December 31, 2014
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
December 18, 2014
On Tuesday night, December 16, the Senate approved legislation sent from the House that extends the life of a number of tax breaks through tax year 2014. Included in the package are a number of credits important to fleets, of which are outlined below.
Alternative Fuel Excise Tax Credit – $.50 per gallon alternative fuel tax credit for compressed natural gas and propane when used as a vehicle fuel.
Biodiesel Production and Blending Tax Credit – Qualified biodiesel producers or blenders are eligible for an income tax credit of $1.00 per gallon of pure biodiesel or renewable diesel produced or used in the blending process.
Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit – A 30 percent credit for installing vehicle refueling property for alternative fuel, such as pumps for ethanol or liquefied natural gas.
Bonus Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), commonly referred to as Bonus Depreciation – allows extra depreciation to be taken for 50 percent of a truck’s purchase price, with an extra bonus depreciation deduction of up to $8,000 for automobiles, light trucks, vans, and SUVs.
President Obama is expected to sign the tax extenders legislation within days. As mentioned, the measure is only applicable to the 2014 tax year, which means the credits will not be renewed for tax year 2015 unless the new Congress takes the matter up again.
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November 20, 2014
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.
November 14, 2014
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.
November 12, 2014
Central Florida Clean Cities is proud to welcome a new Chapter into the Clean Cities Coalitions.
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November 10, 2014
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.
November 10, 2014
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)
A couple of things stand out.
November 3, 2014
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.