EV AND ME
In an effort to pitch in and help reduce greenhouse gases I purchased an all electric vehicle. In so doing I reduced my carbon footprint by 28%. Most individual’s CO2 emissions come from our personal transportation should we drive a gas powered vehicle. This constitutes the largest percentage of our contribution to global warming.
It feels good to drive knowing that I am, in some small way, contributing to the solution of climate disruption. This problem came into being through the seemingly insignificant life-style decisions of hundreds of millions of people like me. When people say to me, “what can I do about global warming, I’m just one person?” I say a lot and remind them how we got into this fix in the first place.
My Chevy Bolt is affording me the latest technological innovations in driving. It is safer, smarter and much quieter than my previous gas powered car. I love, too, the sense of self-sufficiency it brings me when I “fill her up” simply by plugging it into a standard 110 electrical outlet in my garage. No more gas stations for me and my fuel cost has plummeted over $100 monthly. I pay around $25 a month for the additional electricity to power my EV
The Bolt has a range of about 250 miles per charge. I drive weekly from Depoe Bay to Portland without any problems. Should I ever need more power, charging stations are becoming common and easy to find. I should mention that this car has much more pick up and go than my previous internal combustion car because of the much simpler design of it’s electric motor, providing more energy to go directly to the wheels unlike gas powered cars. There is much less maintenance and virtually not oil changes as well.
What I have found in making this decision, like the other environmentally conscious choices I have made, is that it has proven to be a win win situation – better for me, better for the planet.
Depoe Bay, Or