How about a little tree-hugging, car style?

One of the things that occupies my mind these days, is deciding on what car to buy when we return to the US in July. I know, most of you are thinking, that’s months away, and yes, it is. But I am a closet car junkie (or not so closet maybe). I love cars. I love auto shows. One of the biggest disappointments of my trip to Seattle in November was that I was one week too early to go to the Seattle Auto Show. Like I tried to think up excuses of any kind in order to stay type of disappointment.

I really do like auto shows.

I have always been tuned into recycling and environmental awareness, but as things keep charging towards a total meltdown on the climate change front, I’ve become very concerned about what I can do to help. I’ve been watching the extraordinary program Years of Living Dangerously, (now on season 2) and have started reading the book, Climate Change: What Everyone Needs To Know by Joseph Romm. Leonardo DiCaprio’s film Before The Flood is also worth watching.

That leads me back to cars, one of the biggest greenhouse gas polluters of CO2. The increase of hybrid cars has been fantastic over the last 5 years, the most famous (in my mind) of hybrids, the Toyota Prius. I have always liked the Prius, and almost put my name on a list for one when they first were introduced.

But I am not in love with the most recent body style, which after enduring years of the hideous (but wonderful) Subaru Outback, I’d like my next car to have a little bit of beauty. So my next car needs to at least have some. One of the big selling points for finding a used Prius is that after a year or two of trying out the hybrid life, I could then pass this car on to the Boy {who {pinch me} will have a drivers license}. Then I get to play Let’s Buy A Car all over again. At which point Tesla should have the Model 3 out…

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and boy, is that purrrty.

There are plenty of things in the works in the hybrid, hybrid-electric, and electric car departments. Nissan has the Rogue hybrid for those in a more mini-sport-ute kind of mindset (Toyota also has the Rav4 and Highlander hybrids). Mini is bringing out the Countryman in a plug in hybrid-electric sometime this spring.

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Mmm, teal + bonnet stripes. {did you know we used to have a Mini convertible? talk about a fun little car, plus there’s a Mini club we used to belong to and they do super fun things like the Mini Road Rally, and the Mini dealership put on The Seattle Job: Team Photo Scavenger Hunt, Mini people are just FUN, they even do the little wave when you cross paths while driving}

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our Team cars & our Maggie convertible in red

 

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yep, two kids in the back!

Tesla has announced the new Model 3 in a reasonable price range (starting around $35k) but details are still forthcoming on production. I would 1000% wait for the Tesla if I knew for sure they could meet the estimated start production timeline of July 2017. As of last May, 373,000 people had placed a $1,000 deposit for the Model 3.(source) If I felt at all comfortable just plunking down $80,000 for a the current Tesla model, I’d do it.

One of the biggest drawbacks to an all electric (in my case) is that several times a year, I need to go 300 miles from Seattle to my parents house in Idaho. As I have discovered with the app Charge Point, there are quite a few charge stations along my route of I90 from Seattle to Coeur D’Alene. It’s not out of the question to make it work.

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I am very intrigued by the look of the BMW i3, and by it’s possibilities. It’s cute (I’ve always thought so), and apparently full of that fabulous German pep I so dearly love. And we already have a connection with our local Seattle dealer since that’s where we bought our last BMW. The only big sticker, is the sticker shock (haha). It’s nothing like a full-on Tesla, but it’s not cheap-o either. This is one of the things I am personally okay with knowing that I am doing my part to reduce CO2 and save the planet and generally the world.

My cape is on order.

One other good point to going all-electric if these articles can be believed, it is possible to charge the BMW i3 up to 99% in one hour with a public fast charger. So I could drive to Bellevue Square, plug into one of the MANY chargers in the public garage, eat lunch & shop, and come back to a fully charged car. {i hate to say it but, BOOM}

I’m still no closer to make a true full-on decision. I need to drive the i3, sit in the new bigger Mini, take stock of used Prius 4’s, and work out my top priorities for a new car. I’d love to hear thoughts if you have a hybrid, especially if you’ve ever driven one of these cars!

That New Car Smell


As promised I’ve taken a picture of the new car.  Isn’t she pretty?  It’s raining so that’s been taken out of the kitchen window.  And the finger is so my license plate is blurred.  It’s a BMW 318i in Monaco Blue.  Mmm, she drives smooth too.  It’s got the soft light grey interior which is much nicer than the dark grey I had before.I also like the benzein engine versus the diesel we had before.  Quieter.  We took the car to Starbucks in City Center last night for a trial run.  The kids like the view from the backseat just fine.  And – cupholders!  The American’s are just not getting what’s so exciting about the cupholders but my old car had just one tiny cupholder – under the armrest in the middle of the car.  This new car has two cupholders that are concealed in the dash.  You push the little ‘button’ and they slide out.  Chick and I had a playdate this morning and they live on one of those tiny streets in the big old houses so parallel parking was in order.  Yep, that did just fine too.  I’ll take a picture of the cupholder and of the cool integrated window shades in the back for the kids later.  The iPod sounds great in the car as well.  The next step, does the stroller fit in the trunk?  We’ll test that out later.     *I’ve had a thought, I think this pretty girl’s name should be Lucy 🙂

Post Party and New Car Day

We are post party now by one day.  I think the kids had fun for the most part.  We only had four kids plus Boo because one had left for holiday already, one was sick and one never rsvp’d.  So five was the magic number of the day.  One child was pretty wild so we spent a lot of time outside between activities.  Rather I should say hubby and the kids had fun outside.  Little Chick and I stayed inside (I thought she’d get knocked over by the big kids) and cleaned up or organized the next event.  The apron coloring was a pretty good success.  Most of the kids enjoyed doing it.  (one exception.)  Pizza making was also a hit and I think they turned out pretty yummy.

They went outside and in again and again between pizza making and sundaes and eating.  The cleanup wasn’t so bad either.  
Once blogger cooperates I can get some pictures uploaded.  Currently it keeps giving me an error message.
Today is also exciting; it’s new car day.  I know J had asked what we were getting.  I will wait until tomorrow (unless I can get a good pic by the remaining daylight tonight) to upload a picture.  Hubby is taking my car today and picking up the new one on the way home from work.  The kids and I are skipping the event because it takes place at 5 which is prime witching-whining dinner hour around here.
If you do iTunes head over there for the free song of the week – Ana Laan’s Paradise.  It’s from the Latin section and is very mellow and fun.  I like it.  I may just have to get the album for our upcoming trip.  
We are heading to New Jersey for a week for the Easter holiday.  It was a very last minute decision but we snagged three last row seats on Continental for a good price (Chicky is still a lap child for a few more months.)  We are looking forward to a ‘home’ visit very much and stocking up on our diminished US staples.
I will try the pics again in a bit, it’s time to wake the little man for school.  I have a feeling if I let him he’d sleep till noon today!