How To Best Prepare An EV For A Summer Road Trip

How To Best Prepare An EV For A Summer Road Trip

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Preparing your electric vehicle (EV) for a summer road trip requires some consideration for charging convenience and ensuring a smooth journey. Here's an overview of items and preparations you should bring along to make charging easier on long drives

Charging Cables

Ensure you have the appropriate charging cables for your EV. Most EVs come with a Level 1 charging cable that can plug into a standard household outlet. However, for faster charging, you might want to invest in a J1772 Level 2 charging cable that can be used with public charging stations or at certain accommodations.

Rexing offers extension cables that can extend your charging reach up to 17ft that can be used at various charging stations and locations for both Tesla and non-Tesla electric vehicles. 

Charging Adapters

Depending on your destination, you may encounter different types of charging outlets. It's helpful to have an assortment of charging adapters to be able to connect to various charging stations. Common adapters include NEMA 14-50 (for RV parks and certain public stations), J1772 (standard Level 2 charging), and CHAdeMO or CCS (for DC fast charging).

Our charging adapters are made to provide easy and convenient charging on-the-go for Tesla and J1772 vehicles alike. 

Charging Apps or Navigation Tools

Download apps or use navigation tools that provide information about nearby charging stations. Some popular ones include PlugShare, ChargePoint, and Electrify America. These apps can help you locate charging stations, check availability, and even provide real-time status updates.

Charging Station Memberships or Payment Cards

Consider signing up for charging networks or obtaining payment cards for access to their charging stations. Some networks require membership or specific cards for payment. Having these in advance will save time and ensure a seamless charging experience.

Portable Charging Options

Carry a portable EV charger or an EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) that can be used with various outlets. This can be handy in situations where the charging infrastructure is limited, or you need to rely on alternative power sources.

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Maps and Route Planning

Plan your route in advance, taking into account the availability of charging stations along the way. Consider mapping out charging stops at regular intervals, ensuring you have access to charging options when needed. Be aware of potential congestion or high-traffic areas to avoid unnecessary delays.

Pre-Trip Vehicle Maintenance

Before embarking on a long journey, ensure your EV is in good condition. Check the tire pressure, coolant levels, and overall battery health. If any maintenance is required, address it beforehand to minimize the chances of unexpected issues during your trip.


It’s important to keep your devices fully charged, so you can access your favorite music and navigation apps while traveling. But, with multiple people and smartphones or tablets you’re sure to have a jumbled mess of charging cables. 

We offer a sleek docking station that fits comfortably in the center console of your Tesla. This way, you can keep all your wires organized and have quick and easy access to all your favorite devices while traveling. 

Additional Accessories

Bring a few extra items to enhance your comfort and convenience during the trip. These may include a portable phone charger, a smartphone mount for easy navigation access, a sunshade for the windshield, and a travel cooler for keeping refreshments cool.

Remember, while EV charging infrastructure has been expanding, it's still important to plan ahead and anticipate potential charging delays. Research charging options along your route and have backup plans in case certain stations are occupied or unavailable. A well-prepared road trip will help you enjoy a smooth and enjoyable journey with your electric vehicle.