Ayumi Kim works for Tesla and got tired of explaining to potential EV owners that yes, if you hit a wombat, your car will probably be fine, and no, you can’t plug a chainsaw into the cigarette lighter. “I’m not even joking — this really happened,” Kim swears. “The same guy asked if he could ‘plug the car into itself to charge.’” Ohhhh boy.
Kim has taken the wacky real-life questions she’s fielded on the job and dreamt up what promises to be an unpretentious, fact-filled electric vehicle coloring book. (Seriously. “Unpretentious” is in the title, perhaps to balance out the hipster lumberjack on the cover.) Kim’s friend Sarah W-R is illustrating the 12-page book. It’s not in any way associated with Tesla, which is why the pair have launched a Kickstarter campaign (a $15 donation gets you the book).
We’re not sure there’s a HUGE Venn diagram overlap between potential EV owners and those who enjoy coloring books, unless they’re seriously lowering the driving age, but it’s a refreshing alternative to kids’ books dedicated to princesses and G.I. Joes. Maybe it’s part of the new Goldieblox era of toys that suck less?
If nothing else, Kim sounds like an interesting character. Her bio mentions a love of cars, guns, and monster trucks, asking, “Not your everyday blonde Asian, who better to write a book about electric cars?” Who indeed.