Some save at the pump by plugging in
A few drivers in the Truckee Meadows don't cringe when they pass a sign offering $3 a gallon gasoline.
"For $3, I can go about 170 miles," said Chuck Swackhammer of Verdi. "The economy of electric vehicles is unbelievable. As gas prices continue to go up, these EVs are going to get a lot more popular.
"... I drive my (Chinese-made) ZapCar electric pickup 18 miles to Sparks and back every day. I plug it in overnight at home, go to work and plug it in there and then make the 500-foot climb back home. The range is about 25 miles to a charge, but most people commute a shorter distance. It's the perfect second car."
Swackhammer is among several Northern Nevada electric vehicle drivers starting a local EV club. They invite anyone who owns or has an interest in electric vehicles to attend.
"The club is a way for people to learn about electric vehicles and network with others who have the same interest," said Bob Tregilus of Reno, who last year built an electric motorcycle on a standard 400cc Kawasaki frame and rides it to work and classes at the University of Nevada, Reno.