A few months ago we finally took delivery of our 75D Tesla Model X. To say this is the most expensive, complicated, luxurious, and largest car we’ve owned would be an understatement. The car it replaced (a Nissan Leaf) was nearly 1 ton lighter, half a meter smaller, and multiple folds cheaper. However with a growing family, some hard saving, and my own interest in all things new in tech the Tesla is the car I’ve been looking forwards to owning for a long time!! Two of the key questions I always get asked about EVs is range and charging. We did take our old Leaf on a 300 mile round trip from Cardiff to Leicester, but a combination of limited range (80-90 miles) and not that quick charging meant that one trip was enough to put me off using the Leaf for long distance drives for the whole time we owned it. So although the original 24kWh Leaf was/is a great commuter car, using one as a family wagon on long trips really isn’t enjoyable – Current 30kWh Leaf and the new 40kWh should change that though. So what better to try and see what a difference the Tesla makes to the range/charging experience than a road trip with our 18 months old daughter?? Rather than just do a simple trip from Leicester to Cardiff, we decided to go a tour heading up north via Liverpool, than Lake District, Edinburgh, than back down to Leeds, before finally coming back to Leicester. After plugging in the destinations to Google maps the total trip time came out to 673 miles, equating to nearly 14hrs of driving!! Having previously done some big drives in the past including a 2000 mile blast across Europe it wasn’t the distance that bothered me, more how our 18 months old daughter would cope sitting in a car seat for that long!!! I even thought about cancelling the whole thing but when the departure day came we went for it.....am sure any parent understands my fears. Outward leg: Leicester to Edinburgh, via Liverpool – 356 miles, 7hr+ We left Leicester fully charged, and arrived in Warrington Supercharger for lunch. For those who don’t know Tesla have a series of rapid chargers (Superchargers) along the UK M-way network. These chargers provide a stupid amount of electricity, it takes a Tesla Supercharger about 1 minute to deliver the same amount of electricity a normal 3 pin plug can deliver in 1 hr!! Unlike other EV chargers the Tesla chargers are much more reliable, have multiple chargers at each site, and can only be used by Tesla cars. So the chance of arriving at a Supercharger and not been able to charge is rare. By the time we finished lunch the car was 100% charged and it meant when we didn’t need to do any kind of charging overnight when visiting friends in Liverpool. The next day was the longer drive up to Edinburgh, up the M6. The scenery was beautiful, and we stopped for lunch just north of Carlie where there was another service station with 4 Tesla Chargers. Again by the time we finished lunch the car was at 100% charge, so we headed up to Edinburgh. This was when we were really thankful for having a massive car, our daughter hand been sat in the car seat for nearly 5 hrs that day and we needed everything thing possible to keep her entertained. The roads were amazing when we turned off the M-way!! Anyone whos been to Edinburgh knows how hard city parking is we had some underground parking which was great, and given the traffic in town elected not to move the car for the next few days. It also meant we didn’t have anyway to charge the car, but with 40% charge left in the battery I wasn’t worried. Return leg: Edinburgh to Leicester, via Leeds – 318 miles, 6h 30 min. For the return leg we split the trip into two again for our daughter. First stop was just as Abington for breakfast/break. The car arrived with 10% charge but after 30 minutes was back up to 75%. This was enough to get us to Tebay with ease. When we arrived at Tebay it was time for lunch and gave much daughter a chance to run around before the drive to Leeds via the A roads, the car had once again got to 100% charge before we were ready to go. The scenery was lovely, but I was glad to pull into the hotel in Leeds, 2hrs spent navigating twisty Yorkshire A roads does knacker you out!! Finally after spending a lovely night in Leeds, we headed up back home. Again I didn’t bother looking for a charger in Leeds, as I knew the car had enough range for the last leg. So finally after nearly 690 miles we were home!!. The car performed perfectly, we didn’t need to stop any where any longer than we wanted to, didn’t need to bother looking for charging points in hotels/friends house, we didn't need to drive at 50mph behind a lorry. We simply drove it as would our previous cars. So anyone whos still not sure how EVs can cope on a long family trip.....as long as you have a 200 miles range EV, with associated reliable charging network it simply isnt an issue. Oh I forgot the average temp for our trip was around 5 degrees, and we never needed to turn any heating/light off to make it to the next stop. After this trip I can confidently say EVs really are a viable option for most, all that remains to be solved is get the price lower and more reliable M-way charging . We are planning our summer road trip already!!