Let’s hit the road!
Summer’s in full swing. It’s a great time to take in the great outdoors. In fact, according to a survey by The Vacationer, about 80% of us will hit the road for summer road trips. Count me in! We’ve already taken one trip to Avila Beach, which is about 280 miles north of where we live, and we’re already planning a longer trip to Pinnacles National Park.
The truth is that ever since we bought our Nissan Leaf (a fully electric vehicle) last summer, I’ve been itching to make this kind of trip. But making a long drive in an EV is very different from an ICE vehicle (internal combustion engine). In fact, it requires you to rethink the driving experience because the trip is no longer about getting from Point A to Point B in the least amount of time, but what you can see and do along the way.
For me, the ‘fun’ went out of road trips many years ago. They somehow became all about packing the car, getting in, and taking the fastest route to our destination. We saw nothing along the way except freeways, gas stations, and a ticking clock. With an EV, you’re stuck with the same roads, but you have the chance to slow down the clock and enjoy things you might not see otherwise.
One example of that change is the mandatory potty break immediately before or after the Los Angeles freeways. In the past, we’d always stopped at a gas station just north of LA. While planning our trip, I found a park with a charger less than a mile away. What used to be a purely utilitarian (and not always pleasant) stop has now become an opportunity to sit under the shade of some big trees, have a snack, and use cleaner restrooms. The cool thing is that by the time we’re done, the car has enough of a charge that it, too, is ready to go.
My question to you is, are you taking a road trip this summer? Where will you be going and what do you like to do along the way?
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