Rita Lau Gomes's work routine looks different than it did three years ago. Before she had an electric vehicle (EV), she could plan last-minute trips to visit customers, conferences or medical sites around Portugal. These days she takes extra considerations when planning work trips or even going between home and the office.
“It was a big change when I started driving an EV,” says Rita, who is Associate Medical Director at Biogen in Portugal. “I had to become aware of charge points along my routes and make time to recharge. But it’s great to take part in an effort to reduce air pollution, given its negative impact on the planet.” Long journeys through the country now involve a stop to charge for 30 to 40 minutes – time Rita uses to catch up on emails in a café. In the winter months, she takes into account that the car's battery drains quicker in the cold and makes sure to charge it overnight.