The evening of August 6, 2013 was one of those perfect summer evenings. Returning to Shepherdstown alone from a client meeting in Bolivar I took the back roads home: Bakerton Road to Moler’s Crossroads and then River Road. I put down all of the Leaf’s windows and let the cool evening air scented by forest and fields surround me at 35mph. The odometer clicked exactly 5000 miles. But unlike other summer evening car rides this was completely different – the Leaf was nearly silent – no clattering racket and exhaust of a combustion engine. In its place was, well, tranquility.
The economics make sense too: because I installed 40 solar panels I also have very low dependence on carbon based fuels. Based upon my actual driving results, it costs me $1.81 to drive 100 miles. Compare that to the cost of the three gallons of gas needed to drive the same distance (assuming you average 33 miles per gallon). Think about no more fill-ups that cost $50+ and no more oil changes every 3000 miles, what a relief!
And that’s how I feel about driving a 100% electric car: tranquil, economical, and environmentally sound. Plus, even my teenagers think the Leaf is cool!