Bob Babyok of Warner Robins is the proud owner of a Nissan Leaf.
"It's like driving an iPod," he says. The Leaf is a 100% electric car. Babyok leases it for about $140 per month, including electricity. He says enjoys being able to commute gas free.
"Normally, I would anticipate here in Warner Robins maybe 80 miles to a charge. My commute's about 40 so I only technically need to charge up every other night."
But traveling outside his commute is a different story. In order to go for Atlanta for example, he had to charge up at home in Warner Robins, top off in Macon at the Bibb County Courthouse, home of the region's only charging station, again in Griffin, before reaching Atlanta.
Now, a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will place 100 more charging station across the Middle Georgia Clear Air Coalition's seven county region, which includes Bibb, Houston, Peach, Monroe, Twiggs, Crawford, and Jones Counties.
"If they roll out electric charging stations so I could use it around the state without renting a car, that would be great, I mean that would be icing on the cake," Babyok says.
But for other in the region, Babyok says electric cars can be a tough sell. But, he says eventually, people will see the benefits. "It only a matter of time, everything is going to be electrified sooner or later."
The locations for the new charging station will be determined at the Clear Air Coalition's meeting next Thursday. The group hopes to have some of them up and running by Earth Day in April.