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My Search for an Electric Car

What is the Electric Car?

I’m a Green Realtor. That means I’ve taken the time and spent a bit of money to learn about energy efficient homes. I’ve taken the test and received the Green Realtor designation from the National Association of Realtors. I care about environmental issues on many levels, and our dependence on oil and petroleum products is disturbing. Let’s get it all out on the table: I do think we are experiencing Climate Change and that humans have a lot to do with it and we need to immediately reduce our dependence on petroleum and the emissions that come from burning it.

Since I’m “green,” when I saw a notice that the film “What Is the Electric Car?” was premiering at the Eagle Rock branch of the public library, I dragged my husband down there to see it. What a life-changing experience for us both! Every objection to the electric car was addressed in this film. In brief, the main reasons to own a plug-in vehicle are that it is not dependent on foreign oil, and it is cheaper and cleaner to run -- even with some electricity produced by coal-burning power plants and even with electric cars being more expensive than gasoline-powered cars. I left a believer, an advocate, and an eager purchaser of my electric car!

I went to the website www.pluginamerica.org and checked out their vehicle tracker, which they said had a list of all the new electric vehicles, when they would be available, and what their range, cost, and speed are. The vehicle that excited me most was the Toyota Rav-4, because it is a popular car having most of the features I want, and from what they said, it sounded like it would be affordable. There was no price listed on the website, so I went to the Toyota website and discovered that the Rav-4 is going to cost $49,000! Whoa! Even with the $7500 Federal tax rebate and $2500 State tax rebate, this is too rich for my blood.

So now what? I thought perhaps a journal of my search for the right plug-in car arrangement might make a good series of blog posts and help you and me figure out the best way to go. Stay tuned as we consider the pros and cons of a few plug-in cars.
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