Why drive an electric vehicle (EV)?
The Nissan LEAF
Called "innovative" and "well-executed", the LEAF offers:
Electric Vehicle Challenges
More than ever, members need to plan their route with an EV. The driving range is continuously displayed on the dashboard, but driving on the highway can significantly reduce the range of the vehicle - the opposite of a gasoline-powered car. Using the climate control system can also reduce the range. Selecting "ECO" mode will maximize the available range.
Electric Vehicles also have a special "Green Licence Plate" which allows one to drive in a High Occupancy Vehicle lanes (HOV) - usually reserved for buses, and cars with two or more passengers - even if there is only one person in the vehicle. There is an HOV lane in Ottawa going west to east, on Highway 417 in Kanata and more HOV lanes are planned.
With the price of gas continuing to climb and increasing concerns about the effect of greenhouse gas emissions on the environment, the electric car, and especially the shared electric car, is a good idea now, and for the future.