Four of five Winter Park commissioners own EVs or a hybrid
Board sets environmental policy for the city while members vote with their own wallets
Commissioner Kris Cruzada bought a Tesla this summer, making him the fourth person on the five-person Commission to drive an electric or hybrid vehicle.
“I do like it,” he said. “I’m not having to go fill up at Costco and wait 15 minutes. I’m just charging at home.”
He said the move was as much a financial one as it was reducing his own personal reliance on fossil fuels. It costs about $20 to charge his car’s battery, he said, vs. a $60 or $70 tank of gas.
Cruzada joins commissioners Todd Weaver and Marty Sullivan, who also drive Teslas, and Vice Mayor Sheila DeCiccio, who drives a hybrid SUV.
Weaver, who was the first to buy a Tesla about two years ago and has also installed solar panels on his roof, said he’s thrilled to see his fellow commissioners invest in electric vehicles.
“I’m very tickled about that,” he said. “I’ll never buy another gasoline car.”
He recently towed his pontoon boat behind his Tesla to Florida from a weeks-long sailing trip in the Lake Champlain area in Vermont.
“I wanted to show it could be done,” he said. “I had to charge a lot, but I can get about 150 miles with about 15 minutes of charging.”
He used Tesla’s network of supercharging stations at hotels and stores along major highways.
Weaver operates the administrative side of his business, TruGrit Traction, out of his house and is set to be recognized by the City Commission this week as a “platinum level green business.” The company engineers special wheels to carry cameras through sewer pipes during inspections.
Mayor Phil Anderson drives a gas Subaru, though he says an electric vehicle or a hybrid are “under consideration,” noting that he’s eyed the Solterra, Subaru’s electric SUV.
If he makes the change, it’s possible Winter Park would be the first city commission in Central Florida go 100% EV.
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