• Sep 21, 2012
For years, Felix Kramer has been driving around in a converted plug-in Toyota Prius with "100+ MPG" plastered on the side. Going about his daily errands, on road trips and in general just using a plug-in vehicle well before most people knew what they were, Kramer learned that when you engage people about electric vehicles, they respond. This is the entire concept behind his new venture, Driving Electric.

As you can see in the photo above, Kramer's current fleet contains both a Chevrolet Volt and a Nissan Leaf, both adorned with pro-plug-in stickers and license plates. Kramer isn't shy. And he also knows the "EV grin" (the look that comes across someone's face the first time they drive an electric vehicle) is the best way to further his mission of getting more EVs on the road. Thus, Driving Electric's method is to spread the word "from driver to driver." Kramer told AutoblogGreen he knows drivers are the best salespeople:

The idea came to me because I discovered I was selling cars. The success of plug-in vehicles is not a sure thing. We could lose the tax credit, and if we do, it's a questionable thing. But even if we keep it, the automakers haven't been doing the best job promoting their cars.

So, starting this weekend at National Plug In Day and with the help of the Electric Auto Association, Plug In America and PlugShare, the Driving Electric website will go live. From there, the "EV curious" will be able to find a local plug-in vehicle driver who is willing to take them out for a personal test ride or drive. During the pre-launch ramp up, Driving Electric has found hundreds of drivers in over 40 states and four Canadian provinces. The EV curious can't find exact addresses, just pictures of the cars and contact information for the owners. As Kramer said "There's no substitute to someone having a drive. It's the action of closing the door and feeling the solidity. There's still the idea that these are golf carts. When they hear that 'thunk,' they realize it's a real car, and that changes peoples' minds."


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      Sam
      • 2 Years Ago
      ignore
      pmpjunkie01
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's the funny thing: once you get used to EV driving you realize how many sacrifices you made during the ICE age (dirty, smelly gas stations at inconvenient times, $100 dollar fill ups, wasting time on the mechanics shop etc...)
      • 2 Years Ago
      He should drive a Tesla too!
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      The most common nonsense I hear is "I'd buy one if it had a 500 mile range, could be charged in 5 minutes and is price competitive with regular cars". The issue is, this will never materialize if everyone just waits for it.
      Levine Levine
      • 2 Years Ago
      " When they hear that 'thunk,' they realize it's a real car, and that changes peoples' minds." " When they hear much less 'ka ching,' they realize it's a real money saver, and that changes peoples' minds.
      pmpjunkie01
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have the same experience when engaging people about EV's, but you really have to start with Adam and Eve every time and it takes quite some patience to cut through the preconceptions and the brainwash about the cost, range, recharge and evil guvmint subsidies. If you take your time though, most people eventually get it.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 2 Years Ago
        @pmpjunkie01
        Oil's been in our blood for way too long. I know what you mean about the high resistance path of convincing most people! I think most people do want off oil, and are waiting to the alternatives to be as useable as the ol' trusty gasoline car. They're not willing to make the sacrifices you and me would be willing to make.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          The most common nonsense I hear is "I'd buy one if it had a 500 mile range, could be charged in 5 minutes and is price competitive with regular cars". The issue is, this will never materialize if everyone just waits for it.
          Nick
          • 2 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          The most common nonsense I hear is "I'd buy one if it had a 500 mile range, could be charged in 5 minutes and is price competitive with regular cars". The issue is, this will never materialize if everyone just waits for it.
      kesthekill
      • 2 Years Ago
      LOL, there's actually ring tones you can add to the car that will make it sound more like a fossil fuel care.
      Sam
      • 2 Years Ago
      ignore