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Digital Subscriptions > Cottage Life > May 2018 > ARE WE THERE YET?


The Friday slog to the cottage is no one’s favourite part of the weekend. But innovations in car design and technology mean a greener, faster, easier commute may be closer than you think


One year ago, Dawn and Dave Carr made a long-time wish come true: they purchased a 100 per cent electric vehicle, or EV for short. “We wanted to go electric because we are always trying to reduce our carbon footprint,” says Dawn. “But we’ve been waiting for years for the technology to catch up to our lifestyle. If a vehicle’s battery couldn’t get us to the cottage and back”—specifically, from their home in Peterborough, Ont., to their marina in Honey Harbour on Georgian Bay—”then it didn’t make sense for us.”

The biggest drawback of electric vehicles has long been that a single battery charge could only get a fraction of the mileage of a full tank of gas. That’s still the case: the best EV can squeeze just over 400 km out of its battery, compared to the 500 or more that any car can cover on hydrocarbons. But the Carrs knew that electric vehicles also recharge through what’s called regenerative braking: every time you apply the brakes, the car converts the mechanical energy of the wheels into a tiny electrical charge and stores that charge back in the battery. Which explains how Dave, an emergency physician, manages the 430 km return trip to Honey Harbour without plugging it in.

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Start fresh for a new cottage season with the May issue of Cottage Life! The dos and don’ts of natural shorelines How to love your old boat instead of listing it, and how much upgrades and fixes will cost A DIY project to update the sign on your cottage road Pro tips on building a bunkie The inspiring story of cottagers who rebuilt after a forest fire destroyed their cabin Why flood plain maps are essential—and outdated Design ideas from a redone super-cute trailer How innovations in car design and technology can put us on the road to a greener, faster, easier weekend commute Plus, recipes for grilling impressive (yet surprisingly easy) large cuts of meat, such as prime rib, pork shoulder, a whole chicken, and a leg of lamb—yes, please! Pick up the May 2018 issue of Cottage Life for everything you need to get your cottage in shape for summer.