Are EV Owners Too Enthusiastic?

Brad Tuttle thinks electric car owners' own enthusiasm may be putting off those who aren't ready to adopt the technology.

Published: 25-Feb-2013

Some electric vehicle owners have over-the-top praise for their cars’ performance and practicality. Does that mean the vast majority of drivers on the road are stupid for not being EV early adopters?

Check out this article in the Washington Post, written by a columnist who says “I can’t drive my Mercedes-Benz any more” after owning an electric-powered $60,000 Tesla Model S for a month. Here’s a snippet of the breathless review, appropriately titled “Confessions of a Tesla Fanboy”:

When you step on the pedal in the Model S you skip a few heartbeats. The car literally seems to fly. It is frighteningly quiet and picks up acceleration like a spaceship shifting into warp speed. I’ve raced Formula Fords at Skip Barber Racing School and have driven Porches and Ferraris owned by my friends. They feel like super-charged lawn mowers when compared with the Tesla.


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Bruce Sargent charges Nissan LEAF in Central Point, Oregon. Photo credit: AP

The stations go from the California border north to the Oregon city of Cottage Grove.


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