Will Leather Seats Smell as Sweet in Electric Cars?

By Robert Freedman, senior editor, REALTOR® Magazine

If you sell real estate you spend a lot of time in your car, and then at night you go home and plug your car into a socket in your garage and recharge its battery for another day. Well, maybe that’s not what you do today, but wait a couple of years and maybe that’s what you’ll be doing.  After all, the new Chevy Volt is hitting markets now and the reviews have been good.

2007 Chevrolet Volt Concept

But electric cars aren’t the only thing in the automotive world that’s getting a lot of buzz these days.  Safety innovations, new stylings, new performance levels: there’s a lot going on. And there’s also a lot that’s new in the ways you can outfit your car, SUV, or truck to really make your vehicle an extension of your office.

The innovations sweeping the auto world make it an appropriate time to take a comprehensive look at what’s new with cars from the perspective of your business. So, we’re hosting one of the country’s foremost automotive journalists in a webinar in which he’ll walk us through today’s automotive terrain.

Paul Eisenstein, publisher of TheDetroitBureau.com and a contributor to Motor Trend, The Economist, Wired, Daily Beast, and MSNBC, among other publications, will look at what’s new in 2011 — and 2012, and how to balance safety, image, and performance in your choice of vehicle.

He’ll also talk about productivity features that can help you conduct business outside the office, what’s the latest on battery-powered vehicles, and how to negotiate a good deal on your next vehicle.

The webinar is Thursday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m., Eastern Time. It lasts an hour, and our plan is to reserve the last 10 minutes or so for Q&A.

We’ll also hear from Ashley Del Ponte of the Avis Budget Group, our webinar sponsor, who’ll talk about the deep discounts in rental cars available to REALTORS® right now (35 percent off at Avis and 30 percent off at Budget) and the host of new things going on in the rental side of the market.

It’s really an exciting time in the automotive world. With the Volt, the Nissan Leaf, and the Tesla sports car, among others, plugging your car into a garage socket at night is no longer an idea waiting to happen; it’s actually happening right now.

Register for the free webinar.

Read Paul Eisenstein’s 2011 car guide for REALTORS®.

Robert Freedman

Robert Freedman is director of multimedia communications for the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. He can be reached at rfreedman@realtors.org.

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  1. The kind of car real estate agents, brokers use is tied to the area they list, market property in … jeep works well in Maine where clearance showing those woodlots, back woods waterfront properties. The four wheel drive is nice, but clearance so you don’t get caught up n terrain, or the white stuff makes the day go smoothly.

  2. Haha, I just make sure to have a vehicle with lots of space for signage and tools. I like to make sure that I’ve got a lot of measurement equipment, camera accessories, etc on hand to document the property for buyers or sellers.

    I’d like to go hybrid or even electric in the near future, but it’s gotta have the room I need. Whether I need leather seats? Well, I’d probably destroy them with coffee and energy drinks!!

  3. I can’t wait for the day when I will never have to pay for gas again.

  4. There’s been much talk about oil prices hitting the $200/barrel…that just keeps opening the door to more innovation like those noted above. Couple that with a social consciousness and we’re on our way.