Former EV1 owner now owns a Tesla
Linda Nicholes - PLUGINAMERICA
- July 21, 2010
Comment courtesy of Chelsea Sexton, "Sweet story of two lifelong loves- and probably the only Tesla owner to never have driven his own car!" --Ed.
I recently had the honor of dining with fellow Tesla roadster owner Howard Dunholter, who at 98 years of age is clearly not your "typical" Tesla enthusiast. Howard's interest in EVs began way back in 1921 when he was a ten-year-old tot. He remembers watching lamp-like electric horseless carriages gliding through his hometown of Cincinnati as the cars delivered local ladies to church services. Howard never forgot those silent, crystalline cars. "They had a lot of glass and class." It was the beginning of his life-long fascination with electric vehicles.
So in 1996 when GM began to lease its first EV1 electric cars (with lead acid battery packs) Howard jumped at the chance to lease his own. Howard and his wife Kay adored their little EV1 from the get-go and predictably abandoned the gas car. As Howard explains, "The EV1 became our car of choice. We drove that EV1 all the time." Howard recalls that when they first got the car, "There were lots of places to plug in around town." With a far-away look in his eyes, he talks about the road trip that Kay and he took from their home in Palos Verdes to visit friends in San Diego: "We plugged in at Costco stores along the way. One of the best adventures we ever had. We used that EV1 for everything."
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