Sometimes even when you arrive late to the party, it’s still hopping, there’s plenty of booze left and no one makes you feel guilty.
I had a chance to test drive the Tesla Roadster, courtesy of Clipper Creek, Inc’s CEO Jason France at their headquarters in Auburn, California. My opportunity was an unexpected pleasure and came at a moment when the Tesla S Sedan has been released and is making waves among auto critics, like WSJ’s Dan Neil, as the most amazing car they’ve driven. Period. Tesla is about experiencing road as a joyful blend of clean technology and butt pinching acceleration. I have to say this car was the most amazing machine I have ever driven…but of course you knew I was going to say that. More importantly, I believe it has the capacity to alter society’s perception of the electric drive. I’ve never been in a car before that has a G-force meter.
If Tesla’s experiment accomplishes anything before history marches past this moment, it is its nudging of Americans toward the realization that electricity is fun to drive. And it comes none too soon as much of the country is wrapped in a stifling hot blanket of heat and humidity, marking the sixth month of record breaking temperatures. (The Pacific Northwest being the only part of the country seemingly immune for the moment).
I was down to meet the folks at Clipper Creek, a US based charging manufacturer, as I started my role as their Business Operations Manager for the Pacific Northwest, and to learn more about their Level One and Two charging series as well as their plans to make purposeful variations to meet utility smart grid interoperability requirements and higher level charging needs of fleet trucks such as Smith, Via Motors, and eStar electric vehicles. Call me or email me if you would like to learn more about how we can find the right charging station for your application. I also provide a discount code for folks who call me directly. I find myself incredibly energized and, like Tesla, ready to push the limits of electric vehicle technology! More later…