Letter: Why I drive an electric car

Published: 4/30/2021 8:00:37 AM

We have been driving electric cars for 6.5 years and couldn’t be happier. We have a newer Leaf. It has no maintenance other than tires and has a bunch of comfort and safety features like your nicer cars. Most EVs now have about a 200 to 300-mile range. We can easily run down to Portsmouth and back, but we mostly drive locally. As a commuter car, it’s perfect and you can easily just charge at home.

The thing really lacking in New Hampshire is the charging infrastructure so you can do a bigger trip, recharge and return. What gives with the charging stations the VW settlement was paying for? One study estimated that the Leaf was the cheapest car to own (of any type of car) over a 10 year life span. All the costs, including buying, maintenance and energy use averaged out to $300 per year. Other EVs are also cheaper than gas cars. The energy cost is like a 40 mpg car paying $2.00 per gallon, with zero emissions. With 300 models coming out in two years from various makers, you will have your choice, including SUVs and trucks. There is really no reason not to start planning to make this switch right now or in two years if you want a particular style. You will save money even without the incentives they are talking about. Let’s start doing this so we can make that climate goal really happen.

Sara Smith

Pembroke




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