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Long Distance Road Trip Tips

Mon Jun 11, 2018 5:29 pm

Summer is here, the season of road trips! Do you have tips for long distance road trips in an EV?


A few suggestions from our Facebook & Twitter communities to kick it off...
  • Ben: Bring an adapter for RV Parks if you plan to travel through the central or mountain time zones.
  • Sunil: Use regenerative braking [and] switch to eco mode at high speed
  • Ed: Instead of the interstate, take the secondary roads [for] better scenery and better ev range.

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Pictured: Van Schmus family! The family stopped by ChargePoint headquarters in Campbell, CA, to recharge before heading back south on their road trip
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Re: Long Distance Road Trip Tips

Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:03 pm

ChargePoint wrote:Ben: Bring an adapter for RV Parks if you plan to travel through the central or mountain time zones.


Ok, I'll bite. Recommendations for such an adaptor? Many RV parks have two types of outlets: 30A (120V) and 50A (240V). Can anyone here recommend a good EVSE that can pull up to 40A from a 50A RV plug? That should fully recharge almost any EV on the road overnight.

Oh, and as for adding a tip:
  • PlugShare - check it early for a plan, check it often for status.
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Re: Long Distance Road Trip Tips

Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:02 pm

GetOffYourGas wrote:Recommendations for such an adapter? Many RV parks have two types of outlets: 30A (120V) and 50A (240V). Can anyone here recommend a good EVSE that can pull up to 40A from a 50A RV plug? That should fully recharge almost any EV on the road overnight.


Not all RV parks have 50A. Many have just 30A TT-30's. 120V, 24 amps charging. An adapter for RV park usage should have both options covered. I don't know of any that can be bought out of the box that can do both. Not even Tesla, but there is (might be? I have not seen a physical one) a third party solution:

https://www.evseadapters.com/products/t ... -x-3-gen-2

Does Chargepoint have a travel adapter that can handle both RV outlets? With automatic current level switching?
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Re: Long Distance Road Trip Tips

Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:59 pm

WetEV wrote:Does Chargepoint have a travel adapter that can handle both RV outlets? With automatic current level switching?


If they don't, they should know that there is a potential market for one. I would certainly consider it, if it was the right price. The closest thing I know of is the "JESLA" or "JESLA Jr" from Quick Charge Power. But that's an adaptation of a Tesla cord, and a pricey one at that. I'd love to see more options like that.

https://shop.quickchargepower.com/JESLA-is-THE-40-amp-J1772-portable-charging-solution-JESLA.htm

https://shop.quickchargepower.com/JESLA-JR-is-THE-32-amp-J1772-portable-charging-solution-JESLAJR.htm
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Re: Long Distance Road Trip Tips

Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:31 am

Thanks for the feedback, I've shared your wishes for travel adaptors made by ChargePoint with the team!
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