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 oil changes.
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!