But of course, I was mindful about charging and charged every time we made a stop.
What was different this year compared to last summer?
Firstly, we learned from our past mistakes. Last summer, we did not pre-book a hotel. That was stupid. We had to drive 40-50 km away from the highway. We found a nice place, but it did not have an EV charger.
Next day, we could still drive about 100 km. We reached the first charger back on the highway, but it was not working. Then there was only 50 km left and the closest charger was along the highway in 45 km. That was stressful. We drove at 80-90 km/hour on the highway to save the battery. In the end, we had 2% battery left. With fingers crossed, we made it to the station, and thankfully, it was working. This is the kind of experience one wants to avoid.
Another thing we noticed this year was that EV charging infrastructure has improved a lot, especially in Poland.
What advice would you give to EV drivers for their summer travel?
Continuous charging works well. If you stop for coffee, or toilet, or to feed the dog, make sure you charge, even if it is just 20-30 percent.
Use specialised mobile apps to plot the route and find charge stations as per your preferred stops. Download, register, and save your payment details in advance to avoid wasted time.
Ensure your hotel has an EV charger and try booking it in advance. Sometimes hotels have a charger, but because they do not keep the place free, you may see a combustion engine car blocking your spot.
Drive according to the range of your car. If you have a battery range of 400 km, you can probably drive 350 km on highways, but do not push beyond that.
Lastly, go with a relaxed mind. If you are going long distances especially and spending around 14 hours in the car like us, it is better you are calm and prepared for some adventure.