This month the NNTMA Board President Derek Chernow paired up with the Sacramento Air Quality Management District to participate in a pilot program called TakeCharge, aimed at educating the region about electric vehicles. Chernow was one of a few executives in the area chosen to test drive a Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV) for a week to encourage the use of PEVs and also to encourage businesses to install charging stations on their premises.
For the week-long campaign, Chernow was paired with a battery-operated Nissan Leaf from a local participating dealership and used it instead of his regular car to make the 20-mile roundtrip commute to his office. The Nissan Leaf can go 80 miles on one charge and is equipped with a screen that lets the driver see all charging stations within a certain radius. Currently, there are about 120 public stations in the greater Sacramento area.
Chernow reports that plugging in was convenient for him and that, of course, he saved himself the hassle and cost of filling up at a gas station. (Drivers who spend $45 a week at the pump save about $2,340 annually with a PEV.) Add to this the fact that the board president liked the car’s performance. “Frankly, it was one of the best cars I’ve ever driven,” he says. “We should all be making the switch.”