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Get ready with me for an electric vehicle road trip

Summer’s here, the sun’s out and it’s time to hit the road. Before you set off on your great American summer road trip, consider renting an electric vehicle (EV) – battery or plug-in hybrid – for your summer’s adventures. 

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) are an excellent choice for a road trip. They are highly efficient and offer cost savings using electricity instead of gas. Additionally, BEV’s contribute to environmental benefits by lowering greenhouse gas emissions. And their advanced technology features keep you and your passengers safe.  

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) are another great option. Similar environmental benefits apply; you’ll reduce emissions, and certain PHEVs can travel greater distances, meaning less stops along the way.   

So, are you ready to hit the road in your electric ride? Whether you own an EV already or are renting one, here are some key things to remember before you take off:  

  1. Charge up! Plug in your EV overnight or swing by a charging station to top up the battery. At 100% charge, you’ll have maximum range for your trip. (It’s important to note that for regular vehicle use, you should always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for optimal charging patterns.)  
  2. Plan your route. Head over to or to find charging stations along your route. Plan pit stops accordingly to keep your trip smooth.  
  3. Verify your housing accommodation is EV friendly. Some hotels and vacation rentals offer charging stations. If yours doesn't, identify a nearby charging location ahead of time.  
  4. Keep the battery at the right temperature. Precondition your battery before you head out to increase vehicle and range efficiency if you face extreme temperatures.  
  5. Pack your standard outlet charger. Pop it in your trunk or frunk (front trunk) to prepare for a charge no matter where you are.  

Gearing up for a road trip in an EV has never been easier or more rewarding. These simple steps can help you embark on your journey with ease.  

For more on what your life could be like with an EV, check out our tool, the WattPlan. You’ll find answers to common questions, cost savings estimates and more.  

Buckle up and stay safe! 

Emily Barnhill is our Digital Marketing Intern this semester. She is currently a senior at University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Human Development and Family Studies with certificates in Digital Studies and Entrepreneurship.

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