What it’s like to take an EV on a rural Canadian road trip

During my review process with the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo Turbo S, I decided to also use the car to see what it would be like to take an EV on a long weekend road trip to visit my parents.

While I’d be lying if I said it went as seamlessly as when I take my Jetta, but I was able to make it there and back without running out of battery once, so I guess you could call the trip a success. It was also a pretty great learning experience for EV charging both on the street and at home.

To start off I’ll preface the story by mentioning that most of the time I review EVs I do it around Toronto, ON. That means that I’m never really that far from a fast-charger so I haven’t lived with a lot of range anxiety. However, I’m also aware that most people don’t live in Toronto so I’ve always wanted to take an EV a little further north in Ontario to see what it’s like using it in a small rural town like Renfrew, ON.

There’s roughly 400Km of road between these two legends of Ontario geography and while I usually cruise that distance in around four hours in a gasoline car, it took closer to five in the EV, plus once we arrived at my parent’s house we only had about 20km left in the charge. If you want to find out how the rest of the story went I’ve documented the full thing in the video below and I talk about it more in the full Porsche Taycan Cross Tursimo review.