2007 BMW 335i and 2015 Fiat 500e electric car in driveway, May 2015 [photo: Chris Baccus]
It's been said before, but the only way to understand why electric cars are a better way to drive is to drive one.
The shorthand for that rule is "getting butts in seats."
That's the process of putting inexperienced drivers behind the wheel of modern plug-in vehicles to let them experience the smooth, quiet power and the torquey acceleration from rest.
Now comes a blog post that indicates how well that process works.
Southern California marketing executive Chris Baccus has been a friend of Green Car Reports for a while now.
Last month, he ended up buying a 2015 Fiat 500e based on an article on the site that described how a group of race-car enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area had collectively bought more than 100 of the little electric minicars.
2014 Fiat 500e - Driven, July 2014 (NWAPA Drive Revolution)
Since then, Baccus has been driving his 500e on his daily commute and using it for family errands. How much does he like it?
As he writes, he finds his electric car so much fun to drive that he's even considered selling his BMW convertible.
Baccus had already test-driven the Nissan Leaf, Volkswagen e-Golf, and Ford Focus Electric, but the cheap-lease deal on the 500e was too good to pass up.
He writes that he initially got the electric Fiat just to reduce wear and tear on his eight-year-old BMW ragtop.
2015 Fiat 500e
What he didn't expect, he says, is that "I would enjoy driving this tiny, 111-horsepower Fiat more than the 2007 BMW 335i convertible I still own."
He enjoys not only the instant torque, and the widely-lauded roadholding of the 500e, but also the game aspect of seeing how many miles he can get out of a battery charge.
With affordable electric cars with ranges of 120 to 200 miles coming onto the market within two years, that last aspect may become less important.
But Baccus is one more demonstration of why getting butts in seats is the single best way to sell electric cars, even at this early stage in their tenure.
2015 Fiat 500e
Will he sell the BMW? Baccus says he'll wait six months, in case it's just new-car euphoria.
But the last line of his post mentions--once again--the 500e's "quick, sporty, go-kart like driving experience."
We think Baccus's local BMW dealer might want to give him a call.