UK & Ireland’s 2500mile long answer to Route 66 to be driven… in an electric car!

2,500 mile bucket list road trip is being driven for the first time this April.

The official ‘Route 57’ electric car will be hitting the road and heading through 57 must-see destinations across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The road trip runs from 6- 26 April, starting in Plymouth and ending in Galway, visiting villages, towns, and cities along the way.

Route 57 was designed as the UK and Ireland’s answer to US Route 66, by Jurys Inn Hotels who are supplying accommodation along the way, to the driver, freelance motoring journalist Jess Shanahan who currently resides in Norfolk.

CeOtmMlXIAA8e_ZJess will be doing the road trip in a KIA Soul EV supplied by electric car leasing company DriveElectric, and stopping at charging stations along the route, mapped out by ZapMap.

Read our review of the KIA Soul EV here

As well as promoting local tourism, the campaign’s use of an electric cars seeks to challenge common myths around electric cars. A recent survey by the AA shows that the ‘range’ of an EV is one of the top reasons why people are not buying electric cars.
The Route 57 campaign will show that these perceptions do not match reality with today’s green car technology, and that an electric car can drive more than 2,580 miles across four countries.

JEss-Shanahan-full-shotJess has written for the likes of Metro, carwow, North Norfolk Living, and Your Cat Magazine, as well as appearing on Downforce Radio and TalkSPORT.

To see updates on the journey check out the Route 57 website: along with Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

We will be following with great interest and hope to meet Jess along the route through Yorkshire.


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