own one, you’re in for a treat. Road trips have always been an emblem of freedom and exploration, but doing it with an EV takes it to another level. Here at Steer EV, we’re all about simplifying your journey from Point A to Point B, sustainably and stress-free.

We’ll cover everything you need to know about planning an EV road trip, how to deal with range anxiety, and share some killer tips for charging on the go. Buckle up, it’s going to be a smooth ride.

Intrigued about how EVs can make your next getaway more exciting? Dive deeper into Why Electric Vehicles are Perfect for Your Cottage Adventure? to get inspired.

Why Planning is Crucial for an EV Road Trip

Jumping into an EV for a road trip without adequate planning is like navigating a ship without a compass; it’s doable, but risky. The first step is research. Know the range of your vehicle and understand how different factors like speed and air conditioning can affect it. Then comes route planning, which is crucial for a seamless trip. Map your journey with charging stations in mind, taking note of their types and locations. Some will give you a quick full charge, while others might take longer. Factor in these charging stops as part of your travel time to get a realistic ETA.

The second important aspect is packing. EVs are generally not as spacious as traditional cars, so you’ll have to pack smart. Prioritize essentials like charging cables, portable chargers, and an emergency kit. After all, it’s better to be prepared than to wish you had been.

For the tech-savvy traveler, there are apps that can aid in planning your journey, showing you charging station locations, estimated driving time, and more. To get your hands on these gems, check out our list of Essential Apps for EV Drivers.

Understanding Range Anxiety and How to Overcome It

Range anxiety — the fear that your electric vehicle will run out of juice before reaching a charging station — is real. But guess what? It’s often more psychological than based on actual limitations of your EV. Most modern EVs offer a decent range that is more than sufficient for the average driver’s daily use. The key is to start your trip with a full charge and to have a solid understanding of your vehicle’s range under various driving conditions.

But let’s be real, knowing the numbers doesn’t always kick the anxiety. That’s where Steer EV comes in. As a subscriber, you can always rely on our roadside assistance to get you to the nearest charging point. We also provide real-time support and updates on charging stations along your route, giving you that extra peace of mind.

Interested in more winter-specific tips for your EV? You may want to read Electric Cars in the Winter: The Best Driving Tips & Techniques to stay prepared.

Planning an EV Road Trip: The Essentials

Alright, you’ve figured out why planning is crucial, and you’ve quashed that range anxiety. Now let’s dig into the nitty-gritty: the essentials for your road trip. You can’t just jump into your EV and expect things to be hunky-dory; you’ll need to bring some essentials along for the ride.

First, let’s talk about picking the right EV for your trip. While most modern electric vehicles offer a reasonable range, some are built for longer journeys. Consider models with higher battery capacities or those renowned for their efficient use of power.

Secondly, pack smartly. Apart from your usual travel necessities, make sure you have your charging cables, possibly an extension, and an emergency tool kit. Also, grab some snacks because who doesn’t like munching while waiting for the car to charge, right?

If you have room to spare, some entertainment options like board games or a portable speaker can make your charging stops more enjoyable. And let’s not forget a first-aid kit; better safe than sorry.

So, you’ve got your essentials ready, but where do you go? For the most picturesque drives that are EV-friendly, check out our guide on Day Trips in the DMV Where You Can Charge your EV.

Tips for Charging on the Go

Charging is the pit stop of the EV world. The good news is that public charging stations are becoming more widespread. You’ve got three main types: Level 1, Level 2, and DC fast chargers. Level 1 is your standard home plug—super slow. Level 2 is what you’ll find at most public charging stations, offering speeds that’ll fill up your battery in a few hours. DC fast chargers are the speed demons, getting you up to 80% in under 30 minutes.

It’s also crucial to know how to use these stations. Some require membership cards, while others work with a simple mobile app.

Hungry for more? Here’s How Do You Charge Electric Cars? Everything You Need To Know About EV Charging.

How Steer EV Simplifies Your EV Road Trip

Planning and execution are two sides of the same coin. With Steer EV, we ensure you’re well-equipped for both. Our subscription service isn’t just about offering you a wide range of electric vehicles. It’s about giving you peace of mind on the road.

As a subscriber, you have access to our 24/7 customer service and exclusive roadside assistance designed specifically for electric vehicles. We’re just a call away if you ever find yourself stranded.

Plus, our app comes loaded with real-time updates on charging stations along your route, estimated charging times, and even scenic stops you might want to consider. It’s like having a personal travel assistant in your pocket.

Want more insights into how Steer EV is changing the game? Read Facedrive’s Steer EV Subscription Service Launched in Toronto to see how we’re revolutionizing the EV landscape in Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions About EV Road Trips

You’ve likely got some burning questions about embarking on an EV road trip. Let’s tackle some of the most frequently asked ones:

  1. How do I plan my route? Well, the good news is there are plenty of apps designed for this. Some will help you find charging stations, calculate estimated travel and charging time, and even plan sightseeing stops.
  2. How long do I need to charge? That depends on several factors like the type of charger and your vehicle’s current battery level. Generally, Level 1 takes the longest, while DC fast chargers are your quickest option. Curious about the specifics? Check out our article How Do You Charge Electric Cars? Everything You Need To Know About EV Charging.
  3. Are all charging stations compatible with my EV? Not all charging stations are universally compatible, so it’s crucial to ensure you have the correct cables and adapters.
  4. Can I rely on public charging? While the availability of public charging is growing, it’s best to have a backup plan, like a portable charger or identifying multiple stations along your route. For a comprehensive guide to EV Infrastructure, read Preparing for Ontario’s Electric Vehicle Revolution: What to Expect from EV Infrastructure in 2023.


Road-tripping with an electric vehicle doesn’t have to be daunting; it’s an adventure that requires a bit of planning and the right resources. Your game plan should involve picking a suitable EV, charting your route, identifying charging stations, and being prepared for contingencies.

Steer EV aims to simplify this experience by not just providing a vehicle but offering a comprehensive service that makes your road-trip hassle-free. Ready to get started? Take a look at Why Electric Vehicles are Perfect for Your Cottage Adventure? for some destination inspiration.

Additional Resources

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