While the cost of gasoline and diesel has hit record highs, the cost of electricity for cars has dropped. Perhaps you’ve heard of the new Time of Use rates from Xcel Energy. Under that rate plan, you pay 10 cents per kilowatt-hour after 7pm and before 1pm and on weekends and holidays. If you opt out of that plan, you pay 14 cents per kWH at all times. The nice thing about EVs is that you can program any EV to start charging at 7pm even though you plug it in earlier. So maybe it’s time to consider getting an electric car! You can meet the owners of more than a dozen makes and models of electric cars and trucks this Saturday, June 4th, from 3 to 6pm in the parking lot of The Net Zero Store, 17695 S. Golden Rd. This is during the monthly Super Cruise event. Pedego Golden will be there with electric bicycles to test ride, too. Below are some of the electric vehicles already registered for this event.
The Net Zero Store is hosting another EV Roundup in its parking lot at 17695 S. Golden Road during the SuperCruise event on Saturday, June 4th, 3 to 6 pm. At right is the Ford eTransit van owned by Helio Home.
At left is a Toyota Land Cruiser that was converted to all-electric, shown in a recent rally in Moab, Utah. The green logo on its side says “EVSwap,” the name of the Denver company which will be bringing it on June 4th.
Next is a green Rivian R1T, the first widely available electric pickup to be delivered to consumers. We had one at our April 2nd EV Roundup. A different one is coming on June 4th.
All three trucks are sure to catch the eye of gear heads displaying their gas-powered cars and trucks during that afternoon’s SuperCruise. We’re trying to get a Ford F-150 Lightning, too. We’re announcing the event early so that other EV owners can register their cars or trucks for this special event. To do so, email Jim@GoldenRealEstate.com. During the event, you’ll want to go inside The Net Zero Store, where several staffers from Helio Home, Inc., will be on hand to discuss the possibilities associated with electrifying your home and perhaps moving it toward net zero energy efficiency.
Other EVs registered so far: BMW i3; Nissan Leaf; Tesla Models S, X & Y, and Chevy Bolt. Register to bring your EV!
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.