I Competed In A Cross-Country EV Rally And It’s Going To Be On TV

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Last month I traveled to New York City for the first time ever to take part in a cross-country electric car rally that ends in Los Angeles. The target wasn’t exactly speed, as it was scheduled to take ten days, and we weren’t allowed to go over the speed limit. Instead, the goal was to test the current state of charging infrastructure for road trips like this one. Wouldn’t you know it, our friends at Tangent Vector were on hand to document the whole process and turn it into what they call a “documentary” but really looks like a reality TV show.

Broadcasting on Tuesday, December 21 at 10 PM ET on NBC Sports, go set your TiVo or whatever to record it. You don’t want to miss her.

I obviously can’t tell you yet who won, because that would spoil the show, but I can’t wait for everyone to watch this so I can finally tell the stories from this journey. It has been an uphill and difficult journey, not necessarily because of faulty chargers or difficult challenges, but because the other competitors are incredibly talented and smart people who have made our strategic choices even more stressful. Let’s just say finishing this event was more than a nail-biter from Lewis vs. Max. I don’t do well with stiff competition, so I’m sure there will be some great “made for TV” moments.

For this event I borrowed a great rear-wheel drive Taycan with a big battery, and it couldn’t have been a better camper. My wife and I were co-drivers on this trip, and we both fell in love with that great machine with a long exposure to its goodness. Fortunately, one of the other teams, mother and son, brought a Taycan. We’ll also encounter a pair of electric car experts in the Ford Mustang Mach-E, and a couple of friends in the Volkswagen ID 4 and Polestar 2.

Obviously, this list does not include any Tesla. The goal here was to make everyone equal by using the same CCS plugs and charging stations. Obviously, that’s what every non-Tesla automaker is jumping on to use in their machines, so that’s what we need to investigate. Is the infrastructure ready for mass adoption yet? Is the court of public opinion heading towards the readiness of electric cars? How easy or difficult will it be to switch from gas to electric in 2021?

We hope you find out all that and more in the one-hour premiere of the show after we go ahead and find out the winner. It’s a TV event full of drama, and you definitely won’t want to miss it.

Tune in on NBC Sports on December 21 at 10 PM EST. There will be a replay at 2am on December 22nd as well. Obviously check your local listings to see which channel is right for you. After it airs, I’ll tell a little behind-the-scenes from the event, and if you ever find me and buy me a drink, I’ll tell you some of the juicier stories that aren’t suitable for publication.


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