ELECTRIC CARS: Easier (and Cheaper!) Than You Think


The field of clean cars has increased greatly since our last lecture on this topic, with even more hybrid and electric cars coming for 2024. And many of these models qualify for the new $7,500 in tax credit ($9,500, if you’re a NY State resident!), with some dealers also paying for home charger installation. Bottom line: Things having gotten easier, and cheaper.


Host Michael Jay has spent much of the past four years driving on electricity, and he has real-world insights and advice to share. This informal, interactive session will address some common myths and misunderstandings, and will try to answer your questions:

o Can I really save $ thousands – and the environment – with an electric car?
o If it takes more resources to build an electric car than a gas car (Yes, it does), how can electric cars be better for the environment? (They are. Find out how that’s possible.)
o I don’t even have an electric car yet, and I already have “range anxiety”! How do I find charging stations?
o Which is safer – a big gas-powered SUV, or a small electric car? (Surprise…)
o Do I need some special type of electricity to charge an electric car at home?
o Hey – it snows here; can I get an electric car with all-wheel drive?
o If towns are giving away free electricity to charge cars, where’s my free gas?
o Can I get a plug-in car for under $40,000? Under $25,000?


We’ll especially focus on the new, 2024 cars that qualify for those huge tax credits. And if you’re not yet ready to take the plunge with an all-electric car, we’ll show why a “plug-in hybrid” is still a great choice.

We’ll also have information about electric bikes, and will hear from a local resident who will show the electric model he uses for much of his everyday, real-world use.

Bring your own questions. We hope to show that getting and using an electric car – or electric bike! – is easier than you think.


Michael Jay is a technology consultant and tutor, who taught for several years at NYU and other colleges. Since leaving New York City and founding Personal Tech Support, Michael has lectured at numerous Connecticut libraries and schools, and has been the ongoing tech tutor for Kent Memorial Library – which he drives to on electricity.