Friday, June 4, 2010

Regen is so natural

It had been a few months since I drove a MINI E and I thought I might have some issues with the regen but I didn't. It really was like riding a bicycle, it all came back to me and I was hitting...*cough*..comfortable speeds in no time with stylish stops.

When charging I've been using the 'top off'' technique and happy to see it still works (after charging to full wait a bit then begin to charge again). Something I confirmed with BMW way back and thrilled to see it got some play.

Range has been great and I am driving the car hard. If I'm careful I'll get close to 120 but when I get aggressive I drop to 100, 100 is still great.

In a few days I'll be back in my diesel SUV, which gets up to 28mpg, diesel is great for SUVs....but electric really is perfect for the commuter car. Drive one and you will be hooked, you will find a way to make it fit into your daily routine.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Got a warning light - but it's a good thing

I got the little yellow light on the speedo that says reduced power....why...because I was touching on 90 plus MPH. The car has no trouble getting there. I was coming off the onramp to 287 south from Morristown and floored it, it just went and went....way too much fun.

I think #250 is sticking with me - one day you may find it on a milk carton

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Another day in #250 - it was a good one as today I drove hard, but I was still able to squeeze around 100 miles if I tried. #250 hit 32,000 - was glad to be a part of that

On a fun note; I was eating out for lunch today and while #250 was sitting in the lot #304 stopped by and left a note on the windshield saying hello - small world

Monday, May 31, 2010


Wow that was fun! 63 miles today, not easy ones, and I still had 49 left. Not bad for a rusty E driver....guess it is like riding a bicycle.

#250 is getting a charge on my stale 32amp wall box, good to kick the dust off of it. I look forward to tomorrow, which calls for big thunderstorms. Hey, I'm green again, Mother Nature should shine upon me.

I'm baaaack.....well, for 1 week anyway.

Yes, I'm back for the week. So where did I go? The company I was with that had 4 MINI Es cancelled the program in November of last year and cancelled a number of us, I had #402. No biggie, I quickly ended up back in the technology and software industry I know which is going well, I'm the marketing dude for WebCollage. However, I sure missed the MINI E.

Good news, Tom of #250, is loaning me his for the week while he is away. Most of you I'm sure have heard of Tom, whether in the press or at his East Coast gatherings one of the most impressive points is he has over 30,000 miles on his #250 in just a year. He is almost at 32,000 and I plan on getting him over that mark in short order.

I drive #250 this morning and...WOW...have I missed these cars. Being a Mini Cooper this car is fun but being 100% electric puts it a whole other level us awesomeness.

I look forward to driving #250 this week, in fact I'm heading out for another spin right now. Thanks Tom!!!

#250 getting ready for another spin then will get its first charge at my place