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Tesla Winter Road Trip in 2019

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Note: I'm focusing mostly on Tesla issues in this post, but the general information holds for other battery electrics (BEVs) as well.

Thanksgiving is one of the biggest travel holidays of the year, and this year my family contributed to the mayhem on the highways in order to see our daughter and good friends in Kansas City.

We headed out from West Michigan as soon as school was out on Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving and joined the throngs of other car travelers.

As the original owner of a 2015 Tesla with a nominal range of 250 miles and free lifetime Supercharging thanks to the promotion for early adopters of that vintage, our Model S is our logical choice for a road trip vehicle.  Well that, and we no longer own a gas car.

Congestion at the Supercharger Our first stop out of Muskegon is the St. Joseph, MI Supercharger where we typically enjoy the nearby Panera for its yummy pastries, soups, salads and decent coffee.  Normally, we pull right in to a Supercharger stall and …

Plug In West Michigan Podcast - Episode 8 - EVs in Winter

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Part of WKTV Journal Grand Rapids, MI Community Programming Listen Here: Plug-In West Michigan Podcast ... or find it on your favorite podcast feed like iTunes or Spotify.

Episode 8 - EVs in Winter

Show Notes
Introduction
Host: Karl BlossBlog: www.muskegonevguy.comInstagram @muskegonevguyWest Michigan EV community:  www.facebook.com/groups/WestMichiganEV/Guest: Ted Ooyevaar, EV owner, enthusiast and road warriorTheme song composed by Tyler Burke

Main Topic:  Electric Vehicle Considerations in Winter Weather
What happens to cars when it gets cold?All cars lose efficiency and range in the winter.  Gas cars just burn more gas and need to warm up longer.Traction: I highly recommend winter tires no matter what car you have.  The traction is so much better than so-called “all-season” tires, which I call “no season” tires.First let’s talk about the positives:If you’re just traveling around home, you just plug in at home in the comfort of your garage if you have one.  No need to stand at a gas pump …

Plug In West Michigan Podcast - Episode 7 - Electric Motorcycles

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Part of WKTV Journal Grand Rapids, MI Community Programming Listen Here: Plug-In West Michigan Podcast ... or find it on your favorite podcast feed like iTunes or Spotify.

Episode 7 Show Notes
Introduction
Host: Karl BlossBlog: www.muskegonevguy.comInstagram @muskegonevguyWest Michigan EV community:  www.facebook.com/groups/WestMichiganEV/Guest: Brad Kallio - bkallio@zynoc.com, www.zynoc.comTheme song composed by Tyler Burke

Main Topic:  Electric Motorcycles
The usual EV questions:How far can it go on a charge? Zero DS 13.0 kWh - 70-140 milesHow long does it take to charge? Depends on the charger installed9 hours on 110V standard outlet<2 hours with a J1772 Charge TankSome motorcycles will have DC quick charging capability to allow charging in 20-30 minutesHow much does it cost to charge?At $0.10 per kWh, a 13 kWh battery costs $1.30 to chargeEfficiency90-120 miles for 11 kWh = 8-11 miles/kWh, 2-3 times as efficient as an EV car At $0.10 per kWh, that's  Brands available:ZeroZero has…

Decision Time on my 2016 LEAF Lease

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The 3-year lease on my 2016 Nissan LEAF comes to an end in August.  That means I need to make a decision whether to turn it back in or buy it out.  Linked with this decision is what vehicle would replace the LEAF as our daily driver if I decide to return it to Nissan.
For the TLDR folks, here's the summary:
I already have a Tesla Model S.The 2019 LEAFs are too expensive for me.My wife and I didn't like the Bolt EV.The other 60 kWh+ EV aren't available in Michigan yet.I have 16-year-old driver in the house.I'm buying out the lease on the 2016 LEAF. The point of this essay is not to convince anyone to come to the same conclusion, but rather to walk you through the thought process of how to approach the decision-making process and hopefully help you consider what EV may work for you.  For details on the above, read on.
Rewind to 2016 When we first decided to lease the 2016 LEAF, our garage contained a 2012 LEAF with about 80% of its original 24 kWh battery capacity due to…

Plug In West Michigan Podcast - Episode 6 - Home Charging

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Part of WKTV Journal Grand Rapids, MI Community Programming Listen Here: Plug-In West Michigan Podcast ... or find it on your favorite podcast feed like iTunes or Spotify.

Episode 6 Show Notes
Introduction
Host: Karl BlossBlog: www.muskegonevguy.comInstagram @muskegonevguyWest Michigan EV community:  www.facebook.com/groups/WestMichiganEV/Guest: Kraig Schultz, Schultz EngineeringTheme song composed by Tyler Burke

Main Topic:  Home Charging
Home vs. public chargingFundamentally, most charging will take place at home if you have a garage or driveway where you have access to power.  Home charging is even more convenient than pumping gas; just plug in and you have a full "tank" in the morning.When you have an EV, most days you start off with a 80-100%, go about your day and plug in again at night.  This is not much different from your cell phone.  Public charging will be the exception for most drivers.MuskegonEVGuy Blog Essay: Home Charging BasicsHow power gets in the car - the chargi…