My name is Mindy. I’m a PhD student, US Army Officer, wife, and mother to a 10-year-old boy. I’m also the first person in the America to lease the original smart electric drive. It’s been over two years and nearly 22,000 miles of unguzzled driving since then, and I must say it still makes me smile whenever I get in my smart electric drive.
It all started when I was returning to the US after doing a tour for the army in Baghdad. I knew I was going to buy a car once I got back, but didn’t know exactly what I wanted. During the flight, we flew over the Persian Gulf, and I saw oil platforms as far as the eye could see. The choice became very clear; electric car or nothing. From there, everything seemed to fall into place. Not too much later, I had the chance to test the first smart electric drive at a meeting of my local Electric Auto Association. I was instantly hooked. I had to have one.
Since the day it rolled into my driveway on January 26, 2011, I’ve had many wonderful adventures in my smart. I’ve driven in the Phoenix Electric Light Parade, a nighttime parade wherein we cover our cars with lights powered by the cars themselves. I’ve also participated in the Phoenix 100-Mile Challenge, twice. It’s a road “race” for electric cars that’s not so much about speed, but about efficiency. I came in second place last year, and this year I came in first place! I won the grand prize!
My smart electric drive has changed my perspective on many things. I used to hate driving and simply tolerated it because it was necessary. Now, I love driving. I always preferred a manual transmission car, and my smart electric drive gives me that control sensation without any gears. It’s just “go” and “go faster.” But most of all, I’m proud of the example I’m setting for my son; it’s possible to be environmentally friendly without losing out on fun. This is my first smart electric drive, and I’m confident it won’t be my last.