With more and more households averaging close to one car per family member, the transportation costs for most families are pretty high. Personal transportation has become a necessity these days with each and every family member having different priorities and schedules. With that being said, with the help of electric vehicles, now you can bring down your monthly transportation costs by a significant amount.
There is still a lot of misinformation and anti-electric car stuff being pumped out onto the internet by folks who, for the most part, have a vested interest in the continuation of #BigOil's economic -- and environmental -- hegemony. One of the biggest myths about electric cars is that they are "too expensive". Not true. Simply. Not. True. Case in point: My own experience owning, and driving, an electric car for the past five years.
Every time gas prices start to rise, interest in electric cars, and in solar-charged driving, increases. I can literally see this rising interest in increases in traffic to SolarChargedDriving.Com. In fact, gas prices, appear to be a bigger factor in creating more traffic to SolarChargedDriving.Com than putting fresh content on the site.
I recently completed a 1,200-mile road trip from Denver to Santa Barbara in my all-electric 2017 Chevy Bolt with my two teen-age daughters. In a few days, we'll turn around and do the reverse trip from Santa Barbara to Denver :-).
I was envisioning feeling triumphant when we got to my sister's in Goleta, Calif., three days, and 1,200 miles, after starting our long-distance road trip in our all-electric Chevy Bolt in Littleton, Colo. In fact, I did feel pretty triumphant driving the final leg of our trip from Victorville, Calif. to Goleta, Calif., which is about a 170-mile drive. Although we hit some "bumps" along the way -- including a confrontation I had with another Chevy Bolt driver at a EV-Go DC fast charger in Victorville today after he unplugged me while I was in the mall with my kids -- it felt pretty good to be zooming along California 101, on a beautiful late July evening as the sun set on the Pacific ocean.
I've never done a road trip in a Chevy Bolt before, though I have done two mid-length road trips from Denver to Santa Fe, New Mexico in my brother's Tesla Model S. The family before our departure on a 1,200-mile road trip from Littleton, Colo. to Goleta, Calif. in our all-electric Chevy Bolt, which has 238 miles of range. Here are some of my more memorable impressions after driving the first leg of a 1,200-mile trip from Denver to Santa Barbara today that I am doing with my two daughters, 13 and 11, in tow.