I never thought I'd want a sports car. A sedan is so much more practical.
I never thought I'd want a powerful car. Sure, the very low power of the Zap Xebra was frustrating, the time it takes to get up to 35 mph, and the way is slows down going up hills. But it was not frustrating enough for me to stop driving it. And as for power, the acceleration of my Prius was plenty for me. (I only drove it when the Xebra could not make the trip, or if there was snow or ice on the roads, which is not all that many days of the year in Spokane.)
I never thought I'd like a car that is low to the ground. Normal cars are more comfortable and easier to get in and out of.
I never thought I'd want a two-seater. Even though I live alone and it's almost always just me in the car, I like to be able to take more than one passenger on the rare occasions when I'm with friends.
I never thought I'd like a car with regen on the go pedal. I really liked the way the Xebra is completely freewheeling when my foot is off the pedals.
But I did want an EV that would go on the freeway and would have 100 miles or so of range. And so after I got tired of waiting for Nissan, who messed up my Leaf order and seemed unwilling to put it right, even assigning me a car and then taking it away, after two previous allocations mysteriously disappeared, I ended up buying "very orange" Roadster #1117, an orphan car...
And boy o boy, suddenly a sports car is a lot of fun. The power pulling away from a stop is exhilarating. Low to the ground gives me a feeling of security as the car hugs the road. Having just two seats doesn't seem so bad after all. And regen on the electron pedal actually works very nicely.
I'm not a speed demon or a racer. But after the Prius, which at 70 mph is a wee bit squirrely, I love the way the Roadster is rock solid at even 80 mph. And I love the way I can accelerate to pass at freeway speeds. My old '89 Civic would get to 80 mph (or faster), but it took it a long time to accelerate from 60 to 70 for passing. The Prius does much better, but still lags a bit. Little Orange Orphan Annie jumps from 60 to 80 in an eyeblink!
And it does it all without that horrid disgusting filthy noise that other fast cars make!
I never thought I'd like a car this much. Tesla Motors, you did good.
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