An Electric Future Awaits the Great American Road Trip, Pt 2.
Since our last article in April 2022 about the future of electric vehicles (EVs) and the great American road trip, there’s already been significant growth. Exciting new vehicles are on the horizon, and favorable policies are set to continue boosting the growth of EV conversion. We’re closely tracking the latest trends and the freshest models to enhance our clients’ customized road trips. Because in our opinion, there’s no better “win-win” than embarking on a journey in the latest and greatest EVs, all while reducing your environmental footprint as you explore.
Where are we in the EV conversion?
In August of 2023, the electric vehicle revolution in the United States received another significant boost with a massive $12 billion in loans and grants from the US Department of Energy. Their goal is to assist U.S. carmakers and suppliers in transitioning to electric vehicles, aligning with President Joe Biden’s vision of electric cars constituting two-thirds of new vehicle sales by 2032. An additional $3.5 billion investment was also dedicated to accelerating battery production. California has stated that all new car sales must be zero-emissions by 2035. Policies like these really make it seem that an electrically focused future of driving is on the horizon– it’s a matter of when, not if.
The new models to look out for:
Between the established auto giants and the up-and-coming, futuristic EV companies, there are a lot of cutting edge cars on the horizon to look forward to. Whether you’re a fervent car enthusiast or an environmentally-conscious driver, the imminent wave of EVs offers something for everyone to eagerly anticipate.
In the emerging market of young EV companies, Lucid Motors first came onto the scene in 2007, initially focusing on creating electric car batteries and powertrains for other industry players. Later in 2021, they made a triumphant debut with their inaugural model, the Lucid Air. Now, their forward march continues with the imminent arrival of the Lucid Gravity in 2024, a spectacular SUV designed to comfortably accommodate up to seven discerning passengers. But Lucid isn’t the only rising star on this electric stage; enter Canoo, a relative newcomer to the EV landscape, making its entrance in 2021.
Canoo’s distinctive, bold approach to design is captivating the imagination of the automotive world, with creations like the avant-garde Lifestyle Vehicle van and (succinctly-named) Pickup Truck. In addition to the well-known competitors in the EV industry, such as Tesla and Rivian, these emerging companies also face competition from established auto giants, like Ford and Jeep.
Among these, here are some of the models we are looking forward to. Chevrolet is bucking its petroleum-fueled tradition with an upcoming Chevrolet Corvette EV. Following the innovative C8 generation and the 2024 E-Ray hybrid model, the fully electric Corvette promises a powerful transformation. The iconic two-seat interior will likely remain, setting the stage for an electrifying race in the world of high-performance electric sports cars, with contenders like the Dodge Challenger eMuscle and a Porsche 718 vying for supremacy. Lamborghini and Rolls Royce have also announced their entrance into the luxury, EV market with the Lamborghini Lanzador set to arrive by 2028 and the Rolls Royce Spectre in 2024. Jeep has plans to remake their iconic, rugged Wrangler as an electric vehicle. Maserati, Porsche and Mercedes-Benz are just a few more that have exciting all-electric models on the horizon.
Where are the largest charging networks?
According to the Department of Energy, there was a 4.0% surge in the total count of EV charging ports in the second quarter of 2023. The Mid-Atlantic region stood out with a substantial 7.1% uptick in public charging, although California maintains its position as the leader in the nation for the number of available public EV charging ports.
Custom Journeys in High Performance EV’s
There are many electric vehicles that have long been available to include in clients’ trips across the U.S. However, we are seeing a whole new age of high performance EVs on the market. Think: zipping between Upstate New York art galleries and farm-to-table restaurants in a Porsche Taycan or feeling the breeze in your hair along Pacific Coast Highway in a Rivian R1S.
These are some of the luxe electric journeys we are dreaming up right now with the best routes and charging-friendly hotels: Custom Journeys in High Performance EVs