We have always loved Chloé, our Nissan, all-electric Leaf. We bought the car the first year Nissan introduced it in 2011. After using it all of these years, the battery still had a range of about 60 miles on a full charge. Regrettably, we would have to pay over $9,000 to put in a new battery, which, for in-town driving wasn’t necessary yet.
Both Steve and I both used it almost exclusively as our “go-to car” in Atlanta. Very, very rarely did we drive more than 20 miles roundtrip, and most of our be-bopping about was less than a 5 mile roundtrip–especially in pandemic world.
The car held up very well. In fact, inside and out, it looked new. But then, we live very gently with cars and houses. We take excellent car of our stuff.
But out here in Oregon, driving needs are very different. We live in the country, in rural America. Going to the store is a planned event, a trip, a journey. And when we realized that we had to take our cars to the nearest DMV to have the VIN numbers visually inspected, the nearest office was about 20 miles away one way with some very serious hills en route.
Chloé likes in town, stop-and-go driving. Chloé sheds miles quickly on the highway, and especially when traveling up and down steep hills. We found only one charging station in the town where the DMV is located. What if it were in use? How would we get back home?
Besides, do we really need 3 vehicles1 : well, 5 if you count the two tractors! So, much to our heartache, we decided to get rid of Chloé. We donated it to Jefferson Public Radio. They handled everything quickly and efficiently.
We were working in the shop, flattening boxes and preparing to put moving-related trash in a dumpster we had rented, when the tow truck showed up. I actually heard the music jamming from the truck before seeing it coming down the road. A feisty, trim and in-shape woman, maybe in her 40’s, with a huge smile and a personality larger than life, hopped out, hooked the car up to her tow truck, and was off in the sunset before we knew what had happened.
We hope Chloé finds a great new home somewhere in the Central Valley where there are considerably larger towns and stop signs and traffic lights. The car still has a great deal of life left to live.
Even though it was the right thing to do, getting rid of Chloé made Steve sad, and that made me even sadder.
Bye, bye, Chloé. We loved having you!
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