Mid-Columbia drivers charged up about benefits of electric cars
Published: September 7, 2013. By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald
Electric Car Owner Madeleine Brown loves her electric car. “I don’t have to buy gas, I don’t need oil, I just have to plug it in every three days” she said. “It’s perfect for around the town” she added. Brown drives a 2011 Nissan Leaf.
The only expense that’s gone up since Madeleine Brown of Richland bought an electric car in 2011 is car washes, she said.
It costs about a penny a mile for the electricity to drive it, and maintenance costs have been nonexistent, she said. But she washes it more frequently than her previous car because of pride of ownership.
She owns one of 135 electric vehicles registered in Benton County, according to the Mid-Columbia Electric Vehicle Association. Eleven are registered in Franklin County. That’s 24 more than were registered in both counties at the first of the year.
Now is a good time to consider buying an electric car, said Michael Kintner-Meyer, a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory employee.
A battery-only electric vehicle that can travel up to about 100 miles on a charge, such as a Nissan Leaf, has a lower overall cost of ownership than cars powered by gasoline, diesel, biodiesel or a combination of electricity and gasoline when a federal tax credit of up to $7,500 for electrical vehicles is factored in, according to a study by Pike Research cited by Kintner-Meyer.
Costs covered in the study included purchase price — which often is substantially higher than combustion-engine cars — plus maintenance, fuel and resale value for a car driven 120,000 miles.
Not included in the Pike Research study is the benefit of buying an electric car in Washington. The state has exempted new all-electric car purchases from sales taxes through July 2015.
More important for some buyers are the benefits Kintner-Meyer said they offer to the environment, national security and the electric grid.
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