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Electric Motorcycle Buyers Guide at Barnes & Noble

Posted 05-22-2015 in News by Christopher

The new Electric Car Insider 2015 Electric Motorcycle Buyers Guide is available at Barnes & Noble and several hundred independent newsstands throughout the United States and Chapters/Indigo in Canada. The e-motorcycle issue contains virtually every electric motorcycle available for sale in the western world. The cover features the Audi R8, Zero Motorcycle and Gocycle electric bike. Long distance world record setting motorcyclist Terry Hershner is profiled. New contributors Steven Thomas, Curt Robbins, Norm DeWitt, Lynn Walford, Arelys Alexander and Neal Gaborno make their debut.

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2015 EV Buyers Guide on Newsstands at Barnes & Noble

Posted 05-22-2015 in News by Christopher

The latest edition of Electric Car Insider's 2015 EV Buyers Guide is available on newsstands at Barnes & Noble, Hastings and several hundred independent newsstands throughout the United States. The guide contains a full page profile of every plug-in electric vehicle available for sale in North America. The cover features the Porsche 918 Spyder, the fastest production automobile ever produced. The feature story, based on an interview with Porsche VP and 918 project manager Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, reviews the impetus for the project, the car's technical features and a drive review by new Electric Car Insider contributor Christine Reed.

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Chevy Volt series hybrid explainer video

Posted 05-22-2015 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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Solar Powered Parking

Posted 05-22-2015 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 05-22-2015 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 05-22-2015 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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OpenEVSE - a DIY charge station

Posted 05-22-2015 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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