Almost 10% of Americans own at least one electric car, and that number is sure to increase.
While the EV market in the U.S. hasn’t taken hold as fast as other countries, it’s still growing. If you have an electric vehicle or are considering one, you might be worrying about some of the practical aspects.
For instance, what would you do if you ran out of power? This is a legitimate concern. Keep reading to learn all about what to do when your EV runs out of power.
Pay Attention to EV Battery Warnings
You’ll be glad to know that you get notified of a low EV battery well ahead of time. You never have to worry about the vehicle suddenly losing all power.
When you receive a warning, locate the nearest charging location. There are plenty of apps that can help you with this task, including Google Maps. Familiarize yourself with charging stations near your work and home, but depending on where you are, this may be more difficult than you expect.
While more and more charging stations are being installed in many locations, there still aren’t as many of them as, say, gas stations. If you want a full EV battery charge before a trip, you should invest in a home charging station. This makes life with an EV vastly more convenient.
Towing Your EV
Without any EV charging station nearby, your only course of action may involve a tow. The tow truck can either take you to a charging station or bring your vehicle back home.
Before you call a towing company, be sure to do a bit of research so that you can rest easy knowing your vehicle is in good hands. The last thing you’d want is for someone to damage it due to negligence or for some other accident to occur.
AAA used to offer emergency charging services that you could use to get to an official charging station yourself, but they phased this service out due to a lack of popularity. However, as more people invest in electric cars, it’s possible a service like this could come back.
An AAA competitor could even bring out a similar service before that business does.
No Power, No Problem
Knowing what to do when your EV runs out of power ensures you’re back on the road with a full charge in no time. Afterward, you can be more careful about your travel distance versus the amount of charge you have left.
If you’re not getting as much distance out of your electric car as you’d like, it might be time to install a brand-new electric charging station in your home. Our team of experienced electricians can offer you a wide range of solutions, including installation and repairs. Contact us today.