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» A Year with an Electric Car The Bridge

A year ago I leased a Mitsubishi MiEV. Shortly after,The Bridge published my article on driving an electric vehicle (EV) in their November 15, 2012 issue. After a year of driving it, including one winter, I can now safely say that it has worked out very well for me. It’s fun to drive and has cost me almost nothing except for the lease fee and the insurance, and it even worked out well during the cold weather. And it is such a pleasure to never stop at gas stations anymore!

I easily drive from my home in Washington to Montpelier and back, a distance of 32 miles, on half a charge. I plug it in my 110 outlet when I get home, and the next morning I am ready to go again. If I am going to be in Montpelier for a while, I sometimes plug it in at one of the two faster public charging stations at City Hall or by the State House on Governor Avenue, and in a short time, I have a full charge and at no expense. I have even driven out of “my comfort range” to some more distant places, like Connecticut River towns, but have always gotten back home with a few miles to spare because I am careful to keep the car at its most efficient speed, which is about 55 miles per hour, and use the downhills to regenerate electricity.

During the winter, I was a little anxious about driving in the snow. Because I am leasing the car, I did not want to spend the money to put winter tires on it. Fortunately, even though I live at the top of a hill on a dirt road, there was generally no problem. However, a couple of times, when there was a heavy snowfall, I decided I didn’t want to take any chances with it and used my backup vehicle, a very old Astro Van. But I understand that those who use winter tires on EVs find that the traction is good.



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