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Electrify Your Summer Road Trip: Tips for a Smooth Ride and a Jolt of Fun!

A road trip in summer days always brings the promise of adventure and scenic landscapes.

Picture this: you're behind the wheel of your sleek, emission-free Electric vehicles (EVs), gliding effortlessly past traffic as you soak in the summer vibes. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, with a little planning and a dash of adventure, it can be your reality!

·       Monitor Battery Range

·       Stay in the EV Loop


1.    Plan Your Charging Stops

First things first, let's talk preparation. Just like any road trip, a bit of planning goes a long way. One of the perks of driving an EV is the convenience of charging stations popping up like mushrooms after rain. But hey, let's not get too confident. It's always a good idea to map out your charging stops along the way.

Check out NZ EV's website or apps for a handy map of charging stations across the country. Trust me; you'll thank me later when you're sipping on your iced coffee while your EV powers up.

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2.    Double-check Charging Station Compatibility:

Alright, before you hit the road in your zippy EV, make sure it's on good terms with the charging stations along your route. Not all charging stations are created equal, so check if your EV can cozy up to Level 1, Level 2, or DC fast chargers.

You can find this info in your vehicle's manual or by consulting the manufacturer's online resources. No awkward charging station encounters here!



3.    Monitor Battery Range:

Now, let's talk about range anxiety – the electric road tripper's equivalent of running out of snacks before reaching your destination. But fear not, my fellow adventurers! With the advancements in EV technology, range anxiety is becoming a thing of the past.

Modern EVs boast impressive ranges, allowing you to go the distance without breaking a sweat. Just remember to factor in charging time during your pit stops and keep an eye on your battery range, and you'll be cruising carefree in no time. A Better Route Planner (ABRP) can help you identify charge stations and simulate battery usage along your chosen routes.

4.    Keep Your Cool – Literally:

‘It's not just running a vehicle that can cause temperatures to rise. The process of charging itself can also cause batteries to overheat’. — Caroline Christie, HERE.

The sizzle of summer - great for BBQs, not so great for batteries. With the summer sun blazing down, it's time to show your EV's battery some love. Keep it cool!

Charging time = chill time. Park your electric ride in the shade whenever you can to avoid a meltdown. Charge your vehicle when temperatures are cooler and at a moderate pace to a mid-range level. Take it easy on the throttle while driving. Slow and steady wins the race!

And hey, don't forget to give your EV a little pre-cool session before hitting the open road. After all, nobody likes a hot-headed battery, especially during a summer joyride.

5.    Emergency Preparedness – EV Style:

Let's face it – life's full of surprises, even on the smoothest road trips. So, pack your EV with all the emergency essentials like a roadside kit, portable charger, a backup cable, tyre repair gear, and of course, snacks and hydration for those unexpected pit stops. Familiarise yourself with roadside assistance services offered by your EV manufacturer or service providers – you never know when you might need a superhero rescue!

At TESTntel, we've got you covered for first aid kit maintenance and planning across New Zealand, in partnership with Red Cross! Our collaboration brings you a diverse array of first aid kits tailored for your office, home, vehicle, or boat.


6.    Stay in the EV Loop:

Stay in the know about all things EV-related, folks! Subscribe to newsletters, stalk reputable EV blogs and forums, and crash EV events like a pro. Get the scoop on the latest tech updates, charging infrastructure, and driving regulations. And hey, don't forget to give your EV some love with regular software updates for that extra oomph in performance and safety features. Knowledge is power, my friends!

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7.    Celebrate the Journey:

And there you have it, folks – your ultimate guide to planning an electric roadie around summer traffic. With a bit of preparation, a sprinkle of adventure, and a whole lot of fun, your summer road trip is bound to be one for the books. So, buckle up, hit the road, and let the summer adventures begin! 🚗💨

Oh, and before you hit the road, remember this: at TESTntel, we've got your back with our top-notch electric car charger inspection servicesOur crack team of technicians will give your charger the once-over, ensuring it's all systems go for a smooth charging experience.

TESTntel Auckland (Head Office) 4 Kitson Place, Saint Johns

Feel free to reach out to us via email at or give us a ring at 0800 837 8824 for a FREE QUOTE – we'll be happy to help!


IEA (2023), Global EV Outlook 2023, IEA, Paris, Licence: CC BY 4.0

Caroline, C. (2023, July 5). How does hot weather affect electric cars? 


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