Electric cars or vehicles (EVs) are coming; in fact, they’re here now. Perhaps there are no better examples than California, and Nevada, Placer & El Dorado counties where both EVs and car charging stations in the Tahoe Truckee area are already in place.
According to a recent article by Tom Lotshaw of the Tahoe Daily Tribune an “adequate electric vehicle infrastructure is important because we’re a community, a destination, a gateway and part of a travel corridor”. In fact, several charging stations already exist in our community: in Tahoe City, Truckee, Squaw Valley, and on the other side of the lake, Incline Village and Stateline. Tesla’s presence in and commitment to both the Silicon Valley region of California, and locally, matches the interest from Tesla owners. While there are other electric vehicles to choose from – take the Nissan LEAF, for example – you should be aware of the pros and cons of these vehicles, with particular emphasis placed on where and how they’re charged, and their driving range.
Do you have an electric vehicle already? Do you use one of the local charging stations? Would you? In Truckee, a private supercharger station opened last fall just behind the Safeway.
This might be a good time to quickly cover a few pros and cons of EVs:
- A definite pro: battery powered cars are quiet and smooth.
- Unless you’re a long-distance driver (most EVs have very finite driving ranges), you can plug your car in at night, and the next morning you’ll have a good 75+ miles ahead of you.
- Comparing the cost of electricity to oil-based products, the cost per mile in an EV is approximately one-quarter or more better. And nothing comes out of the tailpipe!
- A con, for most people: the driving range of most EVs tops out at 100 miles.
- Unless you have access to a Direct Current (DC) Quick Charger (here’s a great link, which is a visual map of all kinds of charging stations in North America), you’re going to have allow your vehicle several hours to recharge.
- Most EVs today can cost a minimum of $10,000 – $20,000 more than comparable gas-powered vehicles. That said, this is simply an ‘apple-to-apple’ comparison.
The first ski resort in California to install EV charging ports was Squaw Valley. These are complemented in other businesses, like the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee, and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe.
EVs are not a passing fancy or trend. Perhaps you’ll be seen behind the wheel of one while silently pulling up to your amazing Tahoe or Truckee home very soon!