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An Electric Car Driver Who’s at With His Range

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Don’t discussing range anxiety New Jersey restaurant owner Tom He had a mild case of it when he leased a Mini E. but has long recovered. As of the fall of 2010, had been driving the Mini E for 16 and had put 43,000 miles on the car.

He meticulous records, charting the range performance under conditions, and has been a guest several times for the Long-Term Test blog at Inside Edmunds’ sister publication. In article, which is based on of the blog posts that wrote when the Mini E 30,000 miles, he shares his on putting a plug-in electric car a 100-mile range through paces.

I applied for Mini’s lease program because I was into the future of alternative-fuel I like new technology and I believe needs to become more independent for security and economic I wanted to be part of the beginning of the in that direction.

In my first three months the car, I was using up every of the 100-120-mile range per charge, driving the last 10 miles the range indicator had hit zero. of us in the Mini E program soon you can drive the car about 20 miles than the range gauge

Then Mini offered 220-volt charging stations for in the program who had a place to install I accepted and installed it at my restaurant Bella Casa in Montclair, New Now, I could conceivably use up the range, plug in for 3.5 hours at and be ready for another 100 miles in the day.

Since then been averaging over 130 per day, seven days a

When Edmunds’ Director of Testing Dan Edmunds wrote the electronic leash and city-only of the Mini E makes it unlikely anyone could put more 10,000 miles per year on car, I was taken back a At the time I had almost 18,000 on mine and knew of at least six who already had over 10K on their

However, I can understand his thoughts on While they do have a 220-volt charger at the Edmunds when the Long-Term Road editors take the car for a few days have to use the 110-volt emergency which takes forever to the car. This method is not and makes it very difficult to drive the car much.

All of the trial participants have 220-volt at their homes and many have a second charger at location, like their of work, as I do.

This wouldn’t be for everyone, but I think a good of people could make the to do something similar if they to. I’m sure many especially big corporations, would chargers in their employee lots if there were a for them. They don’t much to install or use and the company get good PR for supporting environmentally transportation.

I believe having the to charge at work has increased my by 20 percent. I could have with only the home though, as my round-trip commute is 65 and 85 miles depending on the route I With the second charger I can now in when I arrive at work, and in an hour I’m back at 100

So I can drive around all I want and not about the range at all.

I first took possession of my E, I really had no idea what to Would it spend more getting fixed than on the Would it lose power up long inclines?

Would the decrease as time passed? I regret doing this?

11 months and 30,000 miles I can answer those questions a big NO. The car has seen its fair time repaired. Twice it needed new modules and once I hit a famous New pothole and messed up a whole of stuff in the front end, but I can blame the car for that.

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I was going 55 mph and practically tore the front wheel off.

I use the car for everything: commuting, delivering and packing it with restaurant on a daily basis. I don’t use the restaurant’s cargo van much I pack it (really over-pack it) literally hundreds of pounds of at a time. (I had 18 cases of Coke in it Much of the cargo space is up by the batteries, but I use the passenger seat and the area behind and on top of the modules.

I driven it to Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and take it to Yankee Stadium and Field in New York. The Mini E is of doing everything I need a car to do 99 percent of the time.

I admit I was when I first got the car. I had all the that I read about on Line and other blogs, but the car has won me over. I love how quiet it is, the braking, the power and great

But most of all I like not buying $40 in gas a week, which is what I was driving my 2009 Toyota all the time.

It costs me about 3 cents per to operate and is fun to drive. I’m amused when I read on blogs where people how an EV would be such a hassle to own and wouldn’t want the bother. has the right to their opinion. But how people have ever or even driven an EV? There’s no believe me.

It takes all of 15 seconds to in at night; that’s it.

I’m 88 miles per charge (about 105 in the weather and about 80 now that cold), I don’t stress running out of charge, I don’t about someone rear-ending me of the regenerative braking, I don’t about it at all. I just it like I would any other [The Mini E did face challenges when temperatures in September 2010.]

Mini has the option of renewing our leases for year for $600 per month and I The end of the second year will with the beginning of a new program to this one. The car will be an BMW called the ActiveE and will be far advanced than the Mini E in of technology. The Mini E drivers who for a second year will the first option of getting an and I plan to get one for sure. [To follow the performance of Moloughney’s Mini E, his blog .]

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