Spotted on the freeway… A Scion iQ EV with Michigan manufacturer plates.

And now a pause from our Active E, Model S, and Roadster coverage…

Heading home on the 405 Freeway one fine Sunday afternoon, several weeks ago, I spotted an interesting looking Scion iQ.

Lo and behold, the Scion iQ EV.




Unfortunately, he went behind a really slow vehicle to hide from me, so the ONLY front view I have uses my rearview mirror.


It’s always a thrill to catch an unreleased EV in the wild. Definitely one of the benefits of living in Southern California

Third Day of Tesla Model S Pickup Weekend – 1430

So, dropped off the Model S for Moe Mistry of Glistening Perfection to do his “thing” with it.

We’re hoping to get the car back by Thursday night.

Caught up with Mark and Anna and their SPRKPWR Blue/Tan P85.



Third Day of Tesla Model S Pickup Weekend – 0410

Decided to top off to have enough charge to do all the errands this morning before we bring the car to Moe Mistry of Glistening Perfection.

It’s been a great ride.

Some defects that the Service Center will need to correct (misaligned driver window and check the pano roof). Otherwise it’s been great to get firmware 5.6 pre-installed.

I’m not missing XM. Using my iPod for the “satellite” tuner works fine, as long as there is good Internet. Additionally the included Internet TuneIn and Slacker is quite entertaining.

I decided to save some English language radio from other countries.

The supercharging is quite impressive. It really is the future.

Now to have the “extras” done to the car and get it finished correctly.

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Third Day of Tesla Model S Pickup Weekend – 0130

Hopefully our last supercharger stop for the evening before we head home. Looks like perhaps by 0400…

Took a quick catnap, and on our way.

This 101 route gets somewhat foggy. Great to test the new Model S fog lights…

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So, this was the Buelton, CA Site



It was somewhat foggy, as I previously indicated, and the pictures have a cool effect from the moisture.

Once again, if you want to see more, go to Flickr Tesla Model S Delivery Weekend Set.

Second Day of Tesla Model S Pickup Weekend – 2251. Third Supercharge

Stopped off at Gilroy on the way to Atascadero…

Had to do some shopping at Gilroy. Outlet stores are ideal for charging for long trips.

This stop has a Denny’s next door and movie theaters across the way.

Had some fun with the included Slacker Radio and TuneIn for the car… Really enjoying the seamless way that the car uses Internet Radio while streaming. Wonder how it handles when 3G drops off.

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A few Gilroy shots –



A few Atascadero shots –



Once again, if you want to see more, go to Flickr Tesla Model S Delivery Weekend Set.

Second Day of Tesla Model S Pickup Weekend – 1740. First Supercharge


Made it back down to the Fremont Factory and Supercharging…

One word – AWESOME.

We arrived with 70ish miles and Supercharging here because I figure that Gilroy would have greater demand.

Decided on a 101 Route, so next Supercharge stop should be Altascadero.

On the Flickr Tesla Model S Delivery Weekend set are pics around Sonoma area.

[updated 2013-11-10 22:05 for photos and additional content on where we went in Sonoma. The following pictures and content are all new.]

So, first are some Sonoma pictures.

First stop for me was the Sonoma Country Drive for a quicker J1772 charge than the 110V at the Hotel. Sonoma County Drive was less than two miles from the hotel. It has a few CONVERTED Prius to Plug-in as well as a current Plug-in Prius.




I drove over there to plug in while the better half took time to do some work and get ready. Was able to get some additional miles buffer.


If you want to see more, go to Flickr Tesla Model S Delivery Weekend Set.

We then went to the Peay Vineyards Open House.

The Wine was great but no charger.




Lunch was the order of the day at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, where there was a 30A Chargepoint Charger (minimum $3 at $2.50 per hour) and the food was good, but the Wine does not agree with us. Great building and views… The home of two of my favorite Model S shots this weekend.



The one with two of my favorite things…


And lastly, the Fremont Factory…



Once again, if you want to see more, go to Flickr Tesla Model S Delivery Weekend Set.