Howard Dunholter and his teenage granddaughters with his Tesla Roadster – Click above for high-res image

To be honest, we're not positive that the 98-year-old Howard Dunholter is really the world's oldest Tesla Roadster owner, but he is the only one we know of who can remember being impressed by the first wave of electric vehicles (EVs) as a 10-year-old in 1921. A love for electric cars never left him, but it took a while for the auto industry to give him a chance to relive his excitement. Dunholter drove an EV1 from 1996 until General Motors took it back and crushed it, but he recently got to get all giddy for EVs again with his glacier blue Tesla Roadster.

Since Dunholter's eyesight is not what it once was, he's never actually been able to drive his car, but he does enjoy getting chauffeured around. His son has a sort of joint custody of the car, and his granddaughters are also huge fans. One, who is 16, used the Roadster in parking lots to practice for her driver's license test. The other, 14, told Dunholter, "You'd better not sell that car before I'm old enough to drive it!" If anyone understands that kind of young person's excitement for EVs, it's the grandfather who waited 65 years to drive one. Read more of the Dunholter story at Plug In America.

[Source: Plug In America]


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