How many started with Toyota Prius followed by Nissan Leaf followed by Chevy Bolt followed by Mustang Mach E?

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This is the story of the electrification journey of a young man who started his driving life in high school as a Pontiac man back in the 70s.
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Saw my first Gen 2 Prius at a Toyota dealer end of 2006. It was white, I thought it was ugly, and the salesman couldn't get it to start.
After some research and six months for the looks to grow on me, I purchased Lightning Green McQuean in Silver Pine Mica.
Now with my son and still going strong at 200,000 miles.
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I converted Lightning to a plug in hybrid using the Enginer pack with 8kWh extra batteries to bring him up to 65 MPG on my 35 mile commute, but that platform was not very robust and seemed to require frequent repairs.

December 2011, I leased my first all electric 2012 Nissan Leaf.
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Then in Dec 2017, I was looking at the Gen 2 Leaf but elected to upgrade to 2017 Chevy Bolt Premier instead.


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And that brings us to today, not so patiently waiting for my very first Ford Mustang still in production last time I checked. You can't say this is not a Mustang
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While at the same time saying this is
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My path was quite different.....

2008 - converted my first ICE to all-electric, a 1997 Suzuki Swift. Started life with (cheap) golf cart batteries... it worked but was pretty tough on the suspension, hard to brake, and not exaaaaaactly 'perky' accelleration along with a 35 mile range. Big upgrade to Lithium (LiFePO4) made it drive like a real car and upped the range to about 50 miles.

the whole process is documented:
http://www.envirokarma.org/ev/
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2012 - I got tired of everybody saying the eSwift was ugly, so I found a partially converted Miata, bought it for pretty cheap.... pulled it apart and re-built to fix a few design flaws and upgrade to LFP to get the 50 mile range I needed around town daily driver

http://www.envirokarma.org/ev2_mx5e/

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2021 - the MME caught my eye as a finally affordable, fun, 200+mi range EV so I can get ride of my regular ICE I've used for road trips and work days over 50 miles. My MME *should* be delivered by the end of Feb, and I'll start a new chapter... but probably still hang onto the eMiata
 

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No need to go Bolt in our case. Also, still have the Leaf.
 

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The GT will be my first electric vehicle, but I've had a varied path of vehicles since I started driving.

1980 Datsun 310 GX
1972 Chevelle Malibu 350 (completely rebuilt motor/transmission)
1984 Toyota Pickup (lowered)
1994 Jeep Wrangler (lifted)
1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX (heavily modified)
1996 Dodge Avenger (complete POS)
2001 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 (lifted)
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO (Stage 2 turbo upgrades)
2010 Toyota Tundra Rock Warrior
2016 VW GTI (Stage 3 turbo upgrades)
2021/22 Ford Mustang Mach E GT
 

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I helped a buddy who was the service manager at a Lincoln-Mercury dealership convert a 73 Mustang to electric way back in 1980. Forktruck batteries and an aircraft starter motor. Crude, but it worked.
I wish it was still around so I could compare it to my MME when I get it. 😆
 

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This is the story of the electrification journey of a young man who started his driving life in high school as a Pontiac man back in the 70s.
1612558338152.png


Saw my first Gen 2 Prius at a Toyota dealer end of 2006. It was white, I thought it was ugly, and the salesman couldn't get it to start.
After some research and six months for the looks to grow on me, I purchased Lightning Green McQuean in Silver Pine Mica.
Now with my son and still going strong at 200,000 miles.
1612557663929.png


I converted Lightning to a plug in hybrid using the Enginer pack with 8kWh extra batteries to bring him up to 65 MPG on my 35 mile commute, but that platform was not very robust and seemed to require frequent repairs.

December 2011, I leased my first all electric 2012 Nissan Leaf.
1612557892445.png


Then in Dec 2017, I was looking at the Gen 2 Leaf but elected to upgrade to 2017 Chevy Bolt Premier instead.


1612558146791.png


And that brings us to today, not so patiently waiting for my very first Ford Mustang still in production last time I checked. You can't say this is not a Mustang
1612558534230.png


While at the same time saying this is
1612558692915.png
I am with you on that electric journey. Drove a Prius for 9 years, a Leaf for two years, a Bolt for four years, and now have the Mach-E. My first car was a 1957 Ford that I bought for $150 and significantly rebuilt. I got my first Mustang when I married my first wife (in 1972, btw, she is still my wife)--she had a 1965 Mustang that she got when it was new. My second Mustang is a 2021 Mustang Mach-E. I suppose a new Mustang every 50 years or so is a good model.
 
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My path was quite different.....

2008 - converted my first ICE to all-electric, a 1997 Suzuki Swift. Started life with (cheap) golf cart batteries... it worked but was pretty tough on the suspension, hard to brake, and not exaaaaaactly 'perky' accelleration along with a 35 mile range. Big upgrade to Lithium (LiFePO4) made it drive like a real car and upped the range to about 50 miles.

the whole process is documented:
http://www.envirokarma.org/ev/
z_wscoop.jpg


2012 - I got tired of everybody saying the eSwift was ugly, so I found a partially converted Miata, bought it for pretty cheap.... pulled it apart and re-built to fix a few design flaws and upgrade to LFP to get the 50 mile range I needed around town daily driver

http://www.envirokarma.org/ev2_mx5e/

20201017_170116.jpg


2021 - the MME caught my eye as a finally affordable, fun, 200+mi range EV so I can get ride of my regular ICE I've used for road trips and work days over 50 miles. My MME *should* be delivered by the end of Feb, and I'll start a new chapter... but probably still hang onto the eMiata
I didn't get to do as much tinkering, other than when I added the Enginer Pack to my Prius. Looking forward to exploring the links you shared after work is done for the day.
 
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No need to go Bolt in our case. Also, still have the Leaf.
It's OK to skip the Bolt step. You made up for it by getting the Grabber Blue.
 

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In terms of economical cars, we went:
  • Prius
  • BMW i3
  • Mach-E
 
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The GT will be my first electric vehicle, but I've had a varied path of vehicles since I started driving.

1980 Datsun 310 GX
1972 Chevelle Malibu 350 (completely rebuilt motor/transmission)
1984 Toyota Pickup (lowered)
1994 Jeep Wrangler (lifted)
1992 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX (heavily modified)
1996 Dodge Avenger (complete POS)
2001 Toyota Tacoma 4x4 (lifted)
2011 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO (Stage 2 turbo upgrades)
2010 Toyota Tundra Rock Warrior
2016 VW GTI (Stage 3 turbo upgrades)
2021/22 Ford Mustang Mach E GT
Your 1972 Chevelle Malibu 350 was a more popular GM Version of my Pontiac T37. The T37 was a Poor Man's GTO.
 
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I am with you on that electric journey. Drove a Prius for 9 years, a Leaf for two years, a Bolt for four years, and now have the Mach-E. My first car was a 1957 Ford that I bought for $150 and significantly rebuilt. I got my first Mustang when I married my first wife (in 1972, btw, she is still my wife)--she had a 1965 Mustang that she got when it was new. My second Mustang is a 2021 Mustang Mach-E. I suppose a new Mustang every 50 years or so is a good model.
First match on all my electrified vehicles.
 
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In terms of economical cars, we went:
  • Prius
  • BMW i3
  • Mach-E
I almost bought a BMW i3 about 3 different times. Love the tech and the handling. New was a little rich form my blood. Came close to getting a used one on the second try, and then finally the third time, the dealership had it parked in a tight space between two other cars and my ladies and I realized the clamshell doors were a little awkward in tight spaces.
 
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Escape, escape, Mach-e, then hopefully electric escape!
Are you hoping the Electric Escape will help you escape the Mach E?
 

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I almost bought a BMW i3 about 3 different times. Love the tech and the handling. New was a little rich form my blood. Came close to getting a used one on the second try, and then finally the third time, the dealership had it parked in a tight space between two other cars and my ladies and I realized the clamshell doors were a little awkward in tight spaces.
I bought a 3 year old i3 for $32,000 off of sticker. They do not hold their value at all.

The rear door issue is funny. We call it the "awkward door triangle". If you get out and somebody gets out of the back, you are stuck in a weird triangle of doors. Luckily, I can count the number of times I had friends in the backseat on 1 hand.
 

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