Advancing Clean Energy

Teenage dream of electric vehicle ownership comes true for ComEd employee

December 15, 2020

When ComEd employee K.C. Doyle was in her teens, she learned that gasoline-powered vehicles were high contributors to pollution and vowed to wait to own a car until an emission-free option became available. 

Now an owner of an electrical vehicle (EV), Doyle says it was worth the wait. 

“I bought an EV in 2015, so I waited almost 30 years to own a car!” said Doyle, a ComEd energy efficiency senior program manager. “Needless to say, I’m a big proponent of public transportation and carpooling.”

Doyle decided to purchase an EV for several reasons, including its cost savings.

“I bought a used EV, which helped with upfront costs. Also, I’m saving about $1,200 per year in fuel and an additional $500 to $1,000 per year in maintenance and repair costs,” she said. “That improvement in my monthly budget alone made the EV purchase worth it.”

I bought an EV in 2015, so I waited almost 30 years to own a car!

In addition to saving money, Doyle purchased an EV because of its environmental benefits.

“It’s fun getting stopped by people interested in EVs,” Doyle said. “It’s gratifying to know that I’m not contributing to air pollution, and it’s cool to be an early adopter of the electrification of transportation.”

The linear acceleration, reduced gas station stops and setting an example for her kids to be environmentally conscious are some added perks, according to Doyle.

“EV advancements are increasing the trip distance per battery charge while decreasing the sticker price,” she said. “More and more EV models are introduced each year, and soon fast-charging stations will be as common as gas stations. My next car purchase will definitely be another EV.”