I just got word from my friends Joel and Melissa that they bought an electric car -- a Ford Focus Electric. They are excellent electric vehicle candidates: He works from home, and her job and the kids' schools are close by. Most of their driving is short trips, and they have a second car (a Toyota Prius) for long-distance vacations. (They will eventually replace the Prius with a plug-in hybrid that can use the Focus Electric's charger.) They are willing to shoulder the extra cost of the car for the ecological benefits, although they will realize a cost savings since the Focus is replacing a gasoline car, and the fuel and maintenance costs will be significantly lower.
A lot of people object to the short range of EVs, though I have long said that the range of current EVs is more than sufficient, especially considering that they can be refueled nightly right at home. I'm eager to see how Joel and Melissa get on with their new EV.
I think a lot more people could do with an electric car as a second vehicle. Would you consider buying an EV? Cast your vote and tell us why (or why not) in the comments section. -- Aaron Gold
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