Electric cars at the Capitol

The City of Atlanta Office of Sustainability had some sort of function at the Capitol today that involved trotting out some electric cars to show off. Among the vehicles were a Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and something called a “Wheego” that appears to combine the safety of a Smart car with the complete lack of range of an electric.

Here are a couple of pro-tips for you if you’re considering something like this. First, the day that the Tea Party is holding a rally in the Capitol is probably not the day to have a Chevy Volt, which conservatives across the nation decry as a government-funded boondoggle and a Chevrolet.

Second tip, your website is grossly out-of-date. Anyone like me who wanted to find out more information would have been stymied.

Third tip, find something cool to bring along. No one’s going to get excited to run outside and see a Smart car that runs on Energizers. What kind of electric car would draw a crowd? How about a Porsche Boxster E, fully electric, fully awesome?

Like this:

Photo by Porsche Cars North America

Not Like these:

Speaking of the Porsche Boxster, the Sandy Springs-based Porsche Cars North America introduced a significantly updated 2013 Boxster yesterday. It looks like this:


  1. CobbGOPer says:

    I believe Clarkson, May, and Hamster on Top Gear (the one and only UK version) built an electric car from spare parts that had more power than a Wheego. Flat destroyed it in a drag race, at least. The Wheego was second to last, beating only the female jogger also in the race.

  2. benevolus says:

    I’m sure you’ve heard that Porsche is returning to the Lemans prototype class in 2014. Seems possible it will be a hybrid powerplant too.

    • Todd Rehm says:

      Toyota has announced it will race a hybrid prototype at Le Mans this year, and Porsche has raced the 911 GT3R hybrid and calls the 918 RSR hybrid a “racing laboratory” that looks like it would be at home on the starting grid at Le Mans. I wouldn’t be shocked if they ran a hybrid 911 at Le Mans this year or if their 2014 LMP is a hybrid.

  3. brasstownhigh says:

    That 2013 Porsche Boxster looks awesome. I’m pumped about the Hartsfield Porsche Experience center.

    • Calypso says:

      I’ve always loved the Boxster, but when they brought out the Cayman…man…it was like I was back in high school when I met my girlfriend’s older sister the first time as she came down the stairs in her prom gown…

  4. Engineer says:

    Personally, I think all those cars are ugly. Give me a pick-up or an SUV any day over those rinky-dink cars.

  5. seekingtounderstand says:

    Take away Lt. Gov Cagles large SUV with tinted windows and a driver and give him an electric car he can drive himself…………………….tell him to use the hot lanes.

    Today at 3:30 he and his driver/personal slave where shopping for ties at the Nordstrom outlet at near the Mall of GA.
    Republicans are greedy pigs.

      • seekingtounderstand says:

        Creepy defined: republicans claiming to want smaller government and fiscal sanity but living the lifestyle of the rich and famous on the backs of the working class.
        There is no need for him to have such luxury. None.
        Why should we pay for this expense?
        AND TODD WON’T ANSWER………………….
        If you have ever been to HAll County GA where Cagle lives, you would realize how far out of touch this expense is.

      • seekingtounderstand says:

        Whats creepy is public servants living the lifestyle of the rich and famous and then creating paranoid drama as to why its necessary. So why do you support this Todd?
        Why is he not at least driving a green car instead of a gas hog?
        He has lived in Hall County his whole life and that county is a very poor county that has not improved since he has been in office. Hall County has gone backwards in quality of life.
        Is that why anyone who questions our taxpayer funded expenses is called creepy by you?
        What do you say Todd…………………didn’t think you would answer.

    • Calypso says:

      I’ll have to remember to scold myself for being a greedy pig the next time I buy a tie. Does the same hold true for the purchase of a shirt, or shoes? What if a Democrat buys a tie? Does he turn into a greedy Republican pig or does he remain a greedy Democrat pig?

        • Calypso says:

          I do not begrudge the Lt. Governor for having both a car and driver, and I dare say you do only because he’s a Republican. Of course, you’ll say you would feel the same way if he were a Democrat, and I have nothing to refute your words any more than you have any proof you would.

          By the way, if the Lt. Governor were a Democrat, I wouldn’t begrudge him the same perquisite of office.

          • seekingtounderstand says:

            He has no power to do anything but glad handing for being our next governor, he has no threats. At least give a green car with driver. Send the money we save to protect the GA TECH STUDENTS on campus.

            • Ken says:

              Look, I don’t particularly care for our current Lt. Governor, but yes he requires a driver. Unfortunately he does more than shake hands. He will not; however, be your next governor.

              But Todd was right: your comments are not at all creepy. No, not at all.

              • benevolus says:

                So does he require a driver 7 days a week? Does the driver go to the movies with him? Doesn’t the Lt. Gov go out in public at all without a driver? Can’t he buy a tie on the weekend?

                • Ken says:


                  I never said every day. I’m pretty certain that private execs with drivers don’t get chaufeured to church or to their kids softball games (or track meets).

  6. bowersville says:

    From the official portal which is PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE:

    The Department of Public Safety,

    Georgia State Patrol,

    Lt. Colonel Russell Powell,

    Deputy Commissioner,

    “operating under the Lt. Colonel, this unit provides continual security for the Governor, the Lt. Governor, the Speaker of the House and their families.”

    Again, this information is easily accessible by the public for anyone to read at the official portal of The Department of Public Safety. In addition, you recently read or saw reports on TV reporting the Georgia State Patrol was opening a Patrol Station at the Gold Dome in an effort to beef up security after a recent carjacking of a female employee. That employee was confronted in the parking lot across the street from the Dome and her car was taken by two thugs. By Georgia law the Georgia State Patrol provides various security functions on behalf of the State of Georgia. There are Public Safety committees in the Georgia House and Senate. Common sense should dictate that the security functions of the Georgia State Patrol are under political over sight and review. Also, the Board of Public Safety constantly meets where all functions of the Patrol are discussed with continual over sight and review. The Board members are appointed by the Governor and ultimately the Patrol is under the Governor and his oversight.

    For your consideration. Our top elected officials of Georgia are high profile people. They and their families are continually in the eye of the public and are constantly under public scrutiny by various sources, including this blog. When our elected Government and other functions of Georgia Government are this high profile it doesn’t take much imagination to realize the crazies and thugs these people attract. What we see on TV are the reporters crowding around these officials. We see the peaceful demonstrations and the some not so peaceful. And here, we constantly vent or offer our opinions which most of the time is in proper tones of discourse.

    The thugs, criminals and crazies are out there. They don’t vent here. It shouldn’t take much thought for you to determine the constant security required to protect our public figures and their families. If through honest differences of opinion you have a different view, I strongly suggest that you take your concerns and credentials and lay them before one of those mentioned above that have oversight and voice your concerns. To do otherwise in my humble opinion shows nothing more than a political axe to grind.

  7. seekingtounderstand says:

    So your saying that you as republicans lack common sense and the ability to cut any budget?
    I have no political axe to grind, I am simply watching a government so out of touch with the people in which they govern that it is scary. You make them and you sound paranoid. Why are you so scared? Casey Cagle is a nice man out enjoying rich lifestyle that we are forced to pay for.

    Why doesn’t he at least drive a green car with a driver, why the largest SUV that Chevy makes.
    You just can’t deal with the fact that your a fraud shilling for whom?

  8. seekingtounderstand says:

    Carjacking at the dome and beefed up security, wow I bet the GA Tech students could use extra secruity on campus. But the government uses a random crime event as an excuse to increase their own luxury living.

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