Monday, June 3, 2013

The Merry Month of May

May 2013 has been a very good Electric Car Month, in general and personally.

First Tesla paid off their loans and destroyed the anti electric investors who have been shorting their stock with a squeeze that got them where they worship - their wallets. Couldn't happen to a better group. Tesla also announced expansion of their free to S owners super charger network. The first quarter of 2013 they sold 5,000 cars which isn't bad for a 65-85K vehicle.

I myself at 17 months put 20k+ on my Leaf. My Leaf continues to give me a reliable perfect ride.  All bars still good on the battery. Here's a screenshot:

She still zips off the line. Electric cost total for 17months = $527.  About 2.75 cents a mile 'fuel' cost.  The Davidson's Leaf is charged to full every time, is well over 30k and no battery loss showing on the gauge yet. Very encouraging as I hope to replace my batteries sometime after my 5 year loan for the car is up - and of course later is better. I plan to start saving right after the loan payoff though.

Speaking of that the 28800 MSRP on the less gizmoed Leaf S seems to helping sales to records in the last months of into May.  May was 2138 cars - the 2nd best. Take 7,500 fed tax rebate off that 28800,  add destination & tags and you are around $22,500. Finally for the faint of heart a lease deal at $199 also should keep the Leafs humming!

Last but not least the Electric Sociability Run sponsored by MDVolt at: with participation by EVA/DC and many sponsors.  Here is the website for the Run:

What a great time - Kevin drove the Th!nk Electric - the second electric car in the family.  It gets charged slowly by a 120 volt Clipper creek trickle charger. Here is a photo at the picnic after:

It performed very well, we caught an extra hours charge in Bethesda at Mike and Christa's who are helpful Leaf owners and got back with plenty to spare. The big news was Kevin and I each had a prize ticket and Kevin is holding a new 240Volt 50 amp GE watt station in this next photo.

Thanks to the generous sponsors and the fun picnic/run organizers. What a great day for Electric Vehicles - here was the attendance count from Lanny:

2013 Sociability Run EV List:
12 Tesla Model S
11 Chevy Volt
8 Nissan Leaf
3 Tesla Roadster
3 Ford Focus EV
3 Zero S
2 Think City
1 Ford Fusion Energi
1 Ford C-Max Energi
1 BMW Z3 Electric
1 Porsche 914 Electric
48 Total
I would guess they are behind the 54 or so back in 1914, but that just gives us something to shoot for on the 100th run next year! Here folks and the electric bikers were awaiting pictures...

Many more pictures are up at the links above.

So if you are on the fence, consider joining us with a lease. Trade in some old thing for the 2k down and enjoy enough savings to pay for the lease - not to mention the fun you will have coming to the various electric events all over the area.

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