Sunday, April 18, 2010

Car Wash Small Talk

My wife Meredith and I went for a leisurely drive to Princeton this morning. On the way back I noticed there was a car wash open and #250 was looking less than perfect after driving in the rain a few times this week so I pulled in and ran it through.

Ever since I added the "ELECTRIC" chrome badges, the no oil magnets and the EF-OPEC license plates I get stopped all the time when I'm in parking lots and even sometimes sitting at traffic lights by curious people that have questions about the car. However whenever I go to a car wash, it's just about guaranteed that someone will ask me about the car and today was no exception. Just as I walked to the counter to pay a gentleman walked up to me and asked if it was really 100% electric. I said yes but before I could tell him it was a pilot program he quickly followed up with "How much?" and "Where can I get one?" He didn't even know the range, how long it takes to charge...etc, he just knew he wanted one. Then he saw my plates. A huge smile came across his face and he said: "Those are awesome, it's just how I feel"

Once I explained the program to him and promised him that he will be able to buy an electric car soon, perhaps as soon as within 12 months he was even more enthusiastic. I told him about the Nissan LEAF, the Chevy Volt and that BMW would have an EV on the market, possibly in 2013. I know I've said it here many times before, but the more I drive the car and the more people I meet and talk to, the more I realize the time has come to begin the transition to electrics. The technology is ready and so is the public.


  1. Most average people that don't follow the car manufacturers or read the car rags have no idea that EV's are coming. Once the leaf hit the streets and then the volt you are going to see a lot of people jump on the bandwagon.

  2. Hi Tommy,
    I love your license plate!
    Your cousin-in-law, Buffy

  3. Hi Elisabeth!

    Thanks for stopping by! Meredith says hello!

  4. Love the EFOPEC plate. Think I'll get a FOPEC (or something of that nature) plate for my New Nissan Leaf when I get it in December here in Portland Or.

  5. Thanks, but be careful that the DMV doesn't figure out what you're saying or they wont issue the plate. I knew they wouldn't accept F-OPEC so I put the E in front to fool them and it worked! I hope you love your leaf, I may get one also.

  6. i'll tell them that FOPEC is an acronym for Fast optimal performance electric car. Maybe they wont catch it lol