Going Green: Electric Vehicles are Changing the Landscape of Road Trips

Cars have come a long way since the horseless carriage. However, one thing remains the same. That’s the love affair with the open road. Those who’ve taken an extended road trip know the feeling of freedom you get. One that comes with navigating interstate routes. It’s the reason why millions of individuals kick off summer by taking a road trip with friends or family.

However, this cultural tradition is changing — and for the better. More drivers than ever before are coming to the realization that the internal combustion engine isn’t doing the environment any favors. Transportation accounts for around 30% of US greenhouse gas emissions. Specifically, passenger vehicles, which account for 60% of those emissions and medium-heavy-duty trucks accounting for a further 23%. So, when it comes to reducing carbon pollution, vehicles are a prime target. These numbers could be significantly reduced by transitioning to electric vehicles (EVs). 

Electric vehicles are not a new concept — dating back to the the first small scale electric car in 1830, but we have Elon Musk to thank for electric vehicles going mainstream. Every day it seems like more Teslas, Chevy Bolts and Hyundai Kona’s are popping up on our roads. Even Audi and BMW are pushing the evolution of electric cars by offering affordable models. 

So, with the growing popularity of EVs and a deep knowledge road trips, CarRentals put together this guide that details four cross-country road trips mapped out specifically for electric vehicles. Reduce EV range anxiety on long road trips by referencing important anchor stops along the way, complete with different types of charging stations and connector options. 

The future of the great American road trip is electric!

Thank you to CarRentals for this graphic.

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The Green Living Guy, Seth Leitman is a green living expert, celebrity and Editor of the McGraw-Hill, TAB Green Guru Guides. Seth is also an Author, Radio Host, Reporter, Writer and a Environmental Consultant on green living. The Green Living Guy writes about green living, green lighting, the green guru guides and more. Seth's books range from: # Build Your Own Electric Vehicle by Bob Brant and Seth Leitman (2nd and 3rd editions) # Build Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman # Build Your Own Electric Motorcycle by Carl Vogel # Green Lighting by Seth Leitman, Brian Clark Howard and Bill Brinsky # Solar Power For Your Home by David Findley # Renewable Energies For Your Home by Russel Gehrke # Do-it-Yourself Home Energy Audits by David Findley # Build Your Own Small Wind Power System by Brian Clark Howard and Kevin Shea # and more green living books to follow.

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