Green from all elements of production until end-of-life; meets the first and third of the three R's- Reduce, Re-use, Recycle; Form AND Function; FUN to drive; Opens sheoples eyes to alternatives in transportation; affordable convertable; easily customizable; Paddle SHIFTERS!
Reality based - get my news/facts from independent-commercial free sources only (ie DemocracyNow on the radio/TV/web, commondreams.org, FreespeechTV on Dish network) & know that all media w/ ads, commercials, corp. sponsors or .com web sites is merely infotainment.
House in Alexandria is wind powered by simply signing up for monthly wind credits (www.wges.com)
The Smart will be a fun, civicly responsible car until the APTERA is available in Va. Then I'll be commuting to/around DC on wind power :-)~
My smart's name
Silver Mitts Shaw, A.K.A. "Mitts" as her four 15" paws will be chrome to match her chome smile and floppy ears...
I heard on the news the other day that China (of course) is in production of an electric car that should come out shortly before or at the same time as the Volt. It's called the BYD. http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/04/byd-electric-car-e6-crossover-mpv.php I think it's time for an implosion in the US automaker's way of doing things.
I think you should go take another test drive. I did. Took it North on 395 to 110 and down to Rosslyn - went through Rosslyn down Washington Blvd. and back South on 395 to King Street. I really would have loved to have taken it on the parkway but I didn't want Raj to think I'd made off with the car! :) Hope your DDE moves up like mine did!
Thanks for the reply and please excuse my tardy response. My Uncle passed away last week and I traveled to and got snowed in Buffalo :/ Needless to say I did not see one SmartCar in either of the two blizzards. Anyway, yes you surely will enjoy the EV-1 movie. They are talking about a followup to be called Who Saved the Electric Car :) Raj is my salesman too (I gave him a copy of the movie) and he said there's not much I need to do before the February 16th date they gave me. I feel like I want to test drive a Smart again before then since it's been since last spring that I drove one. I bought my mountain bike at the shop on the corner and blasting around those roads in the Smart reminded me of how much fun I had demoing the bike I bought too. Raj said that I should take the car out on the highway to test it at speed. Since he offered I guess I'll do it. That'll be fun building an earth shelter. Should be an enjoyable never ending learning journey. When I traveled around the country windsurfing my friend and I lived out of a small round travel trailer that we named BioSphere III. Not quite the same but your earth shelter just brought reminded me of that. You are right about the Prius until they make them plug-in. Then the much needed and entirely possible option of commuting to work every day w/o using any fossil fuels will outweigh the battery impact on the planet. Extended range electrics like the Chevy Volt and the Aptera will provide the best all around vehicles for both commuting and trips. Although after seeing the EV-1 movie and reading Internal Combustion I have very very little faith in GM doing the Volt properly. Not that they couldn't...just that they won't. As a matter of fact the only reason that there is an actual production year slated for the Volt is because last year the UAW put it in as one of their demands to come back to work. They could see the writing on the wall a year ago and also know exactly how GM operates and therefore wisely forced the issue. If you want to see our realistic Jetson's future check out Aptera.com Please let me know how your Smart is in the mountains. I was driving through some little winding rolling ones near Gunston trying to imagine how much fun it would be in Mitts (my future Smart).
Take care and have a wonderful couple of holiday weeks!!
Hi Craig -
Thanks for the posts. Yes, I have driving all over the place - have put on about 125 miles in less than two days! I keep meaning to see Who Killed the Electric Car - what a shame greed has killed so much invention. Good luck on getting your car - you may find it comes in sooner than you expect. After I configured my DDE went from April-Jun 09 to Jan-Mar 09, then in November my salesman (Raj at Lindsey) told me it was moved to Nov 29! Then it moved to Dec. 19 and then back down to Dec. 12. All told it took just under seven months - which was a shock because I wasn't expecting the car til next year. I see from other posts to your page that you have a wind credits. Very cool. My husband and I own some land in West VA on which one day we hope to build an earth shelter house with a wind turbine, rainwater collection system and possibly compostable toilets. I look forward to seeing how my little smart does on getting up the mountain roads on the way out to our property. And after hearing a guy last night talk about how bad the Prius batteries are for the environment, I'm extra glad I couldn't afford the Prius and got the smart instead!
Craig: Don't be surprised if your date doesn't move again when you get to the final two weeks. Mine started moving. It might have been due to the EPA sticker issue. No clear answer on that. I originally reserved in February 08. Just a little over 10 months from order to deliver. I hear you about the accident. I had a lady make a left turn right in front of me in TX. I punched the side of her Caddy in about 4-6 inches and broke the tie rod on her car. All this with a Jetta at about 20 miles an hour. Did minimal damage to the Jetta. I'm always looking in the mirrors when stopped (motorcycle habit). Keep the faith. Jim
Wow, Craig! You reserved 9 days after I did and you've already configured! Plus, you now have a delivery date. That's awesome! It does concern me that I haven't configured yet. It seems there is a flaw in the system. I reserved a Cabriolet. What did you reserve? Maybe that makes a difference. Thanks for the input. Please keep me updated! Thanks! Vicki
We did something similar to get wind power: we just called Excel (the power company), and asked to get wind. All that means is that we pay for them to add a certain amount of power generated by wind to the grid. Sounds the same as yours. How cool that you love in a place where you can have your own windmill!
We use wind power at our house, too, and are planning to switch to solar within the next five years or so. We live in a town that gets 300+ sunny days a year, so it's an effective investment. I read your post on my blog...sorry to hear about your Insight. I'm glad you have a fun replacement.