When: April 25th, 2015. Annual Event.
From 8:00 AM until 4:00 PM
Where: CBC Parking Lot
2600 N. 20th Avenue
Saraceno Way off of W. Argent (North side)
Pasco, Washington 99301
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 $7,500 for electrical vehicles is factored in, according to a study by Pike Research cited by Kintner-Meyer.
Costs covered in the study included purchase price — which often is substantially higher than combustion-engine cars — plus maintenance, fuel and resale value for a car driven 120,000 miles.
Not included in the Pike Research study is the benefit of buying an electric car in Washington. The state has exempted new all-electric car purchases from sales taxes through July 2015.
More important for some buyers are the benefits Kintner-Meyer said they offer to the environment, national security and the electric grid.
Read more here.
Check out our post about a Nissan Leaf owner with solar here.
Tuesday May 1, 2012 <May Day Solar Day>
In conjunction with Ray Schultens Motors, who will be bringing a Nissan Leaf to demo, and Pedal In Power Out, who will be demo’ing their electric bikes, Hire Electric will be hosting a “Solarize White Salmon” meeting at the White Salmon United Methodist Church on 341 N. Main Street in White Salmon, Washington.
Open house with munchies, cars, solar panels, charging stations and bikes on display (the munchies are for more than display actually) will be in the church parking lot from 4pm to 6pm. A presentation on the benefits of going solar in Washington (and Oregon for those brave enough to cross the bridge) will be from 6:30 to when the questions are over in the church hall.
Sharon Ohnstead from KPUD energy services will be on hand with Net Metering and state incentive information.
We will be discussing:
- The Washington solar incentive
- Community solar options
- Neighborhood & White Salmon group buying discounts
– Solarize White Salmon!
- Hire Electric’s Referral Program – GreenYou$elf
- KPUD’s awesome Net Metering policy
- Solar’s remarkable price point
- Washington made solar equipment
- Electric vehicles and solar
- EV charging
The event is free and everyone’s welcome. Please RSVP here so we can have enough munchies. Or you can call our office for more info 541-296-5574.