Our EV street journey story

Our EV street journey story


Not too way back, most individuals would have discovered the concept of taking a cross-country street journey with an electrical car daunting. With charging stations few and much between on many routes and the comparatively low driving vary of many older EVs, it simply didn’t make loads of sense to take an EV street journey. Add younger children and a canine to the combo, and simply … overlook it.

However as we now have all seen, issues are altering. With the excellent Supercharger community accessible to Tesla house owners (which will quickly be made accessible to all EV drivers), and different quickly rising charging networks, together with our very personal peer-to-peer nationwide EVmatch platform, street tripping together with your EV is just not solely attainable, it may be actually enjoyable.

So final summer season, we did simply that. With our toddler, 1st grader, and canine in tow, we set off in our Tesla Mannequin 3 from our house in Oakland, CA, certain for grandma and grandpa’s home in Boulder, CO for our very first actual household EV street journey. 

Late on the primary night time, we rolled into an empty charging station positioned within the mountains in Truckee, CA. The youngsters slept whereas we charged the automotive, getting out to stretch and use the toilet. As we obtained again into the automotive to hang around and end out our cost, a large black bear appeared simply 30 toes away from our automotive, rifling by means of the rubbish can of the grocery retailer we had been parked subsequent to.

I, a metropolis lady, froze utterly, not sure of what to do, whereas my mountain man husband chuckled, slowly obtained out of the automotive and unplugged the charger. In that second, the bear noticed us and rapidly bounded away, leaving me shaking, however with an superior story to inform.

Fortunately, the remainder of our EV street journey journey was much less thrilling by way of shut encounters. We performed video games, ate loads of quick meals, and had been in a position to plan a route that gave us charging entry each few hours. Our youngsters had been mercifully low key, and we even stopped for an evening in Salt Lake to interrupt up the drive.

All issues thought of, it was a very good journey from CA to CO. However there are a few issues that will have taken our household EV street journey from good to wonderful:

  1. A spot to relaxation our heads. Touring with two children and a canine in a compact, sporty automotive was not essentially the most snug, and loads of our charging spots had been in distant areas with nothing round. Having the ability to have a spot to nap, put together meals, retailer gear, and hang around would have made an enormous distinction.
  2. A solution to diverge from the charging path. On the street from NorCal to Colorado, there may be loads of nature one can expertise, from nationwide parks, to lakes, to breathtaking mountain cities. However many of those locations will not be conveniently close to a charging route—that means we needed to skip them. 

If solely there was a solution to convey the charger together with us …

Think about my pleasure once I discovered about The Boulder™ — a teardrop trailer impressed by the house of Colorado Teardrops and our beloved street journey vacation spot, Boulder, Colorado. The Boulder is a tenting trailer designed to additional assist the surroundings by getting over the hurdle of decreased EV vary whereas towing.  

The Boulder is loaded with batteries – to be used whereas tenting and, extra importantly, to recharge your EV. Utilizing a “DC quick charger” connection, the EV will be recharged from the trailer on the open street or within the backcountry. Additional, the sunshine, robust supplies decrease the trailer’s general weight, and examined aerodynamic design minimizes drag to maximise the vary of each autos: the towing EV and the trailer. But it surely nonetheless has a sufficiently small footprint to slot in a normal storage.

The Boulder™ comes with an insulated hard-shell cabin, queen-sized mattress and two bunk beds for the youngsters (superior), a eating lounge with couches, electrical shops, and an exterior kitchen galley within the again. Options comparable to a hot-water bathe and inside local weather controls present consolation.

For campers and street trippers like us, The Boulder, paired with EVmatch’s reservable chargers, might be a game-changer. Whereas my household doesn’t but personal this wonderful trailer, my 7-year-old has been asking for a “camper van” since she was 2 and we now have many extra EV street journeys in our future, so we’d not be capable to maintain off for for much longer!    

Be taught extra about The BoulderTM from Colorado Teardrops right here and, for those who haven’t already, obtain the EVmatch app for Apple or Android in the present day. 


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October 2022