Planning Your First Electric Road Trip

February 16th, 2022 by

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How to Travel Cross-Country Like A Pro In Your Volkswagen Electric Car

Picture this, if you will: you just purchased your very first Volkswagen electric car.

It is packed with every safety and convenience feature that you could ever need, including Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, top-of-the-line driver assistance features, and a kickin’ sound system that is sure to entertain your passengers. Additionally, the VW ID.4 comes with Enhanced Navigation, ensuring that you’ll never get turned around no matter what part of the country you may be in.

However, as a new electric car owner you may still be wondering how to plot out those long-distance trips. As you’re probably aware, the VW ID.4 is all-electric and offers quite a bit in battery power. If you’re sticking around South Jordan, a fully charged battery should provide enough mileage to cover your weekly commuting, grocery shopping, and any other errands you may need to do.

Cross-country trips are another animal though. Since you are now a part of the EV family, this means you’ll have to be a little bit more strategic when plotting your course.

Understanding How Your Volkswagen Electric Car Charges and How Fast

The Volkswagen ID.4 for sale uses an 82 kWh 400 V lithium-ion rechargeable battery that offers up to 260 miles on a single charge. This means that you can either charge up at home or find one of the many locations around South Jordan to recharge your VW ID.4.

Not all chargers are created equal though. With a 9.6kW charger, you’ll be able to get about 10 – 15 miles after a 30-minute charge. The more powerful 25kW charger will provide 30 – 50 miles after a 30-minute charge. Finally, with a DC Fast Charger, you’ll get about 180 miles after a 30-minute charge.

So, what’s the game plan when plotting out a cross country trip? Ideally, you want to locate the charging stations that use 25kW and DC Fast charging. Those are the two that’ll get you back on the road the fastest.

Let’s dig into some more details of how to expertly navigate your very first all-electric road trip.

Plotting Your Route and Finding the Closest Charging Stations Near You

With a vehicle that runs on gasoline, you can plan your route using your navigation and hit the ground running. With a VW electric car, the process is more or less the same with one additional variable – you need to find charging stations along the way. Fortunately, this is much easier than you may think. Charging stations are available all throughout the country…even the remote parts.

The best way to find charging stations near you is by visiting PlugInAmerica.org. This site provides a real-time map that shows both regular charging stations and DC Fast charging stations using a color-coded system. The next time that you get low on battery, simply pull up the map and find the nearest charging stations to your location. As you’d expect, major cities have far more options compared to small towns or remote parts of the country. Keep this in mind when planning your route.

Two Other Best Practices for Electric Vehicle Driving?

The Volkswagen ID.4 can get up to 260 miles on a single charge. Bear in mind that the 260-mile benchmark is achieved during favorable conditions. If you’re driving cross country with passengers and additional luggage or supplies, these present the vehicle with an additional challenge. You won’t get the entire 260 miles on a single charge with the additional weight, so you’ll need to plan ahead a little bit.

For instance, if you wanted to hit the beaches of San Diego, then you’re going to be traveling approximately 737 miles to get there. That means you should safely assume you’ll need to visit a charging station at least three times during your journey.

One of the best practices that we recommend with charging is multitasking. Try to schedule your charging around the typical stops that you would make on a cross-country journey. For instance, maybe you need to stop for lunch somewhere or you plan on staying at a hotel. During your research process, identify the hotels and eateries that have charging stations on the property. This ensures that your battery is being replenished while you and your family take a break.

Ready to Step into an Electric Car? Visit VW SouthTowne!

Now that you know a little more about how to travel cross-country in a Volkswagen electric car, the next step is for you to check out the Volkswagen ID.4 for sale so that you can see it for yourself. As the winner of the 2021 World Car of the Year Award, the VW ID.4 is at the top of its field when it comes to new electric cars.

No need to search “Volkswagen dealership near me.” You can visit the VW SouthTowne dealership straightaway which is conveniently located at 11000 South 290 West in South Jordan. Free to use our contact form to schedule an appointment for a test drive or consultation.