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I like driving in my (electric) car

by Hobbs

In the last three I’ve driven over 600 km and produced a single kilo of CO 2 . Go me! some of the credit should go to my new electric car, the sexy

After waiting for all those of the future that always to be just over the horizon, my old car got the shakes, I decided to put my money my mouth was and go fully electric.

It six months to get here but my 37 kW bundle of joy is a ripper.

Fully charged, it’s got a of about 100 km, and it’ll do 110km/hr no Just not for very long. A trip car it’s not – it’s a commuter.

It s a converted hatchback – petrol-based (engine, fuel exhaust, radiator) was removed and with an electric drive and 56 rechargeable lithium ion batteries. And it like a golf cart on

Charging is hilarious.

Close up of prong connection under cap.

10 hours on regular household power takes you fully flat to fully — and a 30m extension cord in the is the ideal psychological umbilicus for 50km-plus trips. The batteries have memory, and actually longer if you recharge regularly. batteries should survive at 1000 full charge – which gives 100,000 km of much more if you top up regularly).

Apart from the non-standard cap contents, there are a couple of out differences between driving and a petrol car.

First up, the remarked upon quietness you turn it on. If it wasn’t for the fans keep the batteries cool you know it was going. A toggle on the lets you choose forwards or and once the motor kicks in a nice futuristic electric

But reverse still gives me a – this thing beeps at a and volume that wouldn’t be out of on a road train. Safety I guess.

Interior with the fwd/reverse/start

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Regenerative braking helps top up the and it’s the other thing takes a bit of getting used to. As as you stop accelerating the power is to the batteries – it’s like forgot to explain the concept of to the car. (Making the brake come on when you stop was an early, wise modification).

For all the after a while you forget not driving a regular car. got four gears – T, H (town and – too cute!) and two overdrives. Disengaging to shift gears isn’t different from using a


And a white hatchback isn’t a – although the cheesy clip-art logo has turned the odd head. say I’m starting to love the dagginess of logo).

I sound like a revhead, but I’m just really to be investing in a form of transport is headed in the direction I want to see us go. And I say investing, I mean it. It s the most thing I’ve ever that doesn’t have a and built-in robes.

The great is with an electric motor very little in the way of maintenance, so five years a hybrid up costing more.

But the real beauty of the electric is that I charge it with 100 per green power. It costs me $3.70 for 100 km worth of charge, and my to climate change from is the lowest on the road. (If I went regular coal-fired electricity the CO 2 would be about the same as for a hatch, so green power is for making this idea

With organisations working on plans for electric vehicle stations, one day I might even be to take Mum for a road trip to where her Dad grew up. The electric car the site of Great Grandad’s mine – there’s a lovely in that.

Listen as Bernie takes Valentine, from 702 ABC Sydney , for a in Frank, her little electric

ABC Inside Business has also the race for clean, green machines.

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