Guy Hall, a SARTA member, bought an all-electric Leaf a few months back. It looks cool. It advertises a 130 mile range, but several have said it is more like 60 miles if you use it on a freeway. So today I asked Guy’s son Thomas how the Leaf was doing. He said the range is better than 60 but probably not as much as 130. What his Dad has done is carefully plot out where the charging stations in the surrounding area are to be sure he can get at least a partial recharge before going back home. They took a trip from Roseville to Chico which was over 70 miles and made it fine. Guy has found sites where even private individuals will let you get a quick “drink.” What has been more often the case is that Guy finds a restaurant or a store near his destination where he can get a recharge. Great marketing tool for now…a restaurant offering free charging to bring in the business from the electric car drivers. He says they have saved about $1000 in gasoline in the last five months. Guy says he has a lot of other stories about driving the Leaf. Maybe we can coax him into offering a few here. C’mon Guy, tell us more! Dan Koellen, SARTA Board member, has had his Tesla for two years. We need stories from him as well. C’mon Dan, what are your stories?
You can see Guy’s Leaf at the Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase, Monday, October 24 at Sacramento State. Register now to get an early bird discount at www.cleantechshowcase.org . Forty excellent speakers and some special events. A hundred exhibitors. Plan to make a day of it. It’s worth it.