EV&Me: Cathy and her 2016 Nissan Leaf
Name: Cathy Forkas
Occupation: Furniture maker
Location: Davis, CA
Year/make/model: 2016 Nissan Leaf
Range: 107 miles
MSRP*: $29,010–$36,790 (depending on model)
Time owned: 1.5 years
*When new, at time of model release.
What made you decide to go electric and how did you decide what car to get?
Besides enjoying how maintenance-free and fun to drive electric cars are, my partner Tom and I both try to be conscious about our impact on the environment. We divide our time between my home in Davis and his home in Vallejo, so we have the perfect opportunity to lower our carbon footprint. In addition, we now both have solar systems on our homes, so we also have the perfect opportunity to reduce the cost of commuting to near zero … a no-brainer!
How has the cost of purchasing and owning your EV compared to the cost of purchasing and owning a conventional car?
I lease my Leaf and the cost of the lease is the same or less than it would cost to lease a similar-sized gas vehicle and my charging with solar is free. (The Leaf also provides free charging at public stations for the first two years of the lease). Tom also has a hybrid/electric car: a 2017 Chevy Volt. He bought his Volt and after rebates it was a bit more expensive to purchase than a similar-sized gas vehicle. But there are almost no maintenance costs and free charging, so he expects to make up the difference.
What have been the biggest challenges of going electric?
My daughter and newly arrived grandbaby now live in the Bay Area. Getting to Oakland and back in the Leaf requires charging at least once, so I need to schedule a half-hour extra into the trip.
What are the biggest misconceptions of going electric?
Most car trips are short, and for longer trips chargers are fairly abundant and at useful locations (the grocery store, the mall, etc.), so it’s not as inconvenient to go fully electric as you might think. Tom’s hybrid Volt has a 50-mile electric range, and because most trips are short and within that range, he almost never uses the gas mode. Things will get even easier in the future: the emergence of 200+ mile-range electric vehicles will be game-changing!
Describe one of the farthest/coolest/most ambitious trips you’ve ever taken in your EV.
We’ve taken the Leaf on hiking excursions up the Sonoma Coast. And Tom’s Volt we take on longer trips.
Do you have any good stories about your experience as an EV owner?
My dog Bella knows all of the interesting walks near the charging stations in the Bay Area. She’s especially fond of the trail along the creek behind Sprouts Market charging station in Pinole!
What is the number-one thing you think could be done to encourage more people to go electric?
Continue the rebates, add more chargers, and get the word out! I’m thrilled with my choice to drive an electric car and happy to share my experience through this blog!
The EV&Me blog was created by Hannah Safford, Researcher for the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy. The original post is located on the UC Davis Institute for Transportation Studies web page. Browse on over for instructions on how to submit your EV story!
EV owners/drivers wishing to be featured in an upcoming EV&Me post can self-nominate by filling out this form. Note that the blog is not limited to Davis residents. Nominations are welcome from all over! EV drivers and owners are also encouraged to share their stories using the hashtag #EVandMe.
For more information about electric vehicles and rebates, check out the Cool Davis Drive Electric web page.
Interested in a test drive? Check out the EVs@theMarket Ride&Drive and Show&Tell coming up Saturday September 15, 2018, at Davis Farmer’s Market.
A Message from Davis Climate Strike folks:
This Friday - today - we will dedicate our climate strike to Eva and her passionate defense for the rights to dignity and respect for all life. She loved all forms of dancing so we will have her colorful scarves on hand and music. Please wear a facemask and maintain 6 feet of social distance. Please join us TODAY in Eva's memory at the corner of 5th and B, 12:30-2pm.
You may have heard of Eva Dopico who left us last year around this time. She was a beloved teacher at Cesar Chavez Elementary that suffered and eventually succumbed to depression.
Eva was a bright light in our community and an ardent defender of equality and belonging for all. She worked tirelessly and joyfully to restore healthy relationships with the Earth and all her creatures.
Eva had a clever, project-based learning approach to teaching climate change to her second grade class. Each student was asked to build a solar oven with their family, which became a model to learn the science of global warming and how greenhouse gases are trapped by our planet's thickening atmosphere. From there she talked about other impacts of human-induced climate change and told the stories of youth leaders.
Eva was passionate about water and protecting marine life in the oceans from plastics and pollution. She frequently transformed into mermaid form, an experience she also shared with her young students. She was a woman of many superpowers and is dearly missed.
Eva wanted to join the climate strike and march with us in September 2018 but was unable to find a substitute teacher.
This Friday - today - we will dedicate our climate strike to Eva and her passionate defense for the rights to dignity and respect for all life.
She loved all forms of dancing so we will have her colorful scarves on hand and music. Please wear a facemask and maintain 6 feet of social distance.
Please join us in Eva's memory at the corner of 5th and B, 12:30-2pm.
"In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist."
--Angela DaVIS ... See MoreSee Less
3 hours ago
Cool Davis is a coalition of citizens, the City of Davis, and community organizations working to empower our community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
A message from Davis Climate Strike folks:
Today we dedicate our climate strike to Eva Dopico. She loved all forms of dancing so we will have her colorful scarves on hand and music. Wear a facemask and maintain 6 feet of social distance. Corner of 5th and B, 12:30-2pm. Davis
Seasonal changes mean drops and rises, but the overall trend up is unmistakable. Parts per million in the upper atmosphere is higher than it has been in 800 million years. Check out our page for more details @CityofDavis
Climate Change Basics - Cool Davis
Climate Change Basics Already know the facts? Finally getting around to digging deeper? There’s always more to ...
413.60 parts per million (ppm) CO2 in air 02-Dec-2020 http://scripps.ucsd.edu/programs/keelingcurve/
You can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by donating at our page below!
Donate to Cool Davis - Cool Davis
Your donation today, helps households adapt to impacts and reduce emissions locally and around the world! Donate to Cool Davis now!
It's not too late! Please give today! #GivingTuesday2020
During #GivingTuesday yesterday, we saw over 200 local organizations receive donations through GivingEdge, the platform that powers Big Day of Giving, which is available to search year-round at http://www.givingedge.org. Our region’s generosity is powerful when we come together.