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Jack Anderson | First 17,000 miles have been great

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It started during a conversation on a slate gray Saturday morning. The topic was the growing popularity of buying locally. “I hate buying gasoline!” Charlene suddenly blurted out. Totally missing the point; I snickered, “we don’t produce any gasoline in Douglas County.” Charlene shot me a face that said, “Like, Duh, I don’t know that?” From this point the conversation started moving upward. We began talking about other ways of powering cars on the surface of the earth. How about batteries? After all, we live in a region that produces massive amounts of low polluting, sustainable and local energy. A quick Internet search and we were starting to seriously consider our next car. We have been driving electric for nearly a year and have enjoyed every one of the 17,000 miles!

My motivation for accepting the challenge of writing these columns is that readers of The Wentachee World will gain a clear, accurate and personalized understanding of what driving an electric vehicle is about. First, I am not a writer so this really is a challenge. Second, just because I am retired from full time employment does not mean I am not busy! Charlene, my wife of 41 years, and I are active in church, family, community and social activities which keep our calendar full. When our battery-powered car was delivered in March of this year a new and highly entertaining phenomenon blossomed. Nearly everywhere we went, people wanted to talk with us about “the car.” We have met lots of electric car drivers, many of them here in North Central Washington. Using their stories and experiences along with a few facts and figures I think we can convey to you an understanding of what driving electric is all about.

Jack Anderson is a volunteer project manager for Plug-In NCW. He can be reached at