In September we shared the exciting news that Seattle Children’s was invited to pilot the nation’s first electric vehicle vanpools. Four Nissan LEAF cars were added to the commute options for Children’s employees as part of King County’s new “Metropool.”

We thought it would be fun to follow up with some of these vanpool drivers to see how their commute in these new cars is going!

Kim Curtiss, a social worker for Seattle Children’s Department of Orthopedics, shared a little bit about her experience so far. She has been vanpooling to work for almost three years, first as a rider, then as a driver. She commutes from north Ballard and picks up riders in Phinney Ridge.

“Vanpooling is a lot quicker than taking the bus or driving alone and shuttling from one of the offsite parking lots,” says Kim. “And because I don’t drive alone to work every day, my husband and I are able to share one car between us. By vanpooling I save money on gas and wear and tear on my personal vehicle.”

“The Nissan LEAF has some amazing features like a reverse camera, GPS navigation system, XM Radio and much more,” she continues. “I’m used to driving an older vehicle so these types of features are all new to me. I love the fact that it’s an all-electric vehicle and there’s no gas tank. Hybrid vehicles are becoming pretty popular but you don’t see many all-electric vehicles yet. It’s exciting to be one of the first people who gets to drive it and increase its visibility around town!”

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