The EV Revolution is Here!

Thu, 01/14/2021 - 6:30pm

Well, at least an uprising.

In the fall of 2020, the Solar Initiative offered subsidies towards the purchase of electric vehicles. From 14 applications, eight subsidies were awarded. And now the first six have arrived on the island.

Look at these smiling faces (behind their masks).

Pictured above are six of the Electric Vehicles (rechargeable) that the Solar Initiative was pleased to subsidize. From left to right: Steve and Eileen Miller with their Chevy Bolt, Kristin Baumann with her Hyundai, Millie McGinnes with her Hyundai Kona, the Stinnett family with their Kia Niro EV EX, Kim Gaffett with her Nissan Leaf, and Susana Gardner, with her Chevy Bolt.

Not pictured because their cars have not yet arrived --but coming soon to the island are Jill Seppa and David Kane.

What do the new owners think of their EVs?

Kim Gaffett says: “My first criteria was that it was a Plug-in Electric Vehicle (PEV). Next, I looked for affordability, and enough room to haul around my naturalist’s equipment, especially my spotting scope, which can be pretty long. The Nissan Leaf had a good amount of cargo space under the hatchback, and that can be increased quite a bit when the back seats go down, so plenty of room for all my stuff. I was a little concerned about road clearance on out dirt roads, but I’ve had no problems with clearance - and I go up and down the Clay Head Trail road without a problem, which is among the worst roads on the island. The ride is smooth and comfortable for both me and my passengers. And, since I have lived off the grid with photovoltaics for 29 years, I’m happy to say that this PEV is solar powered.”

“Many thanks to The Solar Initiative; without the subsidy it is unlikely that I would have been able to afford my first-ever new car. I am thrilled that it is an EV, and that I can continue to “walk the talk” of sustainable living, and reducing my carbon footprint.”

Kristin Baumann says: “Love it! I found it difficult to find a used EV .... a hybrid was the best practical option for me. It has 3 function modes, gas only, electric only, and mixed flow, so when on island I can go electric. It was also the least expensive car I could find!”

Kara Stinnett focused in on her emotions: “I am so excited!”

Well, Kara isn’t the only one who is excited. The Solar Initiative is pleased to help these six, and soon-to-be eight island families go more green by using rechargeables and cutting back on fossil fuel emissions!

Next time: Why I should consider an EV as my next car?

Contact Tony Pappas (508-272- 8822) for information about solar and heat pump subsidies still being offered by Solar Initiative.