Now, he’s recognizing the BMW i3 BEV he bought in 2015 has become the perfect commute and family vehicle. The car’s 70-mile range easily handles his daily activities — a message he loves to share with those driving gas-powered cars. Amin is an accurate representation of the many EV drivers who frequently advocate for the drive electric movement, often using their own experiences to encourage people to consider an EV. “For most people I speak to, an EV will serve their daily needs just fine,” said Amin. “In Kansas City, it’s much easier to talk about the convenience of charging in public thanks to the excellent charging infrastructure.” He encourages people to notice the charging stations that are present in the places they work or shop, and stresses the time and money saved from not having to go to the gas stations to fill up. Amin drives his EV 21 miles each way to work. Although his workplace features charging stations, he usually doesn’t need to plug in. (Plus, the stations have proved popular with other EV drivers at work, which is perhaps a sign of how successful he is at his EV advocacy!) He plugs in at home and then usually takes the car back out to run errands and grab groceries. For those he encounters who have questions about longer-distance drives, he points to the increase in fast-charging stations along highways across the nation — and the affordable 200-plus mile electric car models that are hitting the market. In Kansas City, of course, range anxiety is already a thing of the past. “The Clean Charge Network has definitely given me and my family the courage to drive a 70-mile EV regularly,” he said. “We can take our car far beyond its 70-mile range in any given day due to the abundance of charging stations around the city.”
Amin Wahi has always been an early adopter, so it’s no surprise he sought out the advanced technology of an electric vehicle (EV) a few years ago.