RICHARD HARTY: Stockton, CA
First LEAF owner in the Stockton, CA area
Years ago I was at a park with my family when I talked with a woman who owned an EV-1. I had no idea that electric cars were even available! And when she drove away making no sound at all, it clicked: electric cars made total sense.
I couldn't afford a new car at the time, but I knew that I wanted an electric car of my own. I began to follow any information on electric cars I could find and when I saw "Who Killed the Electric Car?" it made me so angry that it solidified my desire to own a plug in vehicle as soon as possible. I signed up for the Nissan LEAF newsletter and when they sent out the invitation to order a new LEAF I ordered one within seconds of getting the email.
I received the first LEAF in the Stockton area on January 11, 2011 and I love it. I was featured in a number of local newspapers and I have had strangers find me just to see the car they've heard about on the news. Everyone who drives the car, including a local reporter, get one of their own once they feel how it drives. A number of my friends and colleagues have ordered a LEAF simply after driving my car.
My payment on the car is less than what I was paying for gas each month, so it makes so much sense. I drive about 600 miles a month for about $10 in electricity. Our family will not buy another car unless it has a plug in it. I hope to see the death of the internal combustion engine as the primary source of locomotion within my lifetime. That will be the final revenge!