Electric cars gaining popularity in WNY

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jan 17, 2018

In the market for a new car?

More and more people are switching to electric vehicles, and with new models rolling into showrooms, Western New Yorkers have several options.

The new Tesla Model 3 is designed with a goal of bringing electric cars to main streets, but with long wait times for the vehicles being delivered, some consumers are exploring other options.

Tony Caradonna, from Paddock Chevrolet in Kenmore, tells 7 Eyewitness News that the electric Chevy Bolt is becoming a popular alternative.

Paddock has been selling electric cars for ten years, but they say they’re seeing more and more customers going electric.

“We’re seeing a lot of people who probably wouldn’t have thought about electric vehicles becoming more interested in them now that they’re out and see it’s not something to be scared of, you’re not going to be stranded,” said Caradonna.

With the demand for new electric vehicles rising, charging stations, like the one near the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, are popping up all over Western New York.

Caradonna says drivers see savings on the cost of running the vehicles. The Bolt has a price tag of just over $40 thousand dollars, but the battery has a range of 238 miles.

“If you were to charge it from empty, it would cost you on your electric bill anywhere from $7 to $8. Take your gallons of gas and divide it by how many miles per gallon and you’re going to see that electric beats it by far.”