Call it the ultimate low-impact road trip: On Canada Day, Buddy Boyd and Barb Hetherington will strike out from Victoria, B.C. in their Chevrolet Bolt EV with the goal of reaching Quidi Vidi, Newfoundland and raising awareness about sustainable personal transportation.
In a press release, Hetherington said the couple’s conceived the adventure as a means to “show that it is possible to make lifestyle changes that reduce our environmental impact (while) still (enjoying) life.”
The Chevrolet Bolt is that brand’s latest fully electric vehicle, a compact hatchback that promises up to about 380 km of driving range on a fully charged battery.
That figure is among the best in the industry, and certainly the most available for the Bolt’s $43,000 base price (before available EV incentives).
To that end, the couple, who run a non-profit organization called Zero Waste Canada, will also inadvertently address one of the key EV deal-killers: “range anxiety” centred around not only the fact many EVs can’t go as far on a charge as comparable gasoline vehicles can manage on a full tank, but also the limited number of commercially available charging stations.
Boyd said the drive aims to promote the emergence of “green” highways with charging points located at strategic intervals to allow EV drivers to cover distances that many people think are impractical – or impossible – in a battery electric car.
Boyd and Hetherington will document their trip at BoltAcrossCanada.com, where you can see the route they’ve mapped out.
The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) shows the location of what we imagine is most (if not all) of the EV charging stations in Canada, and their map shows the couple should have an easy enough go until they get quite close to their destination.
There appears to be a dearth of public charging stations between Fermont, Quebec (just west of the Labrador border) and Deer Lake, Newfoundland, a nearly 1,500-km stretch the pair will be lucky to do with four stops to charge.
We imagine they’ll be prevailing on the kindness of strangers (or friends?) to help fuel up their car along that home stretch.
Boyd and Hetherington will leave Victoria on July 1, but don’t say how long they think it’ll take to cover the 7,800 km to their destination.