The Electric Vehicle: "The Greatest Thing Since the Invention of the Tire”
Passionate words from an FPL customer and owner of a Nissan LEAF
At Florida Power & Light, we are passionate about plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs), and so are our customers. With PEVs’ ability to lower fuel costs by 80 percent, while emitting 70 percent fewer emissions compared to gas-powered cars in FPL’s service territory, we certainly believe these vehicles live up to their hype and excitement.
I recently spoke with an FPL customer who is so hooked on his all-electric Nissan Leaf that he plans to own one for the rest of his life. After transitioning to a Leaf from a Lincoln Navigator, which he says got about 12 miles to the gallon, David Douglas shared his enthusiasm with us in this brief interview:*
Q: What motivated you to purchase an electric vehicle?
A: I used to drive a Navigator that got about 12 miles a gallon. I got so tired of driving a tank with me being the only passenger.
Q: How did you learn about the Leaf?
A: The first time I saw a commercial about the Leaf, I went online to investigate. In ten minutes, I was hooked. I went to Naples Nissan and test-drove one, then went home and placed an order for a Leaf. Once getting my new car, I fell in love with it. The Leaf replaced the Navigator, and I have never looked back.
Q: What’s your favorite part about the car?
A: No more gas stations. No more oil changes. The Leaf is also fun to drive, quiet, and very fast. I was shocked how fast the Leaf is.
Q: Approximately how much have you seen your electric bill increase each month?
A: I have only seen an increase of about $35 a month. That’s with recharging every day. I was spending $80 a week on filling the beast Navigator.
Q: How do you charge your Leaf?
A: I plug my Leaf in at the end of the day into a 110 volt outlet, and by morning, the Leaf is fully charged. One thing I do not understand is why Nissan is pushing a charging station.
Q: So, you don’t think it’s necessary for EV owners to install a charging station at home?
A: Don’t waste your money on the charging station.
Q: Have you ever used a public charging station, then?
A: I have never used a public charging station, never needed to.
Q: What is your typical day of driving like in the Leaf?
A: My day with my Leaf: drive to the grocery store, drive to the health club, go out for dinner, and then back home.
Q: How far do you get on a single charge of your battery?
A: On a full charge, I am getting about 100 miles per charge. I also find the gauge for miles left is very accurate. I have been down to two miles left, and the performance was great.
Q: You seem pretty happy with your Leaf. Would you buy another electric vehicle (EV)?
A: I am very hooked on my EV. I will always own an EV for the rest of my life.
Q: What would you tell people who are curious about owning a Leaf or another electric vehicle?
A: I must have 10 people a day ask me about the Leaf. What I can’t figure out is why people can’t figure it out. It’s the greatest thing since the invention of the tire.
To learn more about electric vehicles, you can visit www.FPL.com/ElectricVehicles.
We’d love to hear from you! If you own a PEV, or are considering buying one, we want to hear what you think. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please note that not all opinions of our customers reflect those of FPL.