Steve O’Neil of Brevard, NC, purchased a lightly-used Nissan LEAF a little more than a year ago, and loves the sense of community that comes along with owning an electric vehicle. Regional and online clubs have allowed him and other electric vehicle owners to connect, and work towards common goals like increasing the availability of charging stations.
“We are all green-minded folks working to make a difference in energy and electric vehicles in general,” he says.
O’Neil uses his Nissan LEAF to commute and run errands each day, racking up nearly 300 miles per week. Each night, he plugs his car into a standard wall outlet so that it’s ready to go in the morning. O’Neil estimates a fuel-cost saving of nearly $2,000 in the past year since switching to an electric vehicle.
“It’s always charged before midnight,” he says. “It’s just like charging your cell.”
O’Neil uses public charging stations as necessary throughout the day. He does a lot of preliminary research to find charging station locations, so he rarely has trouble finding one. If O’Neil is unaware of a spot to plug in, he will use the Nissan PlugShare App, which is basically a database of charging stations that allows the user to find something nearby.
“I try to pick solar charging stations so I do not use as much fossil fuels,” he says, adding that his main motivation for buying a Nissan LEAF was to lower his environmental impact. Nissan LEAF ownership has made a big impact in his quest to reduce use of fossil fuels as much as possible.
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