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The Route 57 Car is coming through Leeds in April

The 2,500 mile bucket list road trip is being driven for the first time, in an electric car.

The official ‘Route 57’ electric car will be driving through Leeds on the 13th April as part of its journey through 57 must-see destinations across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The road trip runs from 6th - 26th April, starting in Plymouth and ending in Galway, visiting villages, towns, and cities along the way – including yours!

See the car tomorrow outside Jurys Inn Leeds from 6:30pm!  

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 and motoring journalist Jess Shanahan. Jess 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.

Jess will be posting updates on the Route 57 website: along with Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram – and taking driving music suggestions through the Twitter hashtag #route57, or adding them directly Route 57 Spotify playlist. Audiobook suggestions are also welcome – Jess will be fittingly listening to Bill Bryson’s ‘Notes from a Small Island’ to begin with.


More information & contact:

The car will be stopping for photos and interviews at selected locations at each destination, for local press. If you would like to be notified where and when to get some pictures and comments, please contact Ardziv Simonian on or +44 (0)2070360774



Jess with Route 57 car