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.
Okay, I've got the first month's fuel numbers to show you and they were really very good. We were a little skeptical at first, but as promised, electricity cost a little less than 1/3 of the gasoline costs for our former Strategic Planning car.
First, I know I showed you the future look of our little car in a previous post, but we've since had the actual wrap put on the car. It looks great! Check it out.
For the month of November, I drove a total of 2149 miles with a total consumption of 704 kWhs. Using CKenergy's geothermal rate, my electric bill was $302.92. Without the car's kWhs, my bill would have been $242.37. Therefore, my electric cost for 2149 miles worth of fuel was $302.92 minus $242.37 or $60.55.
My former car was a Ford Taurus which averaged 26.2 mpg. If I had driven 2149 at 26.2 mpg and $2.39 per gallon of gasoline, I would have spent $196.03 for fuel. The difference for November was $135.48...SAVINGS!
Okay, that's just one month…
Okay, it's been a while since I blogged. I apologize for that, but things have been really uneventful in terms of driving our all electric Chevy Bolt. By uneventful, I mean in terms of learning new things and/or experiencing bad things. From an excitement standpoint, I'm still pumped! The look on the Mustang driver's eyes last week after I smoked him at a stoplight was priceless! Did I just say that? What will the CEO and the Board Members think?
However, today and yesterday have brought a little excitement, AND learning, to the drive. Here in Oklahoma, we have ice...again. Luckily it's just on the roads so far and not snapping poles. Pray hard! Driving the EV was a little worrisome at first. Would the brakes work the same? (My Taurus had excellent anti-lock braking.) Would the traction control, anti-slip programming work the same? Would the Bolt's weight make it more or less likely to skid? I mean, I was really sweating those things just l…
EVs, Are They Our Future?
Electric Vehicles and their place in Oklahoma
One thing we like to do at CKenergy is stay on the cutting edge with convenience and cost cutting options for as many members as possible. As you know, we have always offered aggressive programs for our members, such as load control rates for water heaters and air conditioning systems, electric generators for standby power as well as peak power savings, and the nation's best geothermal incentive program.
Well, it seems there may be an additional service opportunity to offer CKenergy members if the product is as good as we think it is. Electric vehicles have really taken a turn toward reality with the advent of new battery technology and motor efficiency. What once was only viable for golf carts can now zip a car down the road at speeds as fast as gasoline driven muscle cars. Now don't get us wrong, there's nothing quite like the throaty rumble of a souped up muscle car engine or the smell of high o…