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Smooth Cruising: Tips for Taking a Road Trip in Your EV Vehicle


In recent years, the rise of electric vehicles (EVs) has transformed the way we think about transportation. With their eco-friendly design and smooth performance, EVs have become increasingly popular choices for drivers looking to hit the road with a greener footprint. And what better way to truly experience the freedom of electric driving than by embarking on a road trip?

At Baldwin Subaru, we understand the excitement and adventure that comes with taking your Subaru Solterra all-electric vehicle on a journey. That's why we've compiled a list of essential tips to ensure your road trip is as smooth and enjoyable as possible:


1. Plan Your Route Carefully: Unlike traditional gas-powered vehicles, EVs require strategic planning when it comes to charging stations. Before you set out, map your route and identify charging stations along the way. With the 2024 Subaru Solterra's improved DC Fast Charging capability, you can now charge from 10% to 80% in about 35 minutes, about half the time as the previous model. Utilize apps like PlugShare or the built-in navigation system in your EV to find charging points conveniently located along your route.


2. Charge Before You Go: Start your road trip with a full charge to maximize your driving range. Thanks to faster cold-weather charging, the Solterra can charge two times faster at 32 degrees and four times faster at 14 degrees. Consider charging your EV overnight or before you depart to ensure you have enough power to reach your first destination without any range anxiety.


3. Pack Light: Every extra pound in your vehicle can impact its energy efficiency and driving range. Pack only the essentials for your road trip to minimize weight and optimize your EV's performance.


4. Drive Efficiently: To conserve energy and extend your driving range, practice eco-friendly driving habits such as gentle acceleration, maintaining a steady speed, and anticipating stops. Utilize regenerative braking whenever possible to capture energy and recharge your EV's battery.


5. Know Your EV's Limits: Familiarize yourself with your EV's specific driving range and charging capabilities. Be mindful of factors that can affect range, such as weather conditions, terrain, and driving speed, and plan your route accordingly.


6. Take Breaks Strategically: Use rest stops and meal breaks as opportunities to recharge both yourself and your EV. With access to over 46,000 public charging stations through the EVgo Charging Network, including super-fast Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations, you can top up your Solterra’s battery while you take a break.


7. Be Flexible: While careful planning is essential, it's also important to remain flexible during your road trip. Unexpected detours, traffic delays, or changes in weather conditions may require adjustments to your itinerary. Stay informed about charging station availability and be prepared to adapt your plans as needed.


8. Stay Connected: Keep tabs on your EV's charging status using the vehicle's mobile app or dashboard display. Many EVs offer real-time updates on battery level, range estimation, and nearby charging stations, allowing you to stay informed and make informed decisions while on the road.


9. Enjoy the Journey: Above all, remember to enjoy the journey! Road trips are about more than just reaching your destination—they're an opportunity to explore new places, connect with loved ones, and create lasting memories. Embrace the unique experience of traveling in your EV and savor every moment along the way.


Whether you're embarking on a cross-country adventure or simply exploring the open road, these tips will help you make the most of your road trip in your EV vehicle. At Baldwin Subaru, we're proud to support eco-conscious drivers on their journey towards a more sustainable future. Happy travels!

To learn more about the 2024 Subaru Solterra, contact the Baldwin Subaru Sales Department at 1730 N Hwy 190 Covington, LA 70433.