On Saturday Apr 24 2021, a special 3-in-1 Earth Day event was held in Fairfield, Connecticut:
- Drive Electric Earth Day
- Sustainable Fairfield Earth Day Celebration
- Healthy Kids Day April 24th YMCA Fairfield
Given I've been helping out with the EV Club of Connecticut lately, including occasionally finding guests and establishing a new YouTube and Twitter presence, volunteering to attend with our Model 3 sure seemed like a great way to spend a sunny Saturday! A chance to speak to non-EV owners is a lot of fun for me, especially when kids are there with their equally-curious parents. I answered so many questions about my 40,000 miles these past 2 1/3 years of EV ownership, with one person spending about half an hour asking me super nerdy technical questions. That's right up my alley!
It was pretty great that Ford provided a new Ford Mustang Mach-E for this special occasion, and it's noteworthy that it had a manufacturer plate. Local Ron Blumenfeld is an experienced Chevy Bolt driver (seen pictured in red), and he was also the driver of the Mach-E loaner, he gives us his initial impressions of the Mach-E in the video below.
With Ron's prior consent, the Fairfield Fire Department and I had a look under the Mach-E's hood, checking out the emergency disconnect under the easily-removed plastic shield. Whether it's computers or cars, I quote enjoy seeing how things work, and how different companies go about designing things. We talked at some length off camera about how extinguishing EV fires works, and we discussed Ford's recent NHTSA crash test results were looking good, with more details here.
You'll also spot Michael Terranova in the photos below, the very same enthusiast and inspiring public speaker who bravely spoke at the EV Parade in Fairfield last fall at this spot. He made quite an impression.
Enjoy some photos and video of this special event below, then search for a Drive Electric Earth Day Event near you, to go get your EV questions answered too. Hurry, there's only a few that haven't happened yet!
While this video below wasn't recorded at the same Earth Day event, you might it helpful, another contender in the same Compact SUV (CUV) category as the Mach-E and Tesla Model Y.
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Apr 22 2021 by Brad Templeton for Forbes
The car caught fire. Firefighters were able to put the fire out quickly, but as lithium battery fires can re-ignite, they continued to pour water on the battery pack to cool it for 4 hours, using 23,000 gallons. Reports that it took all that water to put out the fire were incorrect. Fire damage was extensive.
- The Valuable Benefits of Owning an Electric Car
Michael Schuck at ThinkEV
... several sections that each tackle the following topics:
- The current situation with electric cars
- How to find the best electric car
- The benefits of an electric car
- The disadvantages of an electric car
- Whether you should go with an electric or hybrid vehicle
- The future of electric cars
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Disclosure: My family owns no stock in Tesla. Tesla doesn't advertise at TinkerTry, or anywhere else, and this is not a sponsored post. We financed the purchase of two Tesla Model 3s, replacing my 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid in December of 2018 and replacing my wife's 2005 Honda Civic EX in December of 2019. These big moves to an all electric household were an expression of our mutual desire to go green, avoid gasoline, be safe, have fun, and save money in the long run. Mostly for my job, I drive a lot, 25,000 miles in 2019 for example, and I thoroughly enjoy sharing what I've learned with you. I hope you can tell!