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BMW and VW partner with ChargePoint to create EV corridors on east and west coasts

Posted 01-23-2015 in News by Christopher

BMW and VW will partner with ChargePoint to create EV fast charge corridors on east and west coasts. The companies announced the plans at the Washington Auto Show. The collaboration will install nearly 100 DC Fast chargers across both coasts, creating coastal charge corridors from San Diego to Portland and Washington to Boston.

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Annual Tech CARS Awards Winners Announced

Posted 01-23-2015 in News by Christopher

AUTO Connected Car News has announced the winners of their annual Tech CARS Awards. The Tech CARS Awards are for technology and features deployed in 2014. After a month of voting, the winners include: GM Onstar, Tesla Motors, Ford SYNC, Volvo, Pioneer, Mojio, OTTER App, AT&T and The Connected Car Expo. Apple was the biggest loser winner by winning the Edsel Hugo Award.

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NRG eVgo to expand public EV charging network, create coastal corridors

Posted 01-23-2015 in News by Christopher

NRG eVgo announced that they will expand their EV charging network in 2015 and 2016 aiming to double the number of markets served. The public charge network plans to ultimately create coastal charge corridors from San Diego to Seattle and Miami to Boston. The company announced that it had installed 120 Fast Chargers in California.

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Chevy Volt series hybrid explainer video

Posted 01-23-2015 in Articles by Christopher

The Chevy Volt's drive system is unlike most other current commercially available electric hybrids. The Chevy Volt's "series" approach to gasoline-electric hybrid power gives the car tremendous flexibility. When fully charged, the Volt starts every trip on electric power. If the trip exceeds about 35 miles, the car's gas engine starts and spins a generator, which provides power to the motor that drives the wheels. There are two other drive modes.

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

Posted 01-23-2015 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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Solar Powered Parking

Posted 01-21-2015 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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Free Fuel - Public Charge points that don't charge (to fill up)

Posted 01-21-2015 in Articles by Christopher

My dad was fond of saying “there ain't no such thing as a free lunch” whenever I was in a pickle as a result of some childhood foolishness. It's the only time I ever heard a college professor use “ain't” so I gathered he was trying to underscore the point. “How times change”, I have thought every time I plug in to one of the dozens of free public charge points scattered around my local area and throughout the state. Free fuel!

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

Posted 01-21-2015 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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Kickstart the EV Revolution

Posted 01-21-2015 in News by Christopher

Electric Car Insider magazine launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce our 2015 EV Buyers Guide and to boost distribution of our print edition today. We have set a goal of $10,000. A successful campaign will allow us to increase our newsstand distribution by 150%. With increased newsstand distribution we will educate more people about the benefits of driving electric. Please support this campaign and help us promote electric vehicles.

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OpenEVSE - a DIY charge station

Posted 01-21-2015 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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