Electric Car Revival Gives a Jolt to Longtime Advocates


Dan can rightfully boast that his fuel is "not coming from the Middle East", and certainly not from "countries that aren't really friendly with us."

Electric Cars to Be Major Player in the Future, Advocates Say

Dan says it's the "logical reasons that make sense to drive electric." The best part is that "it's just a better ride." Electrically powered vehicles produce almost instantaneous torque, which is the motive force that creates acceleration. When the driver of an EV pushes down on the accelerator pedal, the transition from stationary to lightning speed can take your breath away.

New electric vehicles, such as the 2011 Nissan LEAF, will benefit from innovative battery technology. Nissan engineers have quietly developed a high output lithium battery pack that has proprietary advanced features they would rather not disclose to their competition.

The new battery pack will allow Nissan LEAF drivers to enjoy a range of nearly 100 miles per charge. Increased range will attract current fossil fuel drivers, and when Davids talks about the future, he sees EVs as a major player. Asked what percentage of us will be driving an EV in the next 10 years, he says, "10% is probably low, 15% is definitely doable and it could even be higher."

With all the advantages, he wonders why the Detroit auto makers "went on hiatus for a while." Davids believes that electricity increasingly produced from home grown and sustainable sources is "really exciting." When he talks about his EV, you can sense the affection. "It's just a wonderful car."

Test-Driving Electric Cars Means 'Never Turning Back'

Chris Paine is a movie producer who is best known for his documentary "Who killed the Electric Car?" It was at Paine's palatial and chicly sustainable Los Angeles home that Plug-in America celebrated its fifth anniversary.

Paine, who is looking forward to the upcoming release of his new production, "The Revenge of the Electric Car", says "I drive an EV because I'm too lazy to bike." Paine says, "Once I drove one, I understood where this is all going -- they are just better cars in almost every respect." While EVs are fairly simple vehicles, he likes to refer to it as "Car 2.0." He adds, "There's the double bonus - I can charge it at home for less money than doping up on gasoline at the local Chevron station."

Plug-in America member Avi Hershkovitz has driven his electric RAV4 an incredible 200,000 miles. An early member of Plug-in America, he commutes 47 miles between his home in Huntington Beach and Claremont, California. While Hershkovitz has had to replace the car's nickel metal hydride battery pack he is still an enthusiastic supporter of EV technology.

He says the best part is that he's "doing something efficiently, quietly and clean, instead of wastefully, noisily and dirty." A big perk is driving solo in the carpool lane. His advice is to "drive an electric car. Once you do, you'll never turn back."

Electric Car Enthusiast: This Is for America

Paul Scott is vice-president and co-founder of Plug-in America. A major proponent and longtime owner of an EV, Paul is a consultant for solar industry powerhouse, SolarCity. Paul has embraced the new Nissan EV – and made a career change in the process.

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