Well if this one doesn’t make you chuckle on a Monday morning, not much will. A friend of ours posted this photo yesterday and it is simply too good not to share. The little red car on the left side of the frame is a Nissan Leaf. The Leaf is an all electric car that has sold in very limited numbers, has stranded lots of journalists and other folks when the batteries ran out long before they were supposed to, and is the main competition for the Chevy Volt on the market today. Now that you already know too much about that breadbox on wheels, take a look-see at the massive Diesel generator is it plugged into. With about 350 gallons of diesel on board, a consumption rate that we estimate to be around eight gallons per hour and the Leaf’s charging time of 7-8 hours at 220v (or 14 hours at 110v), the Leaf’s “greenness” seems a little less super-human. Oh, and once it is fully charged, it needs to be plugged in again about 100 miles later!
We use the “Madagascar” technique when dealing with electric car zealots. What’s that? We smile and wave as they roll past in their tiny cars that sound like electric shavers and have a lot more environmental impact than theKool-Aid drinking owners could ever understand.