Kootenay EV Family Blog Posts

All about the blog posts I have made over the last 3 years, documenting our adventures and experiences owning a 2014 Nissan Leaf electric car.
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EVSE for a Nissan Leaf - learn Elecric Vehicles basics with this informative blog post!

If you are new to electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), these pages are a good place to start! Let’s get some definitions out of the way first: EV – somet…

EV Basics – Kootenay EV Family

Let’s get some definitions out of the way first: EV – somet…

“Benefits of EVs” – I added a static page with some information on the benefits of EVs as I see them after 2.5 years of ownership and over 100,000 km.

Welcome to the first post on the Kootenay EV Family website.

“2017 Starts with a Bang!” – a number of seemingly small events occurred in early 2017 that had me feeling quite optimistic about where the EV movement is heading in the coming year, so I put together a short post with my thoughts.  I’ve also included blog plans for the year.

2017 starts with a bang!

“Cost Update – 96,000 km and 2.5 years” – the next post in the series of cumulative cost updates.  In this update, I get to laugh at how much I have spent in maintenance vs the recommended service intervals for our Subaru!  (Wow gas cars are expensive to maintain!)  I also get a bit deeper into using LeafSpy.

“Cost Update – km and years” – the next post in the series of cumulative cost updates. In this update, I get to laugh at how much I have

A few days ago I had the chance to see a Chevrolet Bolt EV (brand new to Canada, and EPA range of 383 km!), courtesy of Kalawsky Chevrolet here in the Kootenays (in Castlegar, BC).  Terry Klapper i…

A few days ago I had the chance to see a Chevrolet Bolt EV (brand new to Canada, and EPA range of 383 km!), courtesy of Kalawsky Chevrolet here in the Kootenays (in Castlegar, BC). Terry Klapper i…

“Cool new trip planning tool!” – I give a quick video tutorial of how to use Kelly Carmichael’s electric vehicle trip planning tool.

Kelly Carmichael has shared his electric vehicle (EV) trip planning tool on the British Columbia Nissan Leaf Owners group page – direct link to the tool here.

Day-trip:  Nelson to Kaslo and New Denver – Kootenay EV Family

Day-trip: Nelson to Kaslo and New Denver – Kootenay EV Family

Cumulative costs after 30 months of ownership of our 2014 NIssan Leaf elecric car

Cost update – km and years

“New West Family Goes to the Great Wolf Lodge” – the NWS takes a trip across the border into the US to central Washington to visit a thematic lodge/resort – lots of details of how the trip logistics worked out.

In late March 2016 during spring break, the New West EV Family made the trek south of Olympia, WA to the Great Wolf Lodge all the way from New Westminster, BC. Great Wolf Lodge is a hot and humid i…

“Day-trip:  Nelson to Crawford Bay area” – a nice short trip to take from Nelson to Crawford Bay, I’ve included some stats and photos.  I also made a short video of the trip.  I also think again about the possibility of converting the inland ferries of our region to run on electricity.  Scandinavian countries are already doing this, and in some cases with Canadian technology!

Day-trip: Nelson to Crawford Bay area

“Cool new trip planning tool!” – I give a quick video tutorial of how to use Kelly Carmichael’s electric vehicle trip planning tool.

“Cool new trip planning tool!” – I give a quick video tutorial of how to use Kelly Carmichael’s electric vehicle trip planning tool.

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