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Plug-In 2012 Final Thoughts For Plug In Cars

The end of Plug-In 2012 draws on some obvious conclusions, we need to have more people try electric cars, period.

Funny you should mention, but it seems this is what we have been saying for the better part of these last years. You can’t describe the torque of an electric motor. You can only experience it.

A Little About Me. I was surrounded by 1920 and 30s Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other Italians. My first recollection was the tail end of a Bugatti and at 6 years of age, it leaves a pretty indelible imprint in a young mind. So when Chelsea Sexton was exuding the virtues of the pretty little Tesla Roadster in 2006 at the Long Beach Grand Prix, I looked at it with little interest. After all, it was just an electric car and if the proportions were correct, where is the fun in it? It wouldn’t vibrate, have no smell and worse of all, have no gears to select. Where is the fun in that?

Chelsea then understood that selling the green virtues of the car wouldn’t work. She then said two things that changed my minds, that no BMWs could keep up with her EV1 at a green light and she changed her tires every 5,000 miles. Right then, she had my full attention and I decided to look into this intriguing technology.

AC Propulsion’s eBox. My first electric car, EV encounter was AC Propulsion’s stellar job at converting a Scion into an EV. The eBox was amazing, although pricey at that time, could do 140 miles and had plenty of cargo space. It was then I understood and felt the direct response of an electric motor in a well engineered car.


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