Ok, fine, maybe every generation has that. But you can’t beat growing up in the ’80s.
Last night, Better Place hosted a tweetup to show off its vision, fruit platter abilities, and of course, the electric cars. We were shown a video, (hologram of Shai Agassi included), given a demo of the electric ‘pumps’ and of course – test drove the electric-only, Renault-made cars.
So, I didn’t consider what would actually be different about the driving experience. I was just excited to pretend I’m living Flight of the Navigator.
And the truth is, the cars look and feel exactly like other cars… except a few things. Some examples:
- They are QUIET. Freakishly quiet. So quiet, I think pedestrian deaths may rise.
- The ‘gas’ pedal takes getting used to. The role of the brake also changes a bit. When you take your foot off the electric-fueled accelerator, the car starts to slow down for a sec; it was explained that the car begins the process to conserve/recharge battery. If you brake right away, then it’s a whole lot more stopping than you meant.
- There’s a built-in computerized dashboard called OSCAR (operating system car) for data updates (how much you’re charged) and GPS (where the next charging station is).
When we had a little demo of the charging stations, I’m embarrassed/proud to say the first question that popped in my head was: Won’t it be about five minutes before some asshole shows up and cuts all the charging cables? Rips out the stations? Overrides the card system so they can detach the cars?
I’m a New Yawka, what do you want? No one else seemed bothered, though.
FYI: One thing about the Future and electric cars – they still don’t make me a better driver.
P.S. Dad, I think I know how to get you in a French-made car now…
They’re already selling them in Israel, and charging stations are up (as seen in Mamilla in Jerusalem).
The Future is here, Cabbage Patch Kids!