For whatever reason, someone convinced Matt Hardigree to drive David’s terrible $2,000 Nissan Leaf from his Studio City apartment to Galpin in Van Nuys. It’s just 11 miles, but the car’s barely better than a golf cart, packing an assumed 12 miles of range from its 12-year-old degraded battery pack. I mean, the battery took just 4.5 kWh from the charger. I’ve written about motorcycles with better capacity.
Yet, our resident New Yorker managed to really stretch that battery pack. Not only did Matt make it to Galpin, but then he went to a parts store, back to Galpin, then around the block, covering nearly 25 miles along the way. There’s gotta be something about how those city slickers drive, I tell ya.
Anyway, Matt’s ill-advised journey needs a song. COTD winner Data has just the thing:
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from an apartment
Inside this Nissan Leaf.
The boss was a mighty editor,
The driver brave and sure.
Hardigree set out that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.
The traffic started getting rough,
The tiny battery was toast,
If not for the courage of the fearless Matt
The Nissan would be lost, the Nissan would be lost.
The Leaf parked in the parking lot of the Galpin dealership
Hollywood Dave and his cats,
Adrian Clarke and Beau Boeckmann,
Here on Autopian Isle.
If you, like me, can’t figure out what those lyrics are a play on, here you go:
I admit, I’ve never seen Gilligan’s Island before. Anyway, A. Barth also got me with this line:
I’m at 21. I might have gained a mile from just being an excellent driver…
Thank you, Rain Man. ????
Thank you for the tear I just shed laughing. Have a great weekend!
(Top Photo: David Tracy/CBS)