Eva Series – Malibu Beach
September 19, 2017
I’d like to introduce you to Eva. Eva is my Fiat 500e and she is an electric vehicle. Get it? EVa. 🙂 I got her in January of 2017 after selling my gas guzzler of a Jeep. I got the Jeep when I was living in the mountains and it was perfect for dealing with the snowy and icy roads. Living in LA and working from home, however, made it impractical and even more harmful on the environment than it needed to be. Despite being a long time fan of the Fiat 500, I hadn’t really considered the 500e (electric version).
As I said before, I work from home, so my commute is nonexistent. Most of my trips occur within the city meaning I didn’t need a car with huge range (Eva has a 90 mile range on a full charge). She charges via a standard 3-pronged outlet making it uber convenient when popping home and, thankfully, Los Angeles offers a multitude of electric vehicle charging stations all throughout the city if I’m ever in a pinch (which I have been!).
The more I thought about the above reasons, the more I realized getting Eva was a no-brainer. Best thing? I’m one step closer to reducing my footprint on the environment. After watching the documentary Before the Flood I went to a website they recommended and quickly calculated my carbon footprint – I was shocked at the impact I was having on the planet (in multiple areas not just transportation)! If I ever need to go on a journey too far for my car, I’m able to borrow Eddie’s car. He currently has a diesel, however, we’re in line for a Tesla which will be a dream come true and will allow us both to slash our emissions.
I wanted to take this opportunity in my Eva Series to show people just how easy it is to switch to an electric vehicle (I just convinced my roomie to and she now has a matching Fiat 500e – but in a gorgeous powder blue colour!). A couple of Saturdays ago, I rounded up the roomies and we headed to Malibu for the day to enjoy the gorgeous heatwave Los Angeles was experiencing.
The boot is perfectly spacious for holding plenty of groceries, picnic baskets, bags, etc. The seats fold down beautifully allowing for big luggage or even moving apartments. I was able to fit more in my little Fiat 500e than in Eddie’s Audi A6 for our most recent move. Don’t let the exterior deceive you!
I know the colours don’t match (nor really the car style), but I totally feel like Penelope Pitstop driving around in Eva. Oh… Halloween costume idea perhaps?
We made it to the beach and got the most perfect parking spot overlooking the water.
What a glorious way to enjoy a beautiful Saturday at the beach with friends. I was wearing one of my favourite one pieces to boot!
We made it back home on just enough juice (I hadn’t prepared for the Labor Day weekend traffic!). For reference, our journey was about 60 miles round trip. We left on about an 80% charge and got hit with some pretty nasty traffic on the PCH. We did, however, research electric vehicle charging stations on our route before we left just in case we needed to make a pit stop.
Traveling sustainably really isn’t as hard as it may seem. Yes, I have to plan ahead a little better than when I was driving a gas car, but the enjoyment of driving my quiet, smooth, turn-on-a-dime, nippy, little baby, is worth it!