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Drive Sustainable!
Our club members drive all kinds of EVs (Teslas, BMWs, Leafs, Volts, Fords, Fiats, SmartEVs, Jaguars, electric bikes...)

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Monday, October 19, 2020

Scavenger Hunt with DMCC

 Here's a message I received from Julia Davila, who works with the Denver Metro Clean Cities:

I published the blog post I wrote about the Colorado Springs EV Club. Thank you again for speaking with me, and please let me know if you’d like me to make any changes or add anything to this post. I’ll be advertising it on social media for DEC channels as well.

Also, if you haven’t already joined, Drive Electric Colorado is hosting a Colorado-wide EV Experience Scavenger Hunt, where participants can complete missions like test drives or locating local chargers to become more aware of and knowledgeable of electric vehicles. This is a great way for people to learn about EVs and there are also prizes at stake, so I’d really appreciate if you could spread the word to your EV club! Here’s more information to pass along to your club, friends, and family.

 

Thanks,

Julia Davila 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

New member Charles Paulsen

Our newest member, Charles Paulsen, lives in Pueblo, CO and has a 2002 Toyota Echo. He plans to buy an EV in 2021. Please make him welcome!

Monday, October 5, 2020

Golden, CO EV Event

Our new member, Harry Doby, recently visited the EV event in Golden, CO. 

The photos from the event are here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z434nthgivg272h/AADK3TuvzId82kwTXDecxAbwa?dl=0

Here are the pictures from yesterday's Electric Week event held at Golden Real Estate in Golden.  Their parking lot had two J1772 charging stations.  And they even invited everyone to bring styrofoam packaging materials to be recycled.

The turnout was pretty good.  As you can see from the pictures there were examples of just about every type of EV currently on the market.

I counted two Chevy Volts, two Chevy Bolts, two Hyundai Kona's, two Nissan Leafs, two Model S's, two Model Y's (what is this, Noah's Arc?), a Model X, an Audi eTron, Fiat 500e, a brand new Mini Cooper SE, and three Model 3's.

The red Model Y was a LR AWD with 20" turbine wheels.  The owner had just taken delivery about a week earlier (as had the white Model 3 next to it).  I couldn't believe how many different style adapters the Model Y owner had.  He was ready for any occasion! 

Sorry I didn't write down more details or people's names.  I had a constant stream of folks asking me about my Model Y, including a couple from Arizona looking to trade their RWD Model 3. Most were curious about the real world range, so I shared my experience with my 216 mile drive up Pikes Peak and back to north Denver with 94 miles of range left over. Several people asked how it rode with the 19" wheels, and how easy was it to get used to the center screen and the controls; was the white interior difficult to keep clean (not yet ;-)  The cavernous amount of room of the Y in the back with the seats folded down impressed even the Audi eTron owner!  The Model 3 owners from AZ liked the deeper frunk of the Y.

Hope the pictures are helpful!  Let me know if you have any problems accessing the pictures.

Harry

Thanks to Rob Bowers for the following pictures of the Echo EV at the Golden Show:





EV Trip data from Mark H

 I just got a great email from Mark Holzrichter about a trip he made recently, including energy usage. He's also the source of the trip data on our blog ( http://www.csevc.com/p/ev-trip-data.html ).

Here's his message:

Hi Wilson,

You were pleased to receive energy/mileage data from our trip years ago.  Here's another batch from last month.  I'm including odometer readings to brag about how much we've used our car.

Feel free to publish this in CSEVC.com, or ignore it.  It's certainly not as valuable now that there are so many Super Chargers, multiple EV trip planners, and the in-car navigator is smarter.

Again I used EVTripPlanner.com.  I used to donate each time we used it for a trip, but the donate button is gone.  I tried ABetterRoutePlanner.com but it thinks my car uses much more energy.  But it does have a nicer output.  Do you still use any trip planner besides the car's navigator?

By the way, we used Tesla Destination chargers in Ouray at KJ Wood Distillers, in Silverton at the Wyman Hotel, and ChargePoint chargers in Palisade and at the Montrose Recreational Center.  We love KJ Wood.  All four in Silverton were blocked by ICEs but I was able to back into an adjacent diagonal parking (maybe not a legal maneuver) to get the cord to reach.  There's no EV preference marking for the parking in Palisade, but the spots were open.  The charger in Montrose seemed even slower then most (204V 19A => 12 RMPH).

Driving over Red Mountain Pass and Monarch Pass made me feel like that's what the car was designed to do.  Such a joy.

Mark


Thursday, October 1, 2020

DMCC Virtual Presentation this Saturday!

Sonja Meintsma of Denver Metro Clean Cities invites everyone to attend this Saturday's Virtual EV Ride & Drive at 9:00am - 10:30am. She says: " We’d love to have other EV drivers there on Saturday who can give their perspectives and we encourage everyone to invite people they know who don’t have EVs yet to join. This will be a fun, safe event." Please pre-register at:  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwuc-6tpz0vGtYCcZ6EvXb85HE1Jd1ll4pz

Also we will be talking about our EV Experience Scavenger Hunt (take a look here: https://driveelectriccolorado.org/event/ev-scavenger-hunt) which is a fun way for people who are new to EVs to learn about them.

Tesla's battery day, explained

 Here is an excellent summary of Tesla's recent battery day: https://youtu.be/dlwlEEWSECs