Last month, Mike Cavanaugh, president of Sustainable Braintree, made the switch to electric vehicles and got a Chevy Bolt, the all-electric hatchback that can go over 200 miles on a charge. He wrote about EVs and some of the environmental, range, and cost misconceptions in an article just posted in the Braintree Patch.
Check it out:
After the federal government announced last week its intention to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, the response coming from state and local governments has been one of both disappointment and resilience. In Massachusetts, Gov. Baker has affirmed his intention to join a dozen other states in the new U.S. Climate Alliance, a coalition intended to carry on the efforts of the Paris agreement at the state level. Additionally, 83 mayors representing 40 million constituents across the country have pledged to maintain their commitment to the Paris agreement.
On the electric vehicles front, that means the movement isn't going anywhere. The demand to go electric continues to rise - Massachusetts approved more EV rebates in May than ever before - and if the federal government backs off their commitments, it's more important than ever that local residents make an even stronger push to do our part and pick up the slack. The prices are still great, the environmental impact is still enormous, and Braintree Drives Electric continues to be here to offer as much support as we can, as we make Braintree a shining beacon for those determined to create a greener, healthier future for our children.
With the success of the Bolt, Ford has recently announced plans for an affordable, 300-mile range, all-electric car for release in 2020. While 3 years seems like a slow response to GM's foray into the long-range all-electric market, the even longer range, presumably more affordable price, and high-volume production, could catapult EVs from a no-brainer to a far more ubiquitous no-brainer.
A number of manufacturers, including VW, Audi, and Volvo, are also eyeing 2019-2020 as a major wave in EV technology and proliferation, so we could see a new generation of EVs take shape around then,
It's also worth noting, that the 3-year lease deals negotiated through Braintree Drives Electric mean that if you sign a lease now, you would be in line for an upgrade in 2020.
So sign up, take a test drive, learn about the tons of incredible benefits that come with driving electric vehicles, and make the jump today! And if you time it right, you could catch the current EV wave AND the next one.
Despite having not rolled out nationally quite yet, the all-electric Chevy Bolt has already been driven collectively over 4.5 million miles in just a few months. That's about 175,000 gallons of gasoline saved!
Its Tesla-tier battery range (over 200 miles) and affordable price (roughly $27,000 with the state and federal incentives) makes it a highly desirable car at the moment. The Bolt is available in Massachusetts, and you can schedule an at-home test drive here.
Are you having trouble figuring out what charger you need for your new EV?
The article below takes a very detailed look at what to consider when choosing a charger, from amperage, to circuit sizes. If you are interested in the science behind EV chargers, then this is the article for you!
Of course, you can always speak with the Braintree Drives Electric team, and we'll walk you through the process. We'll consider factors like your vehicle, driving habits and other needs.
Don't forget that BELD provides a $250 rebate on qualifying smart chargers, and a discount on your electricity for signing up with the program.
Check out this article.
MassEnergy is now working with 15 Massachusetts dealers to bring EV deals across the state. Braintree residents are encouraged to find the deal that works best for them, either through Braintree Drives Electric or the MassEnergy program.
Just don't forget to sign up for the overnight charging program to receive a charger rebate and 175 free miles of all-electric driving per month!
Check out the linked article:
"Over the next eight years, Massachusetts energy officials hope to see the number of electric vehicles on Bay State roads swell from 8,000 to 300,000, a goal that is supported by various programs and initiatives."
Celebrating the rapid adoption of electric vehicles in Braintree.
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Our friends at Boston-based non-profit organization, Mass Energy, are hosting an electric vehicle open house at Quirk Chevy in Braintree. The Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf and Ford Fusion Energi will be available for test drives.
See flyer below for RSVP.
If you are interested in volunteering at this event, please email Madeleine at BraintreeDrivesElectric@BELD.com.