Mum and Vic were going to some nursery or other, and looking for shoes, so Dad and I went to see about a test drive in a Chevy Volt. I came away very impressed, as it's obviously quiet, but it's quick and handles pretty well. In a perfect world, I'd be looking to drive it with the onboard generator running, to see how noisy that is, but meh. So, a 20 minute, 12 mile test drive used 3.7KWh - about 90 minutes of absolute peak daylight generation from the solar panels on the roof. And that, ladies and germs, is why it's so hard to get away from petrol as a fuel source.
On the way back, we stopped at Harbor Freight, so Dad could see how you can buy enough tools to hurt your back carrying them for $25. Then we went to Fry's, where he ended up with a Macbook Air. And an iPod Touch to replace his PDA. Pretty much the rest of the day was spent playing with those - it only took us 15 minutes to figure out how to click on stuff. I sense a fairly steep learning curve :o)