What's it like to drive an electric vehicle?

By Staci Matlock
editor@taosnews.com
Posted 8/29/19

Glen Lauritsen and his wife, Gunilla, were passing through Taos on Saturday (Aug. 24) on their way to Yellowstone National Park when they spotted the signs at Kit …

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What's it like to drive an electric vehicle?

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Glen Lauritsen and his wife, Gunilla, were passing through Taos on Saturday (Aug. 24) on their way to Yellowstone National Park when they spotted the signs at Kit Carson Park for an electric vehicle and classic car show.

Lauritsen lost no time pulling his white Tesla Model X into the parking lot and parking it with its cousin EVs. Pretty soon people were asking to sit in the car with the butterfly back doors and check out its bells and whistles. Lauritsen didn't mind telling them how much he loves driving a car powered by electricity instead of gas.

The Lauritsens, of Texas, first owned a Nissan Leaf. "We loved it," Glen Lauritsen said. About a year ago, he upgraded to the Tesla. "It can do 85 miles an hour, no problem," he said.

So is he worried about making it several hundred miles up the road to Yellowstone? Not at all. The lithium ion battery holds a charge good for 295 miles before the next charge is needed. The Tesla comes equipped with a map that shows the location of every EV charging station along any major road. In Taos, there are now several charging places - Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, Adobe and Pines Inn Bed and Breakfast, and now three new charging sites at the Taos Community Auditorium, unveiled on Saturday at the Electric Vehicle Expo. And there are plenty of charging stations along the route to Yellowstone.

Lauritsen also uses the PlugShare app, which maps out charging stations. He says they are becoming easier to find all the time. "There's been a huge growth in solar chargers in the last few yeas," he said.

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