In the two weeks that I’ve been driving #217, i’ve come to recognize that it has not one, but two amazing properties:
1. it’s a zero-emissions vehicle
2. it has a cloaking device that renders it undetectable
When I first picked it up and was about 100 yards from the dealer, I had a very satisfactory finger-point and “oh….look at that honey” moment with a couple in an SUV (though since their windows were up, the words are only imagined). Since then, almost nothing. I’m starting to think that first couple must’ve been a plant.
About 3 days later I parked #217 on the main street of Pearl River, NY to watch my sons baseball game, when a group of men took notice and started pointing and talking. However, they were on the sidewalk right next to me, clearly waiting to go inside our local Funeral Parlor – so they were highly motivated to notice anything other than their current circumstance.
On the highway I thought I’d get a lot of looks, maybe some positive hand gestures, at least a wave or two. Instead I get apathy in a way I don’t get when I’m driving my gas-powered Infiniti. As if that wasn’t proof enough of #217’s power to go stealth – even other MINI drivers don’t look! Yesterday I drove by 2 MINI’s, purposely passing them and then slowing down to see if they’d give some kind of recognition on their way by me. Nothing. When I used to drive a Chevy Cavalier I took notice of other Cavalier’s, if only to note the different paint jobs.
The ultimate proof that this car can go invisible though was Monday. A lady in her 50’s, driving a late-model sedan, pulled around the support beam in Morristown’s Bank Street garage where I now plug in. I had #217 backed in so the cable run would be shorter, and was literally in the process of pluging into the electrical outlet when she pulled around and stopped. Our eyes met, she then looked down to see the 110v cable, her eyes followed it to the electrical port on the MINI E, and I had enough time to think to myself “this is it -she’s gonna ask me what gives…”. But she didn’t even raise an eyebrow as she pulled off in search of a parking spot. Like it’s the sort of sight she sees every day.
I’m driving the world’s first Invisible Electric Car.