My experiences testing MINI's new all-electric vehicle around Long Island
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  • It Was Bound To Happen Sometime

    Posted on August 26th, 2009 Stu 3 comments

    I’ve heard about it so it wasn’t a total surprise but it still made me panic. I was stopped at a red light on a slight hill and when I went to go… Oops! All I could do was roll backward. NOPETROL shifted into neutral all by her lonesome. With a truck close on my tail I started working fast.

    First, I hit the Off button. Then I tried to turn the car back on and realized I was still in Drive so I had to start all over again. The line behind me started getting impatient so I put on the four-ways. Then I shifted to Park, restarted and shifted to Drive. As the pissed off truck driver tried to maneuver around me, I finally got out of his way and made my left turn.

    I hope the computer recorded the event and that this problem, which happened many times to other Pioneers, will be fixed with a software update at check-up time.

  • NOPETROL’s First Playdate

    Posted on August 25th, 2009 Stu 1 comment

    Don Young from Shelter Island and his MINI E, Got Plug?, came by on Saturday, August 22 on his way to New Jersey. There was a MINI E gathering in Montclair, New Jersey that afternoon and it was within reach of my house but not his. He only needed a booster shot so I hooked up Got Plug? and we went to breakfast. We also stopped at Southaven Park so I could show Don my trains. After about an hour and a half’s charge and, of course, a photo shoot, they were on their way to New Jersey.

    I had other things I had to do that day so I join Don with NOPETROL. Perhaps I can make it next time. I’d also like to arrange a picnic for MINI E Pioneers on Long Island sometime soon. If anyone’s interested, drop me a line.

    Don returned around 8PM and Got Plug? got another electron boost while we chatted over dinner. Got Plug? didn’t need a full charge to get home so, when we returned from dinner, Don and Got Plug? were on their way.

    Thanks, Don, for the wine and the tee shirt. It was a nice visit. I hope to get to Shelter Island for a visit soon, too.