The Joys of Electric Car Ownership

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The Joys of Owning an Electric car

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to fly through space, weightless, in your personal spaceship? That’s in part what it’s like to drive an electric car. You don’t roll down the road; you seem to glide through the void of space without sound or vibration. You are transported to a sort of dream-state. Your space vehicle accelerates effortlessly as you press the throttle. And if you go full throttle, you go into hyper-drive, thrown against the seat by the G forces. The surrounding landscape seems to blur and suddenly the vehicle that was next to you becomes a speck in the distance.

Driving an electric car is unlike any car I have ever driven. My attraction was the advanced technology and zero emissions. I did not anticipate the driving experience of such a car.

I have never been a car guy. I don’t care about how fast a car is or how sporty it looks. For me a car is just for transportation. There has never been any expectation for driving to be fun or joyful; it’s simply a means to an end.

That was then; this is now. Driving an electric car is exhilarating. I find myself driving more than ever before just for the enjoyment it brings. In an electric car you are on the high road. You can drive all you want without compunction with zero emissions. You have an immense amount of speed and power at your disposal. You can beat most internal combustion cars off the line effortlessly due to instant torque and innate power produced by the battery. Consequently, you don’t need to race the guy next to you; you know you have the power to beat him so there’s nothing to prove.

With an electric car, there are no more trips to the gas station, no more gas fumes to breathe, and very little routine maintenance. As far as I know, the only fluids in an electric car are brake fluid and coolant for the battery pack. There is no transmission, differential, spark plugs, timing belt, or tune ups. An electric car has only one gear – Go!

Should you decide to get an electric car, my advice is to make sure the interior is comfortable because you will likely be spending more time driving than you do now just for the fun of it.

My next article will discuss the practical considerations for owning an electric car.