My six-year-old son, Remy, was in the back seat, deep into his book, oblivious to the fact that I was filled with so much nervous energy I could have recharged our electric BMW i3 myself. Our family had recently bought the car with an eye toward reducing our carbon footprint, and this was our first long-distance mom-and-son drive.
In preparation, I’d mapped out an EV-friendly route from our home in Connecticut through the Berkshires, the Massachusetts region known for its cute towns filled with museums, antique shops, and year-round farm stands. when we rolled up to the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, which has on-site EV charging, my grip slackened and my shoulders dropped a few inches. While Remy and I spent an hour and a half taking in paintings like Boy and Girl Gazing at Moon, our car’s battery was topped up for just $2.11.
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