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Long Trips Made Easy

Planning Travel Along New England’s EV Charging Corridors

Are you planning a road trip in your EV, but are unsure about the logistics? Don’t worry, it’s simpler than you might think! With the tips in this article, you can easily plan amazing road trips and make plenty of fun memories for years to come.

The amount of planning you’ll actually need to do changes slightly depending on your vehicle. For example, if your vehicle is a plug-in hybrid, you won’t need to charge along your route, but can still use the battery to get around at your destination, using the local charging network.  Learn more about the types of EVs

For a full BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle) there is an ever-growing network of DC Fast chargers (also known as Level 3 stations) available to all EVs, being installed at convenient locations around the northeast. This includes the Tesla only SuperCharger network, and other networks that work for any vehicle such as ChargePoint, Electrify America and EVgo.  For an overnight recharge, many resorts and hotels offer Level 2 charging so that you’re ready to go somewhere new and exciting each day  “Full” of electric “fuel”. That said, it’s important to do a little pre-planning on your route to ensure there is charging on the way, and at your final destination.

Here’s what you need to know…

Before you travel – as easy as 1-2-3!:

  1. Use online resources and mobile apps to help plan your route/trip.
  2. Have some backup stations/charging sites in mind just in case.
  3. Remember to fully charge your car before you leave.

Websites/apps like Chargeway, PlugShare, and Chargepoint make it easy to comfortably plan your route and find convenient charging ready accommodations.  Just click on the app and review the map to locate these EV resources in the areas you will travel to.

Begin your journey!

From the Boston region, there are various weekend destinations that your trip might take you. Here are some of the most common routes that have established charging stations for their highway corridors.

New Hampshire is quickly advancing its charging infrastructure along its highway routes to make the long trips for its EV drivers from out of state a smooth and stress-free process.

New Hampshire aims to connect around 400 miles of busy routes across the state, from the White Mountains to the Seacoast and beyond.  The specific corridors include:

  • Interstate I-93 from the MA/NH border to the white mountains and eventually VT
  • I-89 from Concord to Vermont
  • Route 1 along the NH Coast and into ME.
  • Route 16 to take you to the NH Lakes
  • An east-west route from I-93 to the Seacoast, either Route 4 or Route 101

Charging for the highway corridor heading to western MA is available on the following routes:

  • Plenty along I-90 corridor from Boston to the Stockbridge near the NY border
  • For Route 2/202 Leominster is the last Level 3 location before reaching Amherst, MA

One of the most established corridors to date, the Boston – NYC highways are booming with level 3 charging. Here are some of the routes where you can easily find charging every 20 miles or less.

  • I-95 from Boston to NYC
  • I-84 from Boston to NYC via I-90
  • I-91 from Central MA to NYC

Heading towards upstate NY or VT? There are many established routes with fast charging available:

  • I-87 through I-90
  • Through I-88 or 90 one your way to I-81 (Charging is a little more scarce along the 88 Route as of current)

Whether you travel North to the Mountains and Lakes, south to other cities, or west out to the country, charging your EV as you travel will often equal the time it takes to take a break from the road and grabbing a bite to eat. You could stop at a mall or a rest stop, or spend the night in a nice hotel or inn where you’ll get a full charge overnight. You can charge as you pick up some groceries for your vacation home and refuel your car without missing a beat. With an EV, travel as you always have except now the journey is more comfortable in your quiet, smooth, and responsive ride.

If you have any questions about the different ways to plan your trip, or what apps to use, or want help understanding how your EV charges, reach out to us at ev@ene.org or call us at 1-833-443-8363.

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