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Published on October 18th, 2019 | by Jesper Berggreen

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The Adventures Of Mr. Me & His Noble Steed Colin — The Norwegian Wave Trophy Dog Mode Campers

October 18th, 2019 by  


Due to the positive response I got on the weird fact/fiction format I used in my delusional Frankfurt roadtrip story, I figured why not shamelessly spin that idea and try this fun way of getting information across by bringing to life the character theme that JR250 so brilliantly constructed about my Model 3 (named Colin) and me in the comments of that story, namely: The adventures of Mr. Me and his noble steed Colin. 

Mr. Me: me.

Colin: 2019 Model 3 Long Range RWD named after a small security guard robot in Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. Colin is captured and gets its reward circuits rewired by one of the main characters to find ecstatic pleasure in anything its master commands of it.

The following is based on true events on Saturday, September 21st, 2019, except the cars don’t really talk…

Somewhere On The Autobahn North Of Frankfurt, 17:46

Me (hands on wheel): “The years I drove the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 I got used to the How far, long, much questions, you know.”

Colin (driving): “How so?”

Me: “When I used public chargers people would come up to me and ask about things like: How far does it go on a charge? Or: How long does it take to charge? Or: How much does it cost to charge?

Colin: “I see. We don’t get those questions much when we Supercharge, do we?”

Me: “No, we’re often physically placed somewhat out of the way from fossil fuel drivers, which is kind of sad, because I was on a mission of sorts those days. Although it’s nice to not being ICE’d so much anymore, you know, when cars with internal combustion engines blocks a charging spot.”

Colin: “Yikes! Gives me the chills. What do you mean by mission anyway”

Me: “Well, you know, the first year with the Nissan Leaf really changed my whole perspective of driving. Full tank every morning and all that. The whole convenience realm of EVs was mind bending. And it was fun explaining this to curious people who only had the How far, long, much questions on their mind. I wanted more people to chose EVs by implying a rational viewpoint, instead of worrying so much about range anxiety.”

Colin: “I see, yes, but you never fully charge me on a daily basis? Range anxiety? Ah, you mean your bladder anxiety…”

Me: “No! I mean, oh never mind. It’s because your battery is 3 times larger than the one I had in the Leaf. Also makes it easier for me to only feed you electrons directly from my own solar panels when the sun is out.”

Colin: “Yeah, home cooked food. Tastes better too!”

Me: “Speaking of which, let’s top you up at the next Supercharger. I need something to drink.”

Colin: “But I’m not hungry! I’m at 50%!”

Malsfeld Supercharger, 18:17

Me: “You know Colin, hanging out here at the Superchargers is nothing like the public chargers. It’s just: So, where’re you heading? And getting replies like: Oh, just going to Italy for the weekend. Nice and all. But you know, lacking a mission…”

Colin: “Dude, my sentry circuits are picking up an approaching human…”

Stranger (pointing at my license plate): “Denmark eh?”

Me (glancing at his license plate): “Yes. Norway?”

Stranger (grabbing my hand in a firm handshake): “Robort. Robort Kristensen.”

Colin (struggling to align his visual input with his speech recognition circuits): “Robot? Seriously!? Contemplating humanoid…”

Me: “So, where are you heading?”

Robort: “We’re going back home to Stavanger. We’ve been driving a rally!”

Me (strolling towards Roborts car): “Rally? Really? In your Model S?”

Colin (Bluetoothing the Model S): “I like hills. You got nice hills in Norway right?”

Model S: “Mm-hmm.”

Colin: “What’s that number on your side? 15…”

Model S: “I’m a race car.”

Colin: “Oh…”

Robort: “My wife Aneta.”

Me: “Nice to meet you. “

Robort: “We have participated in the Wave Trophy Germany 2019. We just finished.”

Me: “I never heard of that. EVs only?”

Robort: “Yes. I know the car looks a bit like a race car with that number on the side, but it’s actually just a matter of reaching certain destinations within given time frames. Look, here’s the route.”

Me: “Wow, so you started in Dortmund last week.”

Robort: “The advent of the Wave Trophy is an interesting story. It all started with this guy Louis Palmer who drove around the world in his Solartaxi between 2007 and 2008, logging over 54,000 km passing through 40 counties. He now organizes these EV rallies around the world.”

Wave Trophy is the world’s largest EV rally and the objective is to show the public that electric mobility is ready for everyday life. At the same time, to have fun, make friends, and enjoy breathtaking scenery, and also to enjoy unique insights in green companies and beautiful cities along the way. Only fully electric vehicles are permitted to participate. This can be electric cars, buses, trucks, bikes, and even electric bicycles, as long as they have a range of at least 75 km.

Me: “Great. I see the route goes through Frankfurt. We were just at the IAA auto show, did you go too?”

Robort: “Sure we did. I bought a car there! The electric Artega Karo, which is actually a copy of the Microlino, well, it’s complicated…”

Me: “Cool! Very tiny car though…”

Robort: “It will be great for short commute and it will turn some heads at my shop in Stavanger: Elbilhjelpen.”

Me: “Yeah, Norway is the land of milk and honey when it comes to EVs, huh?”

Robort: “Yes, it’s crazy. Actually we were not planning to go in the Model S on this Wave Trophy. We were getting a Buddy M9GK ready, but ran out of time. I love small cars!”

Me: “I can see that, but the S is nice isn’t it?”

Robort: “Sure. Big enough to sleep in!”

Me: “This whole week? Like a camper? I’ve heard rumors of Camper mode.”

Robort: “No, actually during the rally we stayed at lovely hotels, it was only on the way to the start in Dortmund and now going back to Norway that we use the car as a camper. We use Dog mode! Look, I’ll show you how we fold the back seats and place the mattress.”

Courtesy of Robort Kristiansen #wavegermany2019 elbilhjelpen.no

10 Minutes later

Colin: “See ya later, S. Look me up on ts.la/jesper18367 if you want to get some free miles with me!*”

Model S: “Not gonna happen…”

Me: “Well, what do you know, Colin? It is in fact possible to be a missionary of unexpected EV stories at the Supercharger!”

Colin: “Alright, let’s not get carried away now. Can I drive?”

All photos by the author unless credited otherwise
*You can use my referral link (or anybody else’s) to get free Supercharger miles when you order a Tesla
 
 
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About the Author

Jesper had his perspective on the world expanded vastly after having attended primary school in rural Africa in the early 1980s. And while educated a computer programmer and laboratory technician, working with computers and lab-robots at the institute of forensic medicine in Aarhus, Denmark, he never forgets what life is like having nothing. Thus it became obvious for him that technological advancement is necessary for the prosperity of all humankind, sharing this one vessel we call planet earth. However, technology has to be smart, clean, sustainable, widely accessible, and democratic in order to change the world for the better. Writing about clean energy, electric transportation, energy poverty, and related issues, he gets the message through to anyone who wants to know better. Jesper is founder of Lifelike.dk.



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