Nissan Video 2 (Text Version)
Narrator: Charlie Yaeger is 97 years old. He's been driving for more than 80 years. He's driven everything from a Ford Model T to Nissan Maxima to a 1916 Baker Electric.
Charlie Yaeger: I love to drive and of course to me that's part of my longevity.
Narrator: He is a testament to how history repeats itself and how all change takes time. Charlie remembers when roads were hard to come by and gas stations even more sparse.
Charlie Yaeger: You had to pretty well memorize where the gas stations were and where you know you could get off the road and have a chance of getting back on after you repair the tire. We reviled in the fact that we had sixty miles of concrete from Chicago to Danville. Well that was the super highway then, two twelve foot lanes of concrete with no shoulder.
Narrator: It took decades before President Dwight Eisenhower made it a priority to finish building infrastructure before World War II.
Charlie Yaeger: It was very gradual until Eisenhower. I mean they just kept paving over the muddy roads.
Narrator: Fast forward about sixty years to the present. Here is where history happens again. Nissan has sold more than 50,000 pure electric Leafs. The sales signal a growing need for more EV charging infrastructure.
Professor Alex Pentland (MIT Director Human Dynamics Lab): It's really trying to think about the car in society and not just the car and the interior of it and I think that's the future.
Narrator: This infrastructure evolution has fewer hardships though. Instead of memorizing gas station locations like Charlie did, Nissan Leaf drivers can use an App on a Smart Phone to find the nearest charger. And instead of getting slowed down struggling to change torn tires like Charlie did Leaf drivers in some states get a fast pass to drive in the HOV lane. Electric vehicles create new needs but also new opportunities.
Professor Alex Pentland: Change always takes time. Change also requires finding sort of the right convergence of things.
Narrator: Electric cars are almost a century old to Charlie. But he says this latest EV, Nissan's Leaf takes driving electric to a new level. Combine that with an expanding electric infrastructure, need and want for alternative fuel.
Charlie Yaeger: It will be another infrastructure evolution.