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Electric Car Guest Drive events to be held in May

Posted 04-14-2014 in News by Christopher

A series of Electric Car Guest Drive gatherings will be hosted by EV Quorum car club in cities throughout California starting in May. The meet-ups feature the Tesla Model S and other new electric vehicles. The events will be held in 12 cities from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area. There is no charge to attend. Participants wishing to drive the Tesla Model S and other cars may join EV Quorum club or Electric Auto Association and receive an invitation to drive other members' electric cars.

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Solar Powered Parking

Posted 04-06-2014 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 04-06-2014 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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Free Fuel - Public Charge points that don't charge (to fill up)

Posted 04-06-2014 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 04-06-2014 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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