Now one of my um, i hate to say hobbies, but it's kind of a hobby is to drive around our local town of boulder colorado and see what businesses and the city are doing to promote sustainable transportation. I'M. Talking about ev chargers, because they're popping up like wildfire and it's cool to be kind of on the cutting edge of what's, going on with sustainable transportation, anyways so i'm here visiting my grandma in downtown boulder colorado. You can kind of see the area here and i opened up. An application called plug share. Plug share is basically social media for ev drivers, so users share charge points and various chargers around the city, and then other users visit the chargers and rate their experience and take pictures and let you know, is it a good charge or not? How much does it cost anyways so going to my grandma's house decided, you know what let's see what's near the area see if i can get a few uh few volts into our smart car here pulled up the application and i found that there was a charge Point located on the third floor of this parking garage located at the boulder medical center, and i thought well that was kind of interesting. I didn't know that was here. Let me go check it out. Some users were saying that you know there was a charge port here, but it was for city of boulder vehicles. I'M, like okay, that's interesting.
I looked at the details of the charger and it said yes it's for city boulder vehicles, but you can park here as long as you don't abuse them so i'm, like all right, let's see if i can get a few uh a few kilowatt hours into tweedy And i came up here and found something interesting, so it is indeed in fact, a big area for county vehicles. You can see a bunch of them. We'Ve got some f 150s escapes we've got a couple of evs over here. We'Ve got the uh mitsubishi outlander plug in hybrid, and this is kind of a really interesting thing. We'Ve got two nissan leafs here which are blocking the 240 volt charge point, which is the quickest charger up here. But the interesting thing is these cars look entirely abandoned. So you can see they're owned by the city of boulder. This one is some kind of pool vehicle, maybe pool maintenance and look at the dust on it. I mean inches this one's even worse. This one is: what is this one inspection services, and it must be here for i don't know months on end, to look like this. I mean it clearly, hasn't been driven. Ah, if it's been driven within the year i'd, be surprised because it's just absolutely caked and dust look at the dirt on the front of it. That is just signs of unused now this. This brings up a couple of questions. Why are city boulder vehicles that are owned by the city just sitting here completely unused i'd, like to uh think that my taxpayer money is going toward vehicles that are used frequently rather than just sitting here.
Second of all, why are they blocking the charge point charger, which would give me a real charge versus that 120 volt thing that i'm currently plugged into what is going on here? Is it a covet thing? Have they just been sitting here forever because you know cove had hit and they're not needed, but more worryingly, these cars, if they have been idle they're not plugged in you, can see the charger. The charge point here is also just a layered and dust, and you know if they sit here for long enough battery pack voltage may drop to a point where um the batteries are bricked and the cars are no longer usable. I mean a leaf. This is probably an early leaf, judging by the wheels like a 13 or 2012 leaf may be worth six seven grand, and if the battery is bricked that's, probably a twenty thousand dollar battery, so it's a ride off. So if the city boulder has neglected these cars they're just sitting here, the batteries could be bricked because they're not plugged in this is really worrying. I'D. Love to know the full story on what's going on here. We may need to do some investigation. Look at the dirt on them, can't even see through the window. That'S crazy – and this is really worrying, like i said, because an ev that hasn't been plugged in these could be entirely ruined. Cars pack voltage may have dropped to a point where you can no longer charge them up, because the way that these lithium ion packs work is if they get to a certain point where they're too dead.
You just got to replace the battery. Basically, there's no way to revive them. Anyways kind of interesting um that car looks like it's been used very recently, that's a highlander hybrid, the outlander's, looking a little dusty as well. Actually you can see not quite as bad. I think. Maybe this one's been used very recently that one looks nice and clean and there's sweetie. Unfortunately, i can't get any kind of real charge because that 240 volt outlet is being blocked by the leaf so i'm just charging off these turbo docks and they're free, which is nice. Although this is weird too, it says, ev parking only obviously or an ev, but it also says unauthorized parking prohibited for ordinance. So i don't know if i can park here or not plug sure says i can. Although someone reported they did get a ticket, but that was a long long time ago, so i'm just going to leave this car here see if we can get some juice in it and then come back and i'll uh have to look into these leafs because i Have a feeling these are totally bricked, i don't know why they were abandoned, but they're definitely abandoned anyways kind of fun story from the road we'll see you guys next time, all right, tweety let's go see.