Host of the EVcast Buys His First Electric Vehicle

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Bo Bennett, Massachusetts entrepreneur, creator and co-host of the EVcast, a global daily podcast on electric vehicles, purchases Vectrix scooter and Telsa Roadster.

My first choice was actually a three wheeled covered vehicle capable of highway speeds powered by lithium-ion batteries. But then I found out that these types of vehicles, along with low speed electric vehicles, are not legal on roads in Massachusetts

Did you know that 100% gas-free electric vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions are available today to consumers in the United States? Not many people do -- at least not yet. That is why Massachusetts entrepreneur, Bo Bennett, has committed to educating a global audience on the facts surrounding electric vehicles by adding a unique blend of business insight and humor. Bennett is the creator and co-host of the EVcast, a global daily podcast on electric vehicles available on iTunes and at EVcast.com.

In preparing for each daily show, Bennett reads over a hundred articles, press releases, and commentaries. He watches an average of 30 minutes of electric vehicle (EV) related video per day, and interviews an average of three industry leaders per week. Total time spent on EV research per day: four hours. "Having access to so much information only makes this decision more difficult" says Bennett. "But all this information makes me extremely confident that I am making the right decision." So what electric vehicle would an industry expert buy?

"The buying process for an EV is very different than that of buying a gas powered car. When buying an EV, at least in 2008, your choices are very limited based on factors such as available EVs, vehicle range, number of passengers the vehicle can carry, state laws, and more", says Bennett. "My first choice was actually a three wheeled covered vehicle capable of highway speeds powered by lithium-ion batteries. But then I found out that these types of vehicles, along with low speed electric vehicles, are not legal on roads in Massachusetts", laments Bennett. Massachusetts is currently one of the few states left in the country with antiquated laws that prevent the adoption of such electric vehicles.

"Since there was no one ideal option, I chose two", says Bennett. "After a trip to California and one of the most amazing driving experiences in my life, the decision was obvious." Bennett, referring to his test drive of the all electric Tesla Roadster - a $109,000 custom made sports car based on a Lotus design. "I owned a Ferrari Modena for several years. That car was nice, but the Tesla… holy crap!", says Bennett. When asked why he got rid of his Ferrari Bennett said, "I did not feel comfortable driving it… felt like a rich jerk blowing my money on expensive toys. With the Tesla, I am making an important statement - at least that is what I tell myself." Bennett's 2009 Tesla Roadster is on order and is expected to be delivered in July of 2009.

But Bennett, admittedly, is not very patient when it comes to doing his part to reduce emissions and "drive green". "While I do have to wait for the Tesla, I do not have to wait for an EV", says Bennett. "There is a solid company that makes a very high quality EV right in my backyard, a company called Vectrix." Vectrix, a Rhode Island based company, manufactures an all electric "maxi-scooter" that has a range of 40-60 miles per charge, depending on the driving conditions. "The Vectrix is an amazing vehicle. If I lived in a climate where I could drive this year round, it would have been my first choice." Bennett takes delivery of the Vectrix today.

Despite Bennett's two recent purchases, his search for EVs is far from complete. He admits that neither the Tesla nor the Vectrix can completely replace his current gas-powered car, a Lexus sedan. "I do need a car that can get me though the New England winters, a car that can comfortably fit my family of four, and a car that can go at least 200 miles before needing a recharge." While there are several EVs on the horizon that will meet the needs of the vast majority of drivers, Bennett has yet to settle on a "family truckster". Bennett concludes, "The future of transportation remains unclear. We have no way of knowing for certain if EVs will replace the gas-powered vehicle. But I do know that my future is clear - I will be driving EVs."

About the EVcast: The EVcast is a daily podcast dedicated to providing listeners with the facts about electric vehicles in an entertaining way. Members of evcast.com can listen in to the live broadcasts while leaving real-time feedback via the live chat. Listeners can also download and/or stream any of the previous shows at http://www.evcast.com or subscribe to the feed via iTunes.

For more information, visit http://www.evcast.com, contact Bo Bennett via e-mail at pr at evcast dot com, or call 978-440-9300.

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