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July 16: An efficient way to get around

Fri, 16 Jul 2010

Drove home last night but since it was so hot I didn't plug in the car to recharge until next morning. We had the central air on and I didn't want to blow a fuse in the house. I have no idea if it would have blown a fuse or not. I plugged it in for two or three hours in the morning when our household a/c was off and got another bar or two.

After coming in to work it reads 73.4 kms, or 45.5 miles on 10 kWh, minus whatever it got back in the couple-hour charge this morning.

Total mileage now is 1047 kms, or 649 miles.

At the end of three weeks of possession I still love this thing. I am not smug, I don't drive around thinking I'm saving the Earth, I just really like the efficiency of it. It's a very efficient system. Is there a better way to use energy for transportation than this? I could organize a carpool or pick up hitchhikers. I would do that if there was a way to do it.

Tomorrow morning will be an adventure. I go 45 miles to Irvine and hope I can charge enough juice to go 45 miles back. Might be more if I decide to do Cars N Coffee, too. Might be even more if I try doing Donut Derelicts as well. Don't think I'm going to try anything but Miatafest.

By Mark Vaughn