An Electric Car Journey Around The UK

In April 2016, Jess Shanahan drove 2,500 miles across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland in an electric car – through cities, villages, national parks and more. Here, Jess shares her experiences and encounters of driving Route 57, the Great British & Irish Road Trip.

The Dorset AONB was where it hit me that an EV is the perfect companion for this kind of trip because it makes you stop and appreciate places you might not otherwise get to see. We stopped for a charge in Lyme Regis and spent 20 beautiful minutes marvelling at the ancient scenery of the Jurassic Coast.

Jurassic coast

After a fleeting stop in Bournemouth to shake hands with Mayor John Huw Adams and discuss the benefits of electric travel, we were on our way to Southampton via the New Forest where fluffy ponies do indeed roam free at the side of the road.

Bournemouth mayor

See more: Driving Route 57 – The UK & Ireland’s Route 66