Don’t Miss Our Oct. 1st Electric Vehicle Roundup!

Twice a year we hold an Electric Vehicle Roundup in the parking lot of our previous office at 17695 S. Golden Road in Golden, and each year we see more and more diverse makes and models of EVs.

The star of this year’s roundup is sure to be Ford’s F-150 Lightning, provided by Larry H. Miller Ford. They have delivered several of these pick-ups already and have one for test drives which they’ll bring to our event on Saturday, from 2pm to 6pm.

You can also expect to see one or two Rivian pickups, a few Mustang Mach Es, all four models from Tesla, plus EVs by Chevrolet, Kia, Hyundai, Polestar, Audi, BMW, Nissan and other manufacturers. The owners of these cars have, collectively, driven over 600,000 miles on electricity alone, so they can tell you from personal experience what it’s like to own and drive an electric vehicle.

Inside The Net Zero Store during the EV Roundup, representatives of Helio Home Inc. will be giving a presentation and answering questions about how to make your home all-electric and even net zero energy. They are the biggest vendor in this market for heat pumps systems to replace gas forced air furnaces and heat pump water heaters to replace gas water heaters. Don’t miss the chance to have your questions answered about this important topic.

Big Gathering of Classic Cars Converted to EVs This Saturday, Aug. 13, at Red Rocks

Long before there were production EVs like the Nissan Leaf or the Tesla Model S, automotive hobbyists all over the country were playing around with converting gas-powered cars and trucks to electric vehicles, initially with lead acid batteries but more recently with lithium ion batteries obtained from a wrecked EV or from a battery manufacturer.

This Saturday, August 13th, several of those converted classics will be on display at La Vida Volta! — an EV expo sponsored in part by Xcel Energy and CDOT. The free, family-friendly event runs from 10 to 3 in the lower North lot at Red Rocks.

The day before there will be a first-of-its-kind “Educational Conference for Performance EV Conversions” at the nearby Origin Hotel Red Rocks. That event is sold out, but you’re welcome to attend the car show on Saturday.

The conference and the Saturday car show are produced by a venture with the clever name of Ohm on the Range. (If you’re not familiar with the word ohm, which rhymes with home, it is a measure of electrical resistance.)

Speakers at that conference include men and women who have converted the following cars from gas-powered drive trains to electric drive trains: a 1999 Jeep Wrangler, a 1980 Subaru Brat, a 1982 Scrambler, a 1965 Mustang, a 1972 Plymouth Satellite, and a 1996 Toyota Land Cruiser. Those and many other EV conversions will be on display at Saturday’s event.

Converting a gas-powered car to an EV is often done by taking the drive train from a wrecked Tesla, Nissan Leaf or other EV. Alternatively, DIY hobbyists can purchase new electric components from aftermarket companies with names like Electric GT, reVolt Systems and Netgain Motors. Saturday’s expo will also feature some of the newest OEM offerings from Lucid, Rivian, Polestar, Ford, Kia, Nissan and Chevrolet.

We’ve had one or two EV conversions show up for the EV Roundups which we sponsor each April and October. This event dedicated solely to conversions should be fun!

Come to the Electric Vehicle Roundup This Saturday, Oct. 2nd, 3-5 pm

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.

2021 Will Be the ‘Year of the Electric Pickup’

The best selling vehicle in America for many years has been the Ford F-150 pick-up, so 2021 is bound to be a watershed year, given the number of electric pick-up trucks expected to hit the market — including, by the way, an electric F-150, which has been teased for at least a year.

Rivian is furthest along and will beat Tesla’s entry by several months. Rivian is simultaneously releasing an SUV and 4-door pickup, which appeal to the same demographic. The company is backed by Amazon, which has boosted Rivian’s financial situation by ordering 100,000 delivery vehicles to replace the blue Amazon vans we see every day in our neighborhoods. Some of them are already in service, but not in the Denver market. You may have seen an Amazon commercial featuring the new van.

Ford F-150 Electric

The F-150 Electric begins production this year. Tesla’s Cybertruck may be in production by year’s end but certainly in 2022.

Also coming this year (or soon) are GM’s Hummer EV, the Atlis XT, Bollinger’s B2, and more. Click here for ChargePoint’s article with specs and prices on these six trucks. Click here for InsideEVs.com’s list of all the electric trucks they are expecting in 2021 and 2022, including the above six trucks plus the Lordstown Endurance, the Chevrolet BET, Nikola Badger, Hercules Alpha, and Fisker Alaska. Nissan is reportedly considering hiring Hercules to create an electric Nissan Titan.

Tesla Cybertruck

Amazon van by Rivian – already in production and in service

GM’ Hummer EV

Atlas XT

Lordstown Endurance

Bollinger B2

Nikola Badger

Hercules Alpha

Fisker Alaska