Coyote Gulch’s excellent EV Adventure, Grand Valley edition

Buffalo Mountain from the Frisco Town Center September 30, 2021.

I’m in Fruita this morning. I’ll be heading for a nice bicycle ride along the Riverfront Trail to Colorado Mesa University for the Colorado River District’s seminar today, “Wake up Call on the Colorado River.”

I drove the EV over to check out the charging infrastructure available for my Leaf and its nearly 5-year old battery. The addition of DC Fast charging made the trip much more convenient than it would have been. The pull over the Continental Divide of the Americas from Idaho Springs was a concern but I pulled into Silverthorne with charge to spare thanks to the regenerative braking system in the Leaf. The only DC Fast charger in Frisco was down (Electrify America) so I was using the Level 2 chargers at the Frisco Town Center (Chargepoint).

Leaf charging in Frisco September 30, 2021.

Vail has DC fast chargers at the Lion’s Head Parking facility, also Chargepoint.

Leaf charging at the Lionshead parking facility in Vail September 30, 2021.

I bumped the charge at the DC fast charger (Chargepoint) in Edwards for the longish run to Rifle.

Leaf charging in Edwards September 30, 2021.

The Rifle Chargepoint installation is sweet and very fast. The run from there into Grand Junction went well.

Leaf charging in Rifle September 30, 2021.

I did check out the charger at the Debeque Fire District (Level 2) where it started raining. The beautiful rain continued all the way to Fruita. The final charge was on Horizon Drive in Grand Junction but I didn’t get a photo since it was dark and raining.

Colorado National Monument from the Riverfront Trail near Fruita September 2018.