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Touring the four corners of the US by electric motorcycle: trip report, lessons learned

Touring the four corners of the US by electric motorcycle: trip report, lessons learned

Riding long distances on an electric motorcycle has gotten significantly easier over the past three years. Each summer over that time, I've traveled 4,500 miles or more on a Zero electric motorcycle. And in that short time, the available charging systems have gotten faster to such a degree that we... read more

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Map of electric motorcycle rider Ben Rich's Summer 2016 'four corners of the U.S.' road trip

To the four corners of the USA on an electric motorcycle

Seattle, Los Angeles, Florida, and Maine: the four corners of the continental U.S. Those points are where I intend to ride my 2014 Zero SR electric motorcycle this summer... read more June 6, 2016 by

Tesla Model S Autopilot engaged during cross-country record attempt

Autopilot drives Tesla Model S Electric Car Coast-To-Coast (More Or Less)

The Tesla Autopilot autonomous-driving system was only released last week, contained in one of the company's periodic software updates. Tesla itself doesn't consider the... read more October 22, 2015 by

2013 Nissan Leaf

Electric-Car Driver To Plant Trees In 48 States On Cross-Country Trip

Despite its name, National Drive Electric Week is actually an international awareness event for plug-in electric cars. And in concert with this year's event, one driver is... read more August 26, 2015 by

Electric Motorcycle Ride From Mexico To Canada: scenese from the road  [photo: Ben Rich]

Electric Motorcycle Tour: Three Countries, 6,800 Miles, 22 Days

Traveling by electric vehicles has come a long way in the past three years. Every summer since 2013, I have taken a long-distance road trip on an electric motorcycle, each... read more July 22, 2015 by

Neste renewable-diesel Superlite Coupe

UPDATE: Single Tank Of Renewable Diesel Fuel Takes Car Cross-Country at 67 MPG

You never know what you'll encounter on the highway. Green Car Reports contributor and electric-motorcycle roadtripper Ben Rich encountered an unusual vehicle on U.S. Route... read more June 30, 2015 by

Crossing the state line into Maryland on a recent electric-motorcycle road trip  [photo: Ben Rich]

Electric Motorcycle Ride From Mexico To Canada: My Summer Road Trip

Summertime is upon us: barbecues, beaches ... and electric-vehicle road trips! As electric cars and motorcycles gain popularity, more and more people can venture farther... read more June 12, 2015 by

Tesla Supercharger site with photovoltaic solar panels, Rocklin, California, Feb 2015

Tesla Supercharger Network Growth Surges Over Last 14 Months

One of the main advantages of the Tesla Model S is its relative freedom from “range anxiety,” at least in the 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack of the higher-end... read more March 9, 2015 by

Tesla Model S at Supercharger site in Ventura, CA, with just one slot open  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Cross-Country Trip, Without (Many) Superchargers: Days 8-10

After seven days of traveling cross-country in my Tesla Model S electric car--including routes without Supercharger DC fast-charging sites--I had made it as far as Texas. The... read more March 6, 2015 by

Tesla Model S charging en route during New York to California road trip  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Cross-Country Trip, Without (Many) Superchargers: Days 4-7

A cross-country road trip in a Tesla Model S electric car requires a fair amount of forward planning and contingency research. Still, I made it from New York's cold, snowy... read more March 5, 2015 by

2013 Tesla Model S in winter, Hudson Valley, NY  [photo: David Noland]

Tesla Model S Cross-Country Trip, Without (Many) Superchargers: Days 1-3

With our daughter off to college, my wife and I recently became empty-nesters. Suddenly, there was no more reason to endure the wretched winters in New York’s Hudson... read more March 4, 2015 by

2014 BMW i3 REx range-extended electric car - buyer Tom Moloughney with salesman Manny Antunes

BMW i3 REx: Road-Tripping With 72 Electric Miles, 1.9-Gallon Gas Tank

There are drivers who view the limited range of an electric car as a limitation--and those who view it as a challenge. Only with the latter attitude would one BMW i3 owner... read more December 19, 2014 by

Road trip on historic U.S. Route 66 (Images: Antony Ingram)

Famed U.S. Route 66 To Go Electric In Illinois, With State Support

As the song says, you can "get your kicks" on Route 66--but soon you'll also be able to get a charge. The historic highway and the towns it passes through were largely done... read more December 2, 2014 by

2013 Tesla Model S in Florida, during New York to Florida road trip [photo: David Noland]

Cross-Country Electric-Car Trips: Reality For A Few, Getting Closer For Many

The idea of traveling long distances in electric cars that have to be recharged after only 70 or 80 miles--or even 250 miles--may seem absurd to some. But while even the... read more October 24, 2014 by

2014 BMW i3

2014 BMW i3 REx 38-HP Range Extender Vs. 14,000-Foot Mountain: Who Wins?

Steep climbs are the enemy of electric car drivers. While modern electric vehicles are more than capable of powering up a hill, with ample torque, the effect on a car with... read more September 2, 2014 by

Snapshot from road trip through N Carolina, Tennessee & Virginia on 2012 Zero S electric motorcycle

Electric Motorcycle Road Trip: What I Learned, What You Need To Know

Last summer I took a cross-country road trip with a group of people driving different types of electric vehicles. It was an amazing experience, and our trip, our adventures... read more July 8, 2014 by


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