EV Trip Reports

As the title suggests, this section is devoted to our experience driving an electric vehicle (EV). In late 2014, we leased a Nissan Leaf, a mass-market EV with an official range of 84 miles. In late 2016 we bought a 2017 Chevy Volt. When the lease expired on the Nissan Leaf in the fall of 2017 we leased a 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. We sold the Volt in the spring of 2018 when we downsized to one vehicle. We now drive electric only. In the fall of 2020 we returned the Bolt to GM at the end of the lease and bought a 2020 Bolt.

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Ventura to Grover Beach Summary of Actual Consumption in kWh

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Paul Gipe

We’ve now made several trips from Bakersfield over Tejon Pass and two trips to the coast and back. There’s now …

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EV Trip Report: Kernville Revisited

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Paul Gipe

Our friends had organized a morning visit to the Ardis Walker house and museum of western history in Kernville. Walker was a prominent and colorful local figure in Kern County from the 1960s until his death in the 1990s. He was instrumental in establishing the Golden Trout Wilderness north of Kernville.

Bakersfield On The Left, Ridgecrest On The Right. Highway 178 Goes Through Lake Isabella. Highway 58 Goes Through Tehachapi And Connects To Highway 395. The Charge Station In Lake Isabella Was Added Based On This Trip.

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Ridgecrest via Mountain Mesa

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Paul Gipe

We wanted to drive our 2015 Nissan Leaf to Ridgecrest and have dinner with our niece before her assignment at the Naval base was completed.

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Nissan Leaf Range Calcs from Tony Williams Tabular Estimator

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Paul Gipe

This tabular estimator is based on Tony Williams Nissan Leaf Range Chart. This simple spreadsheet uses Williams’ estimates of how much electricity a Nissan Leaf consumes in level, steady-state driving and in climbing and in descending based on his driving experience.

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EV Trip Report: Tehachapi Revisited

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Paul Gipe

My meeting to discuss Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Kern County was canceled, leaving my day free. So I turned to Nancy and suggested we drive our 2015 Nissan Leaf to Tehachapi for lunch. Nancy’s dependably game for another EV adventure and off we went.

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EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Los Angeles & Return

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Paul Gipe

On Friday 22 May we embarked on our Electric Vehicle (EV) adventure to Los Angeles via the “Grapevine” to take in a concert of the LA Philharmonic and visit friends.