We think Nissan has found its new spokesman for the all-electric Leaf. A microbiologist at the University of Arizona known as "Dr. Germ" says he's identified gas pumps as the biggest biohazard in modern society.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the results of the good doctor's research show 71 percent of gas pump handles are "'highly contaminated' with the kinds of germs most associated with a high risk of illness." Other cesspools we encounter on an everyday basis include public mailboxes, ATM machines and escalators.

So what should the budding Howard Hughes do when faced with such information? Well, before you try to avoid germ-infested gas pumps by buying an electric vehicle, know this: The study also found 40 percent of parking meters to be similarly infested.


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      electronx16
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another good reason to prefer inductive charging...
      PeterScott
      • 3 Years Ago
      EV FTW!
        Paul P.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @PeterScott
        I doubt public EV charging stations would be much cleaner.
          EVSUPERHERO
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Paul P.
          Good think I don't use public EV charge stations either. 145 mile range you don't need them. I have been on two 265 mile trips and one 320 mile trip with the EV and never used a public charging station.
      DaveMart
      • 3 Years Ago
      How do they know what we touch? Gas pumps, phooey! That's nothing!
        EZEE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        I actually bought a hand sanitizer that has a woman shaking a man's hand, with the caption, 'maybe you touched your genitals.' And that goes both ways obviously. Maybe she isn't 'fresh' that day. :D
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DaveMart
        The problem is after you touch the unimaginable, you then touch the pump with out washing.
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          I like to share!
          DaveMart
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          That'll teach me for joking!
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          @dave Ahhh well, I thought it was funny. Then again, they already censored me on a post...sigh
      Dave D
      • 3 Years Ago
      And I thought the noxious smell of gasoline was the reason I hated gas pumps LOL
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dave D
        LOL, their is always some residual in the hose, just dump it onto a rag and sterilize the pump handle by cleaning it with gas. Ah but one must still touch the hose. Like smoking it is a filthy habit, perhaps they should out law it in public places.
          Marco Polo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Ezee Between 1998-02, Ford produced a Ford Ranger EV. Sold primarily as a lease vehicle at $115 per month, the NiMH version had a 65 mile range and highway capable speeds. Although all the lead -acid battery models were recalled and the batteries and EV components were removed. About 480 NiMH units were permitted to be sold outright, and come up for sale occasionally. The EV Ford Ranger was Bill Ford Jnr's personal transport for many years. .
          EZEE
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          Marco says you can convert a car, or, know how it's done. I have a Ford Ranger (ULEV, FFlex fuel so nyaaaa to all those out there who would pick on me) that is in mint condition, but well over 100k miles. Any idea on how much it would cost to conver it to electric, how far I could make it go, and towing capability? I have a small boat as well.
      Paul P.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Unless you're from NJ, then you never have to touch the pump.
        EVSUPERHERO
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        Oregon also has a no touch policy. The rest of the states are suckers as it is more expensive in Washington where they pump thier own. Ha, haaa!
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EVSUPERHERO
          It pretty much sucks to buy gas on the left coast, no matter where you go. http://www.gasbuddy.com/gb_gastemperaturemap.aspx
        upstategreenie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul P.
        NJ touching is extra and only place dirtier than pump is beach full of syringes hep b etc.
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Posts like these, and the Japanese Poop car make ABG fun...
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yay someone who knows what an MSDS is.... :D
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the smell of gasoline in the morning, smells like victory! For the oil corps anyway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a bit unsettling to hear! It's good to know that we have a whole new generation of engineers working to create vehicles that will barely need any gas at all. At Penn State, our engineers are designing an environmentally friendly car in the EcoCAR 2 competition. This car will reduce fuel consumption (yay to being more germ-free!), reduce petroleum energy consumption, and reduce emissions, while still making sure it's safe and acceptable for consumers. Thankfully, we have a chance to be cleaner in the future, while also making the air more clean.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, but the "public charging stations" that will have to be created (on the public's dime, operated at a loss) will necessarily suffer the same fate.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is why I only touch the gas pumps with my genitalia, never with my hands!
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