Discover these 3 ideas for summer road trips in the United States (with charging stations)


Seven in 10 Americans plan to take road trips this summer. Electric vehicle drivers can, of course, use navigation systems, apps, and websites to find places to charge, but the utility company National Grid, which serves New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, today launched EV Road Trip plans featuring fun destinations with charging stations in the three northeastern states.

The initiative is part of a larger effort by National Grid, one of the main sponsors of the upcoming United Nations climate change conference COP-26, to limit greenhouse gas emissions from water pipes. exhaust by expanding the use of electric vehicles. This includes investing $ 200 million in the deployment of 19,000 charging stations, reducing charging costs and promoting the use of electric vehicles.

National Grid chose 16 locations with over 40 activities to enjoy. Each activity is detailed on the National Grid website and includes an on-site charging station, with more chargers within a five-mile radius. It’s a useful combination of cool tourist destinations and charging points. Check out the three travel guides below:

Destination Activities Charger address Chargers (on site) Chargers (5 miles)
A. Narragansett Narragansett Beach, Point Judith Lighthouse 870 Ocean Rd., Narragansett, RI 1 8
B. Providence Roger Williams Park Zoo, Roger Williams Park Botanical Center 1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 2 12
C. Newport The Breakers, Cliff Walk, Newport Art Museum 1 W Marlborough St., Newport, RI 3 15
Destination Activities Charger address Chargers (on site) Chargers (5 miles)
A. Stockbridge Norman Rockwell Museum, The Mount Edith Wharton Home, October Mountain State Forest 9 Glendale Rd, Stockbridge, MA 1 5
B. Worcester Polar Park, Hanover Theater, Worcester Common 225 Franklin St, Worcester, MA 4 20+
C. Topsfield Ipswich Wildlife Sanctuary 87 Perkins Road, Topsfield, MA 1 5
D. Newburyport Waterfront Park, Whale Watching Cruises, Plum Island 81 Merrimac Street, Newburyport, MA 4 6
E. Salem The House of the Seven Gables, Salem Witch House, Peabody Essex Museum 1 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 8 14
F. Boston Boston Common and Garden, The Freedom Trail, State House Zero Charles St., Boston, MA 4 50+
G. Cape Cod Cape Cod Rail Trail, Nauset and Skaket Beaches, Jonathan Windmill 4 Old Colony Way, Orleans, MA 1 5
Destination Activities Charger address Chargers (on site) Chargers (5 miles)
A. Niagara Falls Niagara Falls Park, Maid of the Mist, Old Falls Street Entertainment District 350 Prospect Street, Niagara Falls, NY 3 9
B. Canastota Great Swamp Conservancy, Verona Beach State Park, Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum 8375 N Main St, Canastota, NY 1 5
C. Schenectady The Museum of Innovation and Science, Nott Memorial, Mohawk Hudson Bike Trail 15 Nott Terrace Heights, Schenectady, NY 12308 1 20+
D. Lake George Lake George Steamboat Company, Prospect Mountain Summit, Glen Falls Cole Park 113 Ottawa St, Lake George, NY 1 12
E. Albany Capitol, The Egg, Times Union Center 100 Beaver Street, Albany, New York 2 20+
F. Catskills Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskills Hike, Canopy Zipline Tours in New York City 218 Spring St, Catskill, New York 1 8

Taking Electek

As vaccination rates rise, Americans are ready to hit the road for summer travel. 77% of Americans plan to take a trip this summer, and Florida is the number one destination. And the national parks are already teeming with people – there are actually long lines just to take the trails.

So I headed to northern Vermont a few weeks ago – to get away from all the tourists coming to Florida – and it was a fantastic decision (and Vermont has a lot of charging stations). There was no traffic or crowds and we were able to see many beautiful sites in peaceful surroundings. Thus, New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts will certainly see their share of visitors, but perhaps not as many as other American destinations. These would be great places to explore – and loading will be a breeze.

Photo: Narragansett, Michael Denning / Unsplash

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