Meanwhile there are many charging stations for electric cars, special Tesla’s, in Europe and North America. But they are split in simple stations where the charging process takes a long time and supercharging stations in which the full charge is very fast. Depending on how much time you have on your travels for food or stay overnight, you can schedule the loading times. Often this works quite well and you hardly notice a difference between a journey with a car with combustion engine or an electric car. Nevertheless, wouldn’t it be good if you have a trip planner that can specify exactly where charging stations with which capacity are? So that you could decide the fastest way with your EV? We have now found a route planner – the EV Trip Planner. The data used in the EV Trip Planner is provided by Tesla, or other EV, drivers who participate with the system. They can add and alter stations, make notices about the actuality and other things. As a result, the base and overall information grows very fast. We have informed Tesla that there is this great route planner and it could be in the future that the EV Trip Planner gets its data directly from Tesla. Because it is really good.
Now let’s introduce you to this EV Trip Planner
If you call up the homepage of the EV Trip Planner https://www.evtripplanner.com, you can choose between two continents or the EV Trip Planner recognizes on it’s own which continent you are on. In our case, it automatically switches to Europe. The second continent is North America. On the loading card there are various buttons with which you can call various functions. With the button “Simple Console” you can call up a normal menu with which you can navigate through the pages. There are various pages on which e.g. The EV Trip Planner will be introduced as an app, a board for discussion or you can upload your Tesla logfile to help the system. On some pages the models of Tesla are discussed or different calculation models presented. The key menu item for most visitors is “Route Energy Planner”. On this page you can plan your route. And that is really easy and offers lot’s of possibilities. Even changes to the routes can be done easily. EV Trip Planner accesses Google Maps, MapQuest, Open Charge Map and NREL developers API in the background.
The window is divided into two sections. In the left column you can enter the places of your route. Underneath you can specify your Tesla model and can change various parameters. On the right you can see the map with the planned route and the charging stations along the way. Above are different menus. For us Europeans the tab “Settings” is important. Because there you can change the units and change the radius of the charging stations. Set the unit system to “Metric” and Charger Radius to e.g. 5 (5 km). You can see immediately how the values change in the left column. Fahrenheit becomes Celsius, etc. Now you set the values in the left window. We give e.g. behind A: Zurich on and B: Venice. We choose the Tesla Model from e.g. S P90D (19 “tires), which will change the cabin temperature to 22 ° C and the outside temperature to -5 ° C. Since we want to travel with two men and luggage, we declare 200 kg on payload. If you only want to load the battery to 85 % (this saves time), set Initial Charge to 85 and leave Buffer Charge at 15.
Now we can calculate the route
By clicking on the blue button “Route Thru Superchargers” the system starts to calculate the best route for a Tesla on this route and displays it in the right window. In the maps, the system now displays the route with start and finish as well as a stopover in St. Moritz to recharge. The Supercharge stations are shown on the map by default in white. You can see that there are stations in Zurich, Bad Ragaz, St. Moritz, Verona and Venice. If a Supercharge station appears green on the route, it means you can easily make it to this point with your EV. Values for the calculated route are displayed on the left. The driving distance, the driving time, the loading time, the total route time, the total energy consumed, the consumption per kilometer driven and the height difference. The route can also be downloaded as a CSV file.
There are driver assistance systems in which you can then read this route and you are guided through the navigation system. The route from Zurich to Venice via St. Moritz is now very easy. But suppose we want to go on the way back through Bolzano and Merano and then through the Lower Engadine. To plan this, you can simply enter more stations to the route. Simply click on the white cross behind the blue button to calculate the route and another input window for a station appears. There I enter Meran and recalculate the route. Immediately you can see that a completely different route is calculated. St. Moritz was removed and the route goes over the highway to Venice. This is because there is no supercharging station on the route to Merano and we have “not” selected any other station.
But I do not want that. So add an intermediate step with St. Moritz. Incidentally, you can change the fields with the names arbitrarily in the order in which you simply move them with the mouse to another location. By the way, in the legend, on the map you can show the normal charging stations. You can also select simple charging stations and add them to the route. So you can change your route as you like using the charging stations. In the right window, the new values are displayed immediately. So you can easily plan to stay somewhere and load there.
Where the Tesla’s go?
In an overview, EV Trip Planner shows where the Teslas are going. Using the numbers and colors, you can see where most of the routes are from Tesla vehicles. Very exciting.