The Switch to an Electric Vehicle


Following the Fall Council Meeting, attendees had an exciting opportunity to ride and test drive electric vehicles. The Drive Electric Vehicle Event co-hosted by MAPC and the Department of Energy Resources were both informative and helpful. The event educated participants and even debunked myths surrounding Electric Vehicles.

“Well, the Ride and Drive event sucked me in – we got a Bolt this weekend,” said MAPC’s Assistant Director of Transportation, Sarah Kurpiel Lee. After participating in the event, Sarah was quickly drawn-in by all the pros that Electric Vehicles had to offer.

 “I like a bargain and the rebates/incentives are tough to ignore. It’s definitely going to be a change from gas to electric, but with a range of 240 miles, we really won’t have much to worry about in terms of range anxiety.”

For Sarah, the real deal closer was the car’s sustainability, safety, and affordability. “For the cost of one month of [my son’s] preschool, we’ll have a brand new fully loaded electric car for the year [with]…the highest safety rating offered, so it’s a win-win-win for us (green, cheap, safe).” Sarah’s interest around Electric Vehicles even inadvertently prompted her mother to purchase one, too.

If you’re interested in learning more about electric vehicles, you can participate in an upcoming EV Forum in Arlington or check out a list of Free Ride and Drive events here.