Electric cars sound like a great idea, but are they practical in all areas of the country? Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) and Rep. Janice Hahn (D-Calif.) are swapping cars to find out. Davis will drive Hahn’s Nissan Leaf, and Hahn will take Davis’s Ford F-150 Crew Cab.
The pair are swapping cars to find out what kind of challenges each will face in their respective districts. Their districts are similar in one respect only: The number of people they represent. Hahn represents about 703,000 people, while Davis represents almost 713,000.
Hahn represents California’s 44th Congressional District, which is made up of Compton, Carson and San Pedro in South Los Angeles, an area of 105 square miles.
Davis, on the other hand, represents Illinois’ 13th Congressional District, an area of 5,794 square miles.
Davis may have issues in the long distances he has to travel, given the Leaf’s less-than-100 mile range. Hahn, on the other hand, will have issues with parking and fuel cost. She says she hasn’t visited a gas station in three years
They’re driving each others cars for the August recess, and they’re documenting their findings via social media.