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Driving thousands of miles in an electric car is par for the @Plug and Play EV course at this point, but doing so during the busiest travel period of the year at a time when complaints about the public charging infrastructure abound? That’s our kind of challenge!
This road report takes us from Boston, MA to southwest Pennsylvania and back over four days, for a Thanksgiving trip to see family and spend some time in Pittsburgh. Along the way, we consider the many benefits of destination charging, flexible EV route planning, as well as stress-testing some of the common complaints about major charge point operators in the US.
This trip was completed in our 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 AWD, which doesn’t yet have the battery preconditioning feature en oute to fast chargers. I5 owners who purchased after June/July 2022 should have this feature available, while we early owners await confirmation from Hyundai as to when the required firmware update will be available from US dealerships. That could come as soon as January 2023, which would be valuable as winter temperatures really start to take hold.
As it happens on this trip, temps in the 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit range only slightly extended our fast charge session times. So this isn’t the cold weather road trip test we had expected and we actually saw our best charge rate yet on this trip with 241kW in State College, PA… so much for #coldgate!
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