Dreamed I was with my Dad, who passed on and we needed to charge my electric car, so we were downtown where I knew there were some chargers. But someone ripped them out and they weren’t there anymore. Tonight I went to charge the car in real life and all the chargers were taken. So I had to go to a charger that was a little more expensive, around $15. But at least I found one nearby.
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This is unacceptable! What am I supposed to do when I drive up to this? I’ve called the charging company, OPConnect and after many months, it’s still broken. We need massive education for the public about the benefits of electric cars & better security in order to make electric car charging more attractive. The car charging companies must also take better care of their chargers! Do thqey even care about making a profit? If we are to reduce climate change, we need to convert to electric cars ASAP, especially if they are powered by solar electricity. This vandalism or neglect rarely happens at a gas station.
Right after I wrote this blog, the charging company, OPConnect came out and fixed these chargers! Coincidence or the power of the internet? You decide. Now all OPConnect has to do is lower their outrageous prices. They charge a $35.00 upfront deposit and subtract the amount you charged right away.You supposedly get the rest back in a few days.
I realize gas stations charge an even higher deposit but EVgo doesn’t charge deposits and you get a faster full charge, So what’s up with that? Maybe they’ll change that too.
I had a day off on Tuesday so we went to world famous Stone Brewery in Escondido, CA which is located at Citracado Parkway, a beautiful citrusy avocado street name. It’s a very unique place where they not only brew many different kinds of beer, but have a Stone Brewery Restaurant, and a beautiful place to walk where you can see many synthetic natural scenes like the ones shown below. It’s kind of like Busch Gardens here in San Diego or a beer Disneyland. It’s a tad on the odd side though because everywhere you look you see their company symbol of the devil. I asked one of the waiters if the place was cursed. He said “No, but the symbol is there to put a curse on their competitor’s bad beer. I tried a dark beer sampler, and it was really geither, except for the icky mint curry on the side and most of the food was organic. The apple cheese platter was amazing! I’ve never had a tastier apple, probably because it was organic too. The prices were kind of high though.
Actually, the devil like symbol may not be evil after all. Perhaps the owners of this billion dollar facility were pagans. It seemed that they worshipped the beautiful nature all around them and Pan, a pagan symbol of a man with wings and a tail, was a nature god who was worshipped before he was demonized by Christianity. Lots of stone symbols here too. My advice to you, “Everybody Must Get Stoned.”at the Stone Brewery.
Koi Pond outside the restaurant
Fountain in the Restaurant
Bamboo Forest On the Nature Trail
Trees Above The Parking Lot
Here’s my new some more shots of my all electric Nissan Leaf!
It took quite a lot to get it so here’s the story: I had been searching for a car for several months since I was sharing one with my girlfriend who faithfully took me to work everyday and complained that it felt like she had to go to work too.
I knew I didn’t want an infernal combustion engine this time, with all the pollution it creates, oil making America more vulnerable to terrorist threats, not to mention that gas prices may be going through the roof again, even with all the destructive fracking that was supposed to keep them low.
I first rented a Nissan Leaf from Relay Rides just to try it before buying. It was owned by a local military guy who has a few electric cars.
I was in for a shock. The range of the car, which is roughly 84 miles, kept going down even though I hardly drove anywhere. I just didn’t understand why this happened. I felt that there was something wrong with the car and asked for half of my money back after driving it for a week. Luckily, my refund was granted. But it put a sour taste in my mouth for the Leaf. Later, I figured out what he was doing. His battery wouldn’t be replaced according to the warranty for a certain number of miles so he rented the car out to people till it reached the warranted amount. Then he could get a new battery without suffering.
While all of his renters drove in panic,fearing they’ll run out of juice on the freeway. But I was still intrigued by LEAFs. The ride is so smooth and quiet it feels like you’re driving a rocket! You can also legally drive in the carpool lane alone. They’re called HOV lanes these days. So despite what I thought about it, I kept looking for a better one of my own. I checked all the dealers. I test drove several LEAFS and most of them did just a little better on range than the rental. This gave me hope, and I knew that since my commute was short, it might be OKay. Then I just had to find one I could afford with the features I wanted. My credit was shaky from ghost debt so getting approved was tough. Luckily, my girlfriend helped me qualify. But I had to go to several dealers to find a LEAF that had a backup camera and navigation system. My coworker encouraged me to look at a dealer who might be out of town and that’s how I found the best one with all the features I wanted. However, my interest rate is terrible since only one company would finance me, so even though I charge up for practically nothing, I’m looking forward to refinancing. The car is an experiment for me and I’m sure the range will get better, be solar-powered, and self driving in the future, I like being a silent driving pioneer in my $17,000 poor man’s Tesla.