6 tips for a carefree EV holiday
Going on a holiday abroad with your EV may be new to you. Thanks to Shell Recharge's extensive charging network, you can easily find charge points on the road. But what else is involved in such a long drive? Get started with our 6 helpful tips.
Plan your route
When going abroad, you'll drive many hundreds of kilometres in one day. Despite the fact that we now give access to a charging network in Europe of over 300,000 public charge points, we recommend that you check where you can charge along the way, prior to your holiday. You can plan your charge stops in advance through the Shell Recharge app. When you find a suitable charge point, you can then mark them as favourites and navigate to them through the app.
Is your EV capable of charging faster than 50kW? Then make use of the filtering functionality and refine your search for fast chargers. Another great tip is to use the "A Better Routeplanner", a tool that indicates the best places to charge along your route. It will also show useful details such as the predicted remaining battery level at the point you reach the charge point and how much time any given charge will take. In other words: it can tell you how long you'll have for a coffee break. To use a Shell Recharge fast charger at a Shell forecourt, in the app, simply filter for Shell Recharge as your preferred network. This way you'll arrive at your destination even sooner.
Check the status of charge points
Nothing is more annoying than having to wait for an occupied charge point. But you can check this in the Shell Recharge app. Get your passenger to check the status of your chosen charge point right before you arrive. Here, you can immediately see what the session will cost, too. Are you planning to fast charge? Then, it is smart to select a location that has multiple fast chargers available, especially when there is a lot of holiday traffic. Do you want to be certain of the reliability of a charge point? Chargemap is another great tool. Here, other EV drivers share their experiences. Where most charge points always work trouble-free, it sometimes happens that a charge point has issues more frequently.
In the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom, your Shell Recharge charge card will enable you to charge with set tariffs. This provides you with some pricing certainty. Are you planning to charge in a different country? Then always check the tariff prior to charging. In some countries, as well as paying for the energy that you use, a minute fee could also apply. This prevents other EV drivers from unnecessarily occupying the charging spot. Something to keep in mind to move your EV when you’ve got enough charge. Sometimes, charging can be even cheaper: at some supermarkets for example, you can charge for free! A great excuse to get some ice creams on the way.
Verify your charge card
It might sound obvious, but make sure to add your charge card to your holiday checklist. Ensure you have your charge card available and registered at least two weeks before you leave and check at a local public charge point to make sure it works to avoid surprises on the way. If you drive a leased car, check with your leasing company if you can charge abroad. It can be smart to take an extra charge card with you, for when you lose it or that unexpected problems arise. At more and more charge points you can now charge without a charge card by scanning a QR code, we call this ad-hoc charging, or pay via contactless. At some of the charge points in our network, it is even possible to start and stop charging sessions through the Shell Recharge app, you can find these chargers by filtering on 'App-activated chargers'.
Don't take the risk
It might be tempting to drive as long as you can, to reach your destination sooner, but this is not recommended. Don't take the risk and stop to charge before you really really need it, when the battery is around 10-20%. At that level, it is also still possible to head to a different charge point if your first choice is occupied or faulty. That way, range anxiety is mostly averted. Driving to your holiday, you’ll often have a higher energy usage than normal. Especially when you drive with a full boot of luggage, roof box or bike rack. Also with higher gradients, as well as speeds above 110km/h you need more energy. Driving in the mountains can however save you energy; by taking your foot off the accelerator pedal and by using your brakes you’ll regenerate energy back and immediately benefit from the additional power.
Charge at your destination
Make it easy on yourself by charging at places you plan to stop at. Research beforehand if your pit-stops and final destination has charging facilities. That way, you can start your day fully recharged and won’t lose time seeking a charge en route. Energy is almost everywhere, so if you have plenty of time it is almost always possible to charge. For emergencies, take a 3-pin-plug with you to be able to charge at 230 Volt and bring an extension cord as well. If necessary, change the charging speed of the car and always check with the owner of the location if you are allowed to charge.
And don't forget: you're on holiday! No one likes rushing, so relax knowing you’ve planned your charges and enjoy the ride from the moment you leave.
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Frequently asked questions about charging abroad
The Shell Recharge app and charge card give you access to over 250,000 charge points throughout Europe. As Shell Recharge we have our own charge points, but we also grow our network by enabling charging at other charge point operators. This is called ‘interoperability’, which works very similarly to using your mobile phone whilst abroad. However, not all charge point providers are part of this network, which is why you won’t have access to all charge points. When charge point operators connect in the future, they will automatically be shown in the app.
Our Shell Recharge charging network spans across entire Europe, you can charge at over 35 countries, from Norway to Italy. We've listed them below. You can find all connected charge points in our Shell Recharge app. Simply type in the country of your choice and see where charge points are located. Please note that some charge points only work with the QR code. Albania
Isle of Man
If you have a lease card, your lease company may send you a bill for charging abroad afterwards. We recommend checking this with your lease company prior to travel. If you have a private charge card you can charge abroad as long as your bank account details are connected to the card.
In the Shell Recharge app, you can see if the charge point is available. If it is, a green checkmark icon is shown.
Charging tariffs can vary between countries and providers. Some countries/operators charge a kWh-fee ,a transaction fee and possibly also a minute fee. To avoid surprises, we recommend checking the prices upfront. If you select the charge point of your choice in the Shell Recharge app, the actual tariffs can be found at charge point info. Read more about public charging tariffs.
You will get an invoice for every country you've charged in, as local VAT applies. For example, if you’ve charged in three countries during your holiday, then you will receive three invoices.
Open the Shell Recharge app. Apply the filters and see what charge points are available on the route you will travel. Click on the charge point you plan to charge and click the star to save it to your favourites. Do this for all charge points on your route. When you are about to leave, go to the favourite charge point section and click the first charging stop. In the top, underneath the address, click on 'Directions', next to the navigation icon. If you click on this, your phone asks you to open either Google or Apple Maps. Select Google Maps, and it will open and navigate you to your charge point.
Once you complete charging at your first stop, open the Shell Recharge app again and select the next charging stop in your list of favourites and start the same process again until you arrive at your destination.