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.
For the 7th consecutive year, Golden Real Estate is pleased to host an Electric Vehicle Round-up in our parking lot at 17695 S. Golden Road this Saturday, Oct. 3rd, from 2 to 5 pm. It’s part of the National Drive Electric Week in addition to being the only in-person component of the Metro Denver Green Homes Tour.
Over 20 owners of EVs have registered at www.DriveElectricWeek.infoto bring over 10 different models of EVs and answer the questions of people who may be considering the purchase of an electric vehicle.
EVs already registered include 3 Tesla models, 3 Chevy models, an Audi e-Tron, both Nissan Leaf models, a Fiat 500e, and the Hyundai Kona. I expect others to register, too.
In addition, we expect to have some electric bicycles and a unique electric tricycle, which you’ll be able to test drive. I’ll bring my 2012 Chevy Volt (242 lifetime MPG), which Rita and I have decided to sell for $7,500. (It cost $40,000 in 2012, and runs as well as new.)
We’ll observe state rules regarding COVID-19, taking the temperature of all visitors on arrival and requiring masks, which we’ll provide if necessary. Everyone will get a shot of hand sanitizer, and we will get contact info of all attendees solely for the purpose of contact tracing (another requirement for such events).
If you drive a car for business, you really need to look into buying an electric vehicle. Why? Because the only cost of driving an EV is 3 cents per mile for electricity (unless you get it free from the sun, as we do) and the wear on your tires, yet the IRS is happy to give you the same 57.5 cents per mile deduction when you use your car for business.
This was the 6th year that Golden Real Estate has been the site of a local “Drive Electric Week” event.
This year we got our first glimpse of EVs built to compete with Tesla. I got to drive the new Jaguar I-Pace and ride in Audi’s eTron, and they are certainly worthy competition for Tesla in the luxury EV field.
The Jaguar has four electric motors, one in each wheel hub, which is an improvement over Tesla’s two motors and is likely to become a favored design for high-end EVs.
The Audi eTron has dual electric motors, like Tesla, centered between the front and rear wheels.
While these are worthy competitors to Tesla in the luxury market (and there will be others), I don’t think Tesla has anything to worry about thanks to its proprietary Supercharger network throughout the U/S. & Canada and worldwide.
ICYMI: Video of EV Roundup
I have posted a 6½-minute video of last Saturday’s “Drive Electric Week” event. To find it, scroll down .
There’s a similar event Thursday, Sept. 19th, 11-2 in Denver’s Civic Center Park. Dealers will be offering test drives, too, and the first 100 people to request a test drive will get a free lunch! Also, there’s another EV roundup Oct. 5, 4-6 pm as part of the Metro Denver Green Homes Tour. More about this next week.
This Saturday, Sept. 14th, from 10 am to 3 pm, Golden Real Estate is hosting National Drive Electric Weekin our parking lot at 17695 S. Golden Road in Golden. This is our 5th year hosting the event. From Sept. 14 to 22 there are 307 events around the country, nine of them in Colorado. In addition to ours on Sept. 14th, there are events in Denver on Sept. 19th, Pueblo on Sept. 14th, Longmont and Ft. Collins on Sept. 15th, Avon on Sept. 18th, and Colorado Springs, Durango and Grand Junction on Sept. 21st. Info on all of them is at DriveElectricWeek.org. What’s so cool about this event is that there are actual EV owners showing their own vehicles, answering questions and sometimes offering rides “around the block” to interested visitors. There may also be dealers who can offer test drives of their EV models. At press time, 19 such EV owners had registered to attend our Golden event. On the website you can register as an EV owner or as an attendee. We’ll also have a booth from Ecology Solar, which sells home solar systems to fuel your EV as well as power your home, and Pedego Golden, a new bike shop, will be giving free test rides on electric bikes.
We already have 14 EVs registered for the National Drive Electric Week event in Golden Real Estate’s parking lot at 17695 S. Golden Road, Golden, on Sept. 14th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have all 3 Tesla models plus models from BMW, Jaguar, Chevrolet, Nissan and Hyundai. If you have another brand, please register it at www.DriveElectricWeek.infoand come show it off. If you want to be an attendee, you can reguster at the same site.