DRIVER PROFILES

MEET AN ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVER

EV drivers are people just like you who just happened to make a different choice about what they drive. Learn about why they switched and what they love about electric cars.

Cranston Cederlind

“My biggest surprise is how much FUN it is. It’s a joy to drive, with great handling, braking, acceleration and the bonus of no engine noise.”

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David Blakley

“In the future, people may not have as much of an emotional connection to their cars, especially if those cars are autonomous. It will more about selecting the transportation ‘tool’ that best fits the need.”

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Andy Fry

“In the future, people may not have as much of an emotional connection to their cars, especially if those cars are autonomous. It will more about selecting the transportation ‘tool’ that best fits the need.”

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Meet an EV Driver: Cranston Cederlind

Cranston Cederlind

“My biggest surprise is how much FUN it is. It’s a joy to drive, with great handling, braking, acceleration and the bonus of no engine noise.”

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Meet an EV Driver: David Blakley

David Blakley

“In the future, people may not have as much of an emotional connection to their cars, especially if those cars are autonomous. It will more about selecting the transportation ‘tool’ that best fits the need.”

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Meet an EV Driver: Andy Fry

Andy Fry

“In the future, people may not have as much of an emotional connection to their cars, especially if those cars are autonomous. It will more about selecting the transportation ‘tool’ that best fits the need.”

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Meet an EV Driver: Randy Clayton

Randy Clayton

“I don’t like spending time in service centers, so it’s nice the only thing that’s needed during the first 150,000 miles is rotating the tires.”

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Teresa Keller

When you are in my car and you see the technology available, how well it drives, the fuel savings and the environmental benefits? Everything is first class. Buying a gas-powered car would feel like going backward.

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Jon Stephens

When he first started researching the marketplace, Jon Stephens braced himself for the compromises he and his family would need to make to transition to driving electric. His biggest surprise? There weren’t any compromises at all. In a battery-powered vehicle, he found all his family needed — and more.

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Meet an EV Driver: Valerie Hough

Valerie Hough

Local science teacher Valerie Hough recently completed an 18-day, 4,500-mile road trip in her EV. Her experiences show that an all-electric road trip is strikingly similar to a gas-powered journey — and in many ways, better. Learn more about the adventure in Valerie’s own words.

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Meet an EV Driver: Lisa Larson

Lisa Larson-Bunnell

“What a tremendous gift the Clean Charge Network has been to the community. There are more places to charge along with more premium parking spaces than almost anywhere else in the country.”

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Meet an EV Driver: Tom Lesnak

Tom Lesnak

“I can safely say that the Kansas City metro seems to be so far ahead in terms of available EV infrastructure that it almost becomes a selling point for people coming to our region.”

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Meet an EV Driver: Karl Bloss

Karl Bloss

“When someone goes to purchase their next vehicle, I want to them to think back to that ride and say, ‘I think that could work for me.'”

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Meet an EV Driver: Zachery Andresen

Zachery Andresen

“No money on gas and I get to help save the environment? It just makes sense. I really think everyone should embrace new technology; it’s the future of transportation.”

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Electric Vehicle Driver Profile: Amy and Ayax Ron-Carr

Amy and Ayax Ron-Carr

“My family is savvy about energy-efficient cars. Within my extended family, five or six people drive electric vehicles.”

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Meet an EV Driver: Amin Wahi

Amin Wahi

“In Kansas City, it’s much easier to talk about the convenience of charging in public thanks to the excellent charging infrastructure.”

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Colleen Gerke

“It’s amazing how peaceful it is to drive without the noise and vibration of a combustible engine. The engine doesn’t jerk or shift as you accelerate.”

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Electric Vehicle Driver Profile: Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones

“The future holds boundless possibilities of feeding the electrical grid in sustainable ways, which is the key to energy independence.”

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icle Driver Profile: Kelli Beargie

Kellie Beargie

“My husband and I saw it as an opportunity to be early adopters of this amazing new technology. I drove it off the lot that day and haven’t regretted a single moment.”

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Electric Vehicle Driver Profile: Leanne Wiedemann

Leanne Wiedemann

“Electric vehicle drivers are the coolest people on the planet.”

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Electric Vehicle Driver Profile: Cary Budach

Cary Budach

“I came upon a used electric car and was hooked after the first mile. It was a bonus to learn so many charging stations were being installed here in KC.”

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Electric Vehicle Driver Profile: Al Pugsley

Al Pugsley

“Last year my wife and I spent $7 on gas, and that was for our lawn mower.”

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Electric Vehicle Driver Profile: Chris Young

Chris Young

“There’s very little maintenance…no oil changes, for example. Unlike internal combustion engines, you can hit the accelerator and get the full torque immediately, which makes highway driving and passing safe and easy.”

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It would surprise people how much fun EVs are to drive. Great acceleration, quiet operation, no need to stop for gas and maintenance is nearly zero.

Karl Bloss

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