Sunday, May 23, 2010

Did I ever tell you how much I like driving an EV?

14,000 miles in Eleven months!
An average of 44 miles per day, every day!

Sure there have been a few 150 and 200 mile days,
and a few days when the car never left the garage,
PROOF that, even in Los Angeles, California, the 100 - 120 mile range is totally
adequate for daily run around and commute,
(for me and I would bet, in reality, millions of other people who currently don't think a BEV is for them).

Sure, I do own another car (Diesel), it's a truck, which I need for pulling heavy things, but the BULK of my transportation needs are more than adequately covered in my 100 (120) mile 'Range' of Clean, Quiet, Smooth, High Performance, Exciting ALL ELECTRIC powered MINI E!

When I have to, or want to, travel outside the range of my MINI E
I have the option of using my truck (which is very comfortable)
for long trips.

There are four drivers in my family and four vehicles, one of them is Electric.
Which one do you think gets driven most? (because it's more fun to drive)
Which one sat so long it's batteries went dead? (Hint: Diesels have 2 batteries)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

MINI E Meetup at AC Propulsion.

Fourteen cars!

Got together today at AC Propulsion in San Dimas, California, the Company that produced the Motor, Battery and Electronic controllers for our BMW converted MINI E's.

A very interesting tour of the facility, looking inside the components of the car (that are sealed in ours) a chance to satisfy some of the curiosity of what's in that gold box under the hood and what's really occupying the back seat!

Tom Gage, CEO of AC Propulsion, shows the Dyno test stand where Motor Armatures are tested.

Afterwards we got together at a Red Robin Restaurant for some food and friendship, Nice People, Nice Day!