Electric Vehicles (EV) are experiencing a surge in popularity. Lake Wallenpaupack is about 100 miles from New York City and 150 miles from the Philadelphia area, making the region a prime destination to take an electric car road trip to the Poconos.
Increased accessibility and supporting infrastructure mean getaways in an EV are no longer a daydream. The latest EV models average 250 miles on a single charge. A little planning may be required to take an electric car road trip to the Poconos, but EV owners are no longer tethered to their hometown. Ledges Hotel, along with sister properties The Settlers Inn and Cocoon Coffeehouse and Bakery, offer Tesla charging stations free of charge to guests. The amenity makes this rural part of Pennsylvania a viable destination for EV owners. It also reflects the owners’ commitment to being a leader in green business practice and design. From the very beginning, Ledges Hotel was conceived with the best adaptive reuse and sustainable design. That is evident in everything from the preservation of the 1890s Bluestone building itself to the all-natural, organic guest amenity products supplied to each room.
Charging to the Future
With the savings in gas and routine maintenance, as well as advantages for the environment, EVs are quickly becoming the wave of the future. At the end of 2021, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and electric vehicles accounted for 11 percent of auto sales in the United States. That trend is anticipated to continue at a rapid pace. Experts expect by 2030 52 percent of new vehicle sales will be all-electric. Local and federal governments, private companies and organizations are working to provide the infrastructure to make long distance travel by EV possible. There are now more than 1,600 public Level 2 chargers that can be used by any vehicle at more than 800 locations throughout the state. With one of the few EV chargers in this part of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Ledges Hotel is poised to welcome a new breed of travelers and be at the forefront of America’s drive to modernize the highway system.
Tips for Taking an EV Road Trip
- To extend battery life, try to limit use of the air conditioner and heater.
- Schedule activities and meals around recharge breaks. Use of public charging stations may take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. Use that time to check out a coffee shop, do a little shopping or enjoy a leisurely meal.
- Calculate your mileage in advance and use apps such as Google Maps, PlugShare or Charge Hub to find public charging stations.