Author Archives: Ras1862

End-of-year update

It’s been 9 months now since I joined the ranks of EV drivers and I’d like to share some of my reflections. Before my end-of-year summary, I’d like to begin with an appreciation to Wikispeed and Joe Justice.
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December Update

By the time December 1 rolled around, I was slightly ahead of 1,000 miles per month. When Honda removed the mileage cap, I joked with my friends that I should become a courier since the miles were almost free. I guess it wasn’t that funny 🙂 As the weather has gotten colder, my average energy Read More …

November Update

I was at a Cars and Croissants last week and saw this ultra-cool BMW Isetta microcar. As the weather is getting cooler, the car’s range is getting shorter: 65 – 70 miles is now typical. It has not been a problem yet although I don’t really know what to expect when the temperature is mostly Read More …

Old Meets New

Wouldn’t you know, one of the few Cars and Croissants that I had to miss and and someone shows up with a 1917 Detroit Electric, Model 68. Read More …

6-month Update

Last week, as the odometer passed the 6,300 mile mark, the big yellow Maintenance light came on. I was hoping that the dealer would do some fancy state-of-health analysis of the battery pack or at least update the latest software. I knew they weren’t going to change the oil 🙂 Read More …

Plug In, America!

I have had my car exactly 6 months and today the odometer rolled past 6,000 miles. What better way to celebrate than to participate in the nationwide Plug-in America event. Today, approximately 25 EVers assembled at the Liberty Science Center (here is a link to the album on Facebook) as part of the nationwide gathering Read More …

My EV is noticing the change of season

Days after my last post, I was delighted to see that my average energy efficiency over the life of the car increased from 4.8 to 4.9 miles per kilowatt-hour (KWH). While the difference is miniscule, I felt like I was being rewarded for driving gently while avoiding the awful (IMHO) ‘economy mode.’ Perhaps related was Read More …

5-month progress report

2-FitEVs

After 5 months with the EV, I am pleased to report that the experience has been great and exceeded my expectations. Here are some highlights Read More …

Can you imagine…?

Can you imagine if there were EV charging stations every 50 miles on the interstate highway system? Read More …

Seeing Double

Dear Diary, yesterday, for the first time, I saw a Fit EV that wasn’t mine! After 4 months of leasing and 4,000 miles, I finally saw another one. I met Jesse, the proud lessee, at Cars and Croissants at Hacklebarney State Park. It was a beautiful day and there was a great turnout with lots Read More …