Today was the first club meetup for the new year. We had it at a new venue this time: the Tesla Merritt Island service center. Every make and model is always welcome to our club and meetups. We had a Ford Mustang Mach-E, two Chevy Bolts, a Mitsubishi Outlander plug in hybrid, and all 4 models of Tesla: Model S, 3, X, Y. There were even a couple of electric bicycles that dropped in! Everyone got to see the new steering wheel in one of the Model S called the yoke. It looks like the yoke you would see in an airplane and allows perfect view of the instrument cluster. Some like it and some people don’t. After driving with it for a while most people change their minds and become used to it and turn out to love it. Several non EV drivers showed up to have their questions answered to help them shop around for their next car. Everyone determined the next month meet up for February would be at the same place. So watch our upcoming events page to get the day and time.
We’ll be bringing some electric cars to the Honor Flight Car Show hosted by the Classic Reflections Car Club again this year. This time it will be at the Holy Name of Jesus Church 3050 Hwy A1A, Indialantic, FL on Saturday May 28, 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm. Since there will be so many cars we outgrew the spot we were at last year! We’ve added over a dozen new members since last year’s show so there’s going to be even more makes/models of our electric cars to check out. We like the comparison between the very old vintage model show cars and our future tech electric cars to grab people’s attention. We’ll be there to support the Honor Flight charity as well as answer any and all questions the visitors have about driving electric. A big idea we’d like to show people are the options that are coming out soon like the Chevy Bolt that gets over 200 miles on a single charge that should work for most people’s daily commutes plus extra unplanned errands. But there’s a lot of people that still don’t know about plug in hybrids (PHEV) that let you plug up and charge the battery, drive most or all of your daily drive on 100% electricity then it switches automatically to a gasoline generator to keep the batteries charged so you can just keep driving without a worry. These PHEVs are perfect those that still have that worry even though there are plenty in our group with 100% electric cars that drive plenty for their daily commute. So drop on by, help out a great charity, and check out the cool show cars and ask us all about our personal electric cars that we drive every day.
Here’s the registration form showing the date, time and location:
We brought a different set of cars to this event with: A Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Toyota Rav 4 EV, Toyota Prius Plugin, and two Nissan Leafs. Again, we stood out as very different from the other gasoline powered show cars so we drew lots of attention. Some people thought we were just regular cars and wondered why we were in the show. After explaining that these were all electric cars almost every one of them responded with, “Really? But they look like normal cars!” It seems that lots of people expect electric cars to look crazy or dorky in some way. From all the compliments we got from passers by and other show attendees I’d say they were pretty impressed. Especially when we explained how little we’ve spent on fuel / electricity over the past year.
Everyone was most impressed by the Tesla Model S of course. With the hood open and the rear hatch up, we had fun playing the “where’s the engine?” game. After explaining to a few people that the motor is between the rear wheels, the size of a watermelon, has about 3 moving parts, and can get the car from 0-60 MPH in about 4 seconds their eyes lit up. “That’s amazing!” they said. They were REALLY thrown back after we explained how all the owners that bought the P85D model went to sleep one night a few weeks ago with their car doing 0-60 sprints in 3.2 seconds and woke up the next day doing 0-60 in 3.1 seconds thanks to an over-the-air software upgrade Tesla Motors pushed out to all those cars overnight. That REALLY is the future of automobiles in every sense.
We had a great time answering all the questions everyone had about driving electric and showing them how it works every day for us for the past several years. Hopefully we changed a few minds about electric cars and we think we did a great job educating the masses about EVs just as our group is meant to do!