Blue Bear gets new wheels

Blue Bear gets new wheels

On Friday Sept 30, 2017 our Blue Bear model S75D Tesla when over to KalTire here in Hope, BC and pickup 4 new wheels and tires.

They put Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 Tires on aluminum winter wheels and added Schrader Tyre Pressure Monitoring Sensors (TPMS) as well.

Looks pretty cool! Good job KalTire Hope, BC

Kamloops – Hot Night in the City

Hot Nite in the City car show in Kamloops. The car show started in Kamloops as a summer evening show & shine back some years ago. It grew beyond what the organizers anticipated and is now a full day show with a misleading name – it no longer happens at night! Cars fill Victoria Street and the connecting avenues from 1st Avenue to 6th Avenue. Also that weekend, Ribfest, since 2012, has become a signature family event in Kamloops and has raised over $392,000! 100% of this money has been put back into the community, with no administration fees. Ribfest is held in Riverside Park, a very short walk from the Hot Nite show.

This year’s car show date is SATURDAY AUGUST 11, 2018. Poker run the night before. Last year saw 545 entered vehicles and a crowd of approximately 60,000! Not a small event by any definition.

Brock Nanson, our VP & Local Coordinator for Kamloops, has arranged for Model S cars to be entered the last two years (3 to 4 each year), and has drawn a very interested crowd. Paul Carter was also there a year prior to Brock’s participation and also had a very interested crowd and a great event helping out BC Sustainable Energy.

This year, Brock has been working with the City of Kamloops to extend the annual show to include an EV entry category and Best in Class trophy. The organizers have agreed to dedicate a section of the show (an avenue) to EV’s and related exhibits. Second Avenue will be advertised as “Electric Avenue”. At this point, we expect:

  • A banner over the street advertising ELECTRIC AVENUE
  • EV’s on display – A variety of EV’s, not just Tesla vehicles – the more, the better!
  • Solar panel displays
  • Charging equipment display (Electrum Charging has committed to attending)
  • EMOTIVE display
  • Our Club booth display with Paul’s Model X
  • Tourism Kamloops presence (EV Tourism program discussions have started)
  • Tesla is likely to attend (still to be confirmed) with a booth and may possibly offer Test Drives the next day to owners & prospective future owners.

The City is very excited about Electric Avenue and has involved Tourism Kamloops to help advertise and promote the event. Please see the attached ‘Digital Poster’, prepared by Tourism Kamloops.

If you could print and display a copy on any event bulletin board at your office it would be greatly appreciated.

Special room rates for EV entrants have been secured at two of the local hotels with Destination Charging equipment. The Best Western Plus will offer a rate of $135 single and $150 double (Regular rate is $175.99). The Block of rooms can be booked under: “Electric Ave.” The Best Western Plus will do around 10 standard rooms and maybe 5 upgraded (higher price) with a 3 week cutoff (July 21). Hotel 540 is prepared to offer 15% off their Best Available Rate to anyone with an Electric Vehicle (must be mentioned when booking).

We’re very excited about Electric Avenue! There’s no reason it couldn’t become a regular part of the annual show, especially given the attention the Model S entries have attracted in past years. We think this will be a very worthwhile event for Tesla Club members to support and attend! Not only is it an ideal event to talk ‘EV’ with the public, it’s also a great opportunity to mix with other EV owners and Tesla Owners Club members!

As noted above, it’s worth noting that Interior Savings Daybreak Rotary Ribfest also runs over the same weekend at Riverside Park, a couple of blocks away. Great entertainment every night of the week all summer long in the park as well!

Resources & Further Information:

Hot Nite: http://www.hotniteinthecity.com/ – sorry, their website is not up to the standard of their show…!
Ribfest: http://kamloopsribfest.com/
Music in the Park: http://www.kamloops.ca/events/musicinthepark.shtml#.WP1ghFMrJE6
Sun Peaks Retro Weekend: https://www.sunpeaksresort.com/events-things-to-do/events/the-8th-annual-retro-concert-weekend
Kamloops Wine Trail: http://kamloopswinetrail.com/

Next Steps

Interested in attending the events in Kamloops on August 10-11, 2018? Please register your EV at the Hot Nite Registration Page. The entry fee is only $25 and the City is offering that value in Ribfest vouchers to the first 20 EV registrants. Once you’ve registered, please advise us of your registration by either completing the form at the button below, or sending an email to bnanson@bc.teslaownersclub.ca. We’d like to keep track of numbers to ensure we reserve enough space to keep the EV registrants together.

August 12, 2017

Hot Night In the City

Sept 10-11, 2018

Register your EV

Electrafest 2017

July 15, 2017

Drove to Vancouver early Saturday morning to volunteer as a driver for the ride-along program for Tesla. Did about 8 tours of 8.2km each on a designated route around the Concord Pacific venue.
Each tour took about 30 minutes where interested future Tesla owners could ride along and feel
what being in a Tesla is all about. We answered questions and demonstrated how the Cruise Control
provides a safe, stress free and secure driving experience. Also demonstated the Self Steering autopilot. All passengers enjoyed the incredible rush when the Tesla is accelerated quickly. Demonstrated the value of regenerative braking and explained the variables affecting range. Gave each guest our business card so they could enjoy the $1,400 gift from Tesla when using our referral link when ordering their own Tesla and the Free Charging for life gift for 5 of our “friends”.

Canada Day in Hope, BC

The 2017 Canada Day Car Show in Hope was a huge success.
Hundreds of cars of all makes, years and models and 1 very busy 2016 Tesla.
We spoke with dozens of interested folks, let them sit in the car, explained all the good things and answered hundreds of questions.
Took some to great depths in the Submarine Mode and others to Mars on the mars navigator. Lots of questions about Model 3, the range of our Model S75D vehicle, the availability of charging stations and do we like our car? We said no, we love our car.. many folks had not heard about or seen a Tesla. Liz fielded as many or more questions than I did, in all a great day for us and we were personally
thanked by the organizer for bringing our Tesla to the show.