$100,000 electric car leaves New York Times reviewer stranded

I drove, slowly, to Stonington, Conn., for dinner and spent the night in Groton, a total distance of 79 miles. When I parked the car, its computer said I had 90 miles of range, twice the 46 miles back to Milford. It was a different story at 8:30 the next morning. The thermometer read 10 degrees and the display showed 25 miles of remaining range — the electrical equivalent of someone having siphoned off more than two-thirds of the fuel that was in the tank when I parked. …

The car’s electrically actuated parking brake would not release without battery power, and hooking the car’s 12-volt charging post behind the front grille to the tow truck’s portable charger would not release the brake. So he had to drag it onto the flatbed, a painstaking process that took 45 minutes. Fortunately, the cab of the tow truck was toasty.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • awfulorv

    A hilarious tale, to be sure. This seems to me like another, one step forward, two steps backwards, trek to the stone age. How long before the environmentalist’s graders, and earth movers, will be tearing up the interstate roadway system, in order to rid themselves of enjoyable travel, or travel at all, from their list of, suspected, Global Warming culprits?

  • cylde

    It dropped like a rock at 10 degrees, makes you wonder what happens at minus 10. Why is there no option for a regular 110 VAC trickle charger so you could plug in anywhere every time you parked?

  • camsaure

    Why doesn’t Obuma set an example for all of us “peasants” and drive one himself? Heck, he could even do better and repower Marine 1 and Air Force 1 with the same technology.