But since it was short notice (a couple of days), and since we're not going to use EasyCar any more, I had to look around a bit for anything cheap. That's when I discovered that the cheapest offer was from Citer and was... an electric car!
Kewl! I thought. I've always wondered what that's like to drive - and because it was quite a bit cheaper than the other options we decided to go for it. Strangely, it doesn't mention on the website what the biggest problem with electric cars is at the moment: range. So I looked it up (150km), and it should have been no problem for the trip to our friend 35km away. Perfect.
So yesterday we picked it up and the first surprise was that it was covered in "pretty" stickers. No way to hide the fact it's a rental, then.
But the ride is very nice - quiet, smooth, and surprisingly gutsy if you "floor it" (left quite a few Audi drivers, who'd been sitting on my tail, in my dust at the junctions... )
The only downside is the infamous "range anxiety"... I put the dial on "km left" and did have to watch it. After leaving our friend, we headed into the countryside since it's a region we haven't visited before - then after that we intended to go to a shopping centre across town... but I noticed that the range we had when we left was shrinking rapidly whenever we got up to speed - and the route to the shopping centre was all highway. Hmmm... At one point, I was genuinely wondering if we'd even make it to Toulouse!
So we changed our minds and took the small roads back home - and the effect of speed is quite dramatic: 25km left when we arrived! In theory enough to still go shopping and back, but we decided not to risk it and swapped over to our trusty scooter instead.
The only other problem with renting this particular car is that the recharge cable provided is short and I wouldn't be able to reach any socket from the parking spaces around our house. There's a big warning not to use extension cables, so that basically means you have to have your own garage to park it in if you want to use it more than one day. Not very clever...
Anyway, I'm about to take it back now - so I quickly took a couple of pictures for posterity. One of the neighbours watched me - and the moment I reversed it back into my space I forgot to use it like an automatic and pressed the brake with my left foot. Seems it's programmed to expect brake+accelerator to mean emergency stop, since it slammed on the brakes, making my elbow hit the horn. So embarrassing...