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evs-section1In this blogging section, I'll riff on EVs & PHEVs, from both a practical perspective and from a political perspective.

Support electric cars? Don't buy a Toyota

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Toyota says no one is asking it to build electric cars. Okay! Then electric car buyers will go elsewhere for the car of the future, and, ideally, won't go to Toyota to buy a car of any kind until it stops its anti-EV talk and walk.

editors-blog-entry3While there are other car makers who've been critical of electric vehicles, among them Honda and Hyundai, Toyota has clearly been the leader in EV disparagement.

Well, I've had it with the Toyota approach -- which is to diss EVs at the same time as promoting fuel cell vehicles powered by hydrogen (you could do the latter without doing the former!).

That's why I've started a petition on Change.Org asking other EV drivers and advocates to pledge to not buy a car from Toyota, not even a gas car (yes, a majority of EV drivers have a second car, usually a gas one).

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10 things I love about our Nissan LEAF

alina-kyra-leaf2-524editors-blog-entry3Though the number is surely growing , not many people in the United States -- or the world -- can say they’ve driven an all-electric Nissan LEAF 10,000 miles 100 percent powered by home-solar generated electricity.

I’m one of those fortunate people.

And I figure 10,000 Sun Miles® in a 100-percent home-solar charged electric vehicle (EV) is a good time to take stock of 10 things I love about driving an all-electric Nissan LEAF -- and, in a later installment, 10 things I don’t like, or, at least like less, about driving an all-electric Nissan LEAF.

So, here goes, 10 Things I Love About Driving An All-Electric Nissan LEAF, with the Number 1 reason -- meaning the best reason -- listed last.

No. 10. Ease of fueling. I can’t remember the last time I pumped gas. Oh, no, actually, I can remember exactly the last time I did -- because I’ve pumped gas so few times since leasing my 2014 Nissan LEAF in March 2014. It was on Aug. 8, 2014 -- when I had to refill a rental car I rented while visiting my sister in California. I’ve always disliked pumping gas -- especially in cold, windy, blustery winter weather. Don’t. Need. To. Do. That. Anymore ;-). Just. Plug In -- In My Garage.

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Littleton, Colo. plugs into Drive Electric Week

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National Drive Electric Week Event: Littleton, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 20 National Drive Electric Week Event: Littleton, Colo., Saturday, Sept. 20

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editors-blog-entry3Brought my 2014 Nissan LEAF to a National Drive Electric Week event in Littleton, Colo. today (Sept. 20). About 30 other area EV owners zipped over to the event  -- including many on electricity generated by home solar systems.

LEAFs were highest in number, but there were several Volts and half a dozen Teslas on hand as well. There was also a Brammo motorcycle on display. Event-goers could test drive a BMW i3, a Nissan LEAF, a Chevy Volt, or a Tesla Model S.

Although attendance wasn't super high -- perhaps due in part to the fact that the event, held in a shopping mall parking lot, did not have big enough signs, a steady stream of people stopped by. I spoke with several interested potential EV buyers, including one woman whose interest in an EV rose considerably when she realized she could lease an EV affordably across as little as two years.

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EVs WILL have to match gas cars to win out

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Pure EVs such as the Nissan LEAF won't beat out gas cars among most consumers until they meet, or beat, gas cars on the key new technology adoption criteria of versatility and convenience. [Photo by Christof Demont-Heinrich]

editors-blog-entry3EV advocates and journalists like to indicate that somehow it's ridiculous/preposterous, or both, to imply that pure EVs will have to go as far as a gas car goes on a tank of gas and easily be refueld in 5 minutes or less.

Indeed, these advocates often state that it's a "myth" EVs need to match gas cars in order to go fully mainstream, as Nikkie Gordon-Bloomfield does in the lead paragraph in a recent entry on PlugInCars.Com, Electric Car HyperCharging is Hyperbole, For Now.

Gordon-Bloomfield writes -->"There is a pervasive MYTH (my caps) that electric cars must have five-minute refueling times, and travel 500 miles between charges, before they become mainstream."

Actually, it's not a complete myth that EVs must match gas cars on range and fueling in order to go mainstream.

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Fairest driving tax = vehicle weight + miles driven

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People with pure electric cars such as the Nissan LEAF don't pay any gas taxes, and they do need to pay their fair share for road use. But let's make sure we create the fairest road tax system possible for everyone.

editors-blog-entry3There's been more and more talk of plug-in vehicles and how they're "cheating" the gasoline tax system.

Different proposals have been put forward -- flat taxes/fees for plug-in cars, etc. However, there's only one tax formula that's ultimately fairest for all involved.

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