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.
"A plug-in hybrid is a very easy way to enter the world of EVs, and can be a good option for people not yet ready to take the plunge of going fully electric," notes Mollie D'Agostino, who recently began leasing a 2018 Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid.
"We love our electric hybrid minivan so much that we have given her a name because she is a part of our little family," says Ying Wu of her family's 2017 Chrysler Pacifica.
"I collected a month's worth of data on my driving habits and realized that an EV could work well for me," says Suresh Ram, who now drives a 2017 Chevrolet Bolt.
"People do not understand how an electric hybrid works," says Diana Lucas of her 2014 Ford CMax Energi.