For sure!! And we encourage use of Zevvy EVs for long trips and vacations! Not only can your car can help you plan an efficient route and tell you which hotels and campsites offer charging equipment, but the more EVs folks see out on the highways and at campsites, the more the American public will accept EVs as a mainstream technology that works for everyone's lifestyles and needs.
We have tons more to share on road trippin' with an EV in our blog.
EVs are charged with "electric vehicle servicing equipment (EVSE)," a fancy term for one of those pistol-grip shaped jobbies that plugs into the car's charge port. Think of it as a gas nozzle that doesn't drip smelly, toxic liquid. They come in three "flavors":
Level 1, which plugs into a 110-volt wall outlet and takes a long time to charge (about 5 miles of charge per hour)
Level-2, which plugs into a 240-volt outlet (like for a clothes dryer or stove) and can charge an EV from zero to 80 percent capacity in 6-10 hours
DC Fast Charger (DCFC) or Tesla Supercharger, which are found at public charging stations and can charge an EV from zero to 80 percent capacity in 20 to 60 minutes.
Learn more about charging an EV on Zevvy's dedicated Charging page, or by checking out these blog posts:
EVs have two batteries, believe it or not! One is the big traction battery, and the other is a smaller 12-volt battery that needs periodic replacement (basically the same battery as any gas-powered car uses to run the lights and radio, but EVs have lots of computers and other equipment that run while the car is parked to manage the battery, process over-the-air software updates and more).
Your owner's manual or manufacturer's customer service hotline is the best resource for information on getting the most out of your car's big traction battery. The general consensus among EV owners is to not charge to 100 percent unless you're going on a long trip, to not let the battery discharge below 20 percent too often, and to only occasionally use a fast charger. Also, EV owners would remind you that modern EV batteries are designed with you and your busy, real-world life in mind! Being hyper-careful will likely not make a huge difference in battery life and performance over the long-term.
Oil changes? Valve adjustments? Timing belts? Spark plugs? Nope, nope, nope and nope. They're all just (bad) memories for EV owners. Plus, most components in an EV are designed to last the life of the car. Even brake pads can last hundreds of thousands of miles thanks to regenerative braking, a feature of most EVs (learn more about "regen" here). Tires require some additional considerations (check out our blog article on EVs and tires here), and things like washer fluid, brake fluid and battery coolant do need to be checked and changed periodically -- but that's it! And the lack of maintenance needed on EVs equals more savings for you.
It depends on the EV! It can be anywhere from a top speed of 80 mph and 60 miles of range, to a top speed of over 150 mph and 400 miles of range. Like any other product, it's all about how much you want to spend and what your needs are. However, even a lower-priced EV like the Chevrolet Bolt can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds, has a (limited) top speed of 92 mph and can go 259 miles on a single charge.