If you take a pure electric car (BEV) on a long trip, you do need to plan ahead. Here’s the rule of thumb:
If the distance you need to travel that day is greater than your car’s real-world range, then you will need to stop and charge.
For example, imagine a trip from Southampton in Hampshire to Windermere in the Lake District. That’s a distance of 294 miles.
If you’ve leased a Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus, you have an official WLTP range of 278 miles. Below we discuss how a car’s official range varies in different situations, but let’s assume for the time being your Model 3’s real-world range is about 230 miles on average. That’s not enough range to get you all the way to Windermere in one go.
So, you could stop on the way at Tesla’s motorway supercharger station near Stoke-on-Trent after 180 miles. After about 20 minutes of charging, your battery capacity will be at roughly 80%, and you can complete your trip to Windermere.
Various electric cars can now go staggering distances without needing to charge. Check out our list of the Top 10 Longest Range Electric Cars for 2022.