To deal with range anxiety – fear that your electric car might not make it home before its juice runs dry – Art researches public charging stations where he can top off the batteries. And he ferrets out plugs. Art does weekly volunteer work at the Museum of Science in Boston, about the farthest he drives his electric Smart. Deep in the lowest level of the museum’s parking garage, he found four standard wall plugs where he can grab some power while he’s at work in the museum.
“I do it just in case I want to stop someplace on my way home,” he explained, “so I don’t have that anxiety that I might be running out of power.”
In other words, he tinkers around, tries different ideas and approaches, and makes his Smart Electric work for him as well as it can, just like any good car guy.
Jeffrey Zygmont is an author of fiction and non-fiction books, and a long-time auto writer. Contact him at www.jeffreyzygmont.com.