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Surprise: Electric Vehicles are Already Driving Huge Distances Across America

Surprise: Electric Vehicles are Already Driving Huge Distances Across America 2048 1368 Peter Oliver

Electric Vehicles: A Revolution on American Roads

Electric vehicles (EVs) have come a long way since the first commercially available EV hit the market in the late 1990s. Today, EVs are becoming more common due to their environmentally-friendly nature, low operating costs, and improved technology, allowing longer driving distances. EVs are already driving huge distances across America, with more and more drivers taking them on long-distance road trips. 

Suppose you are an automotive trainer or educator looking to incorporate EV training into your curriculum. In that case, Switch Vehicles offers an innovative and hands-on approach to learning that can prepare students for the ever-evolving automotive industry.

Top Five Long-Distance Road Trip Routes for Electric Vehicles in the United States

Despite the increase in EV sales and use, concerns still need to be addressed about the infrastructure supporting EVs, particularly regarding long-distance travel. However, the good news is that the infrastructure in the United States is rapidly improving to support EVs, making long-distance trips more manageable than ever before. 

Here are the top five long-distance road trip routes for EV owners in the United States:

  1. West Coast Electric Highway: This route stretches 1,350 miles from the Canadian to the Mexican border, with over 40 charging stations.
  2. Electric Vehicle Southern Alliance: This route covers over 500 miles across the Southeast, with charging stations in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
  3. Charge Across America: This route spans 3,000 miles from New York City to Los Angeles, with charging stations along the way.
  4. Midwest EVOLVE: This route covers over 6,000 miles across eight Midwestern states, with charging stations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
  5. Charge NY: This route covers over 500 miles across the state of New York, with charging stations located every 30 miles or less.

Improving Infrastructure for Long-Distance Travel

While the EV charging network is still growing, it is rapidly expanding to accommodate long-distance travel. More and more charging stations are being installed in convenient locations such as rest stops, shopping centers, and hotels, making it easier for the owners of electric vehicles to travel long distances without worrying about running out of charge. In addition, charging technology is also improving, with some EVs now capable of charging up to 80% in as little as 30 minutes.

In conclusion, the electric vehicle industry is growing rapidly in the United States, and people are beginning to embrace the convenience and environmental benefits of owning an electric vehicle. With the development of better infrastructure to support long-distance travel and more training programs for automotive technicians and students, the future of electric cars is bright. 

Preparing the Next Generation of Automotive Technicians

As EVs become more popular, the automotive industry must keep up with demand by providing adequate repair and maintenance services. More automotive technicians and people in the automotive industry are obtaining more EV repair and maintenance training to meet this growing demand. 

Switch Vehicles is leading the way by offering EV assembly kits that help train students from high school to university levels, providing hands-on training while building electric vehicles.

Switch Vehicles EV Assembly Kits and Training

Switch Vehicles offers EV assembly kits that give students everything they need to build their own EV. When you purchase a Switch Vehicle, you get an entire program that can be used over and over again. The Switch Lab™ program includes the following:

VEHICLE

  • 96 Volt Lithium-ion battery
  • AC Drive System
  • Permanent Magnet Motor
  • Chassis
  • Required wiring
  • 2 seats and seatbelts
  • Lights
  • Windscreen

CURRICULUM

  • Build Your Own Electric Vehicle (BYOEV) Textbook
  • Class lectures
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Homework assignments
  • Homework review
  • 2-year Curriculum Club Membership (includes project challenges, community forum, and step-by-step assembly instructions)
  • PowerPoint lessons

KITS

  • Relay Lab Kit– Teaches students about relays, switches, contactors, and how to make and terminate wires properly. This is our most popular lab kit.
  • Measuring Tools Kit – Students learn how to use 10 measuring tools.
  • Enviro Battery Kit – Students learn how batteries work using food and beverages, lights, and buzzers.

Wind Tunnel Kit – Students use CAD and 3D printing to make the Switch chassis more aerodynamic. Ideal for Engineering, Physics, and auto programs to learn about the coefficient of drag.

TOOLS

Switch Vehicles offers safety, imperial, metric, and insulated tools to ensure schools have everything they need to safely and effectively assemble and disassemble the Switch.

TRAINING

Our train-the-trainer workshop provides 36 hours of hands-on professional development experience, preparing instructors to teach and assemble the Switch. 

Make The Switch For Your CTE & STEM Programs

Switch Vehicles is one of the companies leading the way in EV education and training with their comprehensive curriculum and assembly kits for building electric vehicles. By offering hands-on training opportunities for students from high school to university levels, Switch Vehicles is helping to prepare the next generation of automotive technicians and engineers for the future of the electric vehicle industry.

If you are an automotive trainer or educator looking to incorporate electric vehicle training into your curriculum, consider contacting Switch Vehicles. The comprehensive program and assembly kits provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about electric vehicle technology while gaining valuable hands-on experience building and maintaining their electric vehicles. 

By investing in the education and training of future EV professionals, we can continue to drive the growth and innovation of the electric vehicle industry in the United States and worldwide. The Switch Lab™ is an engaging hands-on project that your students will love. It makes learning complex topics fun and exciting. This new EV technology isn’t ahead of its time. It’s right on time.

Our reusable EV Kit is ideal for students interested in renewable energy, advanced technology, or automobile design. The Switch Lab teaches students how to work with their hands, solve problems, collaborate as a team, learn about systems, and gain experience in cutting-edge automotive technology. Contact us today to learn more about how Switch Vehicles can benefit your school. Let’s grow the EV tech future together!