What I Did This Summer: Electric Cars & Owners Go On Vacation Page 2

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Joinson Family Vacation in a Nissan Leaf

Joinson Family Vacation in a Nissan Leaf

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Being British

Just like their European electric-car counterparts, the British also think nothing of taking their electric cars from one country to another. 


For the Joinson family of Bristol, England, that trip involved a 12-day vacation to Brittany in their 2011 Nissan Leaf.

Making use of rapid charging stations in the U.K. prior to their departure, the Joinsons headed towards the south coast, picking up a fast ferry from Poole, dorset to St. Pair, at the bottom of the Cherbough Peninsula

Once in France, they were able to make use of local charging maps to find places to refuel. 

As everywhere they stopped provided free electricity, the trip cost them nothing to make, while a handy power splitter at campsites charged the car and ran a small refrigerator to keep their just-purchased French wine cool. 

The family reports having a great holiday, and even picked up a vintage car horn to keep in their Leaf to warn those on vacation of their arrival with a gentle “parp parp”.

Joinson Family Vacation in a Nissan Leaf

Joinson Family Vacation in a Nissan Leaf

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Did you go somewhere?

We’ve just picked three great holiday trips with an electric car, but did you make one this summer? 

Where did you go? What did you do? How did you charge?

Let us know all about it in the Comments below.


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Comments (3)
  1. That SEMA charging station in Coddingtown Mall in Santa Rosa, CA is awesome. But this guy is "lucky" that those two stations weren't "ICED" or "Hogged" by Prius Plugins all day...

  2. Oh, it sounds like RV Parks were the "key" to EV trips...

    But normally this trip would take only 4-5 days... And WA to CA is a fairly popular drive. CA to NV to UT and CO wouldn't be the same...

  3. Although i would not quite qualify the trip as a vacation but Tony William's "BC2BC" trip that went from Mexico to Canada was a pretty decent all EV excursion

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