The American love affair with the internal combustion engine dates back to the beginnings of the horseless carriage.
We love our vehicles — they’re an extension of who we are, collectors items, status symbols and most importantly they represent a sense of freedom. But when it comes to emissions and carbon footprint, cars are some of the worst offenders.
Currently, transportation accounts for about 30% of US greenhouse gas emissions, so this sector represents a considerable factor when cutting American carbon pollution. Of specific concern are light-duty (passenger) vehicles, which account for 60% of those emissions and medium-heavy-duty trucks accounting for a another 23%.
Naturally, the importance of finding alternative solutions to transportation is more necessary than it has ever been. Transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs) is a step in the right direction.
With so many strides and advancements in electric vehicles, you are no longer restricted to using EVs as commuter cars around town. Improved battery and efficiency has made EVs the choice vehicle for long-distance road trips. Vehicles like the Chevy Bolt and the Tesla model X offer a range over over 230 miles on a single charge.
And while most charging stations are located in cities, there are now many available on rural routes, including several National Parks and interstates — a total of 21,362 charging stations across the United States.
So, as you start to plan your summer road trips, consider traveling in an electric vehicle. While doing so, you can reference this collection of road trips geared specifically towards EVs, complete with anchor stops, charging stations and tips, so you’ll never be left with low battery.
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