gmarcucio
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What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Sun Jun 09, 2013 6:32 am

I was wondering how many people have driven other EV's other than their MiEV? What other EV's have you driven?
Myself:
- Chevrolet Volt
- Ford Focus Electric
- Nissan Leaf
- Honda Fit EV

archie_b
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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:14 am

Here is my list of EVs; most I owned, a few just driven

Citicar
Elcar
Zenn
Kurrent
Miles ZX40S
Dynasty IT Utility
Tesla Roadster (do I wish I had owned this one)
Miev
Volt

When I think back to the Citicar I realize just how far EVs have matured. I put over 18,000 miles in two years on a car with a top speed of 38mph,a range of 40 miles, and absolutely no safety features except a seat belt. But, just like today, it was cheap to operate. Lived in Seattle and round trip to work, about 45 miles, was less than $0.10.

gmarcucio
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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:32 am

Wow!!! That is awesome!! You have been into the EV culture for some time now! Nice!

archie_b wrote:Here is my list of EVs; most I owned, a few just driven

Citicar
Elcar
Zenn
Kurrent
Miles ZX40S
Dynasty IT Utility
Tesla Roadster (do I wish I had owned this one)
Miev
Volt

When I think back to the Citicar I realize just how far EVs have matured. I put over 18,000 miles in two years on a car with a top speed of 38mph,a range of 40 miles, and absolutely no safety features except a seat belt. But, just like today, it was cheap to operate. Lived in Seattle and round trip to work, about 45 miles, was less than $0.10.

benswing
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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Wed Jun 12, 2013 8:46 pm

Owned a 2007 Vectrix electric motorcycle (maxi-scooter).
Now ride a 2012 Zero S electric motorcycle.
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Test drove a Tesla Roadster (wicked awesome!) and a BMW Active-E.
Driving Electric since 2007: Vectrix VX1 - 2007-2010, Zero S ZF9 - 2012-Present, Mitsubishi iMIEV - 2013 - 2015

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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:52 am

Have added two in the last two weeks! :mrgreen:
In reverse order, they are:
Tesla Model S Signature Edition (got to rocket from city to way past legal on the highway too, speechless reviews are right)
Ford Focus EV (reviews overhyped. How'd they manage to combine squishy acceleration with excessive torque steer?)
my iMiEV ES and SE (first test was in early Euro version)
Volt (for the price, with 5 seats and rear headroom, it coulda been a contender!)
Several LEAFs
Classic Beetle with Curtis AC drive
Ford Transit Connect Electric by Azure Dynamics (AZD RIP :cry: )
my 24V Cushman Minute Miser (warehouse heavy trike)
Classic Beetle with 72V 400A DC drive
340 kW twin-motor Fiero DC conversion
Ford Ranger DC conversion
my Karmann Eclectric 170 KW DC drive
Classic Beetle with 144V DC drive
Subaru microvan 96v conversion by Jet Electric
Geo Prism EV by US Electricar
Blue Meanie 156V Datsun 1200
Electric Mini-Chopper motorcycle
WaveCrest TidalForce special forces E-Bike
various e-bikes, lawn tractors, e-creations, and e-boats
Solectria Force (AC drive Geo Metro)
Ford Escort DC conversion
And my very first E-xperience? A 120V DC drive Porsche 914 waaay back in 2002.
(not counting electric forklifts at work)
and then there was that Battronic Electric van that I didn't know enough to revive in 1996 while working at a salvage yard... R.I.P.

And am trading cars with a buddy to drive his Hymotion PHEV Prius on a a road trip next month.

Have ridden in, but not driven a Tesla Roadster, the White Zombie dragster, a
1921 Milburn Light Electric http://www.milburn.us/
and a couple e-bus prototypes/ hybrids
2012 i-SE "MR BEAN" 96,000 miles
2000 Mazda Miata EV, 78 kW, 17 kWh
1983 Grumman Kurbwatt EV,170 kW, 32 kWh
1983 Mazda RX-7 EV 43 kW 10 kWh
1971 "Karmann Eclectric" EV 240 kW 19 kWh
1965 Karmann Ghia Cabriolet

Vike
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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:26 pm

While deciding about the i-MiEV, I also test drove the Nissan Leaf. I found the Leaf roomier, more comfortable, and more substantial, with more sustained power on the highway, but not nearly as much fun to drive around town, especially given the i-MiEV's 3 EV modes. EVs other than the Tesla aren't well suited to freeway cruising anyway, and I was mainly interested in something fun to drive to work and take out to run errands, so the i-MiEV got the nod, especially given the (at the time) huge price advantage. The price edge almost evaporated with the introduction of the 2013 Leaf S, but before the Leaf S showed up, that edge was back with a vengeance with this spring's big dealer incentives (you lucky procrastinators).

Before that, we've had a 2005 Gen2 Prius for years, and that was my first (albeit limited) EV-mode driving experience, which kinda got me hooked. Before finally ordering the i-MiEV we also drove the Prius C, a major disappointment. The Prius C is hugely popular, but I don't know why; it's pretty obviously a hybrid Yaris, a wretched little thing that I found much less pleasant to drive than the i-MiEV.

Just to mention, I expect this list to grow quite a bit when we commence shopping for a PHEV to replace our Prius, which would have to be something road-trip worthy. Without a reconfiguration to improve passenger/cargo space, the Volt won't work for us. We're eyeing the PriusPI, but it's not for sale in our state yet. Before deciding on buying a PriusPI we want to test the C-Max Energi (priced OK but cargo space is a question) and the upcoming Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (likely at least as pricey as the Volt, but hugely more useful than anything else on offer). The way things have been going, I don't know what other PHEV choices we'll have - the Fusion and Accord PHEVs, even if available by then, seem to offer no advantages over the PriusPI for our purposes.
2012 Silver ES w/QuickCharge+DRL/foglights, Eaton Level 2 EVSE, since 9/9/2012

jz1
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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:15 pm

I've driven an EV-1, Volt, Leaf, Tesla Model S and iMiev.

siai47
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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:20 pm

I have owned a Grumman "Kurbwatt", three Chevrolet S10-ev's (one Pba, two NiMH), a 2002 Rav4-EV (not the new one), a 2012 Nissan LEAF, a 2013 Nissan LEAF, and a 2012 I-miev. I have driven a Volt, a GEM, a Citicar and a few homebuilts back in the day. Boy, EV's have come a long way from DC lead acid systems to what we have now

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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:48 pm

Am I in the minority having only driven a LEAF and my i-MiEV? I wanna drive a Tesla! :D
2015 Nissan LEAF S

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Re: What Other EV's Have You Driven?

Sat Jun 15, 2013 11:31 pm

Opel Ampera (Volt)
T.King EV3 (Chinese 2-seater)
Tazzari
Tired of smelly garage - switched to EV in 2012!
Zelenec = Greeny, Treehugger, Ecofan
www.mojev.si

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