So do you plan ahead @Flying Dodo or just play it by ear as you're approaching 20%? Do you use any kind of app or aid to help you to decide where to stop? (I'm not an app developer )I generally try and drive sufficient distance to then arrive with around 20% left in the battery. As for how long I stop, it's always enough to get sufficient charge to do the next leg and no longer. I certainly don't want to waste additional time. And as for what to do whilst charging, it's any combination of toilet, food and reading.
Have you used any of the vehicle manufacturer apps @andyswarbs (e.g. Tesla) at all? If so, what did you think?If I was planning a long journey my starting point has to be a better route planner. It gives me fairly good feel for destination arrival time, best charging points en-route (depending on personal preferences of remaining battery at each recharge % & target recharge %) also incl time to charge & plug cable in time, land contour and tuned for your EV. I then might drill down to plugshare and zapmap to check on recommended charge points.
OK, that's interesting @cah197. So if based on that experience you had to choose the ideal distance between stops for you, what would it be?I think this really depends on the BEV as to how painful it is.
I’ve done over 1,000 miles at different ends of the spectrum and it’s a world apart on terms of the experience. (ZOE 40 and Tesla Model X)
Thanks @Ralkbirdy . So that sounds like a mixture of planning ahead and knowing where to stop on a tried and tested journey. What do you do whilst waiting for a charge?Get used to the stops on your journey, I look for stops about every 90 miles, but can go further when reaching out back home and charging is guaranteed. Winter range is up to 125 miles, summer 140 miles.Helps when there is a choice of chargers, Dumfries has a few options for me. Charge early rather than late if a top up is needed.
Arran - Birmingham in a 28kWh car is Dumfries - 98m, Carnforth 214m,
Sandbach 289m, Brum 351m. In summer can stretch to Garstang and then home without Sandbach.
One day in the future I may be able to motorway service areas. Just use Zapmap or Plugshare.