Just before Christmas, my friend Dawna called and asked, “Could I stop by for a little while? I have something to show you.”
“Sure,” came my answer. “I’ll put the kettle on for tea when you get here.”
Dawna is a talented photographer and graphic artist who sells cards at various local shops and online through Etsy. (Do check out her beautiful work if you get a chance.) I thought she was going to show Clif and me a new line of cards, which I always enjoy seeing.
Therefore, as soon as Dawna came into our dining room, I said, “Let me put the kettle on, and you can show me what you brought.”
“Well…” she said in a hesitating way as I trotted into the kitchen to put on the kettle.
When I went back into the dining room, Dawna was grinning. “I got a new car.”
I’m sure there was a click, click, click as I processed this information, looked out at the new snazzy blue car in my driveway, and understood exactly what she meant.
“Oh, my God!” I exclaimed. “You bought an electric car!”
“Yes, I did,” Dawna said, and if my knees weren’t so creaky, I would have jumped with joy.
Here is a picture of her new EV beauty, a Hyundai Kona:
All thoughts of tea were forgotten as Clif and I went to admire the new car
“After Christmas, ” Dawna said, “I’ll take you for a ride.”
Dawna kept her promise, and last Friday she took us into Augusta, where we had brunch at Downtown Diner, which serves breakfast all day long.
As we ate, Dawna’s spoke about her decision to buy an electric car. Her previous car had become unreliable, and the time had come to replace it. She asked herself, why buy a polluting ICE (internal combustion engine) car? Dawna knew that the range of EVs had improved, and when she did some research, she discovered that the Hyundai Kona got a peak mileage of 258 per charge. (Less, of course, when the weather is really cold.)
And that was that. Because there were so many rebates available, Dawna bought the car in December, not wanting to take the chance that the rebates wouldn’t be there in 2020. (Let’s face it: The current administration in DC is not exactly concerned about the environment.)
Here is what she got:
$2,500 from Efficiency Maine.
$500 from a Hyundai rebate.
$7,500 from a federal government rebate.
Her Hyundai EV Kona sold for $38,000, and the rebates brought the cost down to $28,000.
And how does Dawna like her new EV? Very well, indeed. As Clif and I noticed, the Kona is smooth and quiet and has great pick-up. Even on a cold Maine January day, Dawna can take the Kona to Portland, about a 120-mile-round trip, and still have 50 miles left on her battery. The Kona’s seats are heated, and Dawna and her husband, Jim, take advantage of this, which means they don’t have to use the car’s heater as much.
While most EVs come with a charging cord that can be plugged into a standard receptacle, charging this way is slow, and Jim has installed a charger that does the job much more quickly.
Southern Maine has a number of places to charge an EV, but as you head north, their numbers dwindle. Dawna has decided to become an advocate for EVs, and she is writing a letter to encourage Governor Mills to support the installation of more charging stations.
Go, Dawna, go! And kudos to you for taking the leap into our electric future. I hope that someday soon Clif and I can follow your example, and I also hope many others will, too.