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Ask an EV Owner

EVADC logo with textGet your questions about driving electric answered by people who know — experienced EV drivers — in a fun, informal way, via Zoom. This is an initiative or the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), our local EV drivers’ group.

Anyone can join in on the first Wednesday of each month at this link: Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83125134893?

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Ask an EV Owner

Ask an EV Owner

EVADC logo with textGet your questions about driving electric answered by people who know — experienced EV drivers — in a fun, informal way, via Zoom. This is an initiative or the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), our local EV drivers’ group.

Anyone can join in on the first Wednesday of each month at this link: Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83125134893?

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Ask an EV Owner

Ask an EV Owner

EVADC logo with textGet your questions about driving electric answered by people who know — experienced EV drivers — in a fun, informal way, via Zoom. This is an initiative or the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), our local EV drivers’ group.

Anyone can join in on the first Wednesday of each month at this link: Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83125134893?

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Ask an EV Owner

Ask an EV Owner

EVADC logo with textGet your questions about driving electric answered by people who know — experienced EV drivers — in a fun, informal way, via Zoom. This is an initiative or the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), our local EV drivers’ group.

Anyone can join in on the first Wednesday of each month at this link: Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83125134893?

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Ask an EV Owner

Ask an EV Owner

EVADC logo with textGet your questions about driving electric answered by people who know — experienced EV drivers — in a fun, informal way, via Zoom. This is an initiative or the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), our local EV drivers’ group.

Anyone can join in on the first Wednesday of each month at this link: Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83125134893?

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Ask an EV Owner

Ask an EV Owner

EVADC logo with textGet your questions about driving electric answered by people who know — experienced EV drivers — in a fun, informal way, via Zoom. This is an initiative or the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), our local EV drivers’ group.

Anyone can join in on the first Wednesday of each month at this link: Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83125134893?

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Ask an EV Owner

Ask an EV Owner

EVADC logo with textGet your questions about driving electric answered by people who know — experienced EV drivers — in a fun, informal way, via Zoom. This is an initiative or the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), our local EV drivers’ group.

Anyone can join in on the first Wednesday of each month at this link: Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83125134893?

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Ask an EV Owner

Ask an EV Owner

EVADC logo with textGet your questions about driving electric answered by people who know — experienced EV drivers — in a fun, informal way, via Zoom. This is an initiative or the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), our local EV drivers’ group.

Anyone can join in on the first Wednesday of each month at this link: Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83125134893?

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Ask an EV Owner

EVADC logo with textGet your questions about driving electric answered by people who know — experienced EV drivers — in a fun, informal way, via Zoom. This is an initiative or the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), our local EV drivers’ group.

Anyone can join in on the first Wednesday of each month at this link: Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83125134893?

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Ask an EV Owner

Ask an EV Owner

EVADC logo with textGet your questions about driving electric answered by people who know — experienced EV drivers — in a fun, informal way, via Zoom. This is an initiative or the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), our local EV drivers’ group.

Anyone can join in on the first Wednesday of each month at this link: Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83125134893?

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EV plugged in

Annapolis Green President Elvia Thompson will present a talk for Café Scientifique about electric vehicles, how they work, how their adoption reduces air pollution with resulting climate and health benefits, and how to select the right electric vehicle for you.

There's an Electric Car in Your FutureTaking steps to mitigate the effects of climate change must include reduction of emissions created by burning fossil fuels. Transportation is key to this. According to the EPA, transportation is the largest economic sector contributor to greenhouse gas emissions – 28% – in the United States. What we drive makes a difference. We can no longer afford to meet our transportation needs with gasoline, diesel and natural gas. Zero emission vehicles are now plentiful and affordable. The charging infrastructure is growing daily. Car and truck manufacturers have announced that they will be all-electric in the next couple of decades. Driving electric more than pays off in the long run.

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Information: Contact Tracy Gill at annapoliscafesci@gmail.com

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Background: The first Cafés Scientifique were held in Leeds, United Kingdom in 1998. From there, cafés gradually spread. Currently, some 70-plus cafés meet regularly to hear scientists or writers on science talk about their work and discuss it with diverse audiences. Meetings would take place in cafés, bars, restaurants, and even theatres, but always outside a traditional academic context; in the COVID era, they are held virtually.

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Ask an EV Owner

Ask an EV Owner

EVADC logo with textGet your questions about driving electric answered by people who know — experienced EV drivers — in a fun, informal way, via Zoom. This is an initiative or the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), our local EV drivers’ group.

Anyone can join in on the first Wednesday of each month at this link: Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83125134893?

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Are you an EV owner or EV advocate looking to sharpen your communication skills? Are you interested in learning more about how to support EV adoption in your community? Then join Generation180 for a virtual training event.

Presented by Generation180’s Electrify Your Ride Week, a full week of electric vehicle online events. There are happy hours, EV speed dating, and trivia nights to keep things fun while we learn about electrifying transportation. You could even win a kickass eBike!

These online events are open to EV owners, EV advocates, and the EV curious alike. We’ll hear from a wide range of panelists, from experts in the industry to your neighbor who drives electric. Thought-provoking conversations, opportunities to connect, and EV myth-busting are all on the menu.

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electrify your ride week graphicEV owners are already a part of a diverse and growing community, we still have work to do to make EVs more accessible for all communities. Hear a discussion about how to expand EV ownership and reach communities that are currently being left behind in our transition to electric transportation.

Presented by Generation180’s Electrify Your Ride Week, a full week of electric vehicle online events. There are  happy hours, EV speed dating, and trivia nights to keep things fun while we learn about electrifying transportation. You could even win a kickass eBike!

These online events are open to EV owners, EV advocates, and the EV curious alike. We’ll hear from a wide range of panelists, from experts in the industry to your neighbor who drives electric. Thought-provoking conversations, opportunities to connect, and EV myth-busting are all on the menu.

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There's an Electric Car in Your Future

Kick Gas! In Annapolis.Annapolis Green is excited to bring you National Drive Electric Week, September 26-October 4, a nationwide celebration to raise awareness of the many benefits of and options for driving electric! EVs are fun to drive and one of the best things you can do to mitigate Climate Change. Besides, they’re becoming pretty normal now, not to mention, stylish, convenient, and less expensive than you think! We think that’s pretty Kick Gas! 

In the West Street Recovery Zone, 4 to 6 EVs will be parked on the Street while it’s closed to car traffic but open for outdoor dining. The EV owners will answer questions about their cars. (Everybody will be required to wear a mask.) Learn about the benefits of driving electric — for your wallet and the planet and be prepared to be surprised! Hey, it’s electric!

And how about this… enjoy an EV-themed drink while supporting our local restaurants!

  • The Supercharger from 49 West: Rise Up espresso, vodka, and coffee liqueur!
  • The Cosmocello from Luna Blu: Limoncello,  lemon vodka and a splash of cranberry
  • The Electric Grandmother from Tsunami: Just Guess what’s in it!
  • The Solar Cell from Stan & Joe’s: Fresh squeezed orange juice with orange vodka and a splash of soda water — a great way to recharge your batteries!

This Kick Gas! event is brought you by Annapolis Green in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), the merchants of inner West Street, the City of Annapolis’ Office of Economic Development and Office of Environmental Policy, and the Downtown Annapolis Partnership.

Many other events are planned for Drive Electric Week. See our Drive Electric page for details.


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national drive electric week 2020 logoLearn how EV batteries are recycled and reused at the end of their life. Featuring representatives from lithium-ion battery recycling company American Manganese Inc. and ReCell Center, a national collaboration of industry, academia and national laboratories working together to advance recycling technologies.

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There's an Electric Car in Your Future

Kick Gas! In Annapolis.Join Annapolis Green for Kick Gas! as we bring you National Drive Electric Week, September 26-October 4. We’re part of a nationwide celebration to raise awareness of the many benefits of driving electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. EVs are fun to drive and one of the best things you can do to mitigate Climate Change! And… they are perfectly normal, cheaper than you think, stylish and easy. We think that’s pretty Kick Gas! 

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On October 1 we’ll Zoom in and virtually showcase various models of the more than 40 plug-in vehicles available today in a fun, interactive way. Hear from owners and learn what driving electric is all about.

Coming to you from the brand new Michael E. Busch Annapolis Library on West Street we’ll Zoom in and virtually showcase various models of the more than 40 plug-in vehicles available today in a fun, interactive way. Hear from owners and learn what driving electric is all about. Take a virtual test drive!

Not your typical Zoom meeting – ours will be fun AND informative:

  • A really cool music video for AM-FM featuring Timme Metz and Tambo
  • EV 101 – how driving electric is good for the environment and your wallet
  • How driving electric is good for the climate and your health
  • Anne Arundel County Library CEO Skip Auld, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley and Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles will open the event.
    • Learn more about the BGE-County-City partnership that led to the installation of charging stations in public areas such as the library and see a ribbon cutting to officially inaugurate the them.
    • Hear County Executive Pittman discuss his recent initiative to convert the county fleet all-electric in the next 15 years. Read more about the initiative.
  • Short interviews with EV drivers
  • Virtual test drives featuring
    • Chevrolet Bolt
    • Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycle (Yes! It’s electric!)
    • Porsche Taycan
  • BGE presentation about how home charging affects your electric bill and what residential rebates are available for home charging equipment
  • Drive with the Sun
    • Learn how you can charge your car from the sun with community solar (no panels) or from panels on your rooftop
  • A hilarious virtual tour of EV charging stations in our area featuring our summer interns

This Kick Gas! event is brought you by Annapolis Green in partnership with the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC (EVADC), the City of Annapolis’ Office of Economic Development and Office of Environmental Policy, and Office of the County Executive.

Many other events are planned for Drive Electric Week. See our Drive Electric page for details.

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electrify your ride week graphicEveryone has been stuck behind a loud diesel school bus, but what if that yellow school bus was green? Most school buses on the road today are diesel, powered by fossil fuels, polluting our communities, and endangering the health of our children. But this isn’t the end of the story. Electric school buses are popping up from coast to coast, and your school could be next. Join Generation180 and Dream Corp’s Green for All to learn about how your school can electrify their ride.

Presented by Generation180’s Electrify Your Ride Week, a full week of electric vehicle online events. There are  happy hours, EV speed dating, and trivia nights to keep things fun while we learn about electrifying transportation. You could even win a kickass eBike!

These online events are open to EV owners, EV advocates, and the EV curious alike. We’ll hear from a wide range of panelists, from experts in the industry to your neighbor who drives electric. Thought-provoking conversations, opportunities to connect, and EV myth-busting are all on the menu.

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electrify your ride week graphicPro-EV policy can help accelerate the transition to EVs in ways that are both effective and equitable. Whether at the federal, state, or local level, thoughtfully crafted policies are key. Join a panel of experts to hear the EV policy dos and don’ts.

Presented by Generation180’s Electrify Your Ride Week, a full week of electric vehicle online events. There are  happy hours, EV speed dating, and trivia nights to keep things fun while we learn about electrifying transportation. You could even win a kickass eBike!

These online events are open to EV owners, EV advocates, and the EV curious alike. We’ll hear from a wide range of panelists, from experts in the industry to your neighbor who drives electric. Thought-provoking conversations, opportunities to connect, and EV myth-busting are all on the menu.

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electrify your ride week graphicWhat’s cooler than a classic car? How about a classic car that’s electrified. Join Generation180 and Classics for Climate for an evening of sexy classic car conversions with a tour of EV West’s garage, and chat with the leaders in EV conversions.

Presented by Generation180’s Electrify Your Ride Week, a full week of electric vehicle online events. There are  happy hours, EV speed dating, and trivia nights to keep things fun while we learn about electrifying transportation. You could even win a kickass eBike!

These online events are open to EV owners, EV advocates, and the EV curious alike. We’ll hear from a wide range of panelists, from experts in the industry to your neighbor who drives electric. Thought-provoking conversations, opportunities to connect, and EV myth-busting are all on the menu.

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Kick Gas! In Annapolis.

EVs Hit the Avenue – 6 – 8 pm
In the Maryland Avenue Recovery Zone, 4 to 6 EVs will be parked on the Avenue while it is closed to car traffic but open for outdoor dining. The EV owners (and dealers) will answer questions about their cars. (Everybody will be required to wear a mask.) Learn about the benefits of driving electric — for your wallet and the planet.

Among the vehicles you’ll see: Chevrolet Bolt (including a Bolt police patrol car!), Tesla Model S, WV e-Golf, customized Chevrolet Volt, and a Harley-Davidson LiveWire all-electric motorcycle.

galway bay annapolisFundraising Dinner – 4 – 10 pm
Stop by Annapolis Founding One Hundred supporter Galway Bay Irish Restaurant on Maryland Avenue for a delicious dinner under the stars (or inside) to benefit Annapolis Green! Make a reservation or just walk in and tell the server you’re there for the Annapolis Green fundraiser. This also applies to take-out. See the great three-course $25 fixed price menu.

Galway will have great music from 6 to 9pm: Timmie Metz, who is featured in a fun music video at our October 1 event.

maryland theatre for the performing artsWhile you’re visiting with our cars (and owners), and enjoying dinner, join our entertainment! With the Maryland Theatre for the Performing Arts leading the way, put on your dancing shoes and slide! We’re just going to say “It’s Electric!”

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Thank you also to our partners, the merchants of Maryland Avenue, the City of Annapolis’ Office of Economic Development and Office of Environmental Policy, and the Downtown Annapolis Partnership.

Many other events are planned for Drive Electric Week. See our Drive Electric page for details.

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electrify your ride week graphicThis session will focus on workplace charging. More and more businesses are offering charging EV infrastructure to their employees and customers, and they’re reaping the rewards. Find out why this makes good business sense and how your company or your employer can make EVs more accessible.

Presented by Generation180’s Electrify Your Ride Week, a full week of electric vehicle online events. There are  happy hours, EV speed dating, and trivia nights to keep things fun while we learn about electrifying transportation. You could even win a kickass eBike!

These online events are open to EV owners, EV advocates, and the EV curious alike. We’ll hear from a wide range of panelists, from experts in the industry to your neighbor who drives electric. Thought-provoking conversations, opportunities to connect, and EV myth-busting are all on the menu.

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electrify your ride week graphicThis session is about EVs and V2G! You’ll hear from industry experts about the state of this technology, and how vehicle to grid systems empower EV owners to support a more resilient and renewable energy based power grid.

Presented by Generation180’s Electrify Your Ride Week, a full week of electric vehicle online events. There are  happy hours, EV speed dating, and trivia nights to keep things fun while we learn about electrifying transportation. You could even win a kickass eBike!

These online events are open to EV owners, EV advocates, and the EV curious alike. We’ll hear from a wide range of panelists, from experts in the industry to your neighbor who drives electric. Thought-provoking conversations, opportunities to connect, and EV myth-busting are all on the menu.

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poolesville greenone montgomery greenHear everything you wanted to know about Electric Vehicles (EVs) but were afraid to ask! One Montgomery Green joins Poolesville Green to discuss Transportation in the New Age. Panelists Joyce Breiner and JD Taylor from Poolesville Green will join Alan Black and Suzanne Wiggins (both new EV owners) to talk electrification.

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electrify your ride week graphicWe hear everyday about EV owners who decide to go solar, and solar homeowners who decide it’s time to drive electric. These two technologies just go hand in hand! Join us to hear how you can power up your EV using just the sun’s rays.

Presented by Generation180’s Electrify Your Ride Week, a full week of electric vehicle online events. There are  happy hours, EV speed dating, and trivia nights to keep things fun while we learn about electrifying transportation. You could even win a kickass eBike!

These online events are open to EV owners, EV advocates, and the EV curious alike. We’ll hear from a wide range of panelists, from experts in the industry to your neighbor who drives electric. Thought-provoking conversations, opportunities to connect, and EV myth-busting are all on the menu.

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electrify your ride week graphicAnyone that’s spent a few minutes googling “electric vehicles” has likely encountered a common misconception around EVs, one that continues to linger around public conversation like a mysterious, persistent smell.

You can’t drive it in the rain, they’re slow, charging is dirty… There are a lot of EV myths out there. Join us to debunk them!

Speakers include Annapolis Green’s Elvia Thompson.

Presented by Generation180’s Electrify Your Ride Week, a full week of electric vehicle online events. There are  happy hours, EV speed dating, and trivia nights to keep things fun while we learn about electrifying transportation. You could even win a kickass eBike!

These online events are open to EV owners, EV advocates, and the EV curious alike. We’ll hear from a wide range of panelists, from experts in the industry to your neighbor who drives electric. Thought-provoking conversations, opportunities to connect, and EV myth-busting are all on the menu.

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electrify your ride week graphicDuring this session you’ll hear an honest conversation around the concerns of EV batteries from environmental experts and automotive manufacturers. Learn more about current impacts, opportunities for technological advances, and how EV owners and enthusiasts can advocate for change.

Presented by Generation180’s Electrify Your Ride Week, a full week of electric vehicle online events. There are  happy hours, EV speed dating, and trivia nights to keep things fun while we learn about electrifying transportation. You could even win a kickass eBike!

These online events are open to EV owners, EV advocates, and the EV curious alike. We’ll hear from a wide range of panelists, from experts in the industry to your neighbor who drives electric. Thought-provoking conversations, opportunities to connect, and EV myth-busting are all on the menu.

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electrify your ride week graphicThis session is about EVs and V2G! You’ll hear from industry experts about the state of this technology, and how vehicle to grid systems empower EV owners to support a more resilient and renewable energy based power grid.

Presented by Generation180’s Electrify Your Ride Week, a full week of electric vehicle online events. There are  happy hours, EV speed dating, and trivia nights to keep things fun while we learn about electrifying transportation. You could even win a kickass eBike!

These online events are open to EV owners, EV advocates, and the EV curious alike. We’ll hear from a wide range of panelists, from experts in the industry to your neighbor who drives electric. Thought-provoking conversations, opportunities to connect, and EV myth-busting are all on the menu.

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electrify your ride week graphicLooking for your perfect EV match? Generation 180 is here to help! Below you can select up to three different EV models, and then you’ll be paired with EV owners who can answer your specific questions! Not sure which three electric cars you’d like to learn more about? Take our EV quiz first! Either way, we’ll be sure to answer all of your questions.
Quiz can be found here

Presented by Generation180’s Electrify Your Ride Week, a full week of electric vehicle online events. There are happy hours, EV speed dating, and trivia nights to keep things fun while we learn about electrifying transportation. You could even win a kickass eBike!

These online events are open to EV owners, EV advocates, and the EV curious alike. We’ll hear from a wide range of panelists, from experts in the industry to your neighbor who drives electric. Thought-provoking conversations, opportunities to connect, and EV myth-busting are all on the menu.

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national drive electric week 2020 logoJoin National Drive Electric Week national organizers, Plug In America, the Sierra Club, and the Electric Auto Association to celebrate the 10th year of this national EV campaign. The event will feature exciting speakers, tools to help you drive electric, prize drawings, Q&A, and much more.

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by Cory Bonney

When Consumer Reports gave Tesla Model S its highest car rating ever… at 100%, and designated it the safest automobile ever made, I was completely hooked. All I needed to do was to figure out a way to own one.

I started driving during the gas crisis of the 1970s, taking my place in mile-long lines on hot, humid August days in Northern Virginia. The whole experience must have had a huge impact on me in that I never truly recognized nor did I ever really recover from it.

The first relatively high-production electric car to come out in my lifetime was the Nissan Leaf. My wife, daughter, and I participated in an agonizing appointment that was put on nationwide by Nissan. Most people at the time, and those in the crowd who accompanied us during this particular test drive, were really concerned about running out of battery… charge anxiety, we were all calling it. After all, the first Leaf only carried a 100 mile charge. But there was an interesting exchange during the build-up to actually getting behind the wheel of that Leaf.

The Nissan representative, standing in front of a pretty good sized group of interested electric car drivers, asked for a show of hands as he asked, “How many people commute more than 50 miles to work?” Quite literally and quite honestly, two hands out of about 40 people went up. It was a great marketing approach, and the hook for going electric was set. This would be the kind of car that I would be excited to drive in the very near future.

Other all electrics, higher mileage hybrids, gas charging hybrids, and plug-in hybrids started coming on the scene, and among them, of course, was the all-electric Tesla. Soon after came the Consumer Reports ratings… and then, rather shockingly, the price tag. Model S was first, and with the base price of $75 to $85 thousand; but that was before installing any seats. Joking.

Once you added just a few things, a new Tesla was $90 to over $100 thousand. It was so far out of my league; and quite frankly, to my way of thinking, a ridiculous amount to pay for any kind of personal transportation, even considering how much I absolutely came to love the car.

Early in their history of car sales, Tesla Corporate had a program of allowing trade-ins of Tesla cars on a new purchase. Even as I am recording my experience, the company does a horrible job of promoting the fact that these high quality, much lower cost products are available. I do not exactly remember how I found out about resale cars that are put through a 70-point computer evaluation. And if necessary, they recondition their own vehicles. However, somewhere along my path, which included hanging out with my friend Elvia Thompson (our number one green guru here in Annapolis), I started going to electric car events, installed three Tesla brand chargers at my business and hosted Tesla car owners on site. Conversations led me to the fact that these used Teslas existed. I wondered if this could be the path to ownership for me.

A few years ago, there were websites that were not affiliated with Tesla that had dozens and dozens of used models available; but research revealed that while some of these vehicles could be “as advertised,” they did not carry the same 70-point inspection nor the extended warranties. Additionally, any one of these non-Tesla certified cars could have been in an accident and may have been astutely repaired, masking a host of electronic problems that could surface down the road.

Tesla was only beginning to web host its own well maintained and certified used cars when I began seriously thinking that I could and would want to afford one. I was seeing great looking cars with significant mileage and fewer upgrades in the $40,000 range. After watching the inventory come and go from the site, I strategized my own way of evaluating what features I had to have and which were unnecessary. I also was heavily focused on mileage. Interestingly, most of the cars had less than 50,000 miles. So consumers were buying the new cars, and fairly quickly turning them in for the next best new thing… a Tesla with a longer range battery and more features.

I don’t know how much has changed in over two years since we bought our Model S, but initially, you were buying a virtual car. Ours was in Connecticut where we found this silver car with less than 20,000 miles. There were dozens of photos of the car, taken in some sort of show room. Every angle was covered, and they showed everything, door dings, wheel cover curb scrapes, a scratch here or there (if applicable). And the customer put down a deposit based on never actually having seen and touched the car. It was a 2015 model year, two years old and was as exciting as… well, many other firsts.

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Cory Bonney with his Tesla Model S, charging at his Bed & Breakfast

Taking possession of your new (or used) Tesla is akin to what it must be like to walk the “red carpet” in Hollywood. The new owner is the star of the show, and the anticipation builds until the proverbial curtain is pulled back to premiere your vehicle. More than two years later, our car is the best, most exciting, trouble free automobile we have ever owned.

We now have 40,000 miles on the car, doubling the miles that our car started with. With no tune ups required, no oil to change, no topping off of the radiator, no timing belt to wear out, no water pump to replace… well, you get the basic idea. Virtually and literally it is trouble free. Nothing is perfect of course. We have had four minor repairs (free, because the car is still under full warranty).

For three of the repairs, a mobile unit comes to the house and completes the work in your driveway or garage. On the in-shop repair, which included new tires (we paid for the tires), we were given a $250 Uber voucher to use at our discretion. The repair went longer than planned (tires out of stock) and without so much as a minor hassle, they automatically added another $200 to the voucher to cover any other inconvenience.

We love this car, and there is no going back. Electric is simply the future. Whether you want to afford a new version or save a few dollars and purchase one used like ours, embrace the future of nearly perfect transportation.

Editor’s note: Read more about driving electric here.

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A Zoom webinar: Electric Cars are Great for You (and the Climate) — All you want to know about EVs and more, presented by St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church as part of its Eco-Summit 2020.

Speaker: Ron Kaltenbaugh, President, Electric Vehicle Association of Greater DC. If you haven’t checked out electric vehicles lately, it’s time to look again. They’ve come a long way since the Prius of 20 years ago. Learn about the current options that are right for you and right for the environment.

Registration is required and gives you access to recordings of all the presentations being held this week. Click here.

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drive electric earth dayThe Electric Auto Association, Sierra Club and Plug In America present a free virtual event for the EV curious — those just learning about electric cars. Transportation is the leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, with passenger vehicles accounting for the majority of these emissions. Drive Electric Earth Day highlights the need to transition to clean transportation like plug-in EVs to reduce the effects of climate change.

Presenters:

  • Hon. Lloyd Levine (ret.), Electric Auto Association – EV basics
  • Leilani Munter, Professional Race Car Driver – Shares her experience
  • Dan Neil, Wall Street Journal Columnist – Gives insight into the EV industry future

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Green Drinks Annapolis

green drinks annapolisChesapeake Bay Trust Upgrade Your PlateTheme: There’s an Electric Car in Your Future. Good for the Planet. Good for your Wallet.
Join Annapolis Green as we tell you about the environmental benefits of driving electric at the offices of the “license plate people,” the Chesapeake Bay Trust, in advance of the Annapolis EV Showcase on Sept. 14.

Green Drinks will be a preview of our Annapolis Electric Vehicle Showcase coming up Saturday. There will be several electric vehicles at Green Drinks. Feel free to ask lots of questions!
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