Finally an EV Driver – Hello Smart ForTwo Electric Drive!

7 08 2014



Well – the cat’s out of the bag… I am now a very proud owner of a Smart ForTwo Electric Drive!

I needed to replace my old Protege5 since it needed so many repairs and was rusting like crazy. It was used as a commuter… so all I needed was something inexpensive to get my wife and I to work. The total distance round trip of my commute to work when I drop my wife off downtown is 50km and 30km when I’m going into work alone. Perfect for an EV!

Then I saw this amazing deal that was shared on Facebook – a 3 year lease on a Smart ForTwo Electric Drive for 100$/month with 2000$ down! This deal was just too good to pass up and I had to jump on it. I mean, I was already spending 150$/month on fuel alone for my Protege… Not only did I really want an EV as my next car but this also made financial sense for me to finally take the leap! Taking the repairs needed to keep my Protege on the road and fuel costs into account, I would basically be leasing the Smart for free! (Not the mention the pollution it emits).  As a bonus, the lease term of three 3 years, as a Tesla fan, is perfect timing. The affordable Tesla Model 3 will be coming out when my lease is up. 🙂

I’ve been dreaming of driving an EV for so long! I’m just so happy with the car and my decision to finally take the plunge. I’ve been driving it a lot for the first two days of my ownership (I’ve even given 8 people a ride in it already) – and it’s like driving a small go-kart. Definitely not a Tesla Roadster, but it’s still just as fun to drive. I can’t wait to get to the next stop sign or red light just so I can press on the gas (or electron) pedal again. The acceleration is just so much fun off the line, it really takes off!

Big thanks to Star Motors in Ottawa for matching this ridiculously awesome lease rate that was only offered at Toronto dealerships!

Now I just need to figure out my charging solution, I’ve been relying on a regular 110V plug and I can get by with it for now based on my driving habits. But it would be good to upgrade to 220V to charge this thing in under 6 hours.

A Cleaner Ride On The Way!

25 07 2014


It’s been a while since I posted something on my blog so I thought I show some sign of life. No, I didn’t fall off the edge of the earth. My life has hit a new level of busyness, so I have less and less time to dedicate to reaching my barter goal of my dream car. But I am still going at it. Not giving up yet. 🙂

Now for something exciting – I’m replacing my old oil leaking – rust bucket commuter for something much much cleaner! I’ll make the announcement when I take delivery of my new ride August 4th and will blog my experience throughout my ownership of the vehicle.

Only hint I’m giving – it’s definitely not a Tesla.

Pedego CEO, Don DiCostanzo Speaks About Latest Trade [VIDEO]

30 08 2013

The CEO of Pedego, Don DiCostanzo was kind enough to record a video about his experience with the latest trade in my quest to a Tesla Roadster. Only thing is that he says that I’m trading up to a Model S which is not the case… Maybe he’s trying to tell me something… 🙂

Thanks Don and Jenny at Pedego for the shout out and helping me out! Now I just have to try one of these bikes!!

11th Item – Pedego Classic Comfort Cruiser E-Bike w/ Balloon Package (2175$ value)

23 08 2013



After a long hiatus, I am excited to announce that I’m back with a trade. While it wasn’t a trade-up per say… It’s just what I needed to get me back on track. Plus – it fits my themes perfectly. It’s actually the first EV in my trade up! How exciting! 🙂

Ever since I started my quest, I really wanted to make a trade with an e-bike company and I’m so happy to have reached out to the CEO of Pedego – Don DiCostanzo. Couldn’t have asked to reach a nicer man, I’m so grateful that he’s getting me back on track with this wicked product! Thanks Don! As a bonus, turns out he is also a huge Tesla fan – he owns a Model S (lucky man!)

The 11th item in my adventure to a Tesla Roadster is a Comfort Cruiser E-Bike w/ balloon package from Pedego in the color of your choice (2175$USD Value)!

So if you always wanted an e-bike – here’s your chance to get one cash free. Let’s strike a trade deal! You can contact me <HERE>.

Here are the details of what is included and the restrictions:

– 1 Pedego Classic Comfort Cruiser E-Bike.
– Balloon Package Upgrade witch includes Schwalbe Fat Frank Balloon Suspension Tires, extra comfort suspension seat, padded stitched handgrips. Your choice of creme, brown, black, or grey balloon package.
– Pick the color of your Pedego! Colors are limited however, so backup color should be picked. Colors can be found in the online store (LINK HERE).
– Item can only be shipped to a continental US address.

Here are the bike specs:

Motor Brushless Gearless Hub Motor on Rear wheel
Power Rating 500 Watt
Gears/Speeds 6 Speed Shimano Gears and Shimano Chain
Batteries Lithium in a Removable Pack
Shifter Shimano SIS Index Shifter
Bell Standard
Charger Smart Charger Included
Amps 10 Ah Standard/Optional 15 Ah
Volts 36 Volt
Tires Schwalbe Fat Frank Balloon Suspension Tires with Kevlar (26″)
Speed 20 MPH using motor power only
Distance 30-50 miles per charge(depending on rider weight & terrain)
Throttle Type Twist Throttle Variable Speed Control with quick connect fittings
Frame Type 6061 Light Weight Aluminum
Handlebars Cruiser Style with Promax Stem
Braking System Avid BB-7 Front Disc Brakes and Dia-Compe Locking Rear Band Brake
Drive System Rear Hub Motor (Motor is in rear wheel)
Measurements Frame Size 18″Axle to Axle 47″Handlebars 28″
Seat Pedego premium padded adjustable suspension seat with matching stitched handgrips and suspension seat post
Bicycle Warranty 1 Year
Battery Warranty 3 Year Limited Warranty
Weight Bicycle Only – 51lbs Battery Pack – 8lbs Total Weight – 59 lbs
Tire Package Your choice of upgraded creme balloon package, upgraded brown balloon package, upgraded black balloon package, or upgraded grey balloon package.

The day has come to part with my GoPro Package

30 05 2012

The day has come to part with my GoPro package… Great trade though with HootSuite! Package leaving today destination HootSuite HQ c/o Ryan Holmes (CEO)! Bye Bye lovely gadget…

Working on a come back…

19 01 2012

I’m just getting back to it and trying to make a comeback with a big trade… It’s not going to be easy but I’m trying my hardest!

Please stay tuned…

My test drive in the Roadster was like… WOW! (w/ Video and Pics)

16 08 2011

Well, I can check one thing off of my bucket list… I finally got to drive a Tesla Roadster and wow did it not disappoint!

While waiting for my test drive, I was extremely nervous because I had never driven anything remotely as fast as a Roadster. I thought, due to it’s power, it would be hard to control – that was far from reality.

Hans, the regional sales manager at Tesla Motors Toronto, brought me out on the test drive. I started by riding shotgun while we talked more about the car and all of it’s advantages. He also showed me what it could do by accelerating, slowing down (regen. brakes), braking and cornering.

…Then it was my turn!

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Shopify gets involved in my trade up quest to a Tesla!

11 06 2011

I have just struck a trade deal for my 7th item with a leading eCommerce company based in Ottawa, Shopify!

Shopify has been on top of my list of companies to approach to swap the Beau’s tour and I am so happy to work with them on my next item.

The details of the trade will be posted on my blog next week! So please make sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to make sure you get the update first!

Special thanks to Steven at Think Out Loud! in Ottawa for the awesome first offer, and for getting me some great exposure on Twitter. I really appreciate it! Make sure to check out his advertising firm’s website at

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New video posted on YouTube! Re-introduction and a showcase of my sixth item

25 05 2011

My first video detailing my quest was quite choppy and outdated so I decided to create a new video to re-introduce myself to everyone who don’t know me or have just started following my adventure. The video also outlines the details of my current item, the Beau’s Super VIP brewery tour!

Check it out and make sure to share this by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter icon below! 🙂 Thanks!

Offers are coming in!

24 05 2011

Offers have come in for the VIP Beau’s tour package, and the most recent offer is a 3000$ digital advertising package from Steve at Think Out Loud! in Ottawa. I’m assuming he’s a huge fan of Beau’s Brewery as he Twitted “Will Out bid if have to! I want this tour!” – I love his enthusiasm and the great offer!

If you can’t make an offer, the best way to help me out is to spread the word on Twitter and Facebook about my quest. Even if someone could hook me up with very well connected people that would be awesome! The help is very much appreciated!

If you, or someone you know would like to get in on the bidding action for the Beau’s package, click on the link below to post your offer on my portal or contact me directly.

I apologize for the lack of updates recently, the past few days I’ve spent catching up on some house work that I have been putting off for a while. This long weekend was a great opportunity to cross some stuff off of my to-do list.