Better Car, Better Air, Better Conscience – But NO Better Privacy
For a week I was fortunate enough to test-drive the new Renault Fluence and the new battery stations from Better Place just introduced in Denmark.
And what a treat. Usually I drive a small car, so the Renault was a luxury. Like driving a limo taxi. Big, heavy, fast, grounded, speeding like hell and without any noise – only a low airplane sound, when you let it lose speed (avoid the breaks as much as possible and let it just roll, because then it recharges!) towards a light.
Since I have tried one EV before, the little Buddy, which is lovely only for city driving, this was really something different. A true alternative to the oil polluting car. It does, however, depend on where you are when it comes to your wishes for a car. I never spent a lot of money on cars. I have had a car since I was 18 but it has been smaller cars – all in the lower end. So buying a Renault Fluence would be such a huge step upwards. I prefer to wait until a cheaper car brand turns up being electric. But the certainly I am in for an EV. I want one. NO DOUBT. I would prefer one NOW as I love being first, but it is too much to pay for a car, I believe – even as the daughter of an automobile seller and having owned over 10 cars in my life.
It is also a question of better air. Ususally dogs and kids run around below our thighs sniffing the exhaust from the many cars. Kids and dogs must love EV just like runners and people who are thinking about the air they breathe. Just that fact is enough to convince me. And yes, I know the oil industry is constantly financing new reports showing that there is not much to gain by EVs and many people want to wait till something even better turns up. I think we have to act now. It is so much better for humans doing something meaningful than doing nothing but wait. So get the EV under your radar.
The Better Place system with lots of chargers and the battery stations and the charger you are getting for your home, when you sign up for subscription, is a convenient system. It takes 5 minutes and 15 seconds to change the battery at a battery station (and many more with a charger), and you never “dry out” because the car´s computer system is really smart. You plot in the address you are going to and it tells you how many percentage of the electricity you will you to go there, so you always know if you have enough. It is calculating your miles on behalf of your previous driving. Are you speeding and breaking a lot or a you usually gliding and driving ECO? If you are two people to share the car you log in everything and the computer knows it is you and your driving pattern is used to calculate how far you can you. And usually you drive longer than calculated. Of course the system is set up to constantly reward you for green driving.
Privacy by Default
Thanks for the ride. I will be back. Do try it yourself.