Electric Road Trip

What we learned on the Electric Road Trip

Wave the checkered flag, the Electric Road Trip is over. Now that we're back in the office, and not starting each day by driving 200 miles, it's time to share some of our takeaways.

Looking back at the blog posts and in-depth reporting, and reflecting on the adventures of this rollicking journalistic experiment, patterns around electric vehicle charging and driving become clear. We have a better sense of the broad challenges that the economy and society face as new technology transforms the way we move around day in and day out. Global automakers, American workers, utilities, charging companies and public policymakers are responding to the changing horizon. And our reporting painted a more vivid picture of the threats and the opportunities for businesses and communities on the ground floor as transportation goes more electric.

Please read our final analysis in today's Energywire and return to the blog to see the full story behind the two-month investigation.

IN THE NEWS

Whole Foods' public charging stations are creating parking lot squabbles and traffic — a scenario that could play out in other corners of the retail world as EVs arrive in greater numbers. E&E News

General Motors Co. has sold an idled plant in Lordstown, Ohio, to an electric truck startup, completing a transition that found an improbable champion in President Trump. E&E News

China's bid to lead the world in electric vehicle sales has hit some bumps lately, but its promotion of EVs outstrips the United States'. E&E News

A Chinese company that partners with Volvo unveiled a luxury EV called the Polestar 2. It aims to compete with Tesla, which now produces cars in a Shanghai factory. E&E News

The most ambitious plan to jump-start the sluggish U.S. movement toward EVs was unveiled in a $454 billion proposal. Its political prospects are dim. E&E News

Toyota is joining forces with Chinese firm BYD on EV research and deployment. The venture will be established in China in 2020. E&E News

NEXT TURN

Thank you so much for joining us on this adventure. Our 8,000-mile journey is at an end, but keep an eye on E&E News — our coverage of electric vehicles is just getting started.

Electric Road Trip

E&E News reporters take a 6,000-mile road trip in an electric vehicle to explore how the switch from gas to electric transportation will change the economy, environment and daily life of America.
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