Every day expenses can get the better of us. Gas prices for instance have come down a few cents, but we're still hurting at the pump.
But while most of us are taking a deep breath and dishing out the money for gas, others have taken a different approach.
The answer for a few people in Winchester is electric cars. We're not talking hybrid. These cars are completely electric.
"For me, it's mostly a philosophical reason that I really went to electric," said Paul Frappollo.
Frappollo leases a Nissan Leaf, which is an electric car. He's had it since June and already put 1,400 miles on it.
"There's no gasoline engine, no oil, no gas at all, and there's no comparable parts that need to be replaced, like air filters, oil filters, spark plugs, etc. So that's one of the advantages," said Frappollo. "This one is also built as part of a direct drive system where there is no transmission. You only have a forward and reverse and the electric motor directly drives the wheels."
He says while he's not adding emissions into the environment, he also saves thousands in gas. While it's perfect for him, he says it needs to be a second car for someone, not an only car.
"It's not for everybody. It's a compromise. you have to plan your trips. You have to understand your range of the vehicle and know how to manage that," said Frappollo.
He has a home charging station that takes a few hours to fully charge up the car. Dealerships also have charging stations and he says there are plans for more businesses to add them around the D.C. Metro Area.
"It can be very economical, if it suites your needs, and the short commute range is useful to you," said Frappollo.
While the technology will continue to improve, drivers hope that soon the electric cars will be able to run even longer in between charges.
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