A little disclaimer before we start this article. I don’t consider myself an environmentalist and I don’t constantly talk about things like sustainability or my carbon footprint.
As a lifelong gearheard, I’m also not one of those who feels like every drop of fuel burned in the name of fun is a crime. Nor am I a tech-obsessed Tesla fanboy who kneels at the altar of Elon Musk and praises all things the company does. But after driving about 50,000 miles behind the wheel of EVs, I’m fully sold on electric cars for daily life and I want to tell you why.
I’ve been obsessed with cars of all shapes and sizes since I was a toddler. I love the sounds of engines, the feeling of shifting through the gears and the distinct ways different types of cars deliver their power. I dig big V8s, loud turbos, built engines screaming to redline and fuel-sucking carbs—and I always will.
I’m also a person who is constantly annoyed by the oppressive emission laws in my home state of California, especially the ones that have no real impact on emissions but make it difficult or impossible to enjoy the automotive hobby the same way people in other states do.
But despite all of this, I’ve become a convert of the EV movement, and after half a decade of driving electric vehicles day-in and day-out I’m at the point where I can’t really imagine myself not having at least one of them in the garage.
For me it all started back in the summer of 2014 when I heard from some friends about how cheap you could lease the Fiat 500e EV for. With all of the upfront discounts and post-purchase rebates people were telling stories of driving a brand new electric car for less than they were paying for their cable bill each month.
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