In July, we introduced to you our solar powered electric car, Azi (named after the direction a roof points south, “Azimuth”). We recently put Azi to the test and took her on a road trip.
“But is charging an electric car on the go even feasible?”
The answer is yes, and here’s our experience driving a BMW i3 from New York to Maine – a 7-hour drive one-way, 14-hour drive total:
First off, a round-trip drive from New York to Maine is about 900 miles long. Let’s say your average gas car gets 21.4 miles per gallon.
That’s about 42 gallons required for the whole road trip. Multiply that by $2.37, the average cost of a gallon of gas in New York, and that trip comes out to cost $99.79.
Comparatively, Azi stopped to charge a total of 6 times at local electric car charging stations and BMW dealerships and cost $3 to refuel each time.
6 x $3 = $18
In our electric BMW i3, we took a 900 mile road trip for just $18.
We know there are lots of folks who are apprehensive about the cost or convenience of riving electric cars. While we may not be able to convince each one of them personally, our testimonial still stands: Clean energy is ready to go, and it's here to stay. We are super satisfied with how this car ran to Maine and back and are excited for more.