My friend Scott Dupont , producer and host of the terrific movie “What is the Electric Car?” sent out an email yesterday about his trip down the 405S, a freeway here in Los Angeles. During that 32 miles, he saw 30 electric cars driving that same stretch! Scott says, “I was purposely driving slow and just watching all these EVs pass me in the HOV lane.” (In California, most no emission vehicles can drive in the carpool lane).
- 21 Chevy VOLTS
- 4 Nissan LEAFs
- 2 Tesla Roadsters
- 2 Mitsubishi MiEV
- 1 BMW Active-e
Scott continues, “This was on a single commute down one small stretch of highway. I could not believe it!”
When Scott, also an actor, arrived at Manhattan Beach Studios from his home in the valley, he got another nice surprise. He writes, “ When I got to Manhattan Beach Studios, every single EV charging station was full including a Ford all electric Transit van (first one I have seen in public)! Just wanted to share what I thought was a cause for celebration”.
I see other electric cars every single day as I drive around Southern California, a far cry from just 2 years ago. Even though the news media is reporting sales of Leafs and Volts are slow, I know “we have come a long way, baby”. And I agree with Scott – this is a cause for celebration.