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.