One of the logistical things we were juggling before we went to France for vacation was whether we’d be able to take delivery of our all-electric BMW ActiveE before we left. Well, it turns out that it didn’t ship down from Oxnard until the day before we left, so we postponed delivery until we got home.
So on Monday, we took our last drive in my old, grey car down to BMW of San Diego, traded it in, and signed the lease on our ActiveE – already previously christened Buzz. Talk about a good “Welcome Back” activity!
As we remembered from the test drive – maybe even better than we remembered from the test drive – the car handles great and is really fun to drive. I think the only adjustment (other than that it’s super-silent) will be calibrating my right foot to what’s almost a 1-pedal-drive. (The deceleration curve when you release the “gas” pedal is steeper than for a gas-powered car).
Most importantly, we needed to decide where our first trip would be. Well, Penny suggested that we should go to Dog Beach in Del Mar. And really, who were we to argue? So, we transferred the dog blanket/hammock into Buzz and were off.
She hopped right in the car, though riding isn’t necessarily her favorite thing.
On the way back, we stopped at the grocery store and Penny realized that it might be a new car but an errand stop is an errand stop.
But really the best thing was that on the way home we got to enjoy that special aroma that I think will mark a lot of Buzz’s early days: New Car Smell and Wet-Dog Smell.