As part of National Drive Electric Week, almost 40 electric and plug-in cars were on display at the MK Nature Center parking lot on Sunday. It was Boise’s fourth annual event, sponsored in part by Idaho Sierra Club, and “it’s one of the biggest (displays) in the country,” says organizer John Weber.
“If you want to change people’s behavior, you can’t do it with coercion,” says Gregory Allen, who built his own electric-assisted bicycle. “You have to do it with temptation.”
Cars ranged from the high-end Tesla, which gets 280 miles per charge, to Allen’s electric bike (he has 50,000 miles on it); from the all-electric Nissan LEAF to the hybrid Chevy Volt.
“I’m blown away by the technology,” says Larry McNeil, photographing the Teslas. “I’m just waiting till I can afford it and can get rid of my gasoline car.
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“I’ve been doing research on global climate change. That’s my motivation,” he says. “Plus, there’s the coolness factor. These look so sleek.”