My interest in electric vehicles (EVs) first peaked during the early ’90s when I was just 10 years old, watching the C-rated movie “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid.” During this pretty horrific sequel, there were character building scenes of the father driving around a solar panel charged EV GMC Safari that was a bit clumsy looking, but nevertheless a nerd’s dream come true.
Back then everything seemed futuristic and beyond our lifetime, still the memory and want for an electric car stuck in my head. Fast forward 12 years and bam, EVs were a reality, still somewhat out of grasp for the general public, but still a reality. I began researching even more when I heard about an independent car company named Aptera. I immediately had to know everything about this car. It was everything I hoped for when I was just a wee lad – spaceship looking, electric and economical (yes I was well aware of being frugal at that age, mom taught me early.)
After much research of the Aptera, I put a down payment on the vehicle. This all seemed to good to be true. The company was just a 45 minute drive north of where I lived, celebrities were being reported of putting down payments on the car, production was heading into full steam ahead. This was a sure thing until of course, the government got involved.
Like most startup companies, you have to have an enormous amount of capital to get the ball rolling, especially when going against an already giant industry with the backing of government dollars. Aptera sought out to receive government grants to help production move along quicker and get these beauties out onto the highways of California. Unfortunately the grants were denied due to the fact, of what I can remember reading, that this was a “three wheeled vehicle, disqualifying it for government grants.” Naturally once the word got out, down payment refunds were requested back by many including myself.
My dreams of owning an EV were crushed. It seemed like unless I was a gazillionaire I would never own an EV in my lifetime.
Fast forward 6 more years and bam! Obama took office, California kept pushing for clean air and clean air vehicles and American car companies got bailed out. EVs were being pushed again and my research of owning an electric vehicle began again. And so Plug In The City was born.