Lara and Dave thought that an electric vehicle might make a great company car. They knew that it would resonate with their clients who typically share their passion for energy efficiency and more sustainable living.
But they also had questions. While a typical day of driving clients to home showings and other business travel totaled about 30-35 miles, from time to time a particularly busy day would have them rack up 3 to 4 times the norm. Would an electric car be able to keep up?
Lara and Dave purchased a Chevy Volt in May 2012, and it delivered. It proved to be the perfect fit as their primary company car, with its all-electric 30-40 mile range covering the majority of daily driving needs, while the on-board gas generator would keep them rolling on those rare high-mileage days.
“Simply put, the Volt has exceeded our expectations,” Williams said. “We use it just like any other midsize sedan, but the Volt is more quiet, accelerates faster, and handles better than what we’ve driven before.”
It’s also proven to be a hit with clients, many of whom had never before ridden in an EV.
“In business it’s always great to stand out, and when we drive clients around in our EV, I know that they’ll remember us and probably mention us to their friends too,” Sanders said.
As of the end of 2012, their Volt is averaging 251 mpg. Of the 5,600 miles driven so far, 85% of the miles were powered by the battery. Lara and Dave skip the gas station and instead recharge their Volt overnight with a simple connection to a standard 110V outlet in their garage.
Matt Russell, a forty year-old Fort Collins resident with a wife and eight year old daughter, began looking at the Nissan LEAF as a way of saving some cash. “I’ve driven older Audi Quattro’s for the last 14 years, and was looking to trim expenses in the household budget,” Russell said. “Twenty-two mpg in my Audi translated to filling the tank with premium gas every 6 days or so, at a cost of $280-350 per month, excluding maintenance.”
“How much am I saving now? Easily over $250 per month, allowing us to get through the winter and ease my stress levels. Long term I hope to add a newer motorcycle to the stable, and continue to increase savings for those unforeseen expenses that crop up in life.”
Matt is a certified Yamaha, Polaris, Honda, and Harley-Davidson service technician. So, now that he has put more than 4,000 miles on his LEAF, what’s the verdict from this motorcycle enthusiast?
“The car just works. It powers up, the interior heats up, the radio comes on, you drive to work, the store, school functions, the trout stream, the local trail, etc. LEAF is quiet, smooth, safe, virtually maintenance free, and drives just like any ICE car. It really is wonderful, and doesn’t burn a drop of gas or oil. ”
He also enjoys the convenience and environmental friendliness of owning an EV.
“I love being able to simply plug my car in at the end of the day knowing it will be ready for tomorrow, and laugh as I continue to pass gas stations without stopping,” he said. Matt’s daughter enjoys the LEAF’s quiet and smooth ride, and that it doesn’t pollute the air with “smoke”, her term for air pollution.
Matt is happy to answer questions and talk about how well the Nissan LEAF fits into his life.