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How to Vacation in Big Bear with an Electric Vehicle

Updated: May 17, 2023

long road to the mountains

Recently, Governor Newsom announced some ambitious plans for reducing California’s motor vehicle emissions, with a goal set for the state to become zero-emission by 2035, with 1.2 million charging stations dotting the landscape by 2030.

What this means in practical terms is that there will likely be a lot more electric vehicles on the roads in the coming years, as well as the infrastructure to support them. But what about now? Many denizens of California may already have adopted an electric vehicle—perhaps a few of them are reading this piece of writing right now!

And with the world opening back up after nearly two years of lockdown, a lot of people might have getaways on their minds. A popular Southern California destination, one just a couple hours from Los Angeles is, of course, Big Bear. This quiet little nook in the bottom middle of the state is a popular spot for both vacationers looking for a bit of wintery fun during the holiday months.

Taking Your Electric Vehicle to Big Bear

EV charger in the cabin

If you’re taking your electric vehicle with you on vacation, the last thing you would ever want is to arrive at your destination and discover that there are no charging stations anywhere to be found, which one might worry about in a small village like Big Bear.

Rest assured, however, that if you’re planning to take a trip to Big Bear, you can expect to find plenty of charging stations ready to give your car the recharge it needs to keep your vacation fueled and fun.

ev charger

To ensure you'll never have an issue charging, why not book your stay at a cabin with an EV charger right in the driveway. Each Midnight Moon Cabin is equipped with its own personal charger, so you’ll be able to ensure that your car is ready to go adventuring with you throughout all that Big Bear has to offer. When you arrive at one of our pet-friendly cabins, download the Ally Volt App and you will be ready to plug in your EV. It's that simple. Our chargers are universal so whatever kind of car you bring, we can help you charge it. If you are bringing your Tesla up the mountain, be sure to pack the adapter that came with it.

The Big Bear Lake Village itself and the surrounding area also have plenty of chargers too, so it’ll be more than easy to top-off while on the go.

Traveling Distances with an Electric Vehicle

So, once you get to Big Bear, you’ll be perfectly set to have a fantastic holiday and not worry one bit about whether you’ll be able to charge your electric vehicle. However, before you can actually get to Big Bear and reap the wintery benefits of a vacation here, you’ll need to make the trip in your electric vehicle.

It’s perhaps obvious, but it bears repeating: plan your trip. By doing so, you’ll not only ensure that you don’t run out of juice in the middle of nowhere, but you’ll also earn yourself some peace of mind that your journey will have fewer speed bumps.

To help, we’ve compiled a few tips on how to travel by electric car to ensure it doesn’t run out of energy before you do.

  1. Google will let you know where any EV charging stations are along your route and the kind of charging port. Just match the EV stations with the type of charger your vehicle requires, and juice her up. You can expect to find stations at all sorts of locations, from supermarkets to gas stations. A lot of hotels and National Parks also have car chargers. So, if you’re able to plan your trip around these spots, charging your car may never be a real concern.

  2. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, and the kind of charger you’re using, a full charge could take anywhere between twenty minutes and eight hours. It’s good to keep this in mind ahead of time. That way, you can either stop for a quick bite to eat, or you can plug in and sleep for the night.

  3. You’ll also typically consume more energy driving on the freeway, so be aware of that when planning where to stop. Also, if you want to get the most from each ounce of energy in your battery, you’ll definitely want to optimize your drive as much as possible. Avoid breaking too hard too quickly.

Final Words

Regardless of whether you’re traveling just a few hours to get to Big Bear Lake, or spending the day on the road in pursuit of a vacation away from your busy life, expect to find a very accomodating experience for electric vehicles.

The trip to Big Bear will have plenty of EV charging stations along the way, allowing for plenty of flexibility in your schedule. Then, once you arrive at your destination, you’ll find plenty of charging stations dotted around Big Bear, including one at each of our luxury cabin rentals. This way, you’ll be able to focus on how you’ll be spending your vacation—not how you’ll be charging your car.

road to Big Bear Lake


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