Live Green Network takes cross-country road trip to educate about electric vehicles

For Daphne Dixon and Alyssa Murphy, clean transportation is a passion, which is why for a second year in a row, they drove across the country in an all-electric vehicle, ending their 6,000-mile, month-long trip at the Live Green Network in Norwalk.

News 12 Staff

Jun 27, 2023, 9:34 PM

Updated 296 days ago

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Two people from the area just returned from a cross-country road trip meant to educate people about electric vehicles.
For Daphne Dixon and Alyssa Murphy, clean transportation is a passion, which is why for a second year in a row, they drove across the country in an all-electric vehicle, ending their 6,000-mile, month-long trip at the Live Green Network in Norwalk.
The goal of their trip is to educate towns across the country of the EV revolution.
"Driving an EV across the country is really something anybody can do with a little bit of planning," Dixon said.
Range anxiety is what leaves many daunted by the idea of electric vehicles. "Because charging stations aren't on every single corner like gas stations are. You have to plan your route a little more," said Murphy.
There's an app to track charging stations, but Dixon says they would like to see a cash option, one of several challenges in helping people adapt to a point where driving an EV across the country is just as doable as driving a gas-powered car.
"The hotel industry has a lot of catching up to do as far as being able to provide overnight charging for their guests. When you're traveling almost 6,000 miles across the country, you're staying overnight, you stay in a different place every evening. And most hotels did not have the capacity to help us charge overnight," Dixon said.
The state's utility companies have partnered with electrical contractors to help build nearly 1,200 charging ports across Connecticut.
"There's a lot of interest, especially in the dealer networks to get residential ports done, installed at home, workplace ports, so everybody has a chance to charge," said Sean Tully, with Eversource.
Dixon and Murphy have an EV scorecard with a list of 18 different areas towns should be looking at when it comes to building out EV infrastructure.
The duo is already planning next year's trip.


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