Taking an electric car on holiday, how exactly do you do it?

The electric car is gaining more and more popularity. Its range is now good enough for ordinary daily use and commuting. But can you take it on a trip just like that? Often yes, but it requires a bit more preparation.

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Especially in these Covid times, car holidays have become the way to travel. With the car running on traditional fuel, this is no problem, petrol stations are everywhere. And thanks to the uniform fuel labels that have been mandatory across the whole of Europe since 2018, you shouldn’t be too scared at the pump to fill up with the wrong fuel either.

With the electric car, this is not always so obvious. Of course, a lot also depends on your car and your destination. If you only have a radius of a good 150 km, it becomes more difficult, but the newer electric cars can handle more and then a car holiday in Europe is certainly doable.

Consider your destination

So besides the radius, the destination is also important. The number of charging points is growing in Europe, currently you can already find more than 200,000 charging points all over Europe. But the numbers in Western Europe & Scandinavia are significantly higher than those in Southern and Eastern Europe.

So besides the radius, the destination is also important. The number of charging points is growing in Europe, currently you can already find more than 200,000 charging points spread all over Europe. But the numbers in Western Europe & Scandinavia are still significantly higher than those in Southern and Eastern Europe.

So it is important to know where you can refuel anywhere on your route. And also be sure to check whether you can refuel at your destination. While public charging stations are not yet abundant in southern Europe, many hotels and B&Bs have already provided solutions. For your itinerary, check this handy site to see where you can go, and you can also charge at all these stations with our MAES Hybrid Card. It is also important to check whether you have brought the right plug, as this can sometimes differ.