Welcome to EV&Me! This blog is a platform for owners and drivers of all-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (EVs) to share their experiences—the good, the bad, and the funny—of driving electric. Note that you don’t have to be a Davis resident to be included: we’d love to spotlight EV owners and drivers from all over!
This blog is a collaboration between the Institute of Transportation Studies and Cool Davis. Check out the Cool Davis website for tips and resources on sustainable living, including resources for driving electric in and around Davis.
For additional information on purchasing and owning an EV, we encourage you to visit the California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Resource Center. The Center offers a wealth of decision-support tools for prospective EV owners, including a list of EV models and a searchable database of rebates, discounts, tax breaks, and other incentives available to EV owners in California.
For a more detailed account of life with an EV, check out “500 Miles of Bolt Ownership” and “5,000 Miles of Bolt Ownership” by Austin Brown, Executive Director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy.
"There is something about purchasing an EV that made this purchase feel very different from any other vehicle I have purchased," says Denae Wagner of her 2018 Tesla Model 3. "Going electric was more than just a choice about how I get around—it was part of a commitment I am making to live a life that will leave a smaller footprint on the earth."
"I love the options it gives me by being able to take a one-way trip to my destination and choose another mode of transportation on the return," says Hannah Kornfeld of her decision to use Gig Car Share service.
"I was very excited to learn that Sacramento would get the first all-electric carsharing service and even more excited to learn how affordable it is," explains Kelly Fleming of her decision to use Gig Car Share service.
"The fact that we live in CA and it was manufactured here, that it was the safest car on the road, and that we could seat seven (with the two rear-facing seats) all helped seal the deal" explains Eric Wilson of his decision to buy a Tesla Model S in 2014.
"I liked the idea of being an early pioneer with a fuel-cell electric vehicle" explains Tim Stevens of his decision to lease a 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle.