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.info to 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 Fair at 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.
2020 will be a “watershed year” when it comes to the adoption of electric cars and trucks. By the end of this year there will likely be twice as many models of EVs being sold, including by the major automakers.
Ford, for one, is now selling the Mustang Mach E, an electric crossover with up to 300 miles of range, selling for $43-50,000. Tesla is now delivering its Model Y, a crossover built on the same platform as the successful Model 3. It too boasts a range up to 300 miles and sells for $43-56,000. I predict it will be Tesla’s best-selling model so far.
Mercedes is bringing its EQC 400 4-matic crossover to market this year, joining the already successful Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron. Volvo is bringing to market the XC40 Recharge SUV, as well as the Polestar 2 sedan, which is marketed in partnership with the Chinese firm Geely.
Rivian is bringing out both an SUV and its electric pickup this year. Instead of one electric motor between the front and rear wheels, it has a motor in each wheel hub, allowing it to do a “tank turn” – literally turn on a dime like a tank! Another electric pickup is coming next year from Bollinger, when the Tesla Cybertruck is also expected.
The Porsche Taycan is already in its second year of production.
Mini Cooper has already started selling its SE Electric. Hyundai is in the second year of selling its Kona electric, which has a 258-mile range and sells for just under $37,000. The latest Nissan Leaf has a range up to 226 miles for $38,200. Chevrolet continues to sell the Bolt.
The newer brands of electric vehicles still enjoy the $7,500 federal tax credit plus the $4,000 Colorado tax credit, making them less costly than equivalent gas-powered cars.
Personally, I recommend buying used EVs, which are as good as new (because they have so few components that can fail), for under $10,000 to $30,000+. Green Eyed Motors in Boulder specializes in the sale of used EVs and has 15 in stock as I write this, including several under $10,000 and this 2013 Model S Performance below, which probably sold new for $125,000. Asking price: $35,999.