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Fly to Bordeaux, or Drive a Tesla?

How I went on a continental holiday with 94% lower emissions— a comparison of travel time, costs & carbon, plus tips & tricks!

Photo by Juan Di Nella on Unsplash

The Trip — Luton to Bordeaux, Return

Photo by Bram Van Oost on Unsplash

Travel Time — 14 hours vs. 6.5 hours — Winner: Flying

LTN — BOD — taking in the Superchargers @ Abbeville, Rouen, Le Mans, Niort

Travel Costs — £543 vs. £633— Winner: EV by a Small Margin

Cost & Emissions Breakdown — Driving EV (Tesla Model 3 LR) via Eurotunnel & Autoroutes w/Tolls, using Superchargers
Cost & Emissions Breakdown — Flights LTN-BOD Return w/Taxi Transfer, Hire Car & 1x Excess Baggage for Wine

Emissions — 49 kg vs. 831 kg — Winner: EV, by miles

Conclusion — Try taking your EV (especially if it’s a Tesla) for your next French adventure!

Tips & Tricks — Things We Wish We Knew



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Alvin Chan

Analytics leader with a scientific background, passionate about all things climate change & sustainability