Driving green can save you some green


by Vanessa Coria


Posted on November 18, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 18 at 11:01 AM

NORFOLK – It sounds like a win-win situation – going green and saving some green at the same time.

All-electric vehicles, like the Ford Connect, can help lead to cleaner cities.

"It's about $2.00 to $3.00 to charge it fully, which gets you about 100 miles, so it ends up to be, you know, two to three cents a mile," explains Ford spokeswoman Carrie Majeske.

The automaker stopped in Hampton Roads this week as part of its nationwide “Ford’s Power of Choice” tour that highlights its fuel efficient fleet.

Virginia Clean Cities is hoping more drivers making environmentally-friendly choices.

"There are so many vehicles out there on the road that run on gas and that transition just takes a really long time. You've got consumer behaviors that you have to overcome, you've got infrastructure challenges that you have to overcome,” acknowledges John Warren, the group’s chairman.

Ford says it understands consumers aren’t convinced electric vehicles will meet their needs.

"If I buy an electric vehicle, am I gonna be stranded??? Well, the answer is, if you buy the right product and you follow, you know, the guidelines, no you won't be stranded,” Majeske stressed.

Ford says drivers don’t have to compromise handling and performance, either.