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AA warns drivers taking EV vehicles abroad to plan carefully

Stuart Thomas, director of fleet and SME services, the AA

Business drivers looking to take their electric vehicles (EV) abroad should plan their route thoroughly before travelling to ensure they don’t run out of charge, warns the AA.

The AA said it is crucial that drivers are aware of all charging points on their routes.

Stuart Thomas, director of fleet and SME at the AA, said: “The good news is that Europe is increasingly better served by charging points, with more than 200,000 now in place across the continent, so taking an EV abroad is increasingly easier.

"But careful planning is essential to avoid running out of charge on your journey in the heat.

"Drivers should familiarise themselves with the locations of charging stations at key points along their route using resources such as the Zap-Map app, which covers the UK and the international PlugShare app.”

For drivers travelling by ferry, a range of ports now offer the option to charge vehicles while you wait. EV charging is also available at the Eurostar tunnel and terminals.

Thomas added: “In France, Boulogne has good charging facilities on site, while in the UK, charging points are either located at the terminals or close by in Portsmouth, Southampton, Plymouth, Fishguard and Holyhead."

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