Who drives electric and plug-in hybrids in Washington DC?

Which Politicians Drive Electric And Plug-In Vehicles In Washington DC

Politicians are not known to talk the talk and walk the walk at the same time. It might surprise you that only 3 politicians in Washington DC actually have plug-in cars.

Unfortunately, we are all to cynically accustom to seeing politicians say one thing and do quite the opposite. With the limited amount of accountability these representatives are held up to, it makes no wonder to discover only three politicians in Washington DC own a plug-in car. What was interesting was that not all of them were Democrats, as current logic and fashion would dictate.

Juan Barnett, at DCAutoGeek and the Electric Drive Transportation Association, EDTA have so far only found three politicians using some sort of plug-in car, via GreenCarReport. One Republican and two Democrats are helping to make the stereotype moot. Perhaps, what is more striking is to see those who hail the electric drive do not, at least as far as we know put their money where their mouths are. Surprised?

The Washington D.C. Green Belt. Those who made it to the electric car, EV and hybrid, HEV podium were Republican Senator Lamar Alexander from Tennessee, Representative Janice Hahn from California and Democrat Senator Carl Levin of Michigan. Senator Alexander drove a Toyota Prius converted to a plug-in hybrid, PHEV with a A123 battery pack for 2 years. He now has an all-electric Nissan Leaf in an apartment nearby the Capitol that he plugs in at night. He has not bought any gas since January. Congratulation Senator Alexander for showing the sterile Democrat versus Republican debate around electric cars is pointless and that you are contributing to keeping our energy at home.


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