It?s been about 6 months since I bought my first ever electric vehicle (EV), a 2013 Nissan Leaf. Ok, well, I didn?t technically buy it, I leased it. It was a no-brainer for me. ?Here?s why:

  • My daily commute to work (downtown Raleigh) is about 10 miles, or 15 minutes, one way
  • I don?t drive a ton otherwise
  • I live in a single family detached house with a garage, where I can charge my car up easily
  • I am a gadget freak and early adopter of all things digital
  • At $199/month, no gasoline, no oil changes, no air filters, no emissions inspections, and zero maintenance, it was financially a no-brainer

I wholeheartedly believe that the future in vehicle transportation is electric. ?It?s inevitable, despite what all the naysayers and critics may think. Some stats:

EVs Are ?Digital?, Whereas ICEs are ?Analog?
Comparing an EV to an internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle is analogous to comparing an iPhone to an analog feature phone back in 2008. ?That?s how it feels to me. ?When I first used an iPhone, it was like magic. ?I?m pretty sure most of you agree that it felt like that to you, too. ?And when I first drove my Leaf for the first time, it felt that way, too. ?After all, it even came with an iPhone app, where I could turn on the air conditioner or heater right from my phone, so that the car interior was nice and comfortable when I get in. Try that in an ICE!

I know a lot of folks out there still think EVs are a fantasy and a joke. I?ve heard it all…someone I know even asked me if it was dangerous to drive it when it rained, because I might get electrocuted. Riiiighhhhttt. And what do you make of a fuel tank that contains 20 gallons of liquid that blows up and burns shit up in a flash? How dangerous is that to drive your 2-year-old around in?

They Are Coming, Even If You Don?t Want Them To
I remember talking to some people way back in 2008 about the iPhone…they hated it because they liked physical keyboards, and typing on glass just didn?t feel right to them…that they typed faster on real keyboards. They weren?t alone…lots of people felt that way about their CrackBerry phone back then. But look now. How many of them are talking up the BlackBerry today? How many of those same people stuck to their guns and are still typing away at an old BlackBerry 7250? Probably very very few of them, if any of them at all.

The point here is that, yes, I drank the kool-aid of EVs. ?But they are coming, in a big big big way. And there?s nothing left to stop them from changing transportation as we know it. It?s inevitable. Just like in 2008, the wave of smartphones that would inevitably change the world, even though very few people really understood that back then.

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