Why Some Kentucky Drivers Went Electric

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — While drivers are paying nearly $2 more per gallon than a year ago, those behind the wheel of electric vehicles like Daniel Monroe are spending a fraction of that.

“My son’s van here in Kentucky. It costs $0.25 per mile to travel the route for one mile,” Monroe said. “These electric cars cost about two and a half cents a mile to go down the road.”

About 95% of charging his car is done at home, but if he needs to charge it on the road, it usually costs around $14, Monroe said.

As president of Evolve KY, an organization working to promote electric transportation, Monroe wants to be clear: For him, it’s not about saving money, it’s about getting away from addiction. to fossil fuels.

Daniel Monroe says he wants drivers to move away from reliance on fossil fuels. (Spectrum News 1/Erin Kelly)

“Saving money, they’re safe, they’re fun, they’re good for the environment, it’s all gravy, but to me, it’s peace on earth,” he said. “I don’t want our best young people to die because of oil.”

More than 300 people have taken a test drive in his Tesla since he bought it four years ago.

“This year two different people offered me $42,000 and that’s what I paid for the new car four years ago, 75,000 miles ago, and so that’s zero depreciation of my car,” he said. “What car does that? »

Ellen Wade, Evolve KY’s secretary, says she went electric because she’s passionate about clean energy and doesn’t relish spending much less than drivers using electricity. essence.

“I feel really sorry for them,” Wade told Spectrum News 1. “Really, and I say all the time, ‘I have a solution to the problem and I’m driving it.’ The thing is, if they continue with these gas prices like this, they’re going to wake up.

As Kentucky prepares for two new electric battery plants, Monroe thinks the Commonwealth is moving in the right direction.

He just hopes Kentucky drivers support the industry as well.

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