Electric vehicle tidbits and adventures in the Kootenays
Author: kootenay andrew
Andrew is an environmental engineer by day, “kid activity/school volunteer” by evening, and EV advocate / blogger in his remaining spare time.
He is very passionate about the future of energy generation & usage. He prefers bikes to cars, but acknowledges that Canadian cities have been developed primarily with cars in mind, so if we’re going to drive, let’s make them all EVs! (But let’s get EV buses and take those where possible first.)
For a video update on winter driving, go to the bottom… (original post follows)
Ski season started recently in the Kootenays! I love skiing so this is one of my favourite times of the year. There are a few ski hills close to Nelson, so in the fall I plugged the data into my spreadsheet model to see which trips were viable:
The weather has been cold and clear in Nelson for the last week now. From our home, we get a tantalizing view of the mountain peaks covered in snow, and we woke up this morning wanting to get a better view. We had not been all the way up to Kokanee Glacier Park before, so we looked it up on the provincial parks website.
“Hmm, 20 km out to Kokanee Creek park, then 16 km of dirt road up the Kokanee Creek valley from Kootenay Lake, and the parking lot is at 1,570 m!” It was -3 C at our house, so it would only get colder going up. Driving slow up a bumpy dirt road with the heat on, and gaining just over 1,000m was going to do a number on the battery. Continue reading Driving up to winter at Kokanee Glacier Park
I received a phone call out of the blue last week about giving a 10 minute presentation on electric cars. I was so surprised that I honestly missed the rest of the thread of the conversation – the caller promised to send me details of the event in an email. I said I would have a look and get back to her shortly.
As mentioned in my last post, I was invited to attend the 2nd annual Nelson Green Home and Energy Show on October 15th. I had a great time at the show and really enjoyed answering the different questions that people had and showing them the Leaf in person.