A few years ago, I reported on my experience installing the Tesla roof rack on my Model 3 (apparently the bolts are a bit longer now and easier to install), and shortly afterwards I tested the impact on consumption/efficiency (i.e. how much did the Wh/km change?)
A few months after that last post/video, in the spring of 2019, I received and installed a Stealth Hitch on my Model 3 (post coming “soon”). I decided to re-run the consumption test, but this time including a bike rack, a Northshore rack that I’ve been using for several years on a few different cars. Read on to find the values I use when planning out my longer road trips – because the car cannot recalibrate it’s range estimate enough to compensate for the added consumption (it tries, but it is always wrong), it is important to have these values. You can adapt these values for use with the Model Y as well – see the bottom for more.
Continue reading Tesla Model 3 Consumption with Roof Rack and Bike Rack
Last week we received and installed the new Tesla Model 3 Roof Rack on our car – go check out the install if you are curious. One of the comments I have been receiving and seeing online in the forums is “how does the roof rack affect your efficiency?” I decided to do a controlled test to find out!
Continue reading Model 3 Roof Rack Consumption Test
Our neck of the woods near Nelson is a really beautiful part of British Columbia. The roads along the lakes, valleys and over the passes are amazingly scenic. In an electric vehicle, you can drive a little slower with the windows down and really enjoy the scents and sounds of the mountains, or you can tighten your grip on the wheel and enjoy the instant torque of an EV on our twisty roads (safely of course!)
On this sunny day in June 2016, we travelled along the shores of Kootenay Lake to nearby Kaslo. After a tour of the SS Moyie and a light lunch (while charging at the local campground), we headed away from the lake, up over the pass and down to New Denver on the shores of Slocan Lake. We stopped for a short walk in an old cedar/hemlock forest on the way. My wife and her mom visited the Nikkei Internment Centre while the boys and I played in the park and swam in the lake (the car was charging at the campground while we were doing this). Continue reading Day-trip: Nelson to Kaslo and New Denver
Our neck of the woods near Nelson is a really beautiful part of British Columbia. The roads along the lakes, valleys and over the passes are amazingly scenic. You can drive a little slower with the windows down and really enjoy the scents and sounds of the mountains, or you can tighten your grip on the wheel and enjoy the twisty roads (safely of course!)
On this day-trip from Nelson, we head along the North Shore of the West Arm of Kootenay Lake to Balfour, where we catch the longest free ferry in BC across the lake to Kootenay Bay (this ferry, and several others, should be converted to be electric!) From there, we hop over a small ridge to Crawford Bay, a very neat village with a dense collection of artisans. After browsing and shopping for a few hours, we decided to head north on the east side of the lake to check out Riondel, and then south of Kootenay Bay onto Pilot Bay Peninsula to visit the restored lighthouse. (Data about the drive from a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle point of view is at the end of this post.) Continue reading Day-trip: Nelson to Crawford Bay area
Kelly Carmichael has shared his electric vehicle (EV) trip planning tool on the British Columbia Nissan Leaf Owners group page – direct link to the tool here (looks like it has been taken down, at least for now…)
I made a quick tutorial video on how to use the tool. I would recommend taking the information from his tool and putting it into a spreadsheet or writing it down on a piece of paper to bring with you on your road trips. You could put the data into my trip planner spreadsheet and just hide the columns you don’t need to help organize your route and timing etc.
View the video in full screen for HD and easier viewing…
I forgot to mention in the video that if you want to look at the details of a charging location, click on the icon. For more exact information, including up-to-date status of the station, visit PlugShare. In Nelson, we do not yet have a public charger, so look up my home charger on PlugShare (make sure you have the ‘residential chargers’ selected) if you are visiting the area.
Blue = good to go!
Yellow = low battery warning
Red = very low battery warning
Black = can only do the trip in the downhill direction
Day Trip: The New West EV Family goes to Whistler for the Day!
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one two three months ago, when the fall weather was still clear and dry, we decided we needed some outdoor time and out-of-the-city time. The plan was to go to Alice Lake for a picnic lunch and a hike. We would also use the opportunity to zip up to Whistler for dinner, to get out of town, and participate in some electric vehicle (EV) tourism.
Continue reading Day Trip: The New West EV Family goes to Whistler for the Day
Last year, I posted about one of our first trips up to the Whitewater Ski Resort, near Nelson, BC, with our electric vehicle (EV), a 2014 Nissan Leaf SL. We went on to drive up to the hill many many more times over the course of the winter, and the weekend ‘pilgrimage’ has started again, as of early December 2015.
For those more into video, I filmed portions of the drive up and down on a recent sunny weekend. I kept a running commentary on different topics (see below), interspersed with time-lapse portions with music.
Continue reading Winter driving in the Leaf up to Whitewater