Electric cars can be really fun. AND cheap (or expensive). AND quirky (or sexy). I entered the world of electric vehicles on National Plug-in Day, when electric car owners gathered in 65 different cities around the country to strut their electric stuff and check out other electric advocates. At many of these gathering, Plug-in Day ended up looking mostly like a festival of Nissan Leafs… with a few extravagant and/or innovative vehicles sprinkled here and there.
This is a post about said extravagances and innovations. As someone who much prefers a bike to a car, I went straight for cars and stories that stood out. First, let’s talk extravagance.
Tesla Roadster: the wicked fast (and expensive) Tesla Roadster attracted ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and other forms of interest at National Plug-in Day. Understandably so! It’s downright gorgeous (and this is coming from the ultimate car non-enthusiast), tops off at 125 mpg, and costs a whopping $100,000. Who said electric had to be slow and couldn’t be sexy??
(Insert wolf whistle here)
So the Tesla may be revolutionary by some standards. BUT it’s not the car that really caught my eye. Fancy cars come and fancy cars go, after all. Now the roadster that really captured my heart its the one that gets MORE wolf whistles and thumbs up than the Tesla Roadster. Which brings me to…. (drum roll please)
Charlie Garlow’s Golden Electric Bug-E. It’s a customized three-wheeled motorcycle powered by lithium batteries and built for endurance. Charlie, the Bug-E’s owner and driver, is an absolute cartoon-character of a man who plans to drive the boldly-painted Bug-E to California and back from Washington D.C. He’ll be motoring along, capturing attention along the way an directing it at sustainable energy initiatives. They call it the Fun Run in the Sun, and already have a blog to spread the word.
Keep an eye out for Charlie to come flying through your city in the next year or two, and consider joining him on his cross-country adventure. He’s trying to start an American wave of electric cars. There’s already one happening in Europe (and that’s where he’s headed next). Why not spread it here as well?
For a taste of Charlie and his innovative electric vehicles, see below: