Hiring an electric rental car on holiday

Are you considering a (BB&L) electric rental car for your holiday? The battery of a hybrid car has to be regularly recharged so a long car drive could be a challenge. But, with the proper planning, taking a hybrid car on holiday is certainly possible.

Plan your route in advance

During your holiday, you certainly don’t want any unpleasant surprises. That is why it is important that you plan your holiday well in advance. Because electric autos can only drive as far as one charging of the battery, it is handy to plan your overnight stays not too far from one another.

You will also have to take into account that if you have a roof box or a trailer, your car will use up more energy. Make sure that you always have some reserve fuel in case you come to a charging station is that is out of use. When you make your plans, remember this so that you do not end up on the side of the road with an empty battery.

Drive steady and avoid busy highways

When you maintain a speed of 90 kilometres per hour, you will not only be driving safely but you will also make the most efficient use of your battery. The faster you drive, the quicker you will expend the battery’s energy. If possible, set your cruise control so that you maintain consistent tempo.

Busy traffic days with lots of cars on the road are also not very conducive to saving energy. Try to avoid days like ‘Black Saturday’ in Europe when there are so many cars on the road and pick a calmer day to travel.

Check the charging systems available in the country of your holiday destination

There (still) isn’t an international universal system in place when it comes to charging electric cars. That is why you must check the available charging systems of your holiday destination as well as those of all the countries you will drive through. Every country has different connections, cables and adaptors. This is also true for the various charging cards you can use to recharge your battery.

Take the eco route

Your GPS navigation will always offer you a choice: the fastest, shortest route or the eco route. Always choose the eco route. This route may take a little longer, but it will be the most energy-sufficient for sure!


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