JOE CESARE: San Marcos, CA
Drives past the gas station in his new Nissan LEAF
My revenge started in 2006 after I watched “Who Killed the Electric Car?” The dichotomy between how the EV was portrayed by the media vs. the enthusiasm of the owners and their sadness in losing their beloved cars was a real eye opener. By the end of documentary, I wanted an EV-1. It was the 21st century. Forget about a jet pack, where was MY electric car? I vowed that someday I would own one. That opportunity finally arrived early in 2010 when Nissan started taking reservations for the all electric LEAF, the first mass-produced EV that didn’t resemble a high school science experiment.
After waiting almost a year, I finally took possession of my EV just last Wednesday. It is everything I hoped for and more: truly a 21st century car. If I forget to plug it in, it emails me. If it gets low on charge, it calculates a route to the nearest charging station. It has timers to charge during off peak hours and timers to pre-heat and cool the vehicle in summer and winter. If the car has been sitting in the sun for hours, I can turn on the A/C from my computer or smart phone before I leave the building. I get instantaneous feedback about my driving habits, allowing me to drive smarter, stretch my mileage and reduce my costs. The telemetry is impressive and I have access to an incredible amount of data.
Don’t believe the anti-EV noise machine out there. This isn’t a glorified golf cart. This is a REAL car, and most important to me, it’s fun to drive. My other car is a Mercedes SLK 280 hardtop convertible roadster and I know what a fun drive is. The leaf has 100% torque instantaneously and will beat my SLK off the line.
This is the perfect commuter car for me. I live in San Diego, which has ideal weather conditions for an EV and, ironically, some of the highest gas prices in the country. Instead of filling my tank for $70, I’ll be plugging in my EV in my garage for about $9. My cost is 4 cents a mile PERIOD… no oil changes, no tune ups, no transmission fluid, no air filter, no hassles. It sure beats 25 cents a mile. My EV and I now mock Big Oil. Revenge is best served cold!