Cross-Country EV Journey Plants Knowledge, Trees
Brian Kent’s journey began when we started looking for a replacement for his 1999 Honda Civic. Seeking a vehicle that would get even better miles per gallon, he began to consider a vehicle that doesn’t use any gallons – a Nissan Leaf electric car.
Kent, a freelance writer from Albion, New York, took the plunge and bought the battery-powered vehicle. While happy with his clean air choice, Kent wondered how he could reach out to other people who care about the environment, but don’t know where to start to make it better.
That’s when the idea of the “The First Annual Negative Carbon U.S. Road Trip” came to Kent. A cross-country trip in an electric vehicle with a range of about 80 miles per charge would help clear up misconceptions about electric vehicles, Kent believed, and so on Monday, August 24th, he started off on his 100 day, 26,219 mile journey.
Brian Kent made a stop in St. Paul, Minn. on Oct. 21st to meet with Twin Cities Clean Cities staff and plant a tree at the American Lung Association in Minnesota office. Kent has made a pledge to plant a tree in each of the 48 states he plans to visit.
“I have been staying at campgrounds on my trip, because they almost always have electrical outlets and are a great place to meet people from all over the country,” Kent said. “I’ve learned that people are very supportive of what I’m doing. I expected some push-back in oil-rich North Dakota, but they were among the friendliest people I’ve met on my trip.”
Kent has set up a fundraising site for his journey, which he promises will be as frugal as it is environmentally conscious.
At the time he stopped in St. Paul, he had nearly reached the halfway mark with 12,670 miles behind him – all without using a single drop of gasoline.