In his post-oil world, a Texan never buys gas for his all-electric Nissan Leaf – and still gets a thrill out of putting the pedal to the metal.
Mark Clayton/The Christian Science Monitor
Something new and a bit odd is happening here in Texas, where history and the economy are so tightly interwoven with oil: Some drivers are ditching their gasoline vehicles and turning over a new leaf – literally.
Dr. Jones's luxurious yet gas-gulping Lexus has been collecting dust in the garage since he brought home the all-electric Leaf, which has no gas tank at all.
Charging his Leaf in his garage at home, Jones uses a heavy cord attached to a pistol-grip handle to connect with the multipronged charging port in the car. The other end connects to a fast wall-charger. Or, if he chooses, he can charge with a typical – if slower – three-prong plug outlet. Because he's also signed up for Austin's "green" electricity program – juice generated by West Texas windmills – he gets a guilt-free, comfortable day of gliding around town. It's a "zero carbon footprint that costs me about 3 cents a mile," he says. "What's not to like about that?"
Still, for the time being, Jones is hanging onto his Lexus for the occasional road trip that goes beyond the Leaf's 100 mile-per-overnight-charge range.