Questions that popped up
I had a bunch of people ask about the car. Here are some of the comments:
A lady at Bluffer's Park asks me if the Star can get delivered to the houseboats
A guy with a white curly haired dog is sympathetic when he sees me pulling a parking ticket off the car in the Beaches on Sunday. I had no change in the car (it's not mine) so I had to go buy batteries to get change and as I come back to the car I see the Green Hornet passing. All of 5 minutes.
I ask him if he's been ticketing the cars, but from the sour expression, I can see he's not giving me a break though I explain the situation, show him my ticket-stamped receipt for batteries from a store a dozen paces away, the batteries in the other hand with the precious change.
No luck. I grab the ticket off the windshield and the guy with the dog just laughs and asks how many dogs can fit in the trunk. I take a stab at it and guess three Labradors - and he nods and says "that's about right."
I'm assuming that's adequate for most dog-situations.
* One lady in Scarborough wonders how you could commute in it. She wonders if the string of new service centres built along Highway 401 should have electric plug-in stations installed. Sounds like a good question.
* A UofT student asks if they're installed in condo buildings. Nope, no laws requiring it, though this is clearly an urban centre car. Why not? They do in B.C. and Quebec, but not Ontario. Seems like a good idea even as Toronto's skyline is dominated by a dozen cranes that loom over new downtown condo projects.
* A little girl asks if the police have electric cars. They are so quiet, wouldn't they be good to sneak up on crooks? I start thinking about other uses for a car in places or situations when being quiet is an asset.
* Another gent sees the car at a Scarborough mall and asks why they don't have solar panels installed as well. Wouldn't it help?
* What's it made of - someone figures it's some sort of composite material.
* A lady asks me what happens if it runs out of power - can the CAA boost it? Another good question.
As Wheels.ca digs deeper into the electric car debate we'll hopefully get you some of these answers...so please keep an eye out for Barney or Fred and tell us what you think.
Senior Editor, Special Sections