Are you considering purchasing a new car? This may be the time for you to start your search. Dick Thomas, former Department Head, admin pro, and retiree suggests you take a close look at electric vehicles (EV) prior to the end of the year. A purchase prior to year end can result in $13,500 in rebates, $7,500 from the Federal government and $6,000 from the State. A purchase after December 31st would cause a wait until April ’16 for the rebates. Dick and his wife purchased a Chevy Volt which has a range extender (a gasoline engine that generates electricity when the batteries are depleted). They like to visit Summit County, Boulder, and Cheyenne without worrying about running out of battery power. Dick says they drove only VW’s and Hondas for many years and never dreamed they would ever purchase a Chevrolet, but they are very pleased with their 2012 Volt. At first the eerie silence was unusual but now they cherish hearing only the tires rustle on the pavement. Some humorous events have happened. When we first decided we should buy a little gasoline just to be safe, we could not figure out how to open the lid to the gas tank and had to read the owners manual. Early on we were not used to charging and we would forget to close the charging lid. People would drive up beside us and wave and point at the open lid and we would wave back and feel stupid. Maintenance on the Volt consists of rotating the tires and engine oil changes. We gave our gasoline car to our grandson and it needed a belt change which cost over $500. For use around town we recharge from a 110 volt socket in our garage. The 2012 volt goes 45 miles on a full charge and 375 miles if the 8 gallon tank is full. Currently the Volt’s lifetime mpg is 126.1 and we have purchased 53.6 gallons of gasoline since December ’12. If, for instance, you would only use an EV to go back and forth to work, a battery powered EV with a range of 50+ miles would work just fine. There are several dealers in town and a lot of on-line information. The Thomas family also derives satisfaction from doing their part for a cleaner environment.