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It’s coming. National Drive Electric Week. September 10-18.

“A nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have successfully done so.” – National Drive Electric Week

All of the above is true. Let’s start with the least known trait of EVs – fun to drive.

An average, everyday electric vehicle is more fun to drive than its internal combustion engine counterpart. Take the lowly Nissan Leaf. Rocket ship? No. But I have a Mercedes C300 and I can assure you any day of the week I’d rather drive the Leaf. It’s “zippy” and “quick” (thanks to immediate torque) and doesn’t growl or thump through gears (people are always impressed by how quiet it is). Sure, if I romp on the gas, I can make the C300 accelerate as fast as the Leaf, and after 40 mph it’s going start walking away from the Nissan. But off the line, and up to your average, everyday driving speeds – the Leaf is way more FUN. It also has a low center of gravity due to the (heavy) battery pack. It feels as solid and connected to the road as the C300 – far more so than a similar-sized gas vehicle.

driveThe C300 is a fine ICE vehicle. The Leaf is more fun to drive.

Less expensive. Total cost of operation is far less than an ICE vehicle. Initially, a brand new EV costs more than a moderately priced ICE car. But honestly, you can spend a lot of money on a Ford Fusion if you choose to do so. And unlike the Fusion, an EV has no oil – and therefore, no oil changes. An electric motor is essentially one moving part, compared to the many moving parts of an internal combustion engine. No timing belts, no fan belts, no valve lifters, etc. Maintenance is a pittance. And when it comes to fuel costs, according to FuelEconomy.GOV the cost per mile to power an electric vehicle (such as a Nissan Leaf) is less than four cents. By comparison, a 2.5L Ford Fusion costs more than eight cents per mile.

driveUnless you drive in your sleep, an EV is more convenient.

More convenient to fuel. If you have your own gas pump at home, this isn’t true. But if you’re like most drivers, it’s off to the gas station you go. True, it takes longer to “fuel” an electric car. But most of the time, you’re doing it overnight. So unless you’re sleep-driving, an electric car is extremely convenient (not to mention cheaper) to “fuel.”

Better for the environment. Koch Bros. disinformation would have us all believe that because you have to burn dirty, awful COAL to generate electricity, and that the manufacturing process of making BATTERIES is so toxic and damaging to the environment, that electric cars are not a good solution. Well, take a quick look at this video from the Union Of Concerned Scientists and tell me what you think:

I promise that if you take a test ride in an electric car, you’ll be hooked. So in celebration of National Drive Electric Week, find an event near you and discover the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks and motorcycles.

It’s time for everybody to drive (electric) now. menu

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