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Bakersfield and South Valley EV Owners Breakfast 20 June

Posted: Fri May 15, 2015 3:11 pm
by paulgipe
Saturday, June 20, 2015
9:30 AM
Golden Corral
5001 Ming Ave, Bakersfield, CA

We'll try to find a secluded table where we can talk shop. Everyone welcome even if you don't own an EV.

Find us, then grab a tray and go through the buffet.

We can discuss the last event, future events, or just swap stories about you and your EV.

If you have ideas on how to make owning and driving an EV easier, let us know. There are a series of new charging stations being installed in Tehachapi, Wheeler Ridge, and Bakersfield.

Paul Gipe

Re: Bakersfield and South Valley EV Owners Breakfast 20 June

Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 7:24 am
by garygid
The food selections at GC are generally much more varied than HTB,
and the food at the one GC that I have been to near LA was quite good.
So, two notches up from HTB, but with a bit higher price tag and
often even more crowded, and less flexible seating for small groups.

This "Ming" location seems to have extended parking, where the EVs
could all park together if that was considered a plus. Here, we try to
do that, just to make it easier for others to have a bit of a "wow, mom,
look at those..." factor.

I will see if I can make it there through the one Supercharger that
is conveniently located a bit south of Bakersfield, from Laguna Hills.

Re: Bakersfield and South Valley EV Owners Breakfast 20 June

Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 7:30 am
by garygid
What time does your GC open for breakfast on Saturday?

When it gets full of people, it can be very noisy. I suspect that
they want to encourage "eat and leave" rather than "stay and chat".

Re: Bakersfield and South Valley EV Owners Breakfast 20 June

Posted: Wed May 20, 2015 7:51 am
by paulgipe
garygid wrote:What time does your GC open for breakfast on Saturday?

When it gets full of people, it can be very noisy. I suspect that
they want to encourage "eat and leave" rather than "stay and chat".
Gary, I don't know when it opens. I've never been there. The venue and time was suggested by Mike Bornstein (RAV4).

Venue, time, event are all new. My preference is a reserved room but Mike and Ollie Danner thought this venue would work so I am going with their suggestion.

If you want to come up, we'd be glad to have you. We have no idea who or how many will show up.

Paul

Next Bakersfield EV Owners meeting June 20th

Posted: Thu May 21, 2015 8:41 am
by MichaelBornstein
The Next Bakersfield meeting is June 20th
Meeting will be at the Golden Corral, 5001 Ming Avenue at 9:30 am. Get your breakfast from the buffet and come and join us! :D

All EV owners and prospective owners are invited.
If you have a BEV, public chargers are available at the auto mall (check with PlugShare), or you can use the 40A Leviton at my house and I can drive you to the meeting.

If you plan on using a public charger, let us know so that we can pick you up and drive you to the meeting. :shock:

Re: Next Bakersfield EV Owners meeting June 20th

Posted: Fri May 22, 2015 6:50 am
by garygid
Unless something goes wrong, goes wrong, goes wrong, ...

I am planning to drive the Tesla up from Laguna Hills, 92653
for the event. If I can get started before 6 AM, and get perhaps
20 minutes of fast charging at the Tejon Ranch Supercharger,
I could actually get there on time.

I travel with an OEM spare wheel (rim and mounted tire) in the frunk
of my non-D Model S85. I could bring some extras that I have, if any
Tesla owner wants to buy a spare. Please PM me if interested,
including your phone number, and good times for me to call and chat.

I drove a LEAF since March 2011, but this silver Tesla arrived suddenly
just before Christmas in December 2014. Compared to any other EV,
it has rather good Range, facilitating this trip, which will be my longest
so far, and include the long 4000 foot climb up the I-5. In the LEAF, it
would have required enough charging to make the trip... much more
tedious.

I hope to see you all at the CG on the 20th.
Cheers, Gary

Re: Bakersfield and South Valley EV Owners Breakfast 20 June

Posted: Tue May 26, 2015 5:04 pm
by paulgipe
Gary,

If I didn't say so earlier, we're excited you are coming up. We just drove over the Grapevine and both coming and going we were passed (as those standing still) by Teslas. Great to see them out there on I-5.

By June we should have a good idea of the charge stations going in around here.

Paul

Re: Bakersfield and South Valley EV Owners Breakfast 20 June

Posted: Wed May 27, 2015 7:53 am
by MichaelBornstein
garygid wrote:What time does your GC open for breakfast on Saturday?

When it gets full of people, it can be very noisy. I suspect that
they want to encourage "eat and leave" rather than "stay and chat".
Gary:

According to their website, they open at 9am. I will try to get there then and reserve a table. I will also try calling them to see if we can reserve a room.

Looking forward to seeing you again ,,, we met at Cerritos several months ago.

Mike

Re: Bakersfield and South Valley EV Owners Breakfast 20 June

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 4:31 am
by garygid
According to another web site, the GC in Bakersfield opens at 7:30 AM
on Saturday and Sunday. We need to call them, but not really
relevant, since you are meeting at 9:30 AM on Saturday.

Group Reservations appear to be for 25 or more people.

From the lack of responses here, it might be a small group.

Re: Bakersfield and South Valley EV Owners Breakfast 20 June

Posted: Thu May 28, 2015 8:45 am
by JasonA
I'm planning on coming up. Either I'll bring the Rav but the flakiness of that CHAdeMO charger has me concerned nearby so I might be riding up with Gary.

It's only 87 miles for me but we'll be there.