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Electric Vehicle Trip Planner

Electric Vehicle Trip Planner

Plan your next electric vehicle road trip and choose from more than 30,000 charging stations in Roadtrippers.

Select the Auto & RV Services category.

Select the Auto & RV Services category.

Click Filters and then select EV Charging.

Click Filters and then select EV Charging.

Select the Auto & RV Services category.

Start planning your trip.

Choose a destination and then add charging stations along with your favorite road trip stops.

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Start planning your trip

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Classic American Road Trips

Explore the country in your electric vehicle. Here’s some of our favorite trips. Save them to your profile and start adding charging stations along your route.

A Highway 1 road trip along California’s Central Coast

A Highway 1 road trip along California’s Central Coast

The top things to do on a Route 66 road trip

The top things to do on a Route 66 road trip

The top things to do on an East Coast road trip

The top things to do on an East Coast road trip

The top things to do on a Blue Ridge Parkway road trip

The top things to do on a Blue Ridge Parkway road trip

Get ready to hit the road.

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Can you take a road trip in an electric vehicle?

Road trip tips: How to prepare for the road with snacks, apps, and entertainment

Road trip tips: How to prepare for the road with snacks, apps, and entertainment

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How to plan a road trip: 5 steps to get you ready to hit the road

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Best EV Route Planner in 2024 (According To EV Owners)

Best EV Route Planner

Last Updated on March 7, 2024 by Rose Morah

Searching for a good EV route planner can be confusing.

So, we recently took a deep dive into EV route planners.

First, we researched the most recommended EV route planner apps by EV owners who:

  • Own an EV and have used different route planner apps.
  • Have planned long road trips with EV route planners.

We then planned road trips to different locations in North America (both in cities, rural areas, and on cross-country trips) using the most recommended route planners in order to come up with best app for EV route planning.

But before we dive into the findings, let’s first find out what really makes a good EV road trip planner.

What makes a good EV road trip planner ?

  • It should be close to perfect

This means it gives you a close to accurate charge for your next destination. This is great, especially for new EV owners because it minimizes the range anxiety when going on long road trips. 

Additionally, it should provide users with accurate information about the types of chargers and how fast they really are.

  • It should allow you to filter the charging stops based on the connector, charging speed, and the number of available chargers.

It should be able to plan a route that has multiple chargers and not just gives you what it thinks are the routes with the most convenient chargers.

Some of these routes may turn out to be ‘chargeless’ or you may end up skipping several high-power chargers.

  • The app should be fast, user-friendly, and with very few bugs .

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The most recommended EV trip planners by EV owners

The pie chart below shows the most recommended EV route planners by EV owners:

  • A Better Route Planner (ABRP)

Best EV trip planner apps according to EV owners

Summary of the best EV apps in public charging stations:

  • 45% of the EV owners recommended PlugShare, while 47% recommended ABRP.
  • Some EV owners enjoy using PlugShare in conjunction with ABRP when planning long road trips.
  • Only 6% of EV owners recommended Chargeway.
  • 2% recommended other EV route planner apps.

NOTE: 70% of Tesla owners recommended the Tesla in-built trip planner. I have not included it in the above data as it is only applicable to Tesla cars.

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Our experiences with the most recommended EV trip planner apps

As mentioned earlier, we then took the top 3 most recommended EV trip planner apps (PlugShare, ABRP, and Chargeway) on a 2-week cross-country road trip across different cities/towns. 

The data below shows our most recommended EV route planner based on our experience with different EVs.

Best EV Route Planners

Summary of the findings:

Based on our experiences with the 3 apps, ABRP emerged as the top app followed closely by PlugShare, and the least recommended was ChargeWay.

Let’s begin from the bottom: our ChargeWay experiences:

  • ChargeWay is not that great for cross-country road trips. However, it is a great app if you are touring big cities.
  • It lacked some important features that can be found on ABRP and PlugShare apps.

ABRP and PlugShare were the best EV route planner apps, based on our experiences. These two apps have been in the game for quite a while and seem like they are here to stay!

Additionally, you can use them together for a better road trip experience.

For instance, we used A Better Route Planner (ABRP) to plan our trips, and PlugShare to find better-charging options by browsing the charging stations, places to sleep while you charge overnight, restrooms, shopping, WIFI e.t.c along the route.

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ABRP VS PlugShare

The table below shows a comparison between ABRP and PlugShare

Related : ABRP Vs Plugshare: Which is The Best EV Trip Planner App?

In conclusion, apps are constantly being updated and new features are always coming out all the time. Therefore, be sure to always keep an eye on PlugShare and ABRP websites for future updates so you don’t miss out on any of them.

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Hello there! My name is Rose. I’m passionate about electric cars and clean energy. My adventurous spirit and journalistic pursuits make each day fascinating and far greater. I consider traveling not just about the grandeur moments, but the little elements that transform the whole experience.

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Electric Vehicle Trip Planner

Easily find all the EV charging stations available along your route in North America.

To learn more about the different types of charging stations and how to charge before planning your trip, check out our guide on   ”How To Charge Your Electric Car With Charging Stations ” .

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How To Use The EV Trip Planner?

To access the trip planner from the ChargeHub website, click on “Map”, in the top left corner of the navigation bar.

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Once you are on the map page, you can open the trip planner panel by clicking the “Trip Planner” tab on the left side of the charging stations map page.

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To enable the planner, click on the “OFF/ON” button so that it is "ON" . Note that at this point, you will have the option to select the unit of measurement by clicking on "KM" .

Once enabled the Trip Planner right sidebar will be displayed.

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Enter Your Trip Details

Enter a “ Starting Point” and “ Destination” in the trip planner. It will suggest options based on what you input. Select the option you want, as shown in the following screenshot.

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Now you have the option to choose how far away from your route you want the charging stations to be. Then click on "Find Routes". 

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After clicking on “Find Routes” you will be asked to choose which route you prefer from the proposed routes as seen below, on the right panel of the Trip Planner :

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Once you select a route, click on "Start Planning My Trip" and start adding charging stations to your itinerary, as explained in the following section "Add Charging Stops to your Itinerary".

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Add Charging Stops to your Itinerary

At this point, you can add charging stations to your trip by zooming in on the map and clicking on map markers.

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If you are planning to use the ChargeHub App to activate the station and pay , please make sure to select charging stations that have a golden thunderbolt in the center, as seen in the image below.

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Only the charging stations that have a golden thunderbolt in the center are compatible with ChargeHub’s wallet app. You can pay for your charging sessions , across all available networks, at these charging stations, from within the app.

Once you have selected a charging station, all the information regarding the station will be displayed, on the right side of the screen.

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Based on your EV and charging preferences, you can decide if the charging station meets your needs. If it does, add it to your trip by clicking "Add to trip".

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NOTE: If you click on “See Complete Details” you will exit the trip planner and it will reset. In this case, you will need to start the whole Trip Planner process again from step one.

Once the charging station has been selected, it will be added to your trip as shown below.

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If you need to add more charging stations, select and add as many as you need, by following the same process.

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Save And Share Your EV Trip

Once you have finalized your itinerary you can: 

  • Save your trip in your account for future reference
  • Access your saved trips.

NOTE: To save and load a trip, you must be logged in to your  ChargeHub account.

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Best EV Trip Planner Apps

Taking the anxiety out of a road trip with an ev route planner.

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  • 3/8/2024 (updated 4/2/2024 )

For most people, the best EV trip planner is likely already in your vehicle since the navigation systems on modern electric cars offer the ability to plan a route that factors in charger stops along the way. That's just one of several EV trip-planning options that can help map out your ideal road trip while assuaging potential range anxiety from an inconsistent charging infrastructure. Let's take a look at some of the best EV trip planners available, ranked in no particular order.

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  • EV ownership works best if you can charge (240V) at home or at work This typically means a 240V home installation, but you could also have a similar setup at your office or other places your car is already parked for several hours each day. Don't expect a regular household outlet (120V) to suffice unless you've got a plug-in hybrid, in which case overnight charging at home is feasible.
  • If you can’t charge at home, charging at a charging station could take at least 10x longer than at a gas station With public charging infrastructure still in its infancy, the user experience can be maddeningly inconsistent. Tesla owners tend to rave about the reliability and speed of the company's proprietary Supercharger stations, but rival DC fast options have thus far been plagued by technical issues and overcrowding. It's an evolving landscape and our best advice is to do your research on the available options for the EV you want to buy.
  • Adding a 240V home charging system could cost up to $1,600 or more If your existing electrical service can handle the additional demands of EV charging, you may be able to add Level 2 charging at home for less than a grand, including installation. But your costs will multiply if you need to upgrade your electrical panel or add a dedicated circuit.

Your first option is to use the built-in navigation that comes with your car. Most Tesla vehicles will insert recommended charging points along your route, taking a lot of the worry out of the experience. Teslas can also precondition your battery when you get close to a Supercharger station, which speeds up charging time and is better for the health of your EV's battery.

But not all vehicles come equipped with navigation systems, and the ones that do may not necessarily be your best option. Trying to map out your route ahead of time is more easily done on your phone or computer than by sitting in the driver's seat of your car. Luckily, you've got options.

You don't need to download a new app to get an EV-friendly route. Go to settings inside the Google Maps app, then select "Electric vehicle settings" and you'll have the option to select the compatible plugs for your electric vehicle. When you search "electric vehicle chargers," they will be filtered by the plug you selected in settings. This makes Google Maps handy for finding a charger you can actually use, but it cannot currently add charging stops to your route. It also can't tell you whether or not the charger is available, occupied, or in working order.

Google and Apple Maps are great for route planning on the go. But if you want to plan out your stops ahead of time, you may want to consider A Better Route Planner ( ABRP ). It's available on either your desktop computer or as an application for your smartphone. It allows you to provide information on your vehicle, including how full its charge is when you depart, and to filter out plug types based on your vehicle. ABRP offers a lot of information, including what it expects your vehicle's battery level will be when you arrive at your destination and how much energy you need to add at charging stops.

Unfortunately, ABRP can be a little clunky to use — especially on your phone. If user-friendliness is your top priority, you might want to consider using another application.

The EV Navigation planner is also available on your phone as an application and as a desktop site. It allows you to input the make and model of your vehicle, its battery level, the number of passengers in the vehicle, and the minimum state of charge you'd like your vehicle to have at your destination. Using those inputs gives you a route complete with charging stops. The app will provide estimates for how long you'll need to charge at each stop, what state of charge you should be charging to, and detailed information on the station. The app can be a little confusing and finicky for first-time users, and it's not great as a navigation app. However, it's a great tool for planning.

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The features and functionality of these EV trip planners can change over time, so make sure to try several of them to see which one works best for your needs.

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Plan your journey by electric car

The Chargemap route planner is here to help you plan the ideal trip that corresponds to your EV and preferences.

Download the Chargemap app for free on your mobile phone

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Hit the road in all peace of mind , Chargemap takes care of everything.

Indicate your departure point and destination, the battery level at the start of the journey and the level you want at the end of it, plus any midway stages.

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Enter the EV you are taking on the journey.

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Prioritise or limit a charging network, avoid tolls and motorways or log in a maximum speed to save on energy. The planner takes your charging preferences on board.

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Chargemap automatically calculates your route and selects the charging stations that match up with the information you have logged in. You can also visualise your route directly: distance, overall travel time and the necessary charging stop(s) along the way.

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Calculate your journey and come back to it whenever you want. Save time with the Save option for the route you have selected.

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Access information about the charging station on the details screen and launch the navigation tool for your next charging stop on your favourite GPS app.

You're on your way!

Where are you going?

What car model do you drive, you want to prioritise a charging network on your journey, enjoy the optimum route adapted to your needs, save your route, you're on your way.

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Consult the charging stations in the vicinity

You want to see all the charging stations available along your route? Tap on the “Stations” button to find all the charging stations available in your vicinity.

Fine-tune your search for alternative stations

You want to take a charging break near a restaurant or go for a pub lunch? Click on the “Stations” icon then on the “Filter” cursor to fine-tune your charging preferences on your personalised route.

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Adapt the Chargemap route to your needs and wishes.

You want to stay a little longer at a charging stop or set off again with a specific battery level.

When you reach a specific point along your way, you want to stop for longer to have a lunch break or take a stroll in the surrounding area. You can modify either the duration of your break, or the battery level you want before resuming your journey.

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You need to charge near a specific location?

You want to profit from a charging stop to do a bit of sightseeing or go and see friends and family and so you are looking for a charging station in the vicinity. The route planner allows you to select an alternative charging station along the way.

Want to stop at a different charging station than the one selected?

With Chargemap, plan your ideal route by selecting the charging stations of your favourite networks. The tool automatically calculates a new route based on your preferences.

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ABRP has been helping - and creating - EV drivers for more than 5 years. 

Through the world's leading EV route planner we have helped millions of users plan their next EV trip. ABRP is a highly flexible application that can be customized according to your needs.  We continuously work with CPO:s and MSP:s to provide you with the most up-to-date realtime status. In addition to our application, we also provide an API so you can integrate our planning in your service. 

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How it started

ABRP was started and run as a hobby project by Bo just after he got his first Tesla in 2016. He realized that there was no good way to plan his upcoming trips outside of the car and that it would help a lot to be able to follow up on a plan in the Tesla in-car browser while driving. Since then ABRP has become an essential tool for any road trip by experienced EV owners, and a great way for EV beginners to learn and feel confident.

Our company Iternio was formed in 2018 with the mission to continue driving the free service ABRP (with Premium functions) while providing the planning API and other services to partners. 

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For Businesses: Our APIs

The core of Iternio is our EV route planning algorithms, made accessible for digital products through our EV Planning API and cloud service.  The EV route planning algorithms are continuously improved and updated to give the best possible EV plans in any situation. The EV world changes and improves all the time, and so do we. The largest customer of the API is ABRP, which is how we keep it on the frontier of innovation and ahead of everyone else.

For Consumers: ABRP

ABetterRouteplanner is the world's most popular consumer EV routeplanner - both for beginner and experienced EV drivers. And of course for anyone curious about EVs.

With the user community around ABRP, we are getting tons of help to innovate and improve on the product and EV planning in general.

ABRP is free to use and has a Premium membership to get access to all the most advanced stuff such as CarPlay, live traffic, and real-time charger data. 

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Your EV. Your Way.

Using a simple system of colors and numbers the Chargeway App shows you where you can charge your EV and how long it will take. No guesswork. You’re in control.

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With Chargeway you have all of your EV needs in one app.

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Charging Stations

Chargeway includes over 85,000 charging stations from over 50 networks throughout the US and Canada. Add your EV and automatically see stations that match your EV’s plug type, easily see different power levels, and discover where electric fuel awaits.

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EV Charging Station Map & Features

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Vehicle Profiles

With the Chargeway App you have all of your vehicle info at your fingertips. Simply add your vehicle of choice, select your color, add a custom name and then adjust your battery levels to estimate charging time at any station.

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EV Trip Planner

Every great road trip starts with a game plan. Dial yours in with the Chargeway App’s EV Trip Planner–automatically calculating charging stops along your route with factors like charge time, outdoor temperature, and desired speed.

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Connect your EV to Chargeway for real-time battery and charging status. Simply subscribe to Chargeway Plus in the Chargeway mobile app to access a fully automated experience: •  Real-time battery % and range of your EV •  Live charging status (plugged in, charging, etc) •  Start and stop a charging session •  Automatic charge time estimates at public stations •  Try it FREE for 30 days!

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Use our EV route planner to see where to stop on longer routes, what's available in those areas, and how long you’ll need to charge.

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The Best 6 Apps for EV Route Planning

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If you're on a road trip in the US, you have access to over 100,000 gas stations across the country. That's more than double the number of public charging stations where you can charge an EV.

Because charging an EV takes longer than filling up a combustion car, you should know exactly where to find EV chargers along your route. For that, you need to use apps on your smartphone, so here are the best apps for EV route planning.

1. Tesla App

According to Statista , Tesla is the most popular EV brand in the world. If you drive a Tesla, you would be better suited to use its app for route planning because it grants you access to over 35,000 Superchargers across the country—this is the biggest EV charging network in North America.

Owners of non-Tesla EVs with the CCS charging connector can also use the Tesla app to access Tesla Magic Dock Superchargers, which you can find in a handful of locations in North America. Brands like Ford, Rivian, Polestar, Volvo, and GM announced their EVs will access the Tesla Supercharger network by early 2024, and they will be equipped with NACS ports and adapters. This means that if you’re driving a non-Tesla EV, you will have the privilege of having native access to Tesla Supercharger stations in North America.

But if you're driving a Tesla, you have the privilege to request roadside assistance and schedule service maintenance through the app. Another cool feature is being able to track your vehicle's location on your phone. If you're not a Tesla driver, you could use other apps to track your car .

Download: Tesla for Android | iOS (Free)

2. EV Hotels

If you want to sleep in a hotel and charge your vehicle overnight, the EV Hotels app can make it easier for you. Its map displays hotels that offer EV charging stations along your route. It also lets you know which levels of chargers are available in the hotels: standard, fast, or Superchargers.

If you can't find a hotel with EV chargers along your route, the app will recommend amenities with ample parking and chargers nearby. Subscribed members can reserve a hotel room and charging spot in advance and garner reward points in their favorite hotel brands across the country.

Download: EVHotels for iOS ($2.99)

3. A Better Route Planner

A Better Route Planner (ABRP) is available on the Google Play Store and App Store; you can also install it on your car's dashboard screen web browser. Unlike Tesla's app, which is limited to its Supercharger network, A Better Route Planner covers all the public EV chargers on your route. Better yet, you can connect it to your Tesla account to share your driving data to help improve accuracy.

If you're not driving a Tesla, you can include your car model details on the app to calculate your range, charging time, and energy consumption. Beyond that, the ABRP app also tells you the road conditions, wind, temperature, weather, and routes to avoid—basically, everything you need to know to plan your trip without any hiccups.

Download: A Better Route Planner for Android | iOS (Free)

4. PlugShare

PlugShare is one of the most popular EV route-planning apps. What makes it unique is that it doesn't require you to register an account to find nearby public EV chargers. However, if you set up an account, you can include your EV car model to predict your range and charging time accurately. The app will also tell you the compatible plugs for your EV at each charging station.

What's more, you can use the app to find locations with amenities lodging, dining, Wi-Fi, restrooms, valet parking, and shopping. The best part is that the PlugShare app is free and covers almost all countries worldwide.

One downside is that the Plugshare app doesn't automatically let you know which chargers are occupied. You have to manually check which charging stalls are free every time you’re approaching a charging stop.

Download: PlugShare app for Android | iOS (Free)

5. Charge Point

If you hate driving to a station and finding a charger you thought was available is occupied, the ChargePoint app can solve that problem. If a charging station is busy, the app will notify you using a blue pin, and if a charger is available, you will see a location with a green pin on the app.

Before using a charging station, you can use the app to calculate how much you will spend to top up your EV. It also lets you know the charging status of your EV and the estimated charging time.

Besides that, you can use the ChargePoint app to access over 31,000 charging points in North America, including chargers located around major US university campuses . This makes it the second-largest EV charging network provider in the U.S. after Tesla. You can charge any EV brand at ChargePoint stations, and the service provider is also adopting Tesla’s NACS connectors.

We also like that ChargePoint has partnered with hotels and convenience stores to offer exclusive discounts to its app customers. Better yet, you can integrate this app into your home charger so that you can monitor your EV anytime you want—but you first need to make your home EV ready .

Download: ChargePoint app for Android | iOS (Free)

6. Google Maps

Even though you can't use Google Maps to estimate the range of your electric vehicle, it can tell you the speed and type of port supported by nearby charging stations. If you're living in the US or UK, Google Maps will provide real-time data on available charging stations, so you don't have to line up.

But what gives Google Maps an advantage over other apps for EV routing is that it can show all the amenities along your route—from garages, restaurants, and hotels to convenience stores. In addition to that, you can activate Google Assistant Driving Mode by using Google Maps.

Download: Google Maps for Android | iOS (Free)

Find the Best EV Route Planning Apps for You

If you're planning a trip in your EV, it's best to use several of these planning apps simultaneously. Yes, you read that right. For instance, if you want to find the most convenient hotels for charging EVs, your best options would be Google Maps and EV Hotels.

But if you want a route planner that can accurately tell you everything about your EV battery's status, you should consider A Better Route Planner and the Tesla app.

Similarly, the PlugShare app has one of the largest databases of public EV chargers in the world, and the Charge Point app will tell you if a charging station is busy. It's up to you to find the most suitable app for your EV route planning.

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Planning electric vehicle trips is now easier with route planner apps. These digital tools offer features like range estimation, charging station locations, and real-time traffic updates, ensuring a seamless and efficient EV travel experience. In this blog, we’ll walk you through the best EV route planner apps in Europe to make your journey hassle-free.

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Now electric car road trips are becoming increasingly convenient due to faster and more reliable chargers being widely available. However, with the growing number of electric vehicles on the road, some advance planning is still advisable for long journeys. Here are some of the best EV route planner apps you can use for route planning:

1. Google Maps EV Trip Planner

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Google Maps , while primarily known for route navigation and traffic updates , can provide some useful information for electric car drivers, although it may require a bit of navigation within the interface. It’s included in this list of best EV route planners because Google is expected to enhance its predictive features for EV users.

On a desktop computer, you can enter your journey details, select search along the route, and search for EV charging stations. Google Maps will then display all the charging stations along your route, complete with charger-type details. On a mobile device, you can tap the three dots in the upper right corner, choose Search along the route, and search for EV charging to view all the chargers on your route and add a stop.

A potential challenge arises if Google Maps reroutes you to a quicker route, as it may still assume you need to stop at the initially selected charger.

  • Pro: Google Maps offers real-time traffic updates for your route.
  • Con: It doesn’t provide guidance for selecting chargers along your route.

Also Read: 21 Best Apps for EV Charging Stations in the UK

2. ABRP (A Better Route Planner)

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A Better Route Planner (ABRP) is a versatile app available for both Android and iOS devices that efficiently guides users to their destinations. It is one of the best EV route planners. It specializes in route planning and navigation tailored for electric vehicles. The user-friendly interface allows you to select your EV model, set your destination, and generate a comprehensive route plan, complete with charging station locations and estimated trip duration.

Notably, ABRP provides an option to view the route’s topography, indicating areas with potential energy consumption challenges. Users praise its accuracy, factoring in variables like temperature and road conditions. Some Tesla drivers even prefer it over the Tesla Planner, as it optimizes charging stops within the battery’s efficient ‘fast’ charging range.

The free version permits the sharing of routes to Google Maps for real-time traffic updates, while the premium version incorporates built-in traffic data.

  • Pro: ABRP offers precise range predictions.
  • Pro: It displays nearby dining options near charging stations.
  • Con: Live data is available for select top charging networks only.

Zap-Map ev charging app

Zap-Map , a renowned EV route planner established in 2014 , is widely adopted by UK EV drivers. It is in fact among the best EV route planners in Europe. The platform comprehensively maps nearly all public charging points, with approximately 70% offering real-time status updates to determine charger availability.

Key features encompass search functions, filters, proximity-based charger listings, detailed charging point information, and a Zap-Chat community feature. Additionally, it offers an intelligent route planner.

A free version provides essential functionalities. However, Zap-Map’s map view displays numerous pins, including slower 3kW chargers, which can be filtered to display only rapid chargers. It supplies cost information, charger availability based on self-reporting, and the time since the last charge. Users also report charger status, aiding in assessing reliability and congestion.

Zap-Map offers plus and premium versions priced at about £29.99 and £47.99 per year , respectively, introducing added features like What3words navigation, advanced filters, and charger ratings to identify dependable options. The premium version offers integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for in-car displays.

On the map, charging networks with live data are denoted by icons on their logos. Live data updates every five minutes, with charge points displaying a blue marker when in use. Supported networks include Instavolt, Osprey, Gridserve, MFG, BP Pulse, ESB, GeniePoint, Fastned, Ionity, Tesla, Shell, and ChargePlace Scotland.

  • Pro: The community chat feature is actively used to report recent charger issues.
  • Pro: In-car display functionality provides detailed charge point data, including live status (when available) and recent EV driver interactions.
  • Con: One limitation is that if you’re accustomed to real-time traffic updates via Google Maps, this feature isn’t available with Zap-Map.
  • Con: Charger colors on the map may not be user-friendly (note: a symbols key is available in the app for reference).

Also Read: 16 Best EV Charging Apps in Europe

4. PlugShare

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PlugShare , resembling Zap-Map, is among the best EV route planners. Its icon design, resembling brown and green petrol pumps, lacks visual appeal. The app allows trip planning for specific vehicles via a map display. However, it doesn’t account for elevation’s impact on range, instead displaying a conservative estimate with a large green circle on the map, which may not align with the selected vehicle. Users can filter charging options based on reviews to identify highly rated chargers.

  • Pro: Easy filtering based on user ratings.
  • Con: The app lacks the option to share routes for real-time navigation via Google. It also allows you to choose chargers ‘along the route,’ leading to an accidental selection of a charger in the opposite direction.

Bonnet App

Bonnet is one of the best EV route planners in Europe. It presents itself as a versatile payment app that allows you to plan routes across the UK and Europe, offering access to charging services through a single app or an RFID card if you prefer. It shares similarities with the Electroverse app but offers an additional feature: Boosts, which are subscription plans providing discounts on charging sessions. For about £2 per month, you can enjoy a 10% charging discount, while £8 grants you a 15% discount. Notable rapid networks include Osprey, Ionity, MFG, and the emerging Evyve. Bonnet has also established a partnership to display untethered 7kW Connected Kerb chargers.

However, disappointment arises as Bonnet still requires a prepayment authorization hold of about £30 for each charging session , reminiscent of the process for using contactless payment on a new network.

  • Pro: Bonnet Premium offers a route planning app tailored for newer EVs, currently available for free during its beta phase. To access this service, users need to add a payment method and will receive notifications if it transitions to a paid offering.
  • Pro: Canceling Premium within the app is a straightforward process.
  • Con: Difficulty in locating the route planning tool within the app, identified by a small bent arrow on the main map.
  • Con: The results provided by this app lacked essential information, such as estimated battery state of charge (SoC%) or charging time.

Also See: How to Get an EV Charging Card

6. EV Navigation

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EV Navigation takes us into the more technical realm of route planning , offering a comprehensive solution for accurately predicting battery discharge rates while maintaining an intuitive user interface. It calculates routes while factoring in charging times and allows you to customize variables like passenger count, driving mode (sport, normal, or eco), and even tire pressure.

This empowers electric vehicle (EV) drivers to optimize their travel time and minimize wait times at charging stations. However, if you’re dissatisfied with the recommended charging station’s appearance or location, finding suitable alternatives may prove challenging.

EV Navigation offers valuable insights into your estimated range for a specific journey. It is thus among the best EV route planners.

  • Pro: Provides valuable insights into the impact of factors like passengers and driving style.
  • Con: Limited interactivity if you prefer not to use the suggested charger.

JAN 23 WattsUp

WattsUp is a confidence-boosting app and is thus on our list of EV trip planning apps. It offers a clear map displaying logos of available rapid charging options , along with a reassuring list of nearby chargers in real-time. It includes a status bar that provides up-to-date information about the next chargers and, for select networks, their availability.

WattsUp provides live status updates for prominent networks like Instavolt, Osprey, Gridserve, as well as smaller networks like ChargePlaceScotland and ForEv. Within the free CarPlay interface, the app showcases nearby public charge points, indicating their location, distance, power rating, and live availability. Users can also mark their favorite chargers for quick reference.

When some users attempted to upgrade to the trial version of Discovery mode for £1 via Google Playstore, it didn’t function, and canceling it from the app proved impossible, preventing them from assessing its benefits.

  • Pro: The inclusion of charge operator logos on the map simplifies the evaluation of the best operator relative to location.
  • Con: Watts Up is exclusively available as a mobile app and cannot be accessed on laptops or tablets.

Also Read: EV Charging Rules

8. Octopus Electroverse

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Octopus Electroverse opens its charging network to anyone , even if you’re not an Octopus customer. Upon registration, they provide you with a card for payment, which can be linked to your home energy bill or a registered card. Some networks, like Osprey, offer a 20% discount for off-peak charging after 7 pm.

One notable feature of this best EV route planner app is the map’s display of rapid chargers , such as Instavolt and Gridserve, that are not part of the network. Furthermore, the Electroverse card is compatible across Europe, particularly valuable in regions where RFID cards or apps remain essential due to limited contactless payment options. It is among the best electric car route planners in Europe.

The route planner now functions within the app. However, autocomplete suggestions occasionally reference places in the region with similar names, making route planning a bit challenging. Nevertheless, the suggested routes are sensible, and you can easily send them to Google Maps on your phone for real-time traffic updates.

The map provides an overview of all networks in any location, including those not integrated into their payment system. Notably, Instavolt and Gridserve chargers are absent from their network, although their locations are still visible on the app.

  • Pro: Eliminates upfront ‘holds’ on your credit card, with charges billed directly to your home account.
  • Pro: Ideal for European road trips.
  • Con: The route planner lacks alternative route suggestions but offers a comprehensive view of available options through the app.
  • Con: The network does not include Gridserve or Instavolt chargers, although their locations are displayed on the app.

9. Tesla App

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Tesla stands as the world’s most popular EV brand, as reported by Statista . For Tesla drivers, utilizing the Tesla app for route planning is the ideal choice, as it provides access to an extensive network of over 50,000 Superchargers across the world.

Interestingly, non-Tesla EV owners equipped with CCS charging connectors can also leverage the Tesla app to access Tesla Magic Dock Superchargers. Notably, several prominent automakers, including Ford, Rivian, Polestar, Volvo, and GM, have announced their EVs will gain access to the Tesla Supercharger network by early 2024, incorporating NACS ports and adapters. This empowers non-Tesla EV drivers with native access to Tesla Supercharger stations throughout the country.

Thus, the Tesla app is listed as the best EV route planner application. Now, let’s take a look at its pros and cons. 

  • Pro: For Tesla drivers, the app extends additional conveniences, such as requesting roadside assistance and scheduling service maintenance.
  • Pro: An appealing feature allows you to track your vehicle’s location directly from your phone.
  • Con: Non-Tesla drivers may not have access to the same level of vehicle tracking convenience that Tesla drivers enjoy through the Tesla app.

Also See: Mercedes-Benz on Board with Tesla’s EV Charging Connector

10. Apple Maps EV Charging Stations

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In its continuous efforts to enhance features for electric car owners, Apple is introducing further updates to Apple Maps with iOS 17. This latest offering includes real-time charging availability information and the ability for drivers to select their preferred charging network.

Apple initially introduced support for EV routing within Apple Maps during WWDC 2020. This functionality became accessible to Ford Mustang Mach-E drivers last year, followed by Porsche Taycan drivers earlier this year.

With iOS 17 on your iPhone, Apple Maps, one of the best EV route planners will prompt users to configure their preferred charging networks for their electric vehicles. Options include ChargePoint, and Tesla’s Supercharger network, among others.

Once a choice is made, Apple Maps will intelligently provide real-time charging availability details , such as the total number of stalls at a specific charging station and the current occupancy status.

  • Pro: Apple Maps will filter charging options based on the user’s electric car model and its compatible charging connector.
  • Pro: It is anticipated that more EV manufacturers will embrace this feature in the future, presenting a valuable enhancement, particularly for CarPlay users.
  • Con: It’s important to note that this feature is still a work in progress, and some data may be missing in iOS 17 beta 1.
  • Con: Currently, this feature appears limited to vehicles supporting Apple Maps EV routing, specifically the Mach-E, and Taycan.

Note: The plans and subscriptions of these apps can change over time, for up-to-date info on them visit the official sites.

Also Read: Everything You Need to Know About Charging a Ford Mustang Mach-E

With the convenience of EV route planner apps, drivers can confidently navigate their electric vehicles across long distances, making electric cars a more viable and sustainable choice for modern transportation needs. To read more amazing blogs about electric vehicles, explore our website.

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If you are a new owner of an electric vehicle (EV) or are planning to rent one, you might be worried about how to find a charger if you need one. Maybe you are planning a road trip, need to drive long distances for work, or just want to know where to find one on your way to or from a destination. Luckily, there are several EV trip planners available, both in online and app form. We’ll tell you about some of them so you can find the best EV trip planner to meet your needs.

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Chargetrip is an innovative EV trip planner which provides information about charging stations, including their availability, charging speeds, and compatibility with different EV models . This ensures an easy location and access to the charging infrastructure along their journey and minimizing range anxiety for drivers. Chargetrip also considers real-time data, such as traffic conditions and weather , to optimize routes and estimate accurate travel times. It takes into account the energy consumption of the vehicle, for helping you minimizing charging stops . Additionally, Chargetrip offers a user-friendly interface with intuitive features, allowing you to customize your preferences and plan personalized trips.

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ChargeHub offers an EV trip planner that shows you charging stations along your route. You’ll need to enter a start and end location to begin, then you can enter trip details like what unit of measurement you’d like to use. There is also the option to customize your trip by choosing a maximum charging station distance from your route or distance between stations. The tool also offers turn-by-turn directions and the ability to save and share your routes. One thing to note: The trip planner is only available for the US and Canada.

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A Better Routeplanner (ABRP)

You can use this app worldwide to plan your next trip in an EV. Enter the vehicle model and your destination, and you’ll get information like where to stop for charging and how long the trip will take. There is also the option to add waypoints if you want to make stops along the way. You can also use the app’s driving mode for navigation if you need to. However, users say that the tool is best for pre-planning your trip rather than relying on it for navigation, which can sometimes be buggy.

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As both an app and online tool, PlugShare allows you to find nearby charging stations based on the type of charger you need, brand of charging station like Tesla Supercharger and Shell Recharge, and more. There’s also a trip planner where you put in your starting location and destination and it gives you driving directions and shows chargers along the way that correspond with your filters. You can name your trip and save it for easy access later when you’re on the road. You have to register to use the Trip Planner, but it’s free. Other features of PlugShare also require registration to use, like writing reviews, saving your vehicle and charger filters, and getting alerts when chargers open up near you.

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You can use this app and website to get turn-by-turn navigation and route planning for your EV. There is the option to find charging stations, but you can also enter your vehicle make and model and it will calculate the range you can cover based on different parameters like wind and temperature. The tool also takes into account the charging time and planned route, so you get the fastest route with the shortest amount of time waiting for charging.

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The popular app and online road trip planner allows you to filter for EV charging. After entering your starting and ending locations, you can go to the Fuel & Rest Stops category and click on filters. Select Electric Vehicle Charging and you’ll see options along your route. You can sort by popularity or rating, and also click on each charger to see information about it like opening hours.

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Posted: August 19, 2023 | Last updated: August 19, 2023

<ul class="summary-list"> <li><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-owner">Tesla owners</a> and a renter described their experience taking the EV on cross-country road trips.</li> <li>Some Tesla owner highlighted the benefits of taking the EV on long trips</li> <li>Take a look at some of their tips for taking a Tesla on a road trip.</li> </ul><p>While some EV owners have shared <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/couple-electric-car-kia-road-trip-charging-range-anxiety-2023-2">horror stories</a> about taking an electric car on a road trip, some Tesla owners say those drivers probably just haven't mastered the learning curve yet.</p><p>Eight Tesla veterans and a first-time Tesla renter shared some tips on how to execute a successful EV road trip in a series of conversations with Insider — from avoiding certain routes to planning ahead and getting creative on the road.</p><p>Range anxiety and a lack of charging infrastructure are key hurdles when it comes to EV adoption, but Tesla owners say it's possible to ditch concerns about charging on the road and even lean into some of the benefits of taking an electric car across the country, including saving on gas and enjoying <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-fsd">Tesla amenities like Autopilot</a>. Still, some drivers say <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-owners-share-unexpected-headaches-owning-ev-electric-car-2023-7">road trips in a Tesla can be a major headache.</a></p><p>Here's what Tesla owners say about their experiences taking the car on a long road trip.</p><div class="read-original">Read the original article on <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-owners-share-tips-for-taking-ev-on-road-trip-2023-8">Business Insider</a></div>

  • Tesla owners and a renter described their experience taking the EV on cross-country road trips.
  • Some Tesla owners highlighted the benefits of taking the EV on long trips
  • Take a look at some of their tips for taking a Tesla on a road trip.

While some EV owners have shared horror stories about taking an electric car on a road trip, some Tesla owners say those drivers probably just haven't mastered the learning curve yet.

Eight Tesla veterans and a first-time Tesla renter shared some tips on how to execute a successful EV road trip in a series of conversations with Insider — from avoiding certain routes to planning ahead and getting creative on the road.

Range anxiety and a lack of charging infrastructure are key hurdles when it comes to EV adoption, but Tesla owners say it's possible to ditch concerns about charging on the road and even lean into some of the benefits of taking an electric car across the country, including saving on gas and enjoying Tesla amenities like Autopilot . Still, some drivers say road trips in a Tesla can be a major headache.

Here's what Tesla owners say about their experiences taking the car on a long road trip.

<p>Many Tesla owners said it's common to feel anxious on your first EV road trip.</p><p>"After the first outbound trip when I was being very careful and charging to a higher percentage than necessary at each stop, I learned to trust what my Tesla was telling me about the state of charge, my expected range, and that there were chargers along the way," Dennis Duncan, a Model Y owner who has taken his EV on cross-country trips, including on an annual trip from Washington state to Montana, told Insider.</p>

Most people's first road trip can be anxiety-ridden, but learn to trust the car, owners said.

Many Tesla owners said it's common to feel anxious on your first EV road trip.

"After the first outbound trip when I was being very careful and charging to a higher percentage than necessary at each stop, I learned to trust what my Tesla was telling me about the state of charge, my expected range, and that there were chargers along the way," Dennis Duncan, a Model Y owner who has taken his EV on cross-country trips, including on an annual trip from Washington state to Montana, told Insider.

<p>"Start somewhere within 200 miles of your origin and become accustomed to the range and how your driving impacts it," said Ken Vizena, a Model Y owner who has taken his vehicle on numerous cross-country trips. "Don't start off driving cross country. Start off with medium trips in hugely populated areas."</p><p>Vizena said it's important to pay attention to not only how many charging stations are along your route, but also where they are located along the path. He said new Tesla owners should ask themselves several questions before they set off on a road trip with their EV, namely: How far off course will the chargers take you? Are they located in areas where you would feel safe waiting?</p>

It's best to start out with smaller trips and stay near interstates, drivers said.

"Start somewhere within 200 miles of your origin and become accustomed to the range and how your driving impacts it," said Ken Vizena, a Model Y owner who has taken his vehicle on numerous cross-country trips. "Don't start off driving cross country. Start off with medium trips in hugely populated areas."

Vizena said it's important to pay attention to not only how many charging stations are along your route, but also where they are located along the path. He said new Tesla owners should ask themselves several questions before they set off on a road trip with their EV, namely: How far off course will the chargers take you? Are they located in areas where you would feel safe waiting?

<p>Tesla has spent over a decade building out more than 20,000 <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-supercharger-map">Superchargers</a> in North America, earning it the region's largest network of roadside fast chargers. Moreover, Superchargers are widely regarded as more reliable and easy to use than other networks' chargers. Non-Tesla EV owners <a href="https://www.wsj.com/articles/ev-charging-stations-electric-vehicles-11669737656" rel="nofollow noopener">rely on a shakier patchwork of public chargers</a>, which can be difficult to find and are <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/electric-car-charging-reliability-broken-stations-ev-2022-5" rel="">plagued by reliability issues</a>.</p><p>"I couldn't even imagine being with another car company and relying on third-party chargers," Jonathan Baalke, a Model 3 owner in Kentucky who says he drives over 150 miles a day for work, previously told Insider. "It's hard to have range anxiety when you have access to Tesla's network, but if I was with any other brand's cars, I would definitely have some concerns."</p><p>More recently, the EV company has said it <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-to-bring-supercharger-network-to-rival-ford-musk-says-2023-5" rel="">plans to open some of its exclusive Supercharger network</a> to non-Tesla EV companies like Ford and General Motors.</p>

Most Tesla owners agree the Supercharger network is a major advantage.

Tesla has spent over a decade building out more than 20,000 Superchargers in North America, earning it the region's largest network of roadside fast chargers. Moreover, Superchargers are widely regarded as more reliable and easy to use than other networks' chargers. Non-Tesla EV owners rely on a shakier patchwork of public chargers , which can be difficult to find and are plagued by reliability issues .

"I couldn't even imagine being with another car company and relying on third-party chargers," Jonathan Baalke, a Model 3 owner in Kentucky who says he drives over 150 miles a day for work, previously told Insider. "It's hard to have range anxiety when you have access to Tesla's network, but if I was with any other brand's cars, I would definitely have some concerns."

More recently, the EV company has said it plans to open some of its exclusive Supercharger network to non-Tesla EV companies like Ford and General Motors .

<p>"I stop to charge about every four hours," David Craig, a Model S owner who recently <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-model-s-camping-for-ev-road-trip-2023-8">took his Tesla on a 8,500-mile road trip,</a> said. "It's just a natural stopping point. Even if you were driving a traditional car you'd want to take breaks and fuel up. I plug it in at a Supercharger and usually there's a restaurant nearby where I grab lunch."</p><p>A Supercharger can recharge a Tesla with up to 200 miles of range in 15 minutes, according to the <a href="https://www.tesla.com/support/charging#:~:text=The%20Tesla%20Supercharger%20is%20the,200%20miles%20in%2015%20minutes.">company's website</a>. A Model 3 standard vehicle delivers an estimated range of about 333 miles, <a href="https://www.tesla.com/model3">according to Tesla.</a> And the carmaker's longest-range vehicle, the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/longest-range-electric-cars-2023-3#2-tesla-model-s-405-miles-20">Model S, can deliver an estimated range </a>of up to 405 miles, the <a href="https://www.tesla.com/models">company says.</a></p>

Some Tesla owners said charging on your road trip isn't too bad if you use it as a natural break to eat lunch or stretch your legs — so long as you're at a Supercharger.

"I stop to charge about every four hours," David Craig, a Model S owner who recently took his Tesla on a 8,500-mile road trip, said. "It's just a natural stopping point. Even if you were driving a traditional car you'd want to take breaks and fuel up. I plug it in at a Supercharger and usually there's a restaurant nearby where I grab lunch."

A Supercharger can recharge a Tesla with up to 200 miles of range in 15 minutes, according to the company's website . A Model 3 standard vehicle delivers an estimated range of about 333 miles, according to Tesla. And the carmaker's longest-range vehicle, the Model S, can deliver an estimated range of up to 405 miles, the company says.

<p>"It requires a lot of planning to take a road trip with an EV," Leonard Zuga, a Model Y owner who plans to take his vehicle on a trip from Ohio to Florida, told Insider. "I use multiple systems, including Tesla's onboard system. I know what hotels and Superchargers I will use before we've even started packing. Every hotel I select is within a few minutes of a Supercharger. If you do not like planning ahead you won't do well as an EV owner."</p><p>Zuga said he's using ChatGPT, and several charge-planning applications, including <a href="https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ev-trip-optimizer-for-tesla/id1124549080">EV Trip Optimizer</a> and <a href="https://www.plugshare.com/">PlugShare</a>, to plan his trip to Florida in addition to the car's internal navigation system. It will be the longest road trip he's taken yet with the vehicle.</p><p>Vizena said he liked to plan ahead using a site called <a href="https://abetterrouteplanner.com/">A Better Route Planner</a>.</p>

Some Tesla owners said it's best to plan where you will charge on the trip well in advance.

"It requires a lot of planning to take a road trip with an EV," Leonard Zuga, a Model Y owner who plans to take his vehicle on a trip from Ohio to Florida, told Insider. "I use multiple systems, including Tesla's onboard system. I know what hotels and Superchargers I will use before we've even started packing. Every hotel I select is within a few minutes of a Supercharger. If you do not like planning ahead you won't do well as an EV owner."

Zuga said he's using ChatGPT, and several charge-planning applications, including EV Trip Optimizer and PlugShare , to plan his trip to Florida in addition to the car's internal navigation system. It will be the longest road trip he's taken yet with the vehicle.

Vizena said he liked to plan ahead using a site called A Better Route Planner .

<p>Brian Loughman, a Model 3 owner, said he typically relies solely on the internal navigation system, which incorporates charging sites into the journey and alerts drivers to which charging sites it predicts will be most efficient and which ones are busier. It's a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-owners-share-perks-best-features-electric-car-ev-2023-7#and-applauded-the-navigation-system-that-guides-them-to-the-best-chargers-4">favorite feature among Tesla owners.</a></p><p>"Hop in the car while connected to your home charger and program the full route into the car," Loughman told Insider over email. "It will tell you where to stop, how low your battery will be when you get there, and how many minutes you'll need to charge before continuing on your route."</p>

Other Tesla owners said they feel comfortable relying solely on the car's internal navigation system.

Brian Loughman, a Model 3 owner, said he typically relies solely on the internal navigation system, which incorporates charging sites into the journey and alerts drivers to which charging sites it predicts will be most efficient and which ones are busier. It's a favorite feature among Tesla owners.

"Hop in the car while connected to your home charger and program the full route into the car," Loughman told Insider over email. "It will tell you where to stop, how low your battery will be when you get there, and how many minutes you'll need to charge before continuing on your route."

<p>"It took me into an Indian reservation, and the path ended at a gate that said, 'Your GPS is wrong, turn around,'" Vizena told Insider of one of his road trips from Houston, Texas, to Los Angeles. "I had to backtrack to the Supercharger 40 miles away and ignore the built-in map."</p>

Though, sometimes the internal navigation system can lead you astray, some Tesla owners said.

"It took me into an Indian reservation, and the path ended at a gate that said, 'Your GPS is wrong, turn around,'" Vizena told Insider of one of his road trips from Houston, Texas, to Los Angeles. "I had to backtrack to the Supercharger 40 miles away and ignore the built-in map."

<p>Vizena told Insider he's avoided taking his Tesla on trips to more rural states like Idaho or Montana. Zuga and Ken Becker, a Model 3 owner, said when they drove through Ohio Superchargers were few and far between. And Duncan said there's some road trips he's had to put off until Tesla's charging network grows more.</p><p>William Scholtz, who rented a Model 3 from Hertz for a cross-country, monthlong trip, said he and his wife weren't able to go to all the places they'd anticipated because they were constrained by a lack of charging options.</p><p>"We planned to visit a friend who farms near Sylvia, Kansas, but it was impossible," Scholtz said. "There are simply no charging stations of any kind that would bring us to his farm and back."</p><p>Scholtz said the couple attempted to trickle-charge at another point in their journey, but it took too long.</p>

Some rural routes you might want to avoid altogether, some Tesla owners said.

Vizena told Insider he's avoided taking his Tesla on trips to more rural states like Idaho or Montana. Zuga and Ken Becker, a Model 3 owner, said when they drove through Ohio Superchargers were few and far between. And Duncan said there's some road trips he's had to put off until Tesla's charging network grows more.

William Scholtz, who rented a Model 3 from Hertz for a cross-country, monthlong trip, said he and his wife weren't able to go to all the places they'd anticipated because they were constrained by a lack of charging options.

"We planned to visit a friend who farms near Sylvia, Kansas, but it was impossible," Scholtz said. "There are simply no charging stations of any kind that would bring us to his farm and back."

Scholtz said the couple attempted to trickle-charge at another point in their journey, but it took too long.

<p>If you have the patience, you can get by with trickle-charging, some Tesla owners said.</p><p>Zuga said he likes to charge his Tesla at RV outlets when he camps. Becker said it makes sense to trickle-charge or use a slower, Level 1 charger, if you're staying in one place for a while.</p><p> A trickle charge can take up to 50 hours or more to bring an EV from empty to 80% of capacity, while a Level 2 charger can do so in four to 10 hours, according to the <a href="https://www.transportation.gov/rural/ev/toolkit/ev-basics/charging-speeds" rel="noopener noreferrer">Department of Transportation.</a></p><p> Insider previously reported that a <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-owner-road-trip-no-chargers-trickle-charging-outlets-2023-7">Model Y owner used a trickle-charge</a> to visit a remote monument in California. "It was only a standard 120V outlet, so we would be trickle charging, not supercharging, but that was sufficient to more than replace, overnight, whatever energy we used on our daily excursions around the Monument," the Model Y owner, Kathleen Goforth said in a <a href="https://www.acterra.org/blog/2023/7/25/all-electric-road-trip">blog post</a> about her road trip.</p>

Even so, It's not the end of the world if you can't find a Supercharger.

If you have the patience, you can get by with trickle-charging, some Tesla owners said.

Zuga said he likes to charge his Tesla at RV outlets when he camps. Becker said it makes sense to trickle-charge or use a slower, Level 1 charger, if you're staying in one place for a while.

 A trickle charge can take up to 50 hours or more to bring an EV from empty to 80% of capacity, while a Level 2 charger can do so in four to 10 hours, according to the Department of Transportation.

Insider previously reported that a Model Y owner used a trickle-charge to visit a remote monument in California. "It was only a standard 120V outlet, so we would be trickle charging , not supercharging, but that was sufficient to more than replace, overnight, whatever energy we used on our daily excursions around the Monument," the Model Y owner, Kathleen Goforth said in a blog post about her road trip.

<p>"If you're in a major hurry to get to your destination an EV might not be the best idea," Scholtz said. "It will take longer to charge than filling up your tank. It will take time to find chargers on your route, and sometimes those chargers take you off a direct route. Also, if you're driving too fast that will only <a href="https://insideevs.com/news/317340/heres-how-speed-impacts-range-of-the-tesla-model-s/#:~:text=At%20a%20constant%20speed%20of,the%20rating%20at%2055%20mph.">decrease your range.</a>"</p>

Don't be in too much of a hurry; just enjoy the journey, some Tesla owners said.

"If you're in a major hurry to get to your destination an EV might not be the best idea," Scholtz said. "It will take longer to charge than filling up your tank. It will take time to find chargers on your route, and sometimes those chargers take you off a direct route. Also, if you're driving too fast that will only decrease your range. "

<p>Some Tesla owners say they've gone years without bringing their EV into a repair shop.</p><p>For comparison, internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles need to have their oil changed every few months, or between <a href="https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a26590646/how-often-to-change-oil/">every 7,500 to 10,000 miles</a>. And older ICE cars require oil changes every 3,000 miles.</p><p>ICE vehicle owners also need to <a href="https://www.caranddriver.com/features/a26407325/when-replace-brake-pads/">replace their brake pads</a> about every 10,000 to 20,000 miles.</p><p>Meanwhile, an electric car will <a href="https://www.tesla.com/support/vehicle-maintenance#:~:text=your%20Tesla%20vehicle.-,Unlike%20gasoline%20cars%2C%20Tesla%20vehicles%20require%20no%20traditional%20oil%20changes,reducing%20wear%20on%20the%20brakes.">never need</a> an oil change, new fuel filter, spark plugs, or emission checks. Similarly, Teslas use <a href="https://www.jdpower.com/cars/shopping-guides/what-is-regenerative-braking">regenerative braking,</a> which means the brake pads <a href="https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1078010341651492865?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1078010341651492865&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fkinja.com%2Fajax%2Finset%2Fiframe%3Fautosize%3D1%26id%3Dtwitter-1078010341651492865">very rarely</a> need to be replaced, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.</p><p><a href="https://www.consumerreports.org/cars/car-repair-maintenance/car-brands-and-models-that-can-save-you-money-over-time-a9081677414/">Consumer Reports</a> found that Teslas were the cheapest cars to own when it comes to costs of repairs and maintenance for the first five years of ownership.</p><p>Many Tesla owners said the only times they visited service centers were for issues that were covered by the carmaker's warranty or for collisions.</p><p>"I've spent about $800 in seven years of owning my Tesla," Robbie Mack, a former Tesla salesman and owner of a Model S, said. "One of the fixes was my fault because I went over a curb."</p>

There are also some perks to taking a Tesla on a road trip. Owners said they have fewer worries about maintenance issues on long trips.

"A lot more can fail on an internal combustion engine," Craig said. "Your biggest worry with a Tesla is that you'll get a flat tire.

Driving a Tesla means no more oil changes, and an EV requires less upkeep overall, according to data from Consumer Reports . 

"With an ICE vehicle there is anxiety about a variety of mechanical things like overheating, engine problems of many kinds, or brake burnout going down major grades or in mountain driving," Duncan said. "A Tesla won't overheat and actually recharges your battery going downhill instead of overheating and wearing out your brakes."

Though, Teslas aren't fully immune to breaks. Vizena said he had to spend an entire road trip with a broken air conditioner in his Tesla and showed a picture where the internal temperature in his car reached 99 degrees.

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Tesla owners also enjoy not having to spend money on gas during long road trips.

As of July, the average electric car owner could save between $1,000 to $1,200 per year in fuel costs as compared to using an EV charger, according to Consumer Reports. The publication found that EV owners will continue to save money in overall operating and maintenance costs as long as the price for gasoline remains above 50 cents per gallon.

"It's hard to explain the glee of driving by a gas station knowing you don't have to worry about the prices anymore," Nelson Jackson, a Model S owner, previously told Insider.

David Craig says all he needs to do is recline his seat, grab a pillow, and put the car in Camp Mode. <a>Courtesy of David Craig</a>

The car can also be ideal for camping, one owner said.

Craig said he used Tesla's Camp Mode  to sleep in his Model S during his 19-day road trip.

The feature lets the car keep a steady temperature in the cabin, as well as proper airflow. You can also listen to music, stream television, turn on lights, or charge devices while the vehicle is in the mode. The  feature , which was introduced in 2021, uses significantly less energy and even has a video of a crackling fire.

It is one of many specialized Tesla features , including Dog Mode and Sentry Mode.

"With a traditional car you'd have to turn it off, it would get cold and you have to turn it back on," Craig said. "In my Tesla, the temperature stays perfect and I'm comfortable all night long."

<p>All Tesla models are equipped with the Autopilot feature, which enables a car to steer, accelerate, and brake automatically within its lane. The function does not replace the role of a driver, but is intended to make driving easier and cut down on accidents. Some drivers can also opt into Tesla's Full Self-Driving software, a beta feature that costs $15,000 — or $199 per month — and allows the vehicle to change lanes, as well as recognize stop lights and stop signs.</p><p>Earlier this year, Model S owner Tim Heckman told Insider the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-driver-road-trip-using-full-self-driving-autopilot-fsd-2023-1">driver assist features were a "lifesaver"</a> on his 6,392-mile road trip.</p><p>"It can be a huge cognitive relief. Long trips can take a mental toll," Heckman said at the time, noting that he'sd used Autopilot on previous road trips and discovered he could drive further without getting tired.</p><p>Zuga told Insider Autopilot is one of several features that he feels make road trips less stressful and safer in a Tesla.</p><p>"Driving that car is a lot less tiring than driving a gas vehicle because of all of the extra driver features like the cameras all around the car and Autopilot," Zuga said. "I can put the blinker on and get a good look of the whole left side and behind and when I'm slowing down and regenerative braking kicks in and you know your tailights are on. It just gives you better situational awareness."</p><p>But, not everyone is sold on the features. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/tesla-autopilot-involved-in-273-car-crashes-nhtsa-adas-data-2022-6?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=yahoo.com" rel="nofollow noopener">investigating Autopilot</a> and its potential connection to several accidents and the California Department of Motor Vehicles has <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/california-bill-tesla-full-self-driving-software-name-marketing-2022-9" rel="">accused the company</a> of falsely advertising its Autopilot and FSD features.</p>

Autopilot and Tesla's Full Self-Driving beta feature are also a major plus for relaxing on the road, some drivers said.

All Tesla models are equipped with the Autopilot feature, which enables a car to steer, accelerate, and brake automatically within its lane. The function does not replace the role of a driver, but is intended to make driving easier and cut down on accidents. Some drivers can also opt into Tesla's Full Self-Driving software, a beta feature that costs $15,000 — or $199 per month — and allows the vehicle to change lanes, as well as recognize stop lights and stop signs.

Earlier this year, Model S owner Tim Heckman told Insider the driver assist features were a "lifesaver" on his 6,392-mile road trip.

"It can be a huge cognitive relief. Long trips can take a mental toll," Heckman said at the time, noting that he'sd used Autopilot on previous road trips and discovered he could drive further without getting tired.

Zuga told Insider Autopilot is one of several features that he feels make road trips less stressful and safer in a Tesla.

"Driving that car is a lot less tiring than driving a gas vehicle because of all of the extra driver features like the cameras all around the car and Autopilot," Zuga said. "I can put the blinker on and get a good look of the whole left side and behind and when I'm slowing down and regenerative braking kicks in and you know your tailights are on. It just gives you better situational awareness."

But, not everyone is sold on the features. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating Autopilot  and its potential connection to several accidents and the California Department of Motor Vehicles has  accused the company  of falsely advertising its Autopilot and FSD features.

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Despite the perks, some road trippers say they'd still rather stick to a traditional vehicle.

Scholtz said he wasn't fully sold on buying a Tesla after he rented one through Hertz for his road trip. He said his experience renting the EV went downhill fast when he had to take it to more rural areas and he faced a lot of stress with the vehicle's range, as well as finding chargers along his route.

"It was nail biting," Scholtz said, adding that while he thinks the Model 3 is a great car it doesn't fit his lifestyle.

"I still prefer my F-150 with its 40 gallon tank that gives me a 700 miles range."

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment ahead of publication.

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