Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about Green. I’m not talking about money, I really don’t care for the stuff enough to waste my time thinking about it. Unless of course I don’t have enough to pay the bills, in which case I think about it constantly. Luckily for me I don’t need to spend my time worrying about it right now. Let’s hope that holds true for a while. What I’m talking about is Eco-friendly. I’m seriously considering getting an electric car when they finally come out in 2012. Now, electric cars have been out before, but never have they been given the chance to succeed the way they will be this time……hopefully. If you’ve never seen “Who killed the electric car”, I highly recommend watching it. It’s without a doubt my favourite documentary, and one of the main ideas that have pushed me towards wanting to own an electric car. It’s funny and sad all at the same time that the electric car used to be more popular than the gas-powered car, but somewhere along the way we got sidetracked. Or more likely, some people with lots of money and a rooting interest in gas/oil figured out a way to sidetrack us. Watch the movie and decide for yourself.
I’ve also been looking at a number of other green initiatives and alternate energy products, but that’s not what this is about. This is about a test drive I went on the other day. The test drive was for an electric car. As far as I know, the only electric car currently available in North America that is street legal (I could be wrong but, who can keep track). The car that I went for the ride in costs about *cough, cough* a gazillion dollars $175,000. Now keep in mind that’s Canadian dollars, so it’s probably about $75.99 American!
Yep, that’s right, $175,000! I’ll point out now that I went along for the test drive, I did not in fact drive the car myself. That would be stupid IMO. I have no interest in driving a car owned by somebody I don’t know that costs more than I make in…….well, let’s just say more than a couple of years and leave it at that. I don’t need more problems, so I was more than happy to sit in the passenger seat and just enjoy the ride. Even if by some chance I did have the kind of cash that this car costs, I can safely say that I’d be more likely to lend it to one of my readers than to spend it on a car, no matter how nice it is. That’s not to say that I plan on giving a large chunk of cash to the first person to comment (or the 5th), but more so that I have better things to do with my money than spend 10 times as much as I need to in order to get from point A to point B. Don’t let that stop you from commenting though, you can never be to sure when I’ll mail off a cheque to you for being a loyal reader!
As I think I mentioned, this is an electric car, so the differences to any other vehicle that I’ve ever been in are staggering. Add to that the fact that it costs about twice as much as any other car I’ve had the pleasure of cruising in and it was pretty cool. The first thing you notice is, or rather don’t notice, is the sound the car makes. The guy who was dropping off the car made it about halfway down the driveway, of which we were standing on, before anybody even noticed he was there. Now that’s quiet! I had to ask if he had turned the car off when he got out of it because, as far as I could tell, there was no difference in noise level between running and not running. Awesome!
I won’t go into the looks of the car, because, as you can see from the picture its pretty nice. If you like that sort of thing. The second thing you notice once you get on the road with it is that the power is unbelievable, perhaps unmatched in this particular cars case. With the electric motor you get all the power of the engine all the time. No getting the RPMs up before you really feel the power take hold. One second you’re sitting still and the next second you’re thinking that the guy who makes the headrests just doesn’t get paid enough as your head is pushed back against it. It’s kind of like when you go down that big hill on a roller coaster. It just forces you to sit your ass down and hold on for dear life. It flew past a Porsche Turbo getting on the highway, and left its driver looking very confused. It can keep up with a Ferrari and it may turn just as many heads. When we stopped at stop signs you had to tell the other cars that it was okay for them to go. They had stopped paying attention to their driving and were too busy staring off at this beautiful car. When we pulled out of the driveway the garbage truck that was passing nearly blocked us in as they just had to stop and stare. Which leads me to believe if you are going to drive this car, you may want to leave a little earlier than you normally would just to deal with all the questions and gawking.
The next thing I noticed was the braking. Or rather, the fact that you didn’t really need to brake. Just taking your foot off the gas was enough to fairly quickly bring the car to a near stop. See a stop sign ahead? Take your foot off the gas about the same time you would with a normal gas car, skip the braking part, and when you get to the stop sign just rest your foot on the brake pedal to bring you from 5 km/h down to 0 km/h. Interesting. Different. Good for prolonging the life of your brakes ten fold, without question.
It was cool. I was impressed. What more can I say? I’m pretty sure it’s the most expensive car I will ever find myself in. Now, the person who was actually doing the test drive IS buying one as far as I know, not quite the fully loaded model that we drove in but still. I wouldn’t be quite as against driving a car that costs way more than I make if it was owned by someone I know, still a little against it, but not as much so. So perhaps you guys could help me out here, because quite frankly I’m drawing a blank when it comes to an excuse for needing to borrow this two-seater sports car? Anyone got anything for me? The best I can do is that my gas tank is empty and I can’t afford gas right now. Of course that would probably just get me his other car, with gas already in the tank. Hmmmmmm.
The electric car that I’m interested in purchasing is a little more modest than this one. The Nissan Leaf, which other than being electric is very similar to the car I drive now, is what I’m really interested in. Going on this test drive for me was all about getting the feel for an electric vehicle. Not seeing what a sports car is all about. Although that was kind of cool too, don’t get me wrong. Since the Leaf doesn’t come out for a while yet, sometime in 2012, this was my chance to see what I’m in for albeit on a slightly higher scale. Overall I’m more interested than ever now. I love the idea of electric cars, alternate energy sources, and numerous other technological solutions to some of our energy/environmental issues. Ideas, especially weird and wild ideas, can be an amazing thing, and more importantly can lead to amazing things.
The future is almost here……again. Hopefully this time it hangs around a little longer.
According to my “This post is super-awesome” video, I am in fact the next contestant on The Price Is Right! Will wonders never cease? Awesome, haha.