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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Thu Oct 03, 2013 4:54 am

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Well the Capital District EV Driver's Group's first ever EV event went great and we had 7 Leafs in attendance. The above picture even made it to the top of the Sierra Club's blog entry for the National Plug-in Day weekend recap.

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Oddly, the above picture is the only one I have of a Leaf! If you were there and took some pics please post them.

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Glenn Marcucio had the most impressive display by bringing both of his EV's plus a borrowed i-Miev dealership sign. He actually hauled the 6.5' tall sign in the back of his Volt! His wife followed him to the event in their nicely striped i-Miev.

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Tony Milillo's Mitsubishi i-Miev. :)

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A few other pics from the event:

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We had 31 EV's in attendance. Here we are lining them up for the parade.

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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:44 am

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Yesterday I held the first drive event for my Capital District EV Driver's group, up to the summit of Mt. Greylock. This is the highest point in Massachusetts.

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We had five EV's participate. Two Fit EV's, two Leafs, and one Smart ED. Our first order of business was to drive over to Bob's Country Kitchen in Lanesboro, MA for lunch.

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The weather was perfect and we got some great pictures.

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After enjoying the camaraderie at the summit and swapping stories, we all went our separate ways, but made a plan to reset our trip meters and try to record our rates of regeneration on the 8 mile decent to the lower visitor's center. Here's the raw data that I can offer from my Fit EV:

I left the peak with 29 miles remaining on my distance to empty readout. After the drive down to the lower visitor's center my display rose up to 54 miles remaining. The trip computer said I had traveled 8 miles, recaptured 7.9 miles worth of current, with just .1 mile of actual usage. From the Visitor center down and back home it read: 26 miles traveled, 7.8 miles recaptured, for a total of 18.4 miles of actual electrical usage. In my garage it showed 40 miles of range remaining with a 36% charge left. Travis' Fit EV had 25% charge remaining when he got home to Nassau. [He carried additional passengers up the mountain and lives a bit further away than I do.] This performance was a pleasant surprise for both of us, because we didn't know for sure that we could make the trip.

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And I thought I might not be able to make the 75 mile round trip with the long, steep climbs and high elevations.

It turns out it was actually pretty easy. :)

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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:16 am

Myth busted: "Electric cars are only good for local travel." In the past four weekends I have driven my EV to Burlington, Middlebury, Vergennes, and St. Albans, VT. Across Lake Champlain on the Essex/Charlotte Ferry, to the top of Mount Greylock in MA, over Petersburg pass to North Adams, MA, to the Lake George Elvis festival, even internationally up through Montreal and Charlemagne, QC. That's about 1,400 miles for about $13.30 in electricity.

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Essex, NY/ Charlotte, VT Ferry. Another all electric day trip up north and back for a total of 288.5 miles.

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Another Lake Champlain Ferry is seen here going in the opposite direction towards Charlotte, VT.

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I couldn't resist this photo opportunity in historic Essex, NY.

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Nice new ChargePoint station at 585 Pine St. in Burlington, VT. There are two Level 2 J1772 chargers and a brand new Level 3 Fuji Fast charger. I met a LEAF driver there who was trying out the new 440V DC CHAdeMO charger for the first time. Impressive!

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I really enjoyed our trip to Mt. Greylock last fall, so I went back again to the highest point in MA a few weekends ago.

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My first charge in Canada was under the Palais des Congrès Hotel in 'Old' Montreal.

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This was in Charlemage, which is about 40 minutes north of Montreal. This round trip was 650 miles.

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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Fri Jul 04, 2014 8:44 am

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Calling all Capital Region LEAF drivers: Please join us this year for our Nation Drive Electric Week event at Guptill's Ice Cream on the Cohoes/Latham border. We look forward to exceed last year's record of 30 EV's.

Link to event page for sign ups: https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=132

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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:39 pm

Electric Auto Awareness Day 2014 - Saratoga Auto Museum

The Albany Capital District EV Drivers will be holding an Electric Vehicle Lawn Show at the Saratoga Auto Museum. This is a great opportunity for the public to learn about and even experience electric automobiles in a beautiful park like setting. Their members are enthusiastic about their electric cars and are eager to inform the public of their advantages as daily transportation. Many will offer rides to interested spectators. This event is also open to other types of all-electric vehicles as well, including motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, low speed neighborhood vehicles, even Segways. There will even be an EV parade through Saratoga Spa Park.

Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014 [rain date Sunday, August 24th.]

Hours: 10 am to 3 pm.

Location: 110 Avenue of the Pines, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Contact: Michael Kamm
Send a Private message through this forum or call me at (518) 674-0520.
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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:40 pm

The show is this Saturday August 23rd. Come on out and join our EV parade through Saratoga Spa State Park!

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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:13 pm

The Saratoga event was terrific. Here are some pics we took.

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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Sat Sep 13, 2014 6:30 am

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Please come out and join us for our second annual National Drive Electric Week event at Guptill's Arena in Latham [technically Cohoes].

https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=132

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We will start the event by meeting 2 miles away at Falls View Park in Cohoes [231-341 N Mohawk St, Cohoes, NY 12047 for your GPS] for our EV parade. This will be at 10:30 am. At 10:50 am we will start the 2 mile parade on 9R [Manor Ave.] and make a grand entrance to our show at Guptill's at 11:00 am.

Confirmed new EV's available for test drives:

Mangino Mitsubishi - i-Miev EV
Fuccillo Nissan - LEAF EV
Keeler Mercedes - B-Class Electric Drive
Keeler BMW - i3
Smart Center of Latham - Smart ED convertible
Zero Motorcycles - three electric bikes, the S, DS, and FX models.

That's right, bring your helmet and license and ride a Zero EV motorcycle!

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Please join us!

Day: Sunday, September 21, 2014

Time: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Location: Guptill's Arena/Coney Express
1085 Route 9
Cohoes, NY 12047
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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Sat Sep 13, 2014 2:24 pm

I'm determined to ride a Zero, so I know which bike(s) to buy with my Tesla when I hit the lottery. Given that, expect it to rain. ;-(
2013 "Brilliant Silver" SV with Premium Package and no QC, and 2009 Vectrix VX-1 with 18 Leaf cells.

The most offensive, tasteless phrase in use here is "Pulled the trigger." I no longer respond to posts that use it.

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Re: [NY] Albany/Capital District EV Driver's Group

Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:14 am

The event was terrific and here are some pictures taken at the event, which boasted about 50 EV's during the course of the day. WNYT News Channel 13 was there filming and aired the segment that evening at 6:00 pm, 10:00 pm, and again at 11:00 pm!

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