There’s nothing funny about driving plug-ins—just ask late night comedian and avid car collector, Jay Leno. When it comes to driving electric, Leno is completely serious about the outstanding performance and mileage they have to offer. The host of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” owns approximately 100 cars ranging from his antique Tatra T87 to his modern and beloved Chevrolet Volt.
The comedian has driven several electric vehicles, including his own Chevy Volt, which he has put thousands of miles on throughout almost a full year and has only used 12 gallons of gasoline. As a huge car collector, it is apparent through his choice of using his Volt daily over his many other cars that electric drive is the way to go.
Leno is a well-known car aficionado and has dedicated a whole website known as “Jay Leno’s Garage” full of video clips for his fans to peek inside of his impressive garage. The website also provides test drives of cars like the Tesla Roadster and Ford Focus Electric as well as book and movie reviews including one for “Revenge of the Electric Car”.
This summer, Bob Lutz, the man behind the Volt, along with environmentalist and “St. Elsewhere” actor and environmentalist, Ed Begley, Jr. presented Leno with the Clean Air Award on behalf of the Coalition for Clean Air (CCA) at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. Lutz and Leno announced VIA Motors’ pledge to donate the first consumer-built extended range electric truck, the “VTRUX” or nicknamed the “Lenutz” to the CCA for the Fischer House charity, which supports America’s military in need. The latest episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage” from this week is actually dedicated to the VIA Motors VTRUX.
Aside from choosing to frequently drive his Volt and reviewing other electric cars, Leno has taken other steps toward energy efficiency and energy savings by investing in advanced technology including solar panels and wind turbines.
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