When we bought our home over a decade ago we set goals for ourselves: To make the electricity we use; and to drive electric cars powered by our solar power system. We’re not there yet, but we’ve made progress.
I drive my Model 3 about 50 miles (80 km) a day during the week, and a bit less on weekends. I charge my car every night in the garage. At the end of each day I pull into the garage, plug in, and don’t have to think about it again.
November 2018, California.This post is for those who are learning about EVs,
and those wondering how an EV will fit into their lives.
This post was written when we'd had our Model 3 for seven months and the odometer was at 11,000 miles.
Since getting our first electric car 5 years ago we’ve taken our EV on summer road trips. Last week we took our first road trip in our Model 3. How was it? We saw some great sites, interesting history, and beautiful vistas. Continue reading →
In one respect charging an electric car is no different than filling a gas tank: it’s all about storing energy in the car to power its motor. We use electricity every day to power and charge all kinds of devices: phones, computers, shavers, televisions etc. But driving an electric powered car is still a new idea for many people so it helps to be familiar with the terms you’ll be using. Continue reading →
This is a perspective from one driver to provide an example for how the Rav4 EV has been used for daily life, and in particular how DC charging allows you to use an EV for trips that take you beyond the range of your battery pack.
This winter I took my Rav4 EV on its first trip up into the Sierra Nevadas to find out first hand how my EV would drive in the snow, and how altitude climbs in cold weather would affect driving range. The Rav4 EV handled the winter conditions well, had good traction in deep snow, and the addition of a DC charging port allowed us to reach our destination in cold temperatures that reduce driving range. Read all about it here.