As long as you organize yourself a minimum, long-distance trips by electric car will not pose any particular problem.
If you own an electric car, there is a good chance that you will charge your vehicle at home or at your workplace (like the majority of current users). In this case, there is no need to go find other charging points in everyday life: the autonomy of the car is sufficient for the journeys of everyday life. On some new models, this range even makes it possible to consider longer journeys without having to recharge elsewhere than at home or at the office. But what to do when you have to go beyond what the range of your car allows, especially to go on a trip?
Electric charging stations: where and how to find them on the road?
Plan your route and control the autonomy of your electric car
Those who are used to the electric car know that everything depends on the organization of your trip. With a heat engine car, refueling consists of filling the tank each time it is empty. With an electric car, you have to “simply” maintain sufficient autonomy to reach your destination! How? ‘Or’ What ? By planning your trip via applications specially designed for it. Most modern electric vehicles have, in their standard equipment, software allowing you to organize your trip by indicating the public charging stationss on which to charge your car on your way.
Mobile applications allowing you to find the terminal you need
To be sure to benefit from updated information in real time, the most reliable solution is to use a smartphone application like those ofIZIVIA or from ChargeMap. By defining the route, the application indicates the electric recharging stations to use to arrive at the right destination and above all, it detects those which are malfunctioning or which have already been used. Depending on your range and your journey, it will systematically direct you to the most suitable terminals. More than 30,000 terminals open to the public exist in France, and in particular so-called “fast” installations (50 kW minimum), making it possible to recover approximately 150 kilometers of autonomy in 30 minutes.
For very long riders, who make longer journeys with cars with much greater autonomy and compatible with charging stations more powerful, these applications also list 150 kW or even 350 kW charging stations. Enough to rally Paris to Marseille, for example, by losing only a few tens of minutes compared to a journey in a conventional motor vehicle … the time of a few short breaks.
Simplified payment thanks to modernized public charging stations
However, it is difficult to pay for recharges on the way because few terminals have a credit card payment terminal. Fortunately, the principle of interoperability of modern terminals simplifies their use. A card like the IZIVIA Pass, which costs € 15 without a subscription, gives access to almost all public terminals and at preferential charging rates on certain networks. And even without a card, there is no risk of being without a means of payment: provided you have a smartphone! All you have to do is pay via an application, or scan a QR Code appearing on the terminal and directing you to an online payment site. To note that the price of a public fast charging station will remain much higher than that of a refueling at home. These installations, designed to respond to occasional use, use high technology which requires significant installation work and therefore substantial investments. But the prices are systematically displayed on the terminals or the dedicated applications. Note also that in the event of a problem, these terminals generally benefit from technical assistance that can be reached at all times.