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May, 2018

Public Transportation

Public Transportation

e-bike prototype project

In the fall of 2012 I built a prototype e-bike that that I code named "Public Transportation".

I set out to create an urban transportation masterpiece. and I succeeded!

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August 31, 2014

Repairing Wheel Bearings

Repairing Wheel Bearings

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August 29, 2014

So Many Electric Cars

So Many Electric Cars

Lots of info at a Plug'n Drive event

The variety of electric cars surprises a lot of people. Awareness events are great to see the range of vehicles in one place.

August 26, 2014

Why smart e-bikes

Why smart e-bikes

sophisticated exercise machine

We have always been smart loyalists since the first time we drove a smart fortwo in 2005. We have owned three (two diesel 450 coupes and one 451 cabriolet). Our company now owns two smart EDs. We park them end-to-end in a single car garage. We love the engineering and style, so getting excited about smart e-bikes was easy.

We decided to add smart e-bikes to our fleet after reading about them, seeing reviews, watching videos and doing some research on smart’s manufacturing process and partners, Grace and BionX.

August 26, 2014

So How Far Can You Go?

So How Far Can You Go?

Getting over range anxiety

The first question almost everyone seems to ask about an electric drive car is "how far can you go?"

And the answer, of course, is that "it depends" on all kinds of things. Like... What kinds of roads were you driving on -- flat, rolling hills, straight up the Niagara Escarpment on Appleby Line? ... or ... How fast were you going? ... or ... Did you have the heat or air-conditioning roaring away? I am learning that all these things can have an effect on the range of an electric drive car. So far, though, I've been feeling pretty good as I learn more about the car I drive.

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July 19, 2014

Stop By - Say Hi - Use Our Charger

Stop By - Say Hi - Use Our Charger

A great way to meet other EV drivers

We recommend having a charger installed right at home if you can. We have a Sun Country charger on the outside of the garage. It's registered on the Sun Country website and also on PlugShare. Drivers in the area who need a charge for a bit more range can find us and give us a call to stop by. We've met some interesting people this way and charged a few different cars including this Tesla. It gives us an opportunity to see how other owners adapt to the EV lifestyle and check out other cars close up.

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July 19, 2014

Love that new car smell

Love that new car smell

Was so excited to see the new smart ED that we had to drop by the dealership today. The car was delivered yesterday so wasn't ready to go yet and was sitting on the roof - of the building, no one had tipped the car over.

It is cute and looking very Canadian in its red and white colour scheme. I hope the red soft-top holds out as well as the black one on my gas-powered smart that I've had for six years now.

What colour is your smart ED?

May 17, 2014
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Cautionary Tale

Cautionary Tale

so what went wrong...

In a split second, thinking the car was not going to stop, I grabbed the brake. Unfortunately for me and my bike, I grabbed the front brake (left side). The brake locked, the bike flipped, and I hit the pavement at about 20 Km/H with the bike on top of me.

November 18, 2012

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