Stories from the Road: Driving Cross Country in Your EV

As you probably know by now, we are on the road in our first ever electric vehicle driving experience. Our round-trip road trip to Salt Lake City is over 2,00 miles.

In order to prepare for our trip, we met with local connections who drive an electric vehicle. Mark and Kathleen Bernick are member-owners of Stearns Electric Association who own their Tesla Model X. In addition to providing us with the top things to know about driving EVs, they shared a story with us about their first time driving cross-country in the Tesla Model X.

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Beneficial Electrification: Efficient, Smart and Clean!

EVs and Beneficial Electrification

Electric cars are a win-win for utilities and electricity users
Technological progress is making appliances and other electric devices more efficient. Advancements in power plant technology and renewable development will continue to reduce the environmental effect of the electric system. These two converging trends are making one thing very clear: electricity is a smart choice. As the electric system continues to become cleaner and more efficient, there is growing support for using electricity in new ways.

Encouraging the smart use of electricity in a strategic manner is a win-win for both the electric cooperative and the electric consumer.

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How to Plot a Route for an EV Road Trip

How We Plotted Our EV Expedition

Traveling in an electric vehicle (EV) gets easier every day because of the expanding charging infrastructure and the growing distance EVs can travel before needing to recharge. This is also making it easier to travel beyond your typical daily route and take a long distance road trip – just like us! However, there are nowhere near as many charging stations as gas stations, so some planning is required. And if you knew us personally you would know that we like to have a little more control over our plans than others. Thankfully there are plenty of online tools and resources available to help you plan your trip quickly.

Here’s a quick overview on how we plotted our trip:

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EV Road Trip 101: EV Tips from Stearns Electric Member-Owners

Although this will be our first time driving an electric vehicle, no less driving cross-country in an electric vehicle, we are obviously not the first to embark on such a journey.

To help us plan our trip, we reached out to connections of our own! Mark and Kathleen Bernick are member-owners of Stearns Electric Association who own their Tesla, a Model X (insert drool face here). They provided us with the top things to know about driving EVs to help us prepare for our trip:

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