Electric Road Trip

Crossing Texas

Welcome, passengers, to the first newsletter of E&E News' Electric Road Trip. You are receiving an update with the best of our 6,000-mile, two-month ramble, exploring how electric transportation will change America.

After months of prep, we're in motion! Our two Texas reporters, Edward Klump and Mike Lee, rolled out of Houston on Monday behind the wheel of a Kia Niro EV. They've been busy. Yesterday they filed dispatches from Austin, and as you read this they are in Dallas, with plans to make Little Rock, Ark., by nightfall.

In total you will receive nine weekly updates. Each is tied to a different region of the country as we press on to the Southeast, the Midwest and the West. Each edition has our best posts of the week. And we publish a special feature on how electric vehicles are changing that region — and altering America's economy, jobs and the rhythms of everyday life.

Forward this newsletter to your friends and tell them to subscribe. Join our Facebook group, where you can get up close with the reporters and the issues, and see every post as it appears on the blog.

— David Ferris

No city stands to be changed by electric vehicles like Houston. The center of America's oil industry, it is economically and culturally wedded to the gas pump. But EVs are making inroads there, and we found the Houstonians who are the first to feel the change, like Doug Vydrzal, whose finger-lickin' barbecue joint sees an opportunity in Teslas.

Read the complete story in Energywire.


AUSTIN, Texas — It's not every day you get to meet a gender-neutral dinosaur who's into electric cars. But there we were, in Austin, face to jaw with StEVie, the EV-loving Tyrannosaurus rex.

HOUSTON — In our interview with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the mayor suggested that the economic power of the oil, gas and chemical industries isn't enough to put the kibosh on the city's carbon goals.

HOUSTON — As our journey kicked off in a battery-powered car, no one seemed to know how well the nation's system of electric chargers really worked.

Here is a refresher on the 17 states we'll visit on the Electric Road Trip, which involved some tough trade-offs. Also, take a look at the eight electric cars we'll drive around the country.


Democrats running for president are proposing electric vehicle targets that would phase out the sale of new gasoline cars by 2030. Is the idea viable? E&E News

The White House wants to divide its rollback of Obama-era clean car standards into two parts, complicating litigation. E&E News

Moody's slashed Ford Motor Co.'s credit rating to junk status over doubts about major corporate restructuring. Automotive News

Ford is launching eight EV models in Europe as it charges ahead with multibillion-dollar investments to meet emissions standards. Reuters

Volkswagen introduced the flagship model of its new all-electric line. Car and Driver

Rivian signed a $350 million equity investment deal with Cox Automotive. Reuters


Our next newsletter will come to you from Atlanta, if the charging stations are willing and the creek don't rise. Until then, catch you on Facebook and the blog.

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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