The ski season is already underway and many people are planning their next get-away to the mountains. In Catalonia, we are proud of our well-equipped ski resorts and direct access to Andorra’s breath-taking mountains and so it is a constant temptation to head for the snow each weekend or bank holiday.
If you are considering a quick trip to the ski slopes, several factors need to be taken into account: the climate, state of the snow, accommodation and, needless to say, the transport. Although up until now, any medium-length trip in an electric car was an impossibility, increasing developments have been made in electric mobility and today you can plan a ski trip to the Catalan Pyrenees or to Andorra and travel by electric car. How? By planning the trip thoroughly in order to set your mind at rest:
1. Can I charge my electric car on the way to the mountains?
Yes, you can. By way of an example, on the route from Barcelona to Andorra, there are two strategically located charge points: one in Aviá (at no. 22 Avinguda de Pau Casals), near to Berga, and another in Seu d’Urgell (in Passeig de Joan Brudieu). The one in Seu d’Urgell is also a good stop-off point if you are travelling to Cerdanya.
If, on the other hand, you are heading toward Vall de Núria, you can stop on the way to charge the car in Ripoll (in Carrer de Berenguer el Vell).
Meanwhile, almost all hotels in Catalonia have a plug suitable for charging your car since they tend to use them to charge electric bus accessories.
For further information about the location of charge points in Catalonia, click here to see the Catalonia Institute for Energy’s map.
2. How long will the journey take?
With more technologically advanced lithium batteries, vehicles have a range of between 200 and 250 km, which is about the equivalent of two hours without stopping.
Bearing this in mind, it is important to plan all necessary stop-overs, depending on the route you intend to take and the available types of charge points.
In the case of semi-fast charge points, you will need an hour to charge the car. If, on the other hand, it is a fast charge point, your car will be ready in 10 minutes. All electric cars, whatever the make, can be charged at a fast charge point, using a Chademo, CCS or Mennekes connector.
3. Could low temperatures reduce the car’s range?
When you plan a trip to the mountains, you inevitably worry about how the low temperatures might affect your car, regardless of whether it is powered by fossil fuels or electricity. Fortunately, leading car manufacturers have already taken this into account and some, like Nissan, offer a “winter package”, which replaces conventional heating with a heated steering wheel and seats in order to save on energy. This means that you can keep warm in your car without worrying about running down the battery.
As you can see, a weekend trip to the mountains in your electric car is easier than it might seem. It is just a question of planning the trip well, taking into account the route you will need to follow and the charge times. After that, you can concentrate on enjoying your break.