Electric driving


Modern, high-capacity EVs like Polestar 2 are perfectly suitable for road trips. A stop or two along the way is all that’s required.

Modern, high-capacity EVs like Polestar 2 are perfectly suitable for road trips. A stop or two along the way is all that’s required.

Being new to electric driving can mean being unfamiliar with the surrounding charging infrastructure. But even seasoned EV drivers make a habit of planning ahead and checking the charging options en route. There are excellent tools to do so, available online, as a mobile app,  or even as an in-car app for Polestar 2. It shows suitable public chargers based on make and model, includes stopovers if required, and allows you to check for restaurants, toilets, and other facilities.

Once the trip is underway, Google Maps is the route planner of choice. Just enter a destination, and it will display charging points along the way, optimised for getting to your destination as fast as possible. The integrated version that comes standard with Polestar 2 even checks the battery level and plans the route and charging stops accordingly.

Chargers on the road differ from those at the destination. En route, most charging stations offer fast DC chargers capable of charging a battery up to 80% in around half an hour. Hotels, holiday parks, conference centres and other locations tend to provide slower AC chargers, more suitable for a longer parking period.

As more and more people are switching to EVs, the number of charging points is growing rapidly. The Australian Government has also committed to expanding the network of public chargers, rapidly improving the currently available infastricture across freeways, service stations and other locations.

On long trips, it is faster to stop twice, charging to 80% each time, than to stop once for a full charge. This is because the final 20% capacity of a lithium-ion battery charges at a much slower rate.

Polestar © 2022 All rights reserved
Change location: