Albuquerque, NM turned out to be our first successful search and find mission in regards to a charging station. As advertised by the PlugShare App, the Greenlots Rapid Charger was in the Montgomery Plaza Shopping multiplex. So it takes about an hour to charge to 80% capacity. Not really a big deal since there are stores to go to. But the charger has a 30 minute limit. How convenient. Oh well, charge for 30 minutes, go around the parking lot once and come back for your second 30 minutes. Can't fool us.
The next stop and the final one for the day was Farmington, NM. Time to shut down for some rest and once again, we find the advertised charging locations. Hi-Country KIA has an Eaton Level 2 charger open to the public and the Town Suites Marriott where we stayed has four Level 2 Tesla chargers.
So after striking out at our first two charging locations in Amarillo and Tucumcari, our luck changed for the better. Stay tuned. We head to Moab, Utah on Sunday and on to Salt Lake City on Monday.
Our first stop after Farmington, NM was in Moab, UT. My goodness what a beautiful area of the state. I had never heard of Moab but it is a jewel nestled among the beautiful red rock formations and cliff faces I have ever seen. And the town was great too. First things first, we easily found the charging station at the Moab Chevrolet and yes, it was working and available to the public...for free! Our next stop was Orem, UT, but we spotted this exceptionally beautiful plot of ground and decided to investigate. See to the left. If you'll zoom in on the photo you'll see what I mean about the beauty. Hey wait...isn't this a golf course? Well shucks, we better play while we're here. So we grabbed a room in the local Best Western, where there were a load of Tesla chargers, and stayed the night.
Okay, we headed out Monday morning with only 4 hrs to go. The next stop on the list was Orem, UT at the Garff Nissan dealership. What a great plac…
Charging up the batteries and getting ready to go! Heading out to Salt Lake City for the annual NRECA Connect Conference. This year includes a special event called the Drive to Connect. Several teams from cooperatives around the country are driving their EVs to the conference to showcase the electric vehicle and its current capabilities as well as future capabilities. CKenergy has a team and we're called the "Gas Kickers". Easy folks, it only sounds familiar.
My son, Jay, is traveling with me as my partner so conversation will not be lacking. He is much like his momma and we will have plenty of conversation. Okay, I admit, I'm a lot like his momma too, so the miles should tick away before we know it. One of the drawbacks for cross country EVs is the lack of locations to charge, especially rapid charging. After plotting my path, I realized I had all of 3 days travel ahead of me and that's assuming I found every charging station properly functioning and u…
Well, faithful followers, it's been a while since I posted anything so I thought I should at least post my fuel usage numbers. As you can see, (assuming you can decipher my spreadsheet), CKenergy has saved almost $1,900.00 in fuel over my former car, a Ford Taurus. $1,900.00 Doubloons!!! Crazy, huh?
I guess the main reason I haven't posted is that I really haven't had anything TO post. The car is a great car. There have been zero problems of any kind. It's a car that hauls booty while making no sound. It needs no oil changes or anything else for that matter. It's...just...a...car. I suppose most of us were expecting weird things to fly out from beneath the car, or that eventually there would be an engine pop out that was being concealed somewhere, or that I'd have to make an emergency run to Walgreens for new Duracell batteries. But no, it's...just...a...car.
There are more and more electric cars and trucks in the drawing rooms and being tooled u…