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ClipperCreek offers high-quality 3.6kW charge station for $395

Posted 08-29-2014 in News by Christopher

ClipperCreek announced new lower pricing on their LCS-20 240 volt 15 amp charge station. The unit is matched for plug-in cars with 3kW on-board chargers which includes plug-in hybrids, older Leafs, the Chevy Spark and Smart ED. The unit is also ideal for people who want to install the slower 240v charger using an existing 20amp electrical circuit to avoid the expense of installing new wiring to the garage or parking space.

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Electric Car Guest Drive held throughout California

Posted 08-29-2014 in News by Christopher

A series of Electric Car Guest Drive gatherings were hosted by EV Quorum car club in cities throughout California in May. The meet-ups featured the Tesla Model S and other electric vehicles. The events were held in 12 cities from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants drove the Tesla Model S, Fiat 500e, Ford Focus Electric, Honda Fit EV. The Toyota RAV4 EV, Chevy Volt, Chevy Spark and BMW ActiveE were also available for driving at some of the meet-ups. Local chapters of the Electric Auto Association co-hosted several of the events.

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2014 National Drive Electric Week

Posted 09-19-2014 in News by Christopher

National Drive Electric Week begins September 15-21 presented by Plug In America, Sierra Club and the Electric Auto Association. There will be over 120 events throughout the nation with thousands of electric car enthusiasts. Starting in 2011 with National Plug In Day, the event has turned in to an entire week and continues to grow and reach more cities. Every event is held by a local EV drivers and plug in enthusiasts and includes test drives, EV parades and information booths.

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Solar Powered Parking

Posted 08-29-2014 in Articles by Christopher

Powering your car on sunshine has been a persistent dream among electric car advocates. University of California San Diego physics professor Tom Murphy does a great job explaining why designing solar panels into a car is not a great idea is his online tutorial “Do the Math – A Solar Powered Car?” There is not enough surface area on your car, and the panels would add too much weight for the small amount of power produced. Professor Murphy also points out that putting solar panels on your residence and charging your car with the output can work out quite well.

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Extended Drive - Test drive an EV through a car-share or rental agency

Posted 08-29-2014 in Articles by Christopher

It's not uncommon for people to go to a car dealership, test drive one or perhaps a few cars and start negotiating. If you already have your heart set on a particular model because you love the way it looks, or because it has a capability no other car has, for example the Tesla Model S with 265 mile all-electric range and sports-car performance, that's understandable. If there are not any head-to-head comparisons your choice could be simple. But if you're thinking “hey, there are quite a few plug-in options now” and don't have a lot of experience driving electric cars, there's a better option...

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There's an App for that - Finding EV charge stations

Posted 08-29-2014 in Articles by Christopher

Finding a charge station for an EV is usually really easy. Go out to your garage, pick up the coupler and plug it in. But for those infrequent occasions when you need to charge up during the day as you're out and about running errands, locating a charger takes more than just looking toward the nearest main intersection. Fortunately, there's an app for that.

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More new electric power will come from renewables than gas by 2016 says IEA

Posted 08-29-2014 in News by Christopher

Solar and wind power continue to get cheaper. In its second annual Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report, the International Energy Agency predicts that more new electricity will be produced from renewables than from natural gas by 2016. "Renewables are now the fastest-growing power generation sector and will make up almost a quarter of the global power mix by 2018, up from an estimated 20% in 2011. The share of non-hydro sources such as wind, solar, bioenergy and geothermal in total power generation will double, reaching 8% by 2018, up from 4% in 2011 and just 2% in 2006."

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OpenEVSE - a DIY charge station

Posted 08-29-2014 in Articles by Christopher

I'm not sure if it was the desire to save $500 or the more fundamental curiosity of “what's in the box?” that interested me in the OpenEVSE. When I heard that you could build your own high-power 240 volt 30 amp home charge station from high-quality off-the-shelf parts and a couple of custom circuit boards created by an open source hardware collaborative, I was intrigued.

 

 

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Chevy Volt: "Buy American" Means Buy American Fuel, Too

Posted 08-29-2014 in Articles by Christopher

Smiling as you drive past the pumps is not just a matter of personal frugality, or of environmental consciousness, but a national economic and security imperative. The Chevy Volt will get you all the way across town and back home to the electricity socket, whose product is primarily domestically produced.

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