When Golden Real Estate moved from 17695 S. Golden Road to 1214 Washington Avenue in downtown Golden, we announced that our previous location (which Rita and I still own) would become The Net Zero Store, where products and services would be sold to help homeowners make their homes more sustainable and perhaps even “net zero energy.”
That building is a perfect location for such a one-stop shop for “all things sustainable” because it is itself a net zero energy building. Its 20 kilowatts of solar photovoltaic panels generate all the electricity to heat, cool and power the building as well as to provide free EV charging to the general public.
No building can be net zero energy so long as it uses natural gas, so we had the gas meter removed in 2017 and now heat the building with a Mitsubishi heat pump mini-split system.
The opening of The Net Zero Store coincides with this Saturday’s Electric Vehicle Roundup in the building’s parking lot. As of this writing, 36 owners of 18 different models of EVs, including a Rivian pickup truck, have registered for the event, and 86 people have registered as attendees. You can register at www.DriveElectricWeek.info.
The EV Roundup is this Saturday, April 2nd, from 3 to 6 pm.
Partnering as the chief tenant of The Net Zero Store is Helio, a business that is already deeply involved in retrofitting existing homes to be more energy efficient. You’re invited to come in during the EV Roundup to learn how you can lower your own home’s carbon footprint, whether with heat pumps, insulation, sun tunnels, geothermal heating or solar PV.
Also participating in the Electric Vehicle Roundup is Clean Energy Credit Union, which specializes exclusively in financing sustainable improvements for your home as well as auto loans solely for electric vehicles. Look for their booth on our patio during the event.
According to the registration site www.DriveElectricWeek.info, 44 attendees and 18 EV owners have registered for this event held on S. Golden Road during SuperCruise.
What excites me about this year’s event is that The Net Zero Store will be up and running in our former real estate office whose parking lot is the venue for the EV roundup. Attendees interested in all aspects of sustainability, not just EVs, will be able to come inside and chat with experts about improving their home’s energy efficiency.
Every April and October, Golden Real Estate hosts an electric vehicle roundup as part of Drive Electric Earth Day and National Drive Electric Week. Although we’ve moved our real estate office to downtown Golden, we still own our former location at 17695 S. Golden Road, and we’ll host the EV roundup in that parking lot, just like last April and October.
We’re seeking EV owners who would like to display their EVs from 3 to 6 pm on Saturday, April 2nd. We’d particularly like to see some of the new models, such as Rivian’s pickup truck, Ford’s Mustang Mach E, and Volvo’s XC40 Recharge. You can register your vehicle online at www.DriveElectricWeek.info.
If you are not an EV owner and would like to talk to existing EV owners (like me) about their experience, you can register at the same site as an attendee, or simply show up on April 2nd.
We intentionally schedule our EV roundups during the SuperCruise event which happens on the first Saturday of each month from April through October. That event attracts hundreds of gas-powered classic and other cars and thousands of spectators. Our parking lot is on that popular stretch of South Golden Road and exposes those owners and spectators to the future of transportation — electric vehicles. See you there!
It’s still going on as I write this blog post, and won’t end until 5 pm or later. If you’re reading this now, come on down! This video shows our parking lot at Golden Real Estate, 17695 S. Golden Road, completely filled with electric cars and their owners talking to lots of people interested in knowing more about EVs. Here’s the video link: https://youtu.be/4vY2K6OZt0k.
As I write, 40 people have registered at www.DriveElectricWeek.infoto attend this annual event, and 19 of them are bringing their EVs. This “EV Roundup” takes place in the Golden Real Estate parking lot at 17695 S. Golden Road. You’ll find every model of Tesla, plus EVs from Nissan, Chevrolet, BMW, Mini, Kia and Hyundai. We’re still looking for people to bring their VW ID.4, Mustang Mach-E, Jaguar I-Pace, Volvo XC40 Recharge, Porsche Taycan, Polestar 2 and a Rivian pickup or SUV. We’d also love to see electric motorcycles from Zero and Harley-Davidson. If someone you know has one of those exciting new EVs, please ask him/her to register at the website above. We have lots of swag to give away — water bottles, face masks, sanitizer, t-shirts, and back packs — on the registration table. We have 5 handouts that you can view at www.EV-Handouts.info.
Charge are hosting “Rise and Ride Five Points” at the DMV office, 2855 Tremont Place, Denver, on Saturday, 7 to 10 a.m. They’re offering rides and information about all the EVs currently available in Colorado. Free coffee & donuts, too!
On Sunday, 11am to 3pm, you can attend the Longmont EV Fairat the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, sponsored by Sustainable Resilient Longmont. They’re offering test drives and rides to fully vaccinated and masked attendees. They have 35 EVs registered so far, including most of those EVs we’re still hoping to see at our event in Golden.
On the first Saturday of October every year, it’s our practice to sponsor an EV round-up in the Golden Real Estate parking lot. That means that on Saturday, Oct. 2nd, from 3 to 5 pm, there will be 20-plus electric vehicles of all makes and models and their owners — no dealers are invited — ready to show you their cars, let you sit in them, look under the hood (look, ma, no engine!) and perhaps take you around the block.
I’ll be there myself with my silver Tesla Model X, and maybe Rita will bring her red Model S. Visit my website, www.DriveElectricWeek.infoto see the EVs that are already registered and to register your own EV if you’ll be bringing one. No hybrids, please, just EVs.
The event happens during the monthly SuperCruise, when our lot is usually filled with gas guzzlers, but not this month! This way, the hundreds of spectators who line South Golden Road to see those gas-powered cars will get the opportunity to see what electric cars are all about and speak with their owners.
You can expect to see EVs from Audi, Nissan, Ford (the new Mustang), Chevrolet, Hyundai, Jaguar and other manufacturers. This is a watershed year for electric transportation with new EVs being introduced every month. Next year you can expect to see the electric Ford F-150 Lightning and maybe even the Tesla Cybertruck.
Our event is also timed to be part of this year’s Metro Denver Green Homes Tour, held the first Saturday of each October, 9 am to 4 pm, to show off net zero energy and otherwise sustainable homes. Golden Real Estate has been a corporate sponsor of the tour for over a decade.
If you own an electric vehicle and are willing to show it off to potential EV buyers, please consider bringing it to Golden Real Estate’s parking lot on Saturday, April 3, from 2 to 5 pm for our annual Drive Electric Earth Day roundup. Register to bring your EV or to come as a spectator at www.DriveElectricWeek.info.