Saying Goodbye To Betty – CleanTechnica


My dad all the time mentioned {that a} automotive is sweet for getting you from level A to level B. And by saying that, he was imparting the knowledge that traditionally vehicles aren’t an funding, however only a fashionable necessity for a lot of to take them round safely to work, residence, round city, and on the occasional journey. However eight years in the past, after we wanted a automotive (after our veggie-oil transformed VW Jetta died), I hunted for my new eco-obsession … a Nissan LEAF.

I had wished a LEAF for a few years prior, as I used to be smitten with the thought of getting an electrical automotive. We had photo voltaic panels on our roof and I couldn’t consider something cooler than driving on daylight. So when I discovered a LEAF on-line on the market, I had a dialog with my spouse and we bought it sight unseen.

I felt the LEAF wanted a reputation and I settled on Betty Blue (for the reason that automotive was ocean blue). The identify jogged my memory a little bit of the irreverent Betty Boop character of years previous and it appeared to have simply the correct amount of sass for my new experience.

As an at-home dad, Betty helped me shuttle my children backwards and forwards to high school and after-school actions, grocery procuring, and even the occasional journey — my daughter and I made a visit to the opposite finish of the state to cost at a DC Quick Charger (DCFC) since I knew I had the port on my automotive however there have been none shut by. That meant stopping at a campground halfway and charging utilizing an adapter {that a} buddy assembled and my residence plug-in Degree 2 charger to make the journey doable. It was a bizarre “discipline journey” for certain, however the sort of factor that reminiscences are product of.

Years later, when my “Covid experiment” was creating an EV podcast, Stu’s EV Universe, my daughter created the paintings for the podcast, and naturally it featured Betty out within the vastness of area.

2022 was not a great 12 months for Betty. Just a few months again, lighting hit a tree near my driveway and a big a part of the tree broke off and did some severe injury. I used to be pondering she was totaled, however I received away with having all of the work finished at an area collision place for the $500 deductible.

This previous week, she wasn’t so fortunate. Driving down the freeway at round 70 mph, my hood abruptly bolted upright in entrance of me. All I may see was a sea of blue. With adrenalin pumping, I used to be capable of see simply sufficient across the edges to maneuver to the breakdown lane and activate the emergency lights. A name to my 24-year-old son discovered him prepared and capable of come out and rescue us with sufficient rope and duct tape to safe the hood and we made the sluggish journey residence.

By Evolve KY, the non-profit EV group I based, the automotive has been in numerous experience/drive/training occasions via the years, and I do know for certain that a number of folks have bought an EV on account of using in my automotive. I’ve pushed it in two “EVs in opposition to DV” (Electrical Autos in opposition to Home Violence) parades and I keep in mind getting teary-eyed driving it within the first native pleasure parade after I thought of how I used to be supporting my daughter and the way so many onlookers have been marginalized by their household and group and weren’t so lucky.

In brief, Betty has been greater than only a automotive … greater than a automobile to get me from level A to level B. It has been a change agent for the higher. And that’s one thing that’s fairly welcome nowadays. I can solely hope that my subsequent EV shall be so particular.

All photographs by Stuart Ungar

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