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Monday, September 26, 2011

"A New 'Leaf' of Life, I got an electric car" 'Douglas Dunn'

Welcome back gust blogger Douglas Dunn, We are proud to say this is an exclusive review for dakinetalk! Mahalo Nui Loa Doug. 
Douglas Dunn runs a small publishing consulting business in which he works with individuals who are self-publishing books. Doug has been a certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter (for Deaf people), and  last but not least he has also been a Democratic Party media spokesperson for San Diego County, and has appeared at numerous forums and signing for famous politicians like Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama in which multiple parties were represented. Please enjoy as Doug blogs about his new Leaf on life! This is part two of Dougs saga, part one," I'm kicking the habit can be viewed at; http://dakinetalk.blogspot.com/2011/08/im-kicking-habit-douglas-dunn-cosmic.html

NO gas.NO oil changes.NO tune-ups.NO valves, rings, pistons, timing belt.NO transmission, transmission fluid or shifting gears to interrupt acceleration.NO carburetor or air filter.NO radiator or coolant or hoses to maintain.NO regular powertrain maintenance.NO smog checks ever.
Just say NO!  Part one,"I'm kicking the habit can be viewed at; http://dakinetalk.blogspot.com/2011/08/im-kicking-habit-douglas-dunn-cosmic.html

I got the electric car!

Three weeks ago, I got a call from my dealer that the 100% electric Nissan Leaf I had ordered way back in May had arrived a week ahead of the projected delivery date, quickly cleared customs and had arrived at the dealership. I dropped everything, got down to the dealer’s, and drove home a car that will never, ever use one drop of gasoline or any other fossil fuel.

One hundred percent electric!
Plug it into my solar panels and, powered by the free gift of energy from the sun gods, enjoy amazing performance as I smile and wave past the gas stations selling terrorist-produced oil (which can refer to either our Middle Eastern enemies or the oil companies who gouge the rest of you). And yes, I do mean amazing performance. With maximum torque from a full stop and speeds up to 100 mph with ease, the car can be a monster, but most drivers of electric cars are playing the mileage game, so if you see them driving in a conservative manner, it does not reflect the limitations of the car, but the strategic maneuvers of those who look at their miles per kilowatt hour display and try to get as high a “score” as possible as if playing some kind of energy-efficiency video game.

This is no hybrid. There is no gasoline backup. It is 100% electric.
NO gas.
NO oil changes.
NO tune-ups.
NO valves, rings, pistons, timing belt.
NO transmission, transmission fluid or shifting gears to interrupt acceleration.
NO carburetor or air filter.
NO radiator or coolant or hoses to maintain.
NO regular powertrain maintenance.
NO smog checks ever.

Just say NO!

Never have to stop at a gas station!
Just get home, pop in the charger, and ready to roll the next time out!

And the quietest ride ever! No engine revving or roaring.
Just the sound of tires rolling over roadway.

Of course, there are the things we miss. The sweet smell of gasoline odor begins to fade from olfactory memory.

And the credit card bills.
A few days ago, I got my last statement from my Union 76 gas card.
I pay the balance off each month, so there was one purchase left for the last fill up to my gas-guzzling Prius. A sense of melancholy as I paid the final bill and realized that the credit card didn’t even have to go back in my wallet! Just put it away in the inactive file for such time as I need to go on extended driving for long distance travel or out of immediate charging range (about a hundred miles).

For my friends in Kauai, an electric Nissan Leaf just seems ideal, where the farthest distance is about 50 miles on country roads.

For my part, it is always exciting to get a new car. But I have never had so much anticipation or so much satisfaction from an automobile purchase as this one. I love my Nissan Leaf! The honeymoon is still in full flower, and I see the car parked in the garage and can’t believe that I have finally given up the addiction to non-renewable finite filthy fossil fuels!

Check out part one of Doug's story about his decision to buy an electric car at;  http://dakinetalk.blogspot.com/2011/08/im-kicking-habit-douglas-dunn-cosmic.html

P.s. every-one should have an electric car period!

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Douglas Dunn said...

via Facebook;"I submitted this update about a week ago so, to update, as of right now, it has been four weeks with the 100% electric Nissan Leaf; 880 miles driven; five weeks since I have been to a gas station; and so far, of all the cars this old geezer... has purchased, the “honeymoon” has lasted longer than any other.

So far, after 4 weeks and 880 miles, I am beating all projections and performance of the Leaf is exceeding all predictions. I couldn’t be happier!

I plug the car into my solar panels, plug into the sun, and smile and wave as I drive past the gas stations.

Price of gas going up? What is the current price of gas?
Who know? Who cares?

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Davis "3-D" Danizier said...

via Facebook;"All hail Apollo the SUN GOD from whom all energy and life on earth emanates! Plug that baby into the sun god — let's see of the Christian god can power someone's car!"

James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Doug, may I suggest you send this blog to the garden Island news with your current updastes, I am almost 99.9% positive they would run it for sure as a letter maybe even as guest columnist! I am just happy dakinetalk had the exclusive first review! Now go tell the world! We need you to lead us...

Anonymous said...

via facebook;"People who like this

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James "Kimo" Rosen said...

Yes, when you and your bride come to Kauai Obama and I would enjoy meeting with you...

Douglas Dunn said...

via Facebook;"Aloha Kimo -- thanks for the kind words and the suggestion to submit another offering to The Garden Island.

When I send letters (or anything else), especially when I'm submitting from long distance, I like to make it responsive to material in that publication or to the locale being addressed.

The good news is that the letter published this morning from Dale Gearhart about the price of gas in Kaua‘i offers the perfect (and timely) vehicle for submitting a specific response to specific content on an issue of local interest!

So with that fortuitous timing, I will adapt your piece and submit both an online comment and a letter submission later today."

Carol Kissin said...

via facebook;"Did you really say "gas guzzling Prius"? LOL. I'd be glad to take that gas guzzler off your hands!"

Douglas Dunn said...

via facebook;"Well, Carol, that ol' Prius guzzles a lot more filthy fossil fuels than plugging a 100% electric into solar panels!

My sweetie is taking over the Prius and cutting her gas costs to less than half while mine are completely going the way of, well, the dinosaurs."

Douglas Dunn said...

via Facebook; "P.S. Carol -- if you haven't already seen it, I have a photo album titled "Environment" with pix of both the solar panels and the Leaf. (Used to have pix there of the Prius, too, but now, well, it makes me feel so dirty....)"