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Why Drive an Electric Vehicle?

What is one of the most significant actions you, as an individual, can take to have a positive effect on global climate change?

Drive an electric vehicle (EV) instead of a fossil fuel, internal combustion engine (ICE), vehicle!

The reasons to drive an EV are compelling:


  • An EV uses electricity for “fuel”. Electricity is less expensive than fossil fuels. The average US electrical rate is $0.12/kWh, making electricity equivalent to $0.80/gallon gasoline. Electricity is locally produced so our “fuel dollars” remain in the local economy. Electricity prices are regulated and stable, unlike gasoline.
  • An EV requires very little maintenance. Tires, windshield wipers, and cabin air filter are generally all that is needed. Brakes rarely need replacement because regenerative braking slows an EV to almost a complete stop. Compared to the multitude of maintenance required by an ICE, there are significant savings.
  • We leased a Nissan Leaf for four years and calculated we saved almost $3,000 in fuel and maintenance costs. Since buying a pre-owned 2013 Telsa Model S in late 2016, we calculate that we are saving about $200 per month on fuel costs, compared to a 30 mpg ICE vehicle.


  • An EV has no emissions. Even if the electricity used was produced by a coal fueled power plant, studies have concluded than an EV, from “cradle to grave”, is “at least” half the environmental impact as an ICE. If your electricity is from newer, cleaner power plants, or renewable energy sources (solar, wind, hydro) the reduction in global climate change emissions is even greater.
  • As our electrical grid continues to get “greener”, the advantages of EVs get even better.
  • In the US, transportation is the largest single contributor to climate change emissions (40%). Driving an EV instead of an ICE will have the greatest positive impact on global climate change emissions.


  • EVs are among the most highly rated in crash safety tests.
  • EVs are virtually silent and vibration free. Although there is still a little wind and road noise, driver fatigue is greatly reduced.
  • EVs are powerful and have quick acceleration, which can be used to avoid potential accidents.


  • Most charging is done overnight at home.
  • Plug into a 240 volt outlet or “electric vehicle service equipment” (EVSE, commonly called an EV charger) in the evening, and your EV is fully charged the next morning!
  • For longer trips, your EV nav system, or the web page or phone app, will let you plan your trip using available chargers. We completed a 3+ week, 4,500+ mile, trip last February and spent less than $50 on “fuel”. We charged most of the time at Tesla Superchargers, which are free, and take only about 40 minutes to recharge enough to reach the next Supercharger.


Want to be part of the solution? Drive an EV! Once you “go electric”, you’ll never go back…


Submitted by by Randy Brooks, Rotary Club of Lake Chelan, Washington, U.S.A.