Two recent announcements one from Daimler-Mercedes the other from Tesla Motors got my curiosity into gear. If a reader of The Wenatchee World wanted to buy an electric drive car, where could they find one for sale?
One unanticipated pleasure of working on this column is that people around the valley have e-mailed me questions. Lucy Larkin recently asked; “What do you do if your trip requires more mileage than the car can go on a charge?”
When people find out that I drive an electric car; the slight squint of their eyes, subtle turn of their head and spreading smirk on their lips says it all! They believe that I am a tree-hugging, ultra-liberal, environmentalist wacko and most likely a vegetarian.
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 ...