I Tried it: My Weekend Romp with a Moke. It’s Electrifying!

If someone asked you to drive around a sky-blue Moke electric car for the weekend, what would you say? 

I can tell you what you’d say….. yes!

I mean, is there a better way to get around Coronado than by an electric mini-car? I think not.

Sure, we are currently the proud owners of a Gem golf cart, and yes, its lots of fun.  But when the folks at Moke Coronado agreed to loan me one of their electric cars for the weekend, I just couldn’t resist!  (Much to my husband’s chagrin…he’s worried I’m going to want a Moke for real. He’s right.)

First off, this thing is so darn cute. It comes in an array of colors and we landed the sky blue, which is what I would totally choose.

Color options.

It just looks so peppy in my garage…plucky and festive and ready for me to drive it! 

When you hop in and hit the road, you can’t help but smile. The wind’s in your hair, the sun’s on your skin, and you feel happy and ALIVE.

My eight-year daughter, Holland, said it best.  “I don’t LIKE the Moke. I LOVE it!”

What exactly did I love about the Moke? First off, it’s so adorable and square and boxy and has sort of a retro jam going about it.

Turns out, the Moke has been turning heads since the 1960s.  It began as a military invention for the British army, but later gained popularity with celebs, royalty, and Caribbean travelers.  It was driven by everyone from Princess Margaret to Brigitte Bardot, from Emperor Rosko to the Beach Boys.

The Moke brand soon became synonymous with easy, breezy, island-chic. It gets all sorts of press…coverage in People Magazine, Vogue, and the New York Post to name a few.


So what else do I love about the Moke, aside from its delightful appearance?

Well, the Moke also handles really, really well. The Moke is spry and strong and boasts power-steering, (unlike my golf cart) and zips and turns on a dime. It feels heavy (it actually weighs about 2300 pounds) so you never feel like you are going to flip over. (Ever flipped over a golf cart? I have! And broke my leg no less.)

Also, the Moke doesn’t have a top, so you really feel like you are in a convertible. I loved feeling the warm sun on my face and the breeze in my hair. (But if you crave the shade, it totally comes with a Bimini!)

And there’s the intangible element of fun. Something about the Moke just oozes good vibes! You can’t help but smile when you’re driving it. Neither could my kids or my friends. It brought happiness everywhere it went. And I took it EVERYWHERE.

We drove the Moke to the Ferry Landing. I took it to my mom’s house. We took it to school pickup. We drove it to the all-schools carnival. We drove it to the beach. We took it to a friend’s house. We took it to OysterFest at Maretalia. We drove it to the Henry. We took it to Boneys. I took it to get coffee from Cafe Madrid . I took it to Little Frenchie.

You feel like a celebrity driving this car around town. Tons of people stopped me, saying everything from “Nice car!” And “Sweet” to “Where do I get one?”

Like my golf cart, it’s street legal, but it only goes about 25-30 miles an hour, which means no driving on the bridge or strand. 

The Moke is electric, so it’s carbon-free and efficient. You charge it with a 110 outlet…basically plugs into any household outlet. Eight hours gets a full charge, and this buys you 40 miles  of drive time.

The Moke is also absolutely silent when you drive it. All you hear is the sounds of the birds chirping, the waves crashing, or your tunes on the built-in stereo. 

So, I know you have this burning question…How much cooler is a Moke compared to a golf cart? I mean, is it that much better?

The short answer?  Yes. It handles much better, it feels better, it feels safer, and it’s just more FUN. I mean, come on…look at our faces!

Will I be driving my own Moke anytime soon? That’s up to my husband. And that’s the thing…the Moke ain’t cheap. But can you really put a price tag on fun? I THINK NOT.

To build your own Moke, visit www.MokeCoronado.com or call the Moke local office at 858-452-6060 or 619-823-0830. And ask for the Islander Bonus Gift!

Thanks for reading.