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Driving Across the Country in an Electric Vehicle Just Got Way Easier

Sustainability Road Trips News
by Tim Wenger Jun 25, 2020

The summer of 2020 is shaping up to be an ideal time for road trips with family and friends. And traveling extended distances in an electric vehicle just got much easier, thanks to a new cross-country route lined with direct-current fast-charging stations.

Electrify America has installed rapid-charging stations for electric vehicles from coast to coast along interstates 70 and 15, making it possible to drive from Washington, DC, to Los Angeles without ever running out of juice.

The stations are designed to keep electric vehicles moving, and are able to charge certain models in as little as 30 minutes.

Should you take this trip, you’ll travel more than 2,700 miles through 11 states and many major cities, including Indianapolis, IN; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; and Kansas City and St. Louis, MO. The route even passes through Las Vegas, the perfect place to pull over for a night of revelry. Charging stations are located an average of 70 miles apart throughout the entire route.

“Electrify America’s primary goal has always been to advance electric vehicle adoption in the U.S., and that starts by instilling feelings of confidence and freedom in consumers when it comes to EV ownership,” said Anthony Lambkin, director of operations at Electrify America, in a press release. “The completion of our first cross-country route is a significant step towards that goal — by making long-distance travel in an EV a reality, we hope to encourage more consumers to make the switch to electric.”

A second cross-country route is slated for completion by September, beginning in Florida and passing through Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona en route to San Diego, CA.

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