From the folks at 4CORE: Will Toor, the Director of the Colorado Energy Office. Weds. March 11th at La Plata County Administration Building from 1:30- 4pm. A Ride and Drive will be happening simultaneously in the parking lot from 2-3:30pm…it’s all free!
EV owners are welcome to come to the Ride and Drive, they just can’t take participants for a test drive. We should have both a new Leaf and a Bolt at the event.
Welcome to the start up of the EV 4 Corners website.
Members of what was formerly the Durango Electric Vehicle Enthusiasts (DEVE) have started this website to share information about buying, owning, and using electric vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) of all kinds in the Four Corners area. Although we are based in Durango, CO, we plan to present news and information about EV resources throughout the Four Corners, including areas in SE Utah, NE Arizona and NW New Mexico.
Because we are far afield from the nearest interstates, charging infrastructure is arriving more slowly than in densely populated areas. We plan to keep abreast of the Four Corners states’ programs to build charging infrastructure and encourage states to remember our scenic part of the country, home to many of America’s iconic road-trip and scenic routes, in their EV plans.
Buying an EV or PHEV is currently difficult for some makes and models in our area. Since 2017, Nissan of Durango was the first dealership in the area to reliably keep EVs in stock. They continue to do so. Durango’s GM and Toyota dealerships have been less enthusiastic or unable to keep their PHEVs (or the Bolt EV, in GM’s case) in stock. Toyota only sells their Prius Prime Plug-In in a limited number of states, which do not include Colorado, New Mexico or Utah. We’ll include periodic updates about EV/PHEV dealers in the Four Corners, and reviews from local drivers of the commonly available EV/PHEVs.
We will highlight the pleasure of traveling through and within the Four Corners by EV and PHEV through stories about our favorite charger stops, advice about charger stops we find lacking, and information about local businesses which support EV drivers.
Finally, we’ll provide summaries and links to national and global EV/PHEV news relevant to rural owners, drivers and those who are interested in EVs.
In a pay-walled
article in Friday’s E&E news (eenews.net/energywire/stories/1061307785), a
new charging network made up of existing or forthcoming chargers would be partially
funded by Ford Motor Company for the benefit of Ford EV owners. The network
would allow Ford customers to charge at over 12,000 locations, nearly three
times the size of the Tesla network. The network will be free for the first two
years to purchasers of Ford EVs. The network will include fast chargers that
deliver about 47 miles of range in 10 minutes for the forthcoming Ford electric
In addition to
incorporating the networks of Greenlots (Shell) and Electrify America (VW), the
plan brings in Amazon.com to facilitate installation of residential chargers at
the homes of Ford EV owners. The structure of the plan (handing out charger
passes to Ford owners) may conflict with California’s recent rule to require
charging networks to accept credit cards. Ford acknowledges that it may
eventually need to open the network to drivers of other car manufacturers. This
implies some level of proprietary use that does not presently exist for
chargers provided by Electrify America, for example. Presumably this will be
sorted out prior to the release of pure electric Fords in 2020. Environmental
groups generally lauded Ford’s plan for easing the transition to electric
fueling. Other manufacturers, such as GM, are also lining up or creating charging networks.