Could An EV Work For You?

Last updated 2000.03.19

Have you ever wondered if an electric car or truck would make sense for you?

There are many factors that cause people to become interested in the EV alternative:
concern about the quality of the air we breathe;
concern about respiratory problems caused or made worse by air pollution;
the effect of oil spills and other petroleum contamination on our water;
the increasing control of our economy by OPEC;
the potential for another oil war because of our dependence on oil; or,
the rising price of gasoline and diesel fuel.

For most of us, the purchase of a vehicle is a major acquisition, too expensive to gamble on possibly making a bad decision.

We have designed the following questionnaire to help you figure out if you are a good candidate to be satisfied as the owner of a pollution-free, electric car or truck.

Just go through the questions, and answer them with a simple Yes or No. Then proceed to the analysis section to see if an EV could work for you.

The Survey

  1. Do you have, or would you like to have, more than one vehicle in your household?
  2. Do you have a car or truck that is used primarily for commuting and running short errands?
  3. On a typical day, does your vehicle travel less than 80 km? If you don't know, try using the chart below for a week.
  4. Is your vehicle parked most of the day?
  5. Could you plug your vehicle in to charge it while it is parked away from home?
  6. Would you be willing to pay a 10% premium for your transportation costs if it was better for the environment?
  7. Would you be willing to pay a 10% premium for your transportation costs to gain your independence from OPEC and the oil industry?
  8. Would you pay $10.00 today to save $3.00 a year for the next 4 years?
  9. Are you prepared to drive a vehicle that is not covered by a warranty?
  10. Are you prepared to do minor maintenance on the vehicle yourself, e.g. check air pressure and battery water levels monthly?

Interpreting Your Answers

The Form (Trip Log)



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