NewsRegion C Palm Beach CountyWest Palm Beach

Actions

Getting a charge out of driving; why some motorists are opting for electric vehicles

Posted: 3:48 PM, Nov 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-02 13:33:46-05
wptv-tesla-.jpg

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.-- For Laura Tomas green really does mean go. “So it’s a 100 percent electric, I don’t ever have to go to a gas station.”

Last year her family decided to invest in a Tesla. Being a math teacher she says the costs of gas to our environment and her pocket weren’t adding up.

“If I charge up to 100% we can get around 250 miles. We want to make sure that our children, our child has a sustainable Earth so we want to make sure we are not using up all our fossil fuels," she said.

The city of West Palm Beach agrees. Sustainability program coordinator Nicole Levinson says in 2018, for the first time, the city found that transportation was the leading factor for greenhouse gas emissions. “Transportation emissions are now almost 60 percent of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions inventory. So this is quite a large chunk of emissions.”

Right now, there are already hundreds of charging ports in our area and FPL is currently installing 1,000 charging ports across the state.

Tomas hopes more people will get on board with electric cars. “We’re all eventually going to move there at some point so why not just do it now.”