Move over all you handicapped drivers who hog the primo parking spots at every store and business.
Get ready to make way for charging stations for electric cars!! Because drivers of green technology are likely to need priority parking near the buildings they visit so they can plug in to charging stations.
Has the new Kauffman Performing Arts Center thought of this? How about St. Luke’s? Arrowhead? For $25 you can park, but for $35 you can recharge while you tailgate.
Now for some breaking news on electric cars coming to Kansas City…
You can COVET an all-electric car, you just can’t test drive one. Yet.
Backyard Living, 7911 Metcalf in Overland Park (just north of O’Neill Honda) just closed their doors and sold their building to Don Kahan. The Chevy dealer will open his second area Don Kahan Electric Motor Cars dealership–in March. But unlike his original Lee’s Summit Chevy dealership, the OP location will ONLY sell electric cars.
Of course, the affable if antsy Don Kahan is more than happy to talk with you about the future of electric cars for business or pleasure at (816) 524-6000. Just don’t ask for a test drive–because HE DOESN’T HAVE ANY ELECTRIC CARS IN YET!!
“Production is so far behind, they’re all out in California so far," Kahan says. "Those tree huggers love these electric cars."
As for Kahan, “I’m still driving my Impala, but believe you me, when I get my inventory, I’ll be thumbing my nose at the Saudis, and driving an EMC–Electric Motor Car.”
EMC vehicles sold in 2011 qualify for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.
The first three European designed models Kahan Electrics will sell are a seven passenger, crossover cargo van and a pickup truck. Unlike the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf, (also not currently available in KC) Kahan’s cars do not switch over to gasoline when your battery runs low.
All promise a 100 mile range, though Kahan claims that’s conservative. They’ll probably travel 150 miles before you need to plug in to household current in your garage–either 110 or 220.
“You can get about an 80% charge in three hours,” Kahan says. And he predicts smart businesses will eventually offer charging stations outside their buildings.
Crackerbarrel Restaurants are already building them along interstate highways.
I call that smart marketing: a free plug for them, a free plug IN for you!
Oh and news bulletin to President Obama: It doesn’t take the government to retool the economy. Just the free enterprise system. In this case, a major slowdown in the spa industry (aka hottubs and infrared saunas) naturally gave way to the next new “hot” thing, the electric car.
It didn’t take a stimulus giveaway. It just took Micah Feingold, the local energizer bunny of real estate. He found willing sellers, Rick and Linda Pettit, and (groan alert) plugged them into an overjoyed and willing buyer, Don Kahan.
“We got lucky”, says Kahan. “We landed a prime spot on Metcalf, in the heart of America’s greatest suburb. Now I just need the darn inventory!”