Blog : How I Chose Which Plug- In Car to Buy
By Gina Coplon- Newfield, Director of Sierra Club's Green Fleets & Electric Vehicles Initiative
I'm pleased to say that I finally bought a plug-in car! As the lead electric vehicle (EV) advocate on staff at the Sierra Club and as someone who cares deeply about the need for our country and my family to slash emissions and dependence on oil, I was giving serious thought to switching to an EV. I was definitely feeling guilty about driving a gas-guzzler. Sure, a lot of my trips were by foot, bus, or train. But there were many car trips too, and they were dirty ones.
Maybe you're in the same position I was in a few months ago. You want to switch from a gas guzzler or even a hybrid gas sipper, and you're intrigued by all the new plug-in vehicles on the market.
Which one should you buy? There are a lot of appealing options. After studying this issue thoroughly, I'll tell you that the ideal plug-in vehicle is different for each person and depends on a lot of factors.
How many miles do you drive your car each day? The majority of Americans drive less than 40 miles a day. The Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV, and Honda Fit EV go 70-100 miles on a full charge. The Mitsubishi iMiEV goes 60+ miles. The Tesla Model S can drive about 265 miles. Certain factors such as heat, air conditioning, and hills may reduce these distances, so give yourself some wiggle room.
To read Gina's full blog post, click here!