February 3, 2023

FDI Forum

Earn the right Invest

Can an electric car handle long highway trips? I did it. Here’s how.

Americans love road trips. But can you use an electric vehicle for a long highway drive? Snowbirds heading south for winter? A thousand miles with the family to Disney? Or does recharging the battery add a prohibitive amount of time to your trip?

Those are threshold questions for many people to consider EVs, so I just drove from Detroit to Nashville, Tennessee, and back in a 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQE luxury sedan. The EQE has the latest features for route planning and charging.

About 1,100 miles round trip, my drive relied on major interstate highways countless people use every day.

It worked. Not flawlessly, but the issues I encountered are fixable — related to charging stations, not the vehicle.

I know this route well. I use it frequently for long-range vehicle tests, often continuing to the New Orleans Jazz Festival. This time, my destination was the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, one of the sacred sites of American music, and the venue Jan. 4 for a memorial concert for singer-songwriter Justin Townes Earle.