Ever since starting the Deb Goes Green Instagram feed, I have been lazy about posting text posts here on the main Deb Goes Green site. I am not proud of this. However, while working to figure out a way to become a more disciplined and regular writer, I am going to embed my feed here so as to make sure no one is missing anything. I *am* still out here documenting the zero waste and electric car things I see out in the world, as well as my own journey into a zero-waste, zero-emissions lifestyle. It is just that a picture *is* worth a thousand words: showing what I do probably makes more sense than merely *talking* about it!
This past summer I completed a 5508 *fuel-free* road trip. Yes- you CAN drive all electric!
Met many other Tesla drivers on the road, all of us pretty darned happy. It is nothing short of ecstatic to know that you can travel comfortable and have less of a carbon footprint. I am grateful to be living at this point in history, despite whatever else is going on in our crazy world.
For more photos of the trip, see www.instagram.com/debgoesgreen ... and hopefully, I will post some more charging stats here soon! -Deb (& Sir Percival "T: Tesla, of course!)
Since the last post, i've added another happy 1079 miles to my gas-free odometer!
I had a fabulous week in Boulder, CO, hanging out with lots of old friends enjoying old favorite restaurants and taking out some new ones. Went rockclimbing at the Boulder Rock Club. went swimming at the N. Boulder Rec Center, hung out Galavanized Recording Studios: it was all great. I also got a nail in my tire that was not so great. However the kind folks at discount tires on E. Evans Ave. in Denver fixed it up for no charge in 20 minutes.
And of course everybody got to ride and/or drive the Tesla! My friend Peter even did some supermodeling in for me (The beginning and ending his five five-minute super modeling career:-)
I left Boulder pushing on to Reno regrettably I had to mix the Albuquerque-Farmington-Durango -St George portion of my trip due to time constraints. however this is probably all for the best as it would make more sense to do a focused Southwest tour in the late fall or winter.
Along the way have met many Tesla drivers all different walks of life. Some are very knowledgeable about their cars, others not so much which worries me. A Tesla is complicated machine in many ways and it takes a certain type of attention and understanding.
It is. unfortunate that, during my trip, a Model S driver in Florida was killed when his autopilot failed (and he was also apparently not paying attention.)
It's really important to remember that the computer does *not* do everything. The human still must play a role. Just like a pilot of an airliner can't fall sleep just because the jumbo jet is on autopilot, neither should a Tesla driver using autopilot read a book, or take his eyes off the road or the instrument panel.
My own Model S does not have autopilot, which is fine with me at this stage. I think there's a lot of tweaking of the software and also tweaking of human training that needs to happen before autopilot in cars to go fully online. and I say this having tested a model X with autopilot in Salt Lake City and it was fun, but it's a huge responsibility.
Details on routes and charging stops to come...
-Deb (& Sir Percival "T" Tesla, of course!)
June 8: Seattle --> Pendleton, OR
284 miles / 2 charging stops
(Ellensburg Supercharger, Kennewick Supercharger)
Only charged up to 80% / 230 mile range each stop
Half hour per charge
June 11: Boise, ID --> Jackson, WY
363 miles / 4 charging stops
(Boise, ID Supercharger, Twin Falls, ID Supercharger, Pocatello, ID Supercharger, Idaho Falls, ID
Only charged up to 80% / 230 mile range each stop
First two stops half-hour, second two less than twenty minutes
June 11-15 In Jackson, WY.
3 Level 2/220v EV plug stops
3 Level 1/110v Wall plug overnight at my cabin rental.
These were all to keep car topped off
I did charge up to 100% on last day.
Did not keep track of time as I was either out doing things or inside asleep during chargin
June 15: Jackson, WY --> Montpelier Creek KOA, ID
No charge stops along way
Plugged into the tent site plug, a TT14-30 for about an hour then realized that the plug was falling out of the socket because the plug adapter set up was too was too heavy and the socket a bit loose
So I then rigged up a bungee cord fix, and charged some more...but socket still too loose.
Gave up and plugged into the 110v for the next four hours . Gained about 30 miles of range.
June 16: Montpelier Creek KOA --> Bountiful, UT.
1 charging stop / Tremonton Supercharger
Charged up to 80% / 230 mile range each time
June 17: Bountiful, UT --> Price, UT
1 charging stop / Salt Lake City Supercharger,
Charged up to 80% / 230 mile range each time
June 18: Price, UT --> Silverthorne, CO
4 charging stops /
(Price Supercharger, Green River Supercharger, Grand Junction Supercharger, Glennwood Springs Supercharger)
Charged up to 90% / 240 mile range each time.
(extra "insurance"for going over mountain passes)
June 19: Silverthorne, CO --> Boulder, CO (via Central City, Nederland)
No charging stops
I am living my dream.
All my adult driving life, ever since my first car, a 1986 Subaru GL Wagon, I have dreamed of being able to travel pollution-free. It always bothered me, that to see the greater wide world, that I had to spew out exhaust fumes to do so. It especially irked me when it came to travelling to wild, natural places ,away from the city. I didn't like it at all that to get away from urban noise and pollution, that I had to pollute to do so. Ugh.
While driving an electric vehicle is not the 100% perfect enviromental way to travel (that would be walking, and even then, one could argue that we emit...um, well, you know) it is certainly less carbon intensive than flying or driving a big Hummer.
Anyway, this road trip will be about 4000 miles and will take me through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, western Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Californina. I will be alternating staying in hotels and car-camping (Yes! You CAN sleep in the back of a Tesla Model S!) I will be visiting urban cities and mountain nature. I will be visiting numerous freinds and family members along the way.
Here's to the road!
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Three days after my Neah Bay trip, I grabbed the boyfriend and took off the opposite direction: Walla Walla, WA to visit a young cousin who lives there.
This trip gave me the chance to start using the Tesla Highway Superchargers! Free to Model s and Model X owners, Tesla has built out its highway Supercharger system across nearly the whole country: you can drive from Seattle to Boston to Key West to San Diego and back up to Washington with very little problem. (All which I intend to do!)
Walla Walla, home of Whitman College and Walla Walla Community College (see "visit young cousin" in paragraph 1) is in the heart of Washington's wine country and a charming small town. An interesting mix of academia, farmland, wine growers and ranchers, it is also very bike-friendly.
Given the extraordinary cargo space of a Tesla Model S, DB (darling boyfriend) and I were able to pack two folding bikes, swim gear, luggage, laptop bags, bike gear, emergency supplies and food with *plenty* of room to spare. And it all packs out of sight which, for this city girl, is an important plus.
DB took the car out on his own for a few hours on our third day to put it though his paces without me hovering. His report: "Deb, this is truly the nicest car of any sort I have ever driven!"
Some of the other things we found in Walla Walla: good wine, good coffee and solar charging at Walla Walla Community College which turns the most top-rated community colleges in the nation. It also has a very advanced renewable energy studies and water studies program and also a solar-powered EV charging station array in their sciences center! Who knew? Biking around campus, I was really wishing I was in my twenties again and could study there.
Anyway, a good time was had by both us Tesla Newbies and I look forward to more long-distance travel in Sir Percival T! (Thank you, Universe, for being so wonderful!)
Picking up where the last post left off...
...two days after the purchase of Sir Percival "T" Tesla, I took off to accomplish goal number one in my " "Tesla to the Four Corners of the USA" goal and headed northwest to Neah Bay, WA and Cape Flattery.
Neah Bay is on the Makah Tribal Lands. The Makah have a long history of occupying these lands and are famous for their whale hunting and fisheries. They were also one of the first tribes in the US to demand
accordance with the original treaties between the US and the Tribes in exercising these hunting and fishing rights.
Even though then Territorial Governor Isaac Stevens had made a treaty in 1857 that allowed the Makah to hunt and fish on their own lands to which they had been accustomed since time immemorial, the influx of white settlers in the 19th century and the boom of non- native sport and commercial fisheries had a negative impact on the tribe.
In a famous case, United States vs Washington State, US Justice George Boldt handed down a landmark decision that the sports and commercial industries has no rights nor claim to these tribal fishing and whaling practices and had to cease harassing the Makah and honor in reality that original treaty.
An excellent book is available on this subject is A Lawyer in Indian Country by Alvin Ziontz.
After hiking out to Cape Flattery, generally agreed to be the farthest NW point of the continental, contiguous US, I visited Makah Tribal Museum and was awed by the rich collection of tribal artifacts and historical archives of the tribes. Much of this was found when the Makah recovered their buried town of Ozette, WA in a partnership with University of Washington Archeology Dept. in the 1970's.
It is learning things like the above that drives me-pardon the pun-to travel.
Lastly, I am delighted to report that the Makah Tribe, in partnership with Tesla and Sun Country EV Chargers, has six EV charging stations on tribal lands: four Tesla plugs and two J1772 general EV plugs. Hopefully this will inspire more clean, pollution-free visits to this very wonderful place.
Gratitude to the Makah- Thank You!
Everyone always asks: where can you charge your electric car? Well, in the case of a Tesla Model S:
Tesla Motors was really smart. They built out (and continue to build out) their own charging network a little bit ahead of their car output. You can now, as of 2016, drive a Tesla completely across the country and then some.
And this image only shows the 440v Superchargers: there are thousands of other charging opportunities (see plugshare.com)
So my goal? Drive Sir Percival Tesla to all four corners of the contiguous ,continental USA. Why? Because we CAN!
#electriccars #longdistanceelectriccartravel #greentravel #teslaroadtrip #Superchargers #EVcharging #greenyourride #zeroemissions #nonoise #gasfree #leavenotrace #pollutionfree
On April 20, 2016 I took the Nissan LEAF for a spin out to the Wild Horse Wind Farm near Ellensburg, WA, proving that you really can "run with the wind"!
R.I.P. Mom. Thank you for your life long love and support. Thank you for introducing me to nature, horses, birds, conservation, your own versions of zero waste, how to pack light, the Sierra Club and the importance of giving back to the community. I love you and I miss you.
One year and only nine jars of trash!
This is what I couldn't recycle, re-purpose, repair, compost or refuse in the first place.
I only wish I had been able to make my goal of only six jars. But a late September car accident and simultaneously taking care of a friend who was recovering at my house from abdominal surgery meant a return to pre-packaged foods and those foods come with lots of single-use plastic.
#zerowasteholidays #christmasgreetingsfromdebseymour #Nissan #Leaf #NissanElectric #GreenYourRide #greentravel #zerowaste
The 26,000 Mile Negative Carbon Road Trip: Catching Up With Brian Kent and His Cross-Country Travel in a Nissan LEAF
Earlier this year, an Indi-Gogo campaign caught my attention via my Deb Goes Green Twitter feed: a fellow from Albion, New York was planning a 26,000 mile cross-country trip in his 2013 base model Nissan LEAF to prove that "range anxiety" is a myth and that electric cars CAN cut it in doing the Great American Road Trip.
Not only that, he was planning on planting a tree in every one of the Lower 48 States in order to off-set whatever embedded carbon count had gone in to the making of the car in the first place...
My new LEAF is here! Meet "Angel White", the replacement LEAF for my poor 2013 red Nissan Leaf that was wrecked on September 28.
The 2016 Nissan LEAF SV is exactly like it's 2013 predecessor except for one cruciial thing: it has a 30 kWh battery pack instead of a 24 kWh battery pack, thus upping its range from 85 miles per charge to between 107 - 112. (And 119 on good days, as seen in photo)
I am sad to report that four weeks ago today, "Lady Red Leaf", my 2013 all-electric Nissan Leaf died valiantly in a head-on while saving my boyfriend and myself from much more serious injury.
She did everything she was designed to do, crumpled exactly, airbags deploying appropriately and my boyfriend and I basically walked away with only whiplash and minor contusions.
Deb Seymour is a Seattle musician & web designer who strives to live lightly on the earth.
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