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1020 miles summer road trip in a 4 year old smallest battery Model X!


Active Member
May 22, 2014
Guy Martin recently said EVs are only good for 50 mile trips....We've just arrived home after a 1020bmile summer holiday road trip to the Scottish Highlands from the Midlands in our 4 year old 75D X with zero issues.

We had rain, mini floods, road closures, traffic (lots of traffic), tantrums, and at various points 6 people in the car, but the car never set a foot wrong.

In total Google recons we spent over 18hrs+ in the car without traffic or some additional sight seeing, reality was probably over 20hr+.

Its really astonishing how capable these cars are for long distances trips, the fact our 4 year old with X 'only' had a 75kWh battery can manage such a trip so easily shows how great these cars are!!




For anyones whos not been Scotland is a beautiful place, and as memorable as the Swiss Apls. We saw plenty of EVs enroute, and the only word I can think of for the trip is EPIC.

I love road trips, but its never just about the car that makes road trips memorable, its the journey, destination and the people around you. In that regard our EV fulfils its role perfectly, and I can honestly say I LOVE the car more now than ever. Its well and truly earned its place as a 'keeper', unless financially forced too, I doubt I'll ever sell it!!








People 'worry' about EVs not been 'fun' to drive, but my daughter will happily tell you otherwise, and we are now planning our road trip to Norway next year :)



Active Member
May 22, 2014
Fantastic! I can’t wait to do almost the same trip, NC 500 in my model 3 long range later this year! Thanks for the insights and hope you enjoyed your trip!
Get a ChargeforScotland RIFD card, it works much better than the App. There are so many 22KW charging posts around Scotland I didn't use any Superchargers once North of Glasgow.


Jul 28, 2019
NE Scotland
We have just returned from a 1400 mile round trip to Guernsey (ferry used of course!) from NE Scotland and it was easy peasy. BUT we have a Tesla with access to the excellent supercharger network. Trying to do the same trip in any other car would not have been anywhere near so easy, if even possible. So I actually agree with Guy Martin - unless you have a Tesla.


Active Member
Aug 19, 2019
Guy Martin recently said EVs are only good for 50 mile trips....

To be accurate he actually referred to being restricted to places in a 50 mile radius, so 100 miles there and back. He's been driving a Honda E so if you want to only charge at home that's your limit. Seems he made a poor choice of EV just because it looked "cute"... great for driving around a city but that's not his pattern of use.

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