Autumn Leafs

Apple Leaf TreeWith the changing of the seasons I have noticed an influx of Nissan Leafs on UMBC’s campus. I now know of at least 4 Leafs, 2 of which are driven by commuter students. Yes students. Those who don’t typically have enough money to pay for their own tuition are starting to drive electric vehicles!

This is a huge step for the electric vehicle effort. One of the biggest complaints about electric vehicle is that they are too expensive, but with the tax credits and the high price of gasoline seems to be amping up demand for electric cars. As of October 10th, 2013 the price of a Leaf is about 21 thousand. With the low cost of upkeep. Compared to a traditional car that is around 19 thousand, an electric car is significantly cheaper in the long run.

I’ve heard it said many times that people who go to college make more money than those who don’t. There is more to making money than simply the numerical figure. If I can keep more of my own money that I earn, effectively I am making more money. Perhaps this is another thing that college is helping people understand over time. And as seasons pass understanding develops allowing better fruit to be harvested.

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