Gig’s day tripp’n’ guide for EVs
While EVs are fun to drive and easy on the environment, the need for charging can make longer trips seem daunting. However, with a little bit of planning and research, our darling little Electric Gigs are great options for long road trips!
This guide will help you plan out your next EV adventure in Northern California with Gig!
Planning your route
While EV-charging infrastructure is rapidly improving, it’s still not as ubiquitous as the gas pump. Before starting your trip, plug in your route on your favorite mapping tool.
You can see the charge level of the car before you reserve it, but for a road trip, try to grab a Gig with as close to a full charge as possible (about 200 miles).
Head over to PlugShare to find charging stations along your route. Determine where you’d like to stop for lunch as DC fast chargers can take about an hour and a half to get your Gig to full charge. Level 2 Chargers are good for a slight top-off (they’ll give you about 10-20 miles for an hour of charging).
Know your charger
There are different kinds of chargers, and they charge your vehicle at different rates. It’s good to know about how long it’s going to take to charge so that you can plan your trips and routes accordingly.
Our Electric Gigs use the SAE Combo CCS (DCFC) for the quickest charging and the Port J1772 (Level 2), as needed.
|SAE Combo CCS (DCFC)|
|J1772 (Level 2)|
Charging is on us
As you know with Gig, we always cover fuel. There are a few options for charging your Gig.
- EVgo chargers can be remotely initiated by our Member Support team.
- For all other chargers, we’ll reimburse you, either in the form of Gig Credits (instant) or through a good ol’-fashioned check (which can take a few weeks to get mailed to you).
Either way you'll want to call Member Support to get your charge reimbursed or started.
Bring your Gig Card
Your phone needs reception to lock/unlock your Gig. So if you’re going on a far-out adventure, you’ll need a Gig Card to easily lock/unlock your car in areas with spotty reception. Request one for free from the app.
See how it's done.
Sacramento area blogger, Gennifer Rose, took her family on a fantastic coastal all-electric weekend trip and wrote all about it.
She outlined six tips for a successful zero-emissions adventure.
Cool day trips near Sacramento
Destination: Apple Hill
Distance from Sac: 48 miles, 53 minutes
Good for: Families, couples, groups of friends
Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada is a collection of 50+ farms, wineries, and breweries known as Apple Hill. During the fall months, Apple Hill attracts thousands of visitors for pumpkins and apple picking. After Thanksgiving, it’s a great place to pick out and cut down your own Christmas tree. Enjoy hot apple donuts with cider and take home an apple pie for later. Once you reach the hill, pull over at the first farm you come to and pick up a map of the area. There are so many cute little spots to explore every trip can bring something different.
Two Level 2 stations, Wine Country Market, Camino
Also, the nearby and adorable town of Placerville has several charging stations. The Raley’s in Placerville has a fast charger.
Destination: Nevada City
Distance from Sac: 1.25 hours, 60 miles
Good for: History, art, food
Head into the heart of Gold Country, and you’ll find the sleepy, adorable little town of Nevada City (still in California). This town has a unique feel with art galleries, vintage clothing shops, used bookstores and old theaters. One could easily spend a day wandering the streets and taking in the sights.
The nearby Empire State Mine State Park is a fascinating historical experience. Peer down an old mine shaft, chat up a real blacksmith and explore the expansive grounds where the mine owners used to live (complete with swimming pool and gardens).
Just down the freeway a bit in Grass Valley, you’ll find a few Level 2 chargers and a brand-new fast charger at the BriarPatch Food Co-Op.
Distance from Sac: 1 hour, 60 miles
Good for: Romantic getaways, long bike rides, wine tasting
Napa is an obvious quick trip from Sacramento. The rolling hills lined with grapevines and the palatial estates attract visitors from around the world. Wine not your thing? There are scores of beautiful art galleries, interesting shops, and, of course, world-class dining.
Extend your trip at a bed-and-breakfast and rent bikes to tour the valley floor. Or throw your own bikes on top of your Gig and save on rentals. There are also plenty of charging stations to juice up your Gig while exploring the beautiful countryside.
Stop by the Napa Outlets and do some shopping while you charge up your Gig.
Destination: San Francisco
Distance from Sac: 1.5 hours, 87 miles
Good for: Museums, history, food, shows
It’s great to live in the city by the City by the Bay! Hop in a Gig and you’re just an hour-and-a-half away from one of the most interesting and exciting metropolitan areas in the world.
Have dim sum in Chinatown, check out the latest exhibit at the SFMOMA, wander around Golden Gate Park, and top the day off with a show.
The fun thing about visiting SF with a Gig is we have designated parking lots all over the City, and while you can’t end your Electric Gig trip in the Bay Area HomeZone yet, you can still enjoy a fun day without the hassle of trying to find parking.
There are loads of chargers peppered throughout the City, there’s a fast charger at the Whole Foods on 4th St.
Distance from Sac: 1.75 hours, 85.1 miles
Good for: Gold Rush history, concerts, cool old hotels
In the mid-1800s, Murphys was booming! It was one of the richest towns in California and while its Gold Rush heyday is in the past, this sleepy little town, halfway between Tahoe and Yosemite, is filled with history, stone-walled buildings, and beautiful gardens.
In addition to all the cool historical sites, there’s also Ironstone Vineyards. Check out their calendar of events and maybe catch a big-name act.
Interested in exploring some caves? Check out nearby Moaning Caverns Adventure for some world-class spelunking.