Friday, February 4, 2011

Take an electric car to the theme-parks

Billed as the "transportation of the future", you next trip through Orlando may be in your choice of electric cars including Tesla Sports Car, Nissan Leaf, or the new Chevrolet Volt.

With the recent recession, troubles in the arab-oil nations, green house gases, there is a renewed interest in both plug-in hybrids and electric cars.

In times past, the steep price of the electric car made it untouchable by most average income homes, but all of that is changing. Nissan Leaf electric car which had a sticker price of $35,000 is dropping to a more affordable $20,000 after rebates.

Just as they called Ford crazy because there was no filling stations for the model T, so are people concerned about where to charge the electric vehicle while on vacation in Orlando.

Most travelers will have a charging station at home, but then will depend upon Eustis-based WattNext, which is installing chargers across Florida.

Scenario: your driving, take out your android and type in "charging station, Orlando", one of the charging stations on your list will be Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar restaurant, book your seating, park at the charging station, and get a free charge while you eat!

As the demand grows for electirc vehicles or plug-in hybrids, offering a charging station at your restaurant can be a boon for your business.

Ranging from about $9,000 for an electic motorcycle to some $110,000 for the new Tesla roadster, the plug-in hybrid version of Toyota Prius and Ford Escape will give them good competition.

Albeit, there are shortages of charging stations in Florida, experts predict that the number will skyrocket in the next 2 years.

Best priced on the market will be The Renault Fluence Z.E. 5-door family saloon electric car, for less than $20,000 before state tax rebates.

Selling the car without a battery would drop the price substantially. Thus customers can contract to lease the battery from companies such as "Better Place".

With the Telsa roadster, there is no lack of power, just a continual adrenaline-rush until 84 mph.


It's about time.

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