This article appears in the summer issue of MyGreenPod.com Magazine, distributed with the Guardian on 14 July 2017. Click here to read the full digital issue online.
If you believe electric cars are only good for nipping round cities, and you think you have to stop for an overnight charge before you’ve got anywhere remotely close to ‘away’ for the weekend, think again.
The Tesla X is the holy grail of SUVs – and just happens to be fully electric. Its off-road stealth is frankly astonishing and its incredible range means you can get out into the wilderness and enjoy a silent drive through remote landscapes without dropping a gram of carbon behind you. So we did just that.
We collected the Tesla X from Edinburgh and drove straight up to the Findhorn Foundation, the pioneering eco and spiritual centre (which, of course, has an electric car charger) in Forres, not far from Inverness. The route skirted round the edge of the Cairngorms National Park before taking us through Aviemore and up to the coast. It was just over 150 miles through some of the UK’s most beautiful and rugged land, but there was no need for range anxiety in this machine.
The Tesla X has a minimum range of 250 miles; the car gave us no reason to stop, but the charging station in a car park in Aviemore gave us an opportunity to stretch our legs, order a bag of Scottish chips and enjoy the novelty of eating them en terrace in one of the UK’s best ski destinations.
Likewise the return trip could have been uninterrupted, but we decided to stay at the beautiful Fonab Castle, a stunning five-star hotel and spa in Pitlochrie, to try out its Tesla Destination Charger.
Our room was so peaceful and the food was so good (the vegetarian haggis was the best I’ve ever had!) that by the next morning, after a deep and rejuvenating rest, I was ready for an adventure. We decided to take the scenic route back to Edinburgh, and found ourselves testing the Model X’s off -road capabilities in the middle of Tay Forest Park.
I have to admit I was a little nervous at this point; we were in the middle of nowhere, it was raining and the already risky tracks were getting more perilous by the minute. Check out the X’s 4×4 prowess out for yourself: you can see a video of our off-road adventure at mygreenpod.com/tv.