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Welcome to Zero driving. My husband started the new with  a brand new electric  Follow along as we try to survive anxiety. Learn from our for finding charging stations, cash for going electric and in at home.

And, share stories about going Here s the story of how it all began I wrote about in the San Jose News.

My husband and I had an important and dinner planned for last evening. Then, why did he arrive so And, why afterwards, did we get stuck our dessert in a deserted parking at 10:30 that night?

to life with an electric week one. Already, it has the of a reality show.

I could that the idea to buy a battery-charged was ruminating in my husband’s head for Every now and then, he would it, and then, the topic arose and more often, especially we watched “Chasing Ice” a about the disappearing polar I would listen, nod, and ask a now and then.

How much would our electricity go up? How many miles can you get out of a charge? do we find charging stations?

he backed up his argument with including a slew of financial and incentives offered by the state of to pioneers – or Guinea pigs, on your perspective- willing to the yet unrefined realm of driving

When we moved to California in we shed one of our cars before the East Coast and proudly life with a single for four years.  We took transportation, and rode bicycles to be defeated by the inconveniences and lack of In 2010, we signed a three-year for a second car. My husband got with the old car, a stubbornly Toyota.

With  253,000 miles, the car likely run for a 100K more, but it oil at almost every gasoline and feels a little less these days.

Perhaps a Emission car could give us transportation, and assuage our guilt of a one car per person ratio in our family?

I was not but I was intrigued as my husband test the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy


The Volt receives excellent mostly because it solves the that is No. 1 on the minds of Leaf range anxiety.

I drive 80 round trip to and from and it would be an unusual day if the Leaf take me both ways on a charge. And, there is no station in my employer’s parking  As for the Volt?  Once the battery lowers to a certain level, its combustion engine fuels an generator, extending its range.

Nice!

Still, it is more than the Leaf, and the incentives offered by the state and the dealership are not as for the Volt as with the Leaf.

So, we were on New Year’s Eve at the Sunnyvale showroom signing the papers to to three years of battery-fueled After the signing, the salesman a photograph of the happy couple in front of the car. He also a funny story of a doctor who a Leaf, and in the first week had to all his appointments unexpectedly because… you guessed it.

I was thinking of that as I ate my pomegranate frozen yogurt Monday night, standing in the vehicle section of the Palo parking garage waiting for the to charge.

My husband had driven the Leaf our San Mateo coastside home to the San BART station to take into San Francisco. There are no stations at this BART –although I could have that during our negotiations my had argued that “ hey, I can it at Bart.” On a typical day, of this matters because a charge can take him roundtrip to and back home.  On this however, he was making a detour to Alto. The dashboard of the Leaf that there were 19 remaining in the charge.

Home was 22 away.  He left work to give himself enough to park the car at a charging station, and walk to meet me for our appointment.  Alto, according to his smart app from ChargePoint http://www.chargepoint.com/chargepointnet/mobile-apps.php   has one of the concentrations of charging stations.  But the city also has one of the highest of electric cars and hybrids.

  He arrived at a parking garage and another to find that he had elbowed out by a collection of  Teslas and California’s goal is to construct charging stations to accommodate 1 zero emission vehicles by but apparently it has a long way to go.

He gave up and to meet me. Afterward, I drove him to the where he had left the Leaf, and the vehicles were consuming the voltage. Couldn’t we just them and steal 5 or 10 miles? these chargers, it would less than an hour to add charge to get us home.

We restrained and moved on to the next garage. there was a vacant charger. My pulled the line from the and plugged it into the front of the car, and settled in to wait. I him goodbye and headed home. I took mercy on him, Fraiche yogurt, returned the treat and waited it out with

Our marriage had survived our first crisis.

Then, that as we were heading out to explore the my husband said “Hey, take the electric car.” that’s another story for day.

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