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TPO and JEA debut public access electric car charging stations

February 24, 2015 by Clean Cities

Jacksonville is about to get a charge, with the public debut of Chargewell, a partnership between the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization and JEA that will distribute electric vehicle charging stations throughout the city.

The program was announced at the Florida Alternative Fuel Vehicles Expo, where the TPO, JEA, Champion Brands and ThyssenKrupp Elevator discussed with the public their alternative fuel efforts.

The big announcement was the reveal of about 30 EV charging stations that would be established at businesses throughout the area to provide electric car owners a place to charge when they are away from home or visiting Jacksonville. The hope is a “build it and users will come” model.

“More charging stations will get people more comfortable about buying electric vehicles,” said Marci Larson, spokeswoman for the TPO. JEA is the first utility to partner in the Chargewell regional partnership, Larson said, and the TPO will continue to partner with other regional utilities through the program.

“Research shows,” said Peter King, customer solutions program manager for JEA, “that public charging infrastructure is a key piece of getting people to switch to electric cars.” (Click through the gallery to see some of the vehicles on display.)

The TPO is investing $300,000 — which comes from federal funding — into the project and JEA will install the stations at the selected businesses.

Businesses can now apply to host one of the stations. Applicants must be in a high-traveled area with public access and a JEA customer. A team will evaluate the applications, which are due on March 31.

“These are going to be dispersed as evenly as possible so they can reduce range anxiety for drivers,” Larson said.

The businesses can decide to charge up to 18 cents per kilowatt-hour, said King, or they can give the service to customers as a promotion.

He said the initial deployment of stations will get Jacksonville close to the ideal spacing for charging stations: about seven miles between each station.

King said the new stations will be hooked up to a network where key data can be determined from the stations and usage trends can be evaluated.

So far, about 266 EV owners plug in throughout Duval County. There are about 500 users in the five-county area and 15,000 users in Florida. King said the number of users increased 45 percent from 2013 to 2014.

EV users at the expo said they pay about 4 cents per mile and a gas equivalent of $1 per gallon.

The expo was also a chance for other alternative fuels to be highlighted. Earl Benton, CEO of Champion Brands, discussed his public-access compressed natural gas station. So far, he said, he and other fleets are using the station as a fuel-up for CNG-capable tractor-trailers. Tom Armstrong, director of fleet for ThyssenKrupp Elevator, said the propane-powered vehicles his company uses are ideal when the vehicles won’t be returning to a home base every night.

The diversity of alternative fuels is what will be key to getting the community to embrace cleaner energy, said Jeff Sheffield, executive director of the TPO.

“The options need to be diverse,” he said, adding that stations like Gate were adding EV charging and CNG fueling options on top of offering gas and diesel. “What we’re trending toward are energy stations. In the end, there won’t be one clear winner, it will be a blend of all of them.”

 

by Reporter- Jacksonville Business Journal

Elon Musk’s Tesla inks lease for Orlando dealership

January 26, 2015 by Clean Cities

In the market for a Tesla? Pretty soon, you won’t have to go far for a test drive — or a charge — as the high-performance electric sports car maker plans to bring a new full-service dealership to Orlando.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tesla Motors of Florida Inc. signed a lease for a 2.57-acre, 33,750-square-foot warehouse in Interstate Park, 100 S. Lake Destiny Drive near Eatonville, where the car maker plans to build out a showroom, sales center, service center and charging station.

This would be a second Central Florida location for Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA), as the company in 2013 opened a ministore and service center in Longwood. Tesla also is known for its creator Elon Musk, the man behind PayPal and SpaceX.

Read more from the Orlando Business Journal.

 

Originally published at http://www.bizjournals.com/jacksonville/blog/morning-edition/2015/01/elon-musks-tesla-inks-lease-for-orlando-dealership.html
 
 
 

Port Canaveral Adding EV Charging Stations

December 31, 2014 by Clean Cities
Quick Charge

Electric vehicles on display in Melbourne part of week-long international campaign.

(Photo: CRAIG BAILEY/FILE PHOTO)

Port commissioners voted 4-1 to install a fast-charging station for electric vehicles in the parking lot near the Exploration Tower in the port’s Cove area. Nissan will pay the $31,000 cost of the equipment, and Port Canaveral will pay the $18,376 for engineering, design and installation work.

Fast-charge stations can provide an electric vehicle with a full charge in less that 30 minutes, according to Carol Noble, the port’s director of environmental plans and programs.

Separately, the port plans to install slow-charging stations for electric vehicles in the Disney Cruise Line long-term parking garage, which port Chief Executive Officer John Walsh said was a suggestion of Disney officials, stemming from requests of Disney customers.

That project will cost less than $10,000 for engineering, design and equipment, Noble said.

 

Dave Berman, FLORIDA TODAY 10:15 a.m. EST December 29, 2014

 

 

 

 

Coca-Cola to install NRG eVgo Charging Stations for Employees

December 23, 2014 by Clean Cities

Sacramento, CALIF., December 02, 2014 – The Coca-Cola Company has partnered with NRG eVgo, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc., to join Governor Jerry Brown’s call to have 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California’s roads by 2025. Coca-Cola will provide electric vehicle (EV) charging at seven of its facilities across California. eVgo will install and manage the charging stations to provide workplace charging for Coca-Cola employees with EVs.

Coca-Cola is participating in the eVgo Ready for Electric Vehicle (REV) program to support their employees’ sustainable choices. The REV program provides qualified workplaces with turn-key EV charging solutions, including charger operation, maintenance and driver support 24 hours a day. The Level 2 chargers, dedicated for the use of individuals working at the location, are compatible with all EVs. With over 100 fast charge stations currently installed across California, drivers who sign-up for eVgo workplace charging can also select to have access to the extensive and growing eVgo fast charge network which is able to charge most EVs with a fast charge port in 30 minutes or less.

Should you charge customers for EV charging stations?

November 20, 2014 by Clean Cities

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Courtesy of Oregon Department of Transportation

Is it a prohibited gift of public funds if the agency allows public employees and members of the public to charge their personal vehicle at an agency charging station without imposing a fee?

Can employees be provided with free charging as an employee benefit?
Should an agency require that employees enter into an employee agreement for use of the EV charging stations?

The gift of public funds consideration seems to be the biggest legal concern among government agencies, and there are two ways to analyze the issue. As a reminder, the gift of public funds prohibition in the Washington State Constitution (article 8, section 7) is mandatory and must be strictly observed. It prohibits a local government from giving “any money, or property, or loan[ing] its money, or credit to or in aid of any individual, association, company or corporation, except for the necessary support of the poor and infirm.”

The threshold question under the gift of public funds analysis is whether providing EV charging for personal vehicles is a “fundamental governmental purpose?” If yes, no gift of public funds occurs. If no, then the question turns to whether there is consideration and donative intent.

Georgia Power Incentivises Consumers and Fleets with $12M EV Pilot

November 14, 2014 by Clean Cities
Tesla and Charger

Photo: Byron Small

The utility will invest $12 million in a pilot program that will boost the number of electric vehicle chargers in Georgia. One of out about every 60 new cars registered in the Peach State, in the first six months, was an all-electric vehicle, according to IHS Automotive.

About 1,000 new plug-in vehicles (which include all-electric vehicles, such as the Nissan LEAF) are registered in Georgia every month, according to Don Francis, executive director of Clean Cities-Georgia. Eighty percent of those cars are registered in metro Atlanta.

Atlanta is the No. 2 market nationwide for electric and plug-in hybrids and the No. 1 market for the Nissan LEAF, Georgia Power spokeswoman Amy Fink said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 12th WORKSHOP: Central FL Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEFA)

November 10, 2014 by Clean Cities

CEEFA Workshop November 2014

CEEFA Workshop November 2014

Self-Balancing All-Electric Motorcycle On The Road

November 10, 2014 by Clean Cities
Lit Motors C1

Stock photography by izmo, Inc.

The C-1–which may get a different name for production–is controlled by a steering wheel, but it does lean into corners like a traditional motorcycle, with gyroscopes reportedly capable of 6,000 pound-feet of torque keeping it upright.

In production trim, that stability is expected to come with 200 miles of driving range per charge, from just 8 kilowatt-hours of battery-pack capacity.

The first 500 are already spoken for, but $2,500 will get you one of the next 500, while $1,000 buys a spot further down the line.

 

 

 

Which Electric-Car Makers in the U.S. Are Serious? Sales Show Top Three

November 10, 2014 by Clean Cities

 

BMW i3 vs. Chevy Volt

photo: David Noland, Tom Moloughney

Green Car Reports grouped the cars by maker so that, for instance, General Motors includes both Chevrolet and Cadillac plug-in sales.

And they included compliance cars; even if they’re limited in volume, they do have plugs.

Here are the percentages of a carmaker’s total U.S. sales this year that are made up of battery-electric, range-extended electric, and plug-in hybrid sales:

  • Tesla: 100 percent
  • BMW: 2.3 percent (4,534 of 201,000)
  • Nissan: 2.1 percent (24,411 of 1.17 million)
  • Ford: 0.9 percent (18,859 of 2.07 million)
  • GM: 0.7 percent (17,969 of 2.43 million)
  • Toyota: 0.6 percent (12,321 of 1.98 million)

Surprised?

A couple of things stand out.

 

 

 

Hybrid Vehicles Losing Their Competitive Edge

November 3, 2014 by Clean Cities
Toyota Camry Hybrid

2014.5 Toyota Camry Hybrid, Courtesy of Toyota

Gasoline-electric hybrids are losing their competitive edge over ther gasoline counterparts due to falling fuel prices and more efficient internal combustion engines, according to a five-year owner cost analysis by Vincentric.

The research firm studied the total cost of owning a hybrid, and found that 10 of the 31 hybrids included in the research were more cost-effective to own that their gasoline counterpart. The percentage of cost-effective hybrids has fallen to 32 percent from 39 percent in the 2013 study and 44 percent in the 2012 study.

The Lexus CT200h and the Toyota Avalon Hybrid returned impressive lower ownership costs with savings of over $7,600 and $3,200 respectively. Additional hybrids from Acura, Audi, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Lincoln, and Toyota also showed cost advantages, according to Vincentric.

However, when the costs to own and operate all 31 hybrid vehicles were taken into account, the average five-year cost-of-ownership for hybrids was $1,339 more than their gasoline-powered counterparts.

 

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