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  1. Roadtrip: Sacramento-ish, CA to Seattle, WA - Day One (8/28)

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    About a month ago, Chad Schwitters (fellow TMC forum member/ChadS and President of Plug In America) contacted some of us to see if we would be willing to drive our EVs (EV=electric vehicle) to Seattle for the Beyond Oil Conference on Sept 7th. (I like roadtrips, so Iím always an easy mark.) My company also has an office in Portland, OR & the engineering team had asked me to bring my Roadster to Portland (i.e., begged and whined) so they could see it ...

    Updated 2012-09-01 at 06:40 PM by bonnie

    Roadster , Roadtrip
  2. Roadtrip: Sacramento-ish, CA to Seattle, WA - Day Two (8/29)

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    Total miles driven on Day Two: 323
    Total time start/finish Day Two: (6 hrs driving, 3:35 hrs charging)

    So let's recap. My last blog entry ended in Yreka, CA. When I arrived, I'd blown through a lot of miles. (So here's a tip - when you know you're going to be charging overnight, the phrase 'drive conservatively' seems to disappear. Have fun! Enjoy the electric ride. The battery will be full in the morning.)

    Here was ...

    Updated 2012-09-01 at 09:25 AM by bonnie

    Roadster , Roadtrip
  3. The Beginning.

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    I didnít know I was on an EV journey. I was just looking for a fun car. Something that would perform.

    My BMW 540i had been totalled on I80 by a texting teen. I thought Iíd be practical (a lapse in judgment), and I bought a really nice Prius. Serious lapse. The Prius did everything it was supposed to do. And it had the really cool tech package, leather seats, and was a nice slate gray. There really was nothing to complain about. But it didnít ...

    Updated 2012-09-17 at 11:01 PM by bonnie

    Roadster , EV General
  4. Supercharger unveiling event

    Updated. Elon Musk unveiled the Tesla Supercharger tonight near the Tesla design studio in Hawthorne, CA. Showing footage of existing stations already installed secretly in California, Elon briefly described how Tesla plans to role out a nationwide network at various rest stops along interstates throughout the country. [Click through to watch the uncut video.]

    The function of the rather large and phallic looking device which ...
  5. Toyota RAV4 EV - Extended Test Drive

    This blog entry appeared in its original form here.

    I recently cancelled my Model S reservation (with sadness), and began a nearly Quixotic quest to find the EV that's right for me and my family. (You can read more about my cancellation in this thread if you're interested.) As part of this quest I started looking at the available fully EV options out there as well as the Chevy Volt. I'm not considering ...
    EV General
  6. Model S vs Roadster

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    So, for 10 days I've been driving both the Model S and the Roadster. I thought it was time to maybe talk about the relative merits. This blog appeared in its original form here.

    First, I have to say that either/both are just so far ahead of anything else that there's little competition. I had no hesitation trading in a Mercedes AMG for the model S, mostly because with the roadster around, the only time the Merc was driven was for road trips ...
  7. A Week With the Model S

    I received my Model S Friday, October 12th. Iíve put about 700 miles on it (400 miles the first weekend), given lots of rides, and taken copious amounts of video. Iím ready to comment on the car itself.

    I rode in the Model S twice last year, several more times a few months ago, and Iíve test-driven it. Now, having owned a Roadster and being fanatical ...
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