Partnering the Electric Vehicle in your Garage


Like many others who seek to put in their share for Mother Nature, a U.S.$33,000 investment on a vehicle is but a small price to pay. This is the all-electric 2012 Nissan Leaf and with its quiet and efficient ride, you find yourself choosing this car over your regular internal combustion engine vehicle.

Currently, a majority of Americans own two cars and many are choosing a highly efficient fuel using vehicle as their alternate vehicle. Amongst the top choices for this are electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf. As one chooses a second car, the question is what would be a good companion vehicle to this environmentally sound vehicle?

In order to assist you in your choice, a range of factors need to be considered. These include the option to have a car aged less than ten years, able to travel long distances, easily purchased and serviced at any local dealer. This is the list of highly recommended second vehicles:

  1. Toyota Prius Hybrid. While this may not be as quick off the block as the Nissan Leaf, it is able to combine great mileage together with trunk space because of its hatchback configuration. This car, because of its long history, easy to use, purchase and maintain.
  2. The 2003 Volkswagen Jetta Wagon GL. This is a diesel powered beast, able to travel long distances and great luggage space availability. It is able to travel 31 miles to the gallon in city driving can easily be recovered when taken out to the freeway to open up the 1.9 liter four cylinder engine exceeding the EPA’s threshold thirty nine miles to the gallon.
  3.  The 2012 Kia Sorento. This is best for active families, either going on weekend trips or even just soccer practice. This seven seater SUV is able to provide twenty five miles to the gallon, which is quite high but since it is able to carry seven individuals, this is efficient in itself. Another plus for this is the price, at only US$21,250 for an SUV of its size and capacity.
  4. Rental. Another cost efficient option, especially for long drives would be just opting for a rental for your needs. Instead of worrying about the price and the maintenance, together with the fuel costs, opting for a rental can be a hassle free experience for those that take those long trips every so often.

As can be seen, having an electric car, especially for a growing brood may not be enough. You can choose to have a second car, albeit an efficient and cost effective one. Study your options so that your contribution to the Mother Nature with the electric car would not go to waste in the long run.