I was surprised and a little disappointed with the “What can I do to reduce air pollution” suggestions in the July 31 Statesman article on Treasure Valley’s potential ozone problem. The Statesman writer suggested that we “Choose a cleaner commute — carpool, use public transportation, bike or walk when possible.” These are all good suggestions but the writer left out what is perhaps the best option — drive an electric or a plug-in hybrid vehicle. Examples of these include the Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, BMW i3, Tesla Model S and electric motorcycles, all of which are available in Boise.
To learn more about plug-in vehicle options, come to Boise’s National Drive Electric Week celebration Sunday, Sept. 20, from 1-4 p.m. at the MK Nature Center, 600 S. Walnut St. At least 27 electric-drive-train vehicles are expected. Come and see the cars, bikes and motorcycles and talk to the drivers. Let them answer your questions, such as, “How much does driving electric increase your power bill each month?” or “How long does it take to charge your vehicle?” or “Where do you charge your vehicle?”
If we want less vehicle emissions in our valley, we should drive electric vehicles (EVs).
Reed Burkholder, Boise