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Can plug-in drivers get credit for helping carmakers sell PEVs?

As fans and advocates, we love showing anyone and everyone our PEVs. Recently, we've discovered the power of our "demos." How? We've heard from people we met took the plunge -- they and ordered cars. Without intending so, we drivers have helped sell cars!

My own realization began last spring. As the Founder of (sponsor with Plug In America and the Electric Auto Association of DrivingElectric), I've been promoting plug-ins since 2002. One day after a show-and tell, Frank in Kansas City emailed me: Just wanted you to know at least one person took your advice and bought a Volt. It is in my garage now charging. Thanks for the heads up, as I have been putting off the decision. We have come too far to let this wonderful advance die out. Thanks for all you have done.

As I've continued with events and private demos and seen EV grins on people the first time they drove electric, an idea started germinating. Next, my brother Stephen leased a Chevy Volt. Then Roland and Lynda, family friends, decided to order a Volt. I started meeting people who told me, "you'll appreciate this: I've ordered a Nissan Leaf."

I understood I'd begun selling cars! That was the impetus for what is now about to launch, thanks to the three driver organizations, as

We want to prove to dealers, automakers and their ad agencies that ordinary drivers are helping them sell cars. As a start, we invite drivers registering here to "claim" relationships that led to actual deals. Eventually we'll have a mechanism for people to "credit" one registered driver as their main inspiration -- and for their dealers to "validate" them as actual buyers or leasers. Maybe we'll award recognition to the gold-star performers!

Feel free to comment here, but go to DrivingElectric's forum to stake one or more claims. I've listed three there so far, and hope to add more. Anyone else? Write your story. Keep your buyers as public or as anonymous as they want.


by felixkramer


Don Duncan's picture

I have wanted an EV for 30 years. I joined the Sacramento EVA in 1985. My father and I used to go every month to the meeting in the SMUD building. I was very excited when Toyota and Honda announced the roll out of their first hybrid. Of course, I was extremely disappointed to learn it was not a plug in. This seemed like a minimum requirement. I was willing to forgive this gross oversight until I did the math and found a purchase was not cost effective. This made me suspicious of the manufacturer's sincerity. I bought and studied RMI's report on the Hypercar. (Why is there a red line under the spelling? The hypercar concept came out twenty years ago.) It gave me the basic tools to evaluate an EV. I used the two fundamentals of an efficient platform: 1. Aerodynamics 2. Ultralight weight. I began to notice these two design changes were not even given priority. To date, not one EV has started with an optimal platform. Without attention to these two fundamentals, all else is futile. The technology is here for both. And it has been here for at least a decade. What are they waiting for? I will not consider buying an EV until they get their act together and start with the basic fundamentals. I had intended to buy an Aptera and had no problem putting down a $500 deposit. I put my money where my mouth is. And I would again up to $50K. I just want to see a competent attempt. I will not subsidize the lame crap coming out of mainstream production. That's why I read all the specs on every new EV and have rejected them all so far. I wish more buyers were like me. Maybe we would get the real deal. As long as buyers keep settling for less, progress will be slowed.

ElieCiment's picture

Even I like EV and wanted it since long,but due to some reasion wasnt able to own it. clothes with horses