Electric driving

Electric driving
Going on long trips

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.

Before hitting the open road

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. An excellent tool to do so is A Better Route Planner (ABRP), available online, as a mobile app and 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.

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Battery-friendly route planning on the go

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.

AC and DC charging

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 municipalities tend to provide slower AC chargers, more suitable for a longer parking period.

Over 280,000 charging points across Europe

As more and more people are switching to EVs, the number of charging points is growing rapidly. At present, there are over 280,000 public charging locations in Europe alone, ranging from motorway service stations to city-owned parking spaces.

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Save travel time by charging twice

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.

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