Road Trip Club has come up with this west coast route especially for electric cars and it’s complete with chargers along the way. In total the route is 300 miles and will take six hours without stopping. However, even without taking into consideration the charging time, you’d want to stop for the night on the way to make sure you have enough time for the activities mentioned!

We’ve specifically chosen remote parts of Britain to drive through because what’s a road trip without a bit of a challenge? It also takes you between two fantastic eco locations where you can spend the day learning more about sustainability in an interesting way.

What’s wonderful news for electric car drivers’ is the number of holiday homes and hotels that now offer electric car charging included with your stay, and particularly in more remote locations this can be a lifesaver. There is one problem with driving to these sorts of places in an electric car though, and it’s that you can’t always rely on the EV charging network. So be prepared and always check that there’s a backup within your range if it does turn out something isn’t working as you expected!

Tywyn to Llandovery via Aberystwyth – 72 miles

This road trip starts in mid-Wales just off the coast in a place called Tywyn. Here you’ll find the Centre for Alternative Technology, a gem hidden in the forest where you can find out more about how to make your life more sustainable and interact with interesting exhibits about what is possible in this field.

From here this route loops inland on the A493 and follows the edge of the estuary at Aberdyfi before taking you south and towards Aberystwyth. Here you’ll be able to find fast chargers for cars that use Type 2, CCS or CHAdeMo.

Wales has a history of pioneering ecological design and practices, so you could spend much longer visiting intriguing locations such as the water powered dams at the Elan Valley or head to the south west and see the Lammas Eco Village in Pembrokeshire.

Our route is shorter than that though, but no less beautiful. On our journey south our next stop is in Llandovery, where you can use a fast charger to top up before heading into the Brecon Beacons. This historic market town is a charming place to take a stroll, grab a coffee and do some browsing of the shops while you wait for the car to charge.

Landovery to Pontypool – 53 miles

The next stint heads across the rugged landscape of Brecon Beacons. This is an opportunity to take in the countryside and enjoy the magnitude of the mountain range as the scenery slips on for as far as the eye can see.

From Llandovery, you can take the A4069 south to drive the famous Black Mountain pass and then head east for Crickhowell and onto Pontypool. Knowing there are options for fast charging on the other side of the National Park should help you relax and enjoy the drive during the remoteness of the area.

Pontypool to Bristol – 38 miles

The next stage will take you on a journey out of Wales and into England over two bridges on our way to Bristol. Of course, the first is the Prince of Wales Bridge that was previously called the Second Severn Crossing.

The second is the Clifton Suspension Bridge, which takes you into Bristol over the River Avon. Bristol is included in this road trip not only for being packed with great things to do, places to eat and nightlife, but also because of its eco credentials and being named a green capital. There are lots of sustainable things to do, including a hydrogen powered boat!

Being a green city, it’s also got lots of charging available and particularly fast ones!

Bristol to Exeter – 82 miles

As we head into Devon and Cornwall you might begin to feel a little bit more of that thing called range anxiety. Charging points do feel few and far between but that doesn’t mean they’re not there!

The drive south from Bristol will show you a very different landscape from what we saw in Wales. There are two options, you can use the more direct route on the M5 or choose a more rural and windy road on the A37.

If you’re driving a Tesla, for starters you might not even need to stop, but if you do there’s a Tesla supercharger at the Dart Farm just on the outskirts of Exeter. As the name suggests this is a farm and farm shop but with lots to see. A great opportunity to get some locally sourced food fresh from the fields and onto your plate!

 

Exeter to St Austell – 82 miles

From Exeter if you get back on the A30 you’ll avoid toll roads but also get to drive across Bodmin Moor, and even stop in at the famous Jamaica Inn if you fancy it to find out about smugglers.

Our drive takes us to one of the most famous eco locations in England – the Eden Project. Not only is this a place with sustainability and the natural world at its core values, but it’s also a brilliant day out with all of the family to learn and explore the huge domes.

Not to mention it also has three fast chargers on site, giving you some comfort that you’ll be getting home!

The Eden Project is located in Par, just down the road from St Austell where out drive ends. A beautiful seaside town is a great place to relax or enjoy other outdoors pursuits in the local area such as stunning beaches or the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

 

Stay safe – always follow government guidance.

Interested in more UK Road Trips? Then check out the below –

Road Trip Club – One-day Wales escape

Road Trip Club – Scottish Highland Adventure 

Road Trip Club – West Country Drive 

Road Trip Club – The best roads in the Peak District in a day 

Road Trip Club – Adventure road trip for couples

Road Trip Club – Perfect road trip for car enthusiasts