About me

Gavin Shoebridge

That’s me!

I’ve been fascinated with electric cars since I was a boy, with this fascination even leading me to convert a (dead) 1987 Mitsubishi Tredia to run on electricity!

Ever since that night in 2007 when I took my electric car for its first (illegal) trial-run I was sold on them: my obsession would never let go.

But after many thousands of happy kilometres driving my electric car, rust got the better of it and we fell upon hard times. We were caught up in the 2008 economic meltdown. We couldn’t afford to fix it, so we sold its electric components and we packed up and left New Zealand to … Slovakia?

Slovakia

Slovakia is a country in Central Europe

Yes, we headed to my wife’s country, right in the heart of Europe, in search of a new chapter in our lives, and looking back it was the right thing to do. I now work for an English language radio station based in Bratislava, the capital city, and I’ve having the time of my life – and trying to learn the local language!

Something was always missing however. Ever since I dismantled my converted-to-electric vehicle, I’d been yearning for another one. I planned to convert another car to electricity here in Slovakia but that idea failed due to a dazzling display of Communistic bureaucracy in its full splendour. So, with a conversion out of the way, saving up to buy a factory-built electric car was my only option.

So I saved. And I saved. And saved. For more than a year and a half. And then, when I least expected it, this new blog happened! I hope you’ll join me in this crazy bunch of new electric car adventures as they unfold.