2015 Green Energy & Home Show

I participated in the Nelson EcoSave Green Energy & Home Show again this year as an Electric Vehicle (EV) ambassador.  I also gave a short 5 minute talk and 3 minute Q&A afterwards.  Many people were there to look at the EVs; Murray took a number of people for a ride in his LEAF, and Dave in a Tesla Model S also came down from Rossland.  I also brought our electrified Edgerunner cargo bike.  Lots of interested people with many many question!

This post contains the presentation I gave, along with a number of “infographics” that I prepared and left on a display table for the public to view while at the Home Show.  Click on any of the files/images below to download or to view as a larger image.

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Cost update – Feb to April 2015

The car just rolled over 36,000 km and it is 1 week away from owning the car for one year now – right about what I had estimated for kilometres.  Time for a cost report update!  (The first cost report I posted can be found here.)

The big news item in the intervening 3 months was the return of the Clean Energy Vehicle incentive, which for a Leaf is $5,000 off of the purchase price.  I have added a Leaf with this incentive added to illustrate what the incentive would have done, in my case anyways.

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Skiing and a Christmas Tree

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:

EV energy usage model by trip
EV energy usage model by trip

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Another invite to present on EVs!

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.

I am a bit of an introvert and sometimes struggle with interacting with groups of strangers, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to accept. Continue reading Another invite to present on EVs!

Follow-up on the Green Home and Energy Show

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.

Some typical questions, in no particular order:

  • how much did your car cost?
  • how far can you drive on one charge?
  • how do you charge the car?
  • how did you get it to Nelson?

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