The more important thing to do is to befriend Google Maps. If you plan all your destinations within 25 to 30 miles from your home, then you are usually safe, especially if you can shift some of the miles from the highway to slower streets. Google Maps allows you to put in your starting point and your destination and determine the length of the best routes to get there. (Many smart phones offer this feature as well.) I can travel beyond 30 miles when I have access to a charging station at or near my destination. But then I need to allow time to recharge the battery. A full charge takes a little more than six hours. I can get about one third of a charge in two hours (good for 20 miles), which can extend my driving range to roughly 80 miles, or points 40 miles away, without too much inconvenience.
|The approximate safe range for my I-MiEV without recharging|