Is it possible to drive all-electric across all of Maryland? Jonathan Slade and Novia Campbell set out to find the answer to this and more, which they captured in their documentary Electric Road Trip. On June 27th, their efforts were recognized by the regional chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, when they received an Emmy award in the Technology category.
Slade is a professor of cinema at McDaniel College and his wife Campbell is a perioperative nurse at Hanover Hospital in Pennsylvania. Before becoming a full-time educator, Slade worked as a producer with Maryland Public Television for 11 years. In 2012, the couple purchased a Nissan Leaf, an electric car with a range of about 84 miles.They decided to turn a fun vacation idea into a documentary for MPT, going out and purchasing four GoPro cameras and planning the trip from Oakland to Ocean City.
The trip from border-to-coast eventually took the couple six days. Recent developments have improved the feasibility of a cross-state adventure. In an interview with the Carroll County Times, Slade said additional charging stations have been appearing throughout Maryland, with a few out west and more out east, where previously there had been none. The documentary was eventually assembled from over 50 hours of footage from the four cameras. You can check out a promo for the movie below: