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Published on August 12th, 2016 | by Cynthia Shahan


Transition From The Chevy Volt To The Model S, & This Insight: The Vehicle Will Actually Get Cleaner As It Ages

August 12th, 2016 by  

I ask Chris Sharek about his transition to an all-electric Tesla after driving a Chevy Volt. His answer: “The move from the Volt to the Model S was simply the next logical progression for me. My son was turning 16, needed a car for his summer job, and I knew the five-year-old Volt with 90,000 miles on it was the perfect car to give him. But then the question became, what I am supposed to get to replace it?”


Zach Sharek, Chris’s Son, at FloridaFriendlyEcoFest

Going electric might sound inconvenient to some. For those of us who are doing this, most feel that it is uplifting and liberating. Everyone has a unique transition. Chris Sharek’s story is the ongoing EV story of one of the most active participants in  the (critically needed) transition to all-electric vehicles. Chris is enjoying the superior technology, and empowering clean air initiatives by driving 100% on electricity.

Chris Sharek continues: “The Tesla Model S is not only the best electric vehicle on the market, but it’s also quite simply the best vehicle on the market. It’s safe, it’s fast, it’s spacious, it’s luxurious, and it’s expensive.”

Chris continues, as he emphasizes a definitive difference from most cars: the Tesla Model S actually improves as it gets older.

“One of the biggest factors I weighed in getting this car was the fact that this car, through the over-the-air updates, is actually getting better as I own it. Other manufacturers force you to trade in or upgrade to the newest model year. Not Tesla.”

Sharek Solutions (1)

Image thanks to Sharek Solutions

Chris continues:

“However, I’m an environmental engineer focusing on sustainability type projects. Driving a Model S allows me to walk the talk. This vehicle will actually get cleaner as it ages (unlike the ICEs getting dirtier as they age), as the grid gets cleaner and cleaner through the addition of renewable energy sources and tightening air emission regulations for existing power facilities.

“We recently returned from a 2,700 mile trip up the East Coast of the US to visit some colleges. There was never a time I was concerned about charge, range, or capability with the ever-growing Supercharging network Tesla has installed. We logged all the information on the way up to New York from Florida.

“Sure, we spent 7 hours charging the car, but that was while we ate, grabbed coffee, used restrooms, or multi-tasked some other way. We also made this trip without spending a dime on fueling our vehicle. Just amazing.”

Much gratitude and appreciation (once again) to Chris Sharek.

Change is upon us, whether we struggle, adapt, or embrace it. Enjoying what you once thought of as detours, reroutes, alternative routes, and inconveniences as fresh destinations is a key. Destinations one did not know how to find, destinations we did not know we would love so much.

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About the Author

Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. (Several unrelated publications) She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education, and Montessori education, mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. (She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.)

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