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March 03, 2011

Video: Electric Car Test Driver

This video put together by WNYC follows an attorney from White Plains, who trades in his Camaro for a Chevy Volt, a plug-in hybrid. He describes himself as "not particularly green-conscience," but he's clearly impressed. "There's almost like a game aspect of the car," he says. "I want to see how much battery mileage I can get. My high score right now is 48, but I'm curious to see how far I could push the battery mileage."

He addresses pretty much everything a typical person would want to know about the EV. He uses his phone to turn the car on. He says there's a negligible difference in his electricity bill. And he explains the charging process.

You can also listen to the radio segment on WNYC, which frames EVs as not just a different kind of car, but a new idea that requires new habits -- the re-charging of automobiles while sleeping at night, for example.

This is a great time to mention the Sierra Club's EV campaign, which has just launched. Get involved and tell President Obama to follow through on his pledge that he mentioned at the State of the Union, to get one million EVs on the road by 2015. When we get 50,000 messages, the Sierra Club will deliver them to the White House in an EV.

-- Brian Foley


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