MOUNT VERNON — Matt Moreno has been driving electric vehicles since 2007.

His first was a Ford Ranger EV, a battery-powered truck that was built from 1998 to 2002.

His latest is a 2013 Tesla Model S P85 that can go 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds.

“It’s quick, responsive and handles like it’s on rails,” the Everett man said Friday at an electric car rally at Mount Vernon Christian School.

The rally was organized by teacher Kevin Maas as a way to teach his environmental science students about electric vehicles.

“Electric cars are the future,” he said.

Electric vehicles have a chargeable battery in lieu of a gas tank, and an electric motor instead of an internal combustion engine. Most can be charged using a standard 120 volt outlet.

“Once you go electric, you don’t go back,” Kia Soul EV owner Brian Henderson said.

Henderson drove up from Tacoma to show off his ride, which he’s driven since 2016.

He said he chose the Soul for its performance and affordability. A brand new 2018 model starts at about $34,000.

Other electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric and Chevrolet Bolt are also under $40,000.

In addition to the relatively low prices of some electric cars, all produce zero direct emissions.

After looking at the various electric cars at their school, Maas’ students got onto a school bus for a field trip to Farm Power Rexville, a Mount Vernon power plant that produces electricity by capturing and burning methane gas that comes from cow manure.

The plant generates enough electricity to power 500 homes — and likely a few electric cars, too.

Source: The Associated Press