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EV Articles by Paul Gipe

I am pulling together all my articles on EVs and driving electric under one heading--as much for my own benefit as for the benefit of readers.

Tire Pressure Monitoring System: What is it and What EV Drivers Need to Know

September 18, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Since 2008 new cars in the US include a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The monitoring system includes a sensor in each wheel that sends a wireless signal to the car's computer. The computer...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Covid-19 Escape: Oak Flat Fire Lookout Tower

September 18, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

That sounds simple enough but 15 of those miles were on an "improved" dirt road. This is a bone rattling trip over a rutted and washed out road that gave both the Bolt and its passengers a good...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Covid-19 Escape: First EV to Breckenridge Fire Lookout Tower?

September 4, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Unfortunately, fires and smoke scuppered our most recent plans. So instead we headed east to Breckenridge Mountain where Forest Service web cams indicated the smoke wasn't quite so thick.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Covd-19 Escape: Botanizing in Horseshoe Meadows at 10,000 Feet

August 14, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

The drive to Horseshoe Meadows is a trip we long for every summer. The drive up Hwy 395 on the East Side of the Sierra Nevada is one of the best road trips you can make in North America. The scenery...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Electrify America EV Charging Payment SNAFU

August 9, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

It's an EV driver's nightmare. We were stuck in the middle of nowhere with an Electrify America charging station that wouldn't charge our car.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Covid-19 Escape: Bakersfield to Dome Rock in a Bolt EV

July 31, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

As part of our weekly Covid-19 get-a-ways, we headed into the Sierra Nevada above Porterville toward scenic Dome Rock.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Another Covid-19 Escape: Chimney Peak Road to Nine Mile Canyon in an EV

July 28, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

We've been taking weekly day trips from sheltering in place during the Covid-19 pandemic. On 17 July we took our most ambitious route yet in the Bolt EV. We made a 220-mile loop through the Kern...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bolt Backpack Redux 225 Mile Mountain Trip 25 Percent Charge Remaining

July 4, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

And, unlike the earlier adventure, (see Chevy Bolt 225 Mile Roundtrip with 21 Percent Charge Remaining), this trip required us to leave the paved road. The Jackass Peak trailhead was some nine miles...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Links to Articles on Charging EVs

June 22, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

These are articles I or others have written about charging EVs. Of course, there's a lot more on line. Each EV model has its own user forum on line with a section on charging: charging etiquette, how...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Why Charge to 80 Percent?

June 20, 2020,  

There are two situations where it's wise to charge your EV only to 80% State-of-Charge (SOC). The first situation is to prolong battery life. The second is as a courtesy to other drivers.[more]

Category: EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles

Chevy Bolt 225 Mile Roundtrip with 21 Percent Charge Remaining

June 14, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

We're a one-car family and our vehicle is a Chevy Bolt EV. So when friends decided to go backpacking in the Golden Trout Wilderness during the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing required that we...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Chevy Bolt Expedition: 200-Mile Round Trip on One Charge

April 24, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

With spring wildflowers beckoning and little chance of breaking social distancing orders, we headed to a remote site between Bakersfield and the coast famous for its spectacular blooms.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Climbing the Elkhorn Grade in a Chevy Bolt EV

April 9, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

With bright sunshine, spring in the air, and a bit of cabin fever, we headed west out of Bakersfield to a remote site on the Carrizo Plains National Monument hunting wild flowers. Social distancing...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Some Thoughts on Leasing a Chevy Bolt Spring 2020

March 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Short PowerPoint on leasing a Chevy Bolt EV.

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Links to Leasing a Chevy Bolt Spring 2020

March 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Below are some links I created for a group here in Bakersfield that's interested in leasing a Chevy Bolt EV.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Answers to Questions about Leasing a Chevy Bolt Spring 2020

March 27, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

The following are short answers to a list of questions raised by a group here in Bakersfield for a Zoom video conference call.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Santa Cruz via the San Andreas Fault

March 12, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

And why not? The San Andreas Fault is one of California's defining features and it was on the way, so why not drive a winding portion of it in our sporty Chevy Bolt EV.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Update on Non-Tesla DC Fast Charging Station Density in North America

March 3, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

In the fall of 2018 I published a surprisingly controversial article ranking states and provinces by their non-Tesla, DC fast-charging station density relative to population. The article, California...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

DCFC Stations for Boron, California

March 3, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

In a region of California with a dearth of DC fast-charging stations, the owner of Love Truck Stops plans to install three 50 kW DCFC stations at a new truck stop in Boron, California. The station on...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Volta Free Charger Spotted in Santa Cruz

February 26, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

A Volta free Level 2 charge station was spotted at the Capitola Mall by Liz McDannold while on her rounds. Apparently the station has been in operation since the spring of 2017.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Some Tips for Using a Better Routeplanner

February 20, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

For planning trips in our Chevy Bolt we now use A Better Routeplanner exclusively. We found it more consistently accurate--or nearly so--than any other routeplanner we've tried.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

A Better Routeplanner Interview

February 13, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

Flamboyant Dutch personality Vincent Everts interviews Jason Rapp at the Fully Charged Event in Austin, Texas., Jason is the American side of the duo that developed A Better Routeplanner (ABRP)....[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EVSEs or Home EV Charge Stations--What I Recommend

January 28, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

One of the big advantages of driving electric is charging your car--"filling up"--at home instead of going to a gas station. For most people, 90% of their charging is done at home. To charge at home...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Driving Electric Savings--One Utility's View

January 23, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

While prepping for an upcoming talk to the local chapter of the Sierra Club about electric vehicles I stumbled on our local utility's web site promoting EVs.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

DOE's Estimated Cost of Fueling an EV--A Comparison

January 20, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

In Top 3 Advantages of EVs, an article on Cleantechnica, Johnna Crider cites DOE's Saving on Fuel and Vehicle Costs web page for some numbers on how it's cheaper to driver an electric car than a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

CalTrans District 9 DCFC Stations Underway on East Side

January 18, 2020,   by Paul Gipe

CalTrans' District 9 has confirmed that construction on the first of four DC Fast Charge station locations has begun. District 9 serves the East Side of California's Sierra Nevada, including Hwy 395...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Why We Drive Electric: They're Quieter

December 11, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

One of the first things you notice about driving an electric vehicle is the absence of engine noise. The cabin is quiet until you're going fast enough to hear road noise or the whoosh of the wind...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Why We Drive Electric: They're More Fun

December 10, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I've noted in several articles that electric vehicles are simply more fun to drive than conventional vehicles. Once you drive one, you'll understand. [more]

Category: EV Articles by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles

Why We Drive Electric: Lower Cost to Operate

December 10, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Electric vehicles are cheaper to operate and maintain than conventional cars, in part, because they have fewer moving parts. They are also cheaper to fuel than gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Are Tesla Charging Stations Only for Tesla?

December 9, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

The simple answer is yes, they are only for Tesla.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Plug in America's Electric Vehicle State & Federal Incentives Guide

November 21, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Plug in America's Electric Vehicle State & Federal Incentives also includes regional air quality and electric utility subsidies for buying or leasing an EV or installing a home charge station (EVSE).[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Do I Need Heated Seats in an EV?

November 13, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Yes, heated seats in an Electric Vehicle are a must. And a heated steering wheel too, if you can get it. This is particularly true for limited-range EVs like the early Nissan Leaf, but it remains a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Problem Free 730-mile Roundtrip in a Chevy Bolt

November 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We've been driving electric for five years and we've seen tremendous improvement in both the cars and the charging network in that time. This trip was proof of that. Everything worked as expected....[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Electrify America's DCFC Stations Favor CCS Charging Standard

November 5, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Electrify America, a Volkswagen subsidiary, is building hundreds of charging stations across North America as part of its settlements for the Diesel-Gate pollution scandal. Each EA station includes...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

What does it Cost per Mile to Drive an Electric Vehicle?

October 24, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Here in California it costs costs a little less than $0.06 per mile for us to charge our Bolt EV at home. Elsewhere in North America it may cost half that to charge at home. The cost to drive on...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Slovenian Electric Vehicles

October 21, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

While touring Central Europe with a Rick Steve's group I didn't see a single wind turbine (my specialty), but I did come across some electric vehicles--my current passion--and one DC fast charger.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Charging at Electrify America

October 18, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

As part of its penance for the diesel-gate pollution scandal, Volkswagen is building a continent-wide network of DC fast charging stations for electric vehicles under the brand of Electrify America. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

What's that Number on PlugShare Mean?

October 18, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Short answer: High number--the station is relatively reliable; Low number--station is unreliable. Drivers want to avoid stations with low numbers.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

CalTrans' District 9 in Bishop has awarded DCFC Contract

October 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

CalTrans' District 9 office in Bishop, California has finally awarded the contract to build DC fast-charging stations as part of CalTrans' 30-30 program. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Transformer Installed at EA's Bakersfield Station

September 16, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Sometime in the past week PG&E has installed the transformer for the Electrify America station in Bakersfield, California. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Recargo's DCFC Station Contract on 101 in Central California has expired

September 6, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Recargo's California Energy Commission contract to build eight DC fast-charging stations from Buellton, California to the San Francisco Bay Area on Hwy 101 has "expired."[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Setting a Charging Schedule for the Chevy Bolt EV

September 5, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I was talking to a Chevy Bolt newby and in the course of the conversation I found that they knew another Bolt driver who charged off-peak using a cheap 120-volt timer you can get at any big box store...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Battery Degradation Comparison Chevy Bolt EV and Nissan Leaf

August 31, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We are approaching the two-year anniversary of leasing a 2017 Chevy Bolt EV. This is a good time to take stock of any degradation in the Bolt's traction battery capacity and how that compares with a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

When it doesn't go Right--Plan B Charging of a Chevy Bolt EV

August 28, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Experienced EV drivers always have a Plan B for charging on the road, and for good reason. Charging network reliability, especially for non-Tesla EVs, can be spotty at best even in "green"...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Update on Sierra Nevada East Side Non-Tesla DCFC Stations

August 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

As noted previously, there are no public non-Tesla EV charging stations on the East Side of the Sierra Nevada from Mojave, California to Gardnerville, Nevada on US 395--a distance of more than 300...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

I am Sold: Android Auto & Google Maps are an Essential Tool for the Bolt

July 24, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I am a slow learner, but I've come around to Sean Nelson's view that Android Auto is an indispensable tool for the Chevy Bolt EV. Nelson drives a Bolt in Canada's British Columbia province. And he...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, Other Articles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Familiarity brings Confidence--300-Mile Day Trip in an EV on a Whim

July 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

My wife Nancy's friend Virginia was visiting. Virginia has a relative she hadn't seen in many years on California's central coast in Arroyo Grande. We have a friend in adjoining Grover Beach. The two...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EVs in the Hoosier Heartland

May 29, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

As a former Hoosier and as an Electric Vehicle advocate I keep an eye on EV development in the state of Indiana. Yes, Indiana is the home of the arch-conservative vice president and former governor...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

CalTrans' DCFC Stations on the East Side Not Yet Out to Bid--EA's Under Construction

May 21, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

While funding for CalTrans' District 9 DC Fast Charge stations under the state's 30-30 program has been approved, the stations have yet to go out for bid. Bids likely will be released in July 2019...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Denny's Tehachapi ChargePoint DCFC Activity--Finally

May 21, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Denny's on Hwy 58 in Tehachapi has been slated for a ChargePoint DCFC station for some time. As of two weeks ago there was no sign of activity. Today there was a chain-link fence closing off a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

How to Use Android Auto on the Chevy Bolt

May 10, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I haven't had trouble using Android Auto, but others have. Here are some simple instructions that seem to work for me.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

New Pages Added on Frequently Asked Questions about EVs

April 14, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I've added a series of new pages answering frequently asked questions about EVs. These can be found under the Electric Vehicles section of this web site. The pages are listed under Frequently Asked...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Is "A Better Routeplanner" Better? A Review for the Bolt

March 16, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

There are four route planners I've used for planning trips in our Chevy Bolt. I've reported on my experience with EV Trip Planner, Green Race, and Chevy's own Energy Assist App. The first two are...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Planners and Trip Summaries with Chevy Bolt

March 15, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

I previously reported on my experience using three different EV trip planners. See Energy Consumption Estimators, Trip Planners, and the Chevy Bolt EV. Since then I've been experimenting with A...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Death Valley and Return--500-mile Round Trip in a Chevy Bolt

March 13, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We recently completed a round trip from Bakersfield to Furnace Creek in Death Valley National Park in our Chevy Bolt. We've done this trip many times in a gasoline-powered car, but this was the first...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Ridgecrest and Return Trip Summary

March 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We've now made the trip a few times in both the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Bolt. As with our trips to Kernville, actual consumption has varied for each trip and has varied with the results of four...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Kernville and Return Trip Summaries

March 12, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

We've now done the trip several times and we can look at the variability in consumption relative to estimates by EV Trip Planner, Chevy's Energy Assist app, and A Better RoutePlanner (ABRP). [more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Mud, Rocks, EV Capacity, and Flexibility

February 7, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Our family car--our only car--is a Chevy Bolt. When we want to drive somewhere, we drive the Bolt. The Bolt is a battery-electric vehicle (EV). It runs on electricity. You can't just pull up to a gas...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Tracking Chevy Bolt EV Battery Capacity

January 14, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Everyone who has a cell phone knows that batteries don't last forever. For drivers of electric vehicles (EVs), or those considering one, the first question that comes to mind is, "How long will the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Sierra Club Activist Loves His Chevy Volt

January 11, 2019,   by Paul Gipe

Long-time Sierra Club activist Harold Wood and his wife Janet bought a Chevy Volt about a year ago. Wood, a Visalia, California authority on the life and times of John Muir, the founder of the Sierra...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Replacing Rear Wiper Blade on the Chevy Bolt EV

December 16, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Our 2017 Chevy Bolt EV is about 18 months old. The windshield wipers were beginning to streak so I decided to replace the wipers. Despite that the replacement wipers for the windshield were not...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Tips for San Diego to Bakersfield Trip for a First Time Bolt Driver

December 6, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

As Tony Williams says, "plan the drive and drive the plan."[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

DC Ultrafast EV Charging Stations for Large Commercial Projects

November 24, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

All new large commercial projects along major travel corridors should install ultrafast-charging stations for electrical vehicles. These will serve the developers own commercial interest as well as...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Net Cost of a Lease for a 2018-2019 Chevy Bolt EV in the San Joaquin Valley

November 20, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Since we and friends each leased a Chevy Bolt in November 2017, we've watched prices rise and stay high. Several of our friends and acquaintances have considered a Bolt, GM's first mass-produced,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Update on CalTrans District 9 (Sierra Nevada East Side) DC Fast Charger Program

November 16, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Proposition 6, the measure to roll back an increase in gasoline taxes, failed in California's midterm election. Projects that depended upon the tax increase, such as CalTrans' 30-30 program, will now...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Mountains to the Sea: EV Road Trip Made Possible by a 60 kWh Battery

November 14, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

While a friend was visiting from Canada, we took her on a road trip from Bakersfield, California to the coast via Mount Pinos in the San Emigdio Range. This is an easy trip in a gasoline-powered car....[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Electrify America's Proposed DCFC Sites on the East Side of the Sierra

November 4, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

The most recent version of Electrify America's web site includes DCFC stations planned and those "coming soon." The online maps don't show sites on the East Side of the Sierra Nevada. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Lee Vining's Pioneer Pavilion Small Step for a Big Idea--Solar EV Charging at the Eastern Gateway to Yosemite

October 20, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Community activists have raised a solar pavilion in the small town of Lee Vining that they plan to use for charging electric vehicles (EVs). Dubbed the Pioneer Pavilion, the project is part of an...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Driving the Chevy Bolt EV--Our Impressions

September 28, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We leased a Chevy Bolt EV in early November 2017. I've been driving the electric vehicle daily since then. We've also taken it on several round-trip excursions of 300 to 600 miles. I know enough...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Advocates form Eastern Sierra Electric Vehicle Association

September 19, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Mammoth Lakes electric vehicle advocates have joined together to form the Eastern Sierra chapter of the Electric Auto Association with the hope of spurring the installation of non-Tesla EV charging...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

California Lags in DC Fast-Charging Station Density for Electric Vehicles

September 18, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Despite its reputation for being electric vehicle (EV) friendly, California lags behind other North American states and provinces in the density of non-Tesla EV fast-charging stations relative to...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Electric Auto Association Petitions for Mammoth Lakes Public Chargers

September 9, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Raejean Fellows, president of the Electric Auto Association, has begun a petition calling on the Mammoth Lakes ski resort to install public EV charging for its non-Tesla customers driving electric.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Road Tripping: Bakersfield Bolt to Yosemite via US 395 and the "East Side"

August 28, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

In mid August we took our annual vacation to Toulumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. We drove the family car. Nothing special about that per se, we've been doing it for years. What was different...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Off Road in a Chevy Bolt

August 26, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Ok, it wasn't four-wheeling, but it was off-road. Today I took the Bolt off road with the Kern Chapter of the California Native Plant Society. The objective was watering a group of Bakersfield Cactus...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Peeking Inside the Bolt's Brain Reveals Valuable Secrets

August 24, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

EV nerds, rejoice. You can see some of the communications between various parts of Chevy's Bolt EV and its central computer--the brain that runs the car.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bolt EV Successfully Crosses Sierra Nevada Bakersfield to Independence

August 20, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Since I've been driving electric I've been itching to drive across the Sierra Nevada to Independence, California from our home in Bakersfield. We love the "East Side" and it's our escape from the...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

How to Read the Chevy Bolt's Dash Display

August 1, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

After receiving a question about how to find some basic information on the Bolt, I thought maybe I should post a little introduction to the dash displays--there are two: the driver's display and the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Santa Cruz and Return in a Chevy Bolt

July 29, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We again put our Chevy Bolt through its paces with a 540-mile round trip from Bakersfield to Santa Cruz to visit friends.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

First Use of JDapter Stub for Tesla Destination Charger to Chevy Bolt

July 29, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

In short, it worked as advertised. For us this opens up trips to hotels and motels throughout California that were once restricted to Teslas only.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

First Level 2 EVSE Operational in Kernville

July 15, 2018,  

In a conversation with the campground host about our electric vehicle he mentioned that there was a "charger" at the new Forest Service District Office in Kernville.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

DCFC Stations Bakersfield to the Sierra Nevada East Side Coming

July 5, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Long overlooked by California's electrification effort, the vast area east of Bakersfield will soon be getting its first public DC fast charging (DCFC) stations for electric vehicles (EVs).[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Energy Consumption Estimators, Trip Planners, and the Chevy Bolt EV

June 25, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We leased a Chevy Bolt EV (electric vehicle) in November 2017. Since then we've taken the car on several road trips of varying distances. Based on these trips, I've tested the accuracy of three...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Fresno in a Chevy Bolt: 63 kWh Over 240 Miles

June 24, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

My friend Gordon Nipp drove to Fresno from Bakersfield in his Bolt. [more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Ridgecrest Revisited in a Chevy Bolt

June 21, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

For my wife's birthday, I offered Nancy an all-expenses paid trip to Ridgecrest, California, including dinner at a French restaurant. Such a deal, I know. How could she refuse?[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield Amtrak Gets Four Level 1 Long-Term Charge Stations

June 15, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Construction is nearly complete on four Level 1 Telefonix electric vehicle (EV) charge stations at the Amtrak station in Bakersfield, California.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

186-Mile Loop in Chevy Bolt Returns with 20 kWh to Spare

June 13, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

I've been chomping at the bit to test our 2017 Chevy Bolt's range and we did so on a 186-mile jaunt to the mountains between Bakersfield and Los Angeles.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Sunday Drive in a Renault Zoe

June 11, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We met Wirth in the square in front of the rathaus or city hall. We were elated to find that he not only would drive us to his parents but he'd rented a Renault Zoe electric car for the trip from car...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Cost of Charging an EV on a Road Trip: One Example

June 2, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

While discussing a recent road trip with a Canadian colleague, the question arose of how much we were paying to charge on the road.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Remote Unlock Using the Chevy App--Know How to Use It

June 1, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Mike Brigham, a Bolt driver in Toronto, Ontario reports on the importance of knowing how to use Chevy's App to remotely unlock the vehicle.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

CalTrans 30-30 DCFC Program on the East Side of California's Sierra Nevada Completion in mid 2019

May 30, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

The stations will go out to bid in early September and they have until June 2019 for completion. Consequently, they will miss this travel season and possibly part of the 2019 travel season.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Revisiting Bakersfield to Grover Beach, CalPoly, and Return

April 24, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We made another run to the coast from Bakersfield in our 2017 Chevy Bolt. This was a business trip. I had a half-day lecture to give at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo. So there was no dawdling to take...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Thule Bike Rack for Chevy Bolt EV

April 7, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

A few weeks ago I had U-haul install a 1.25-inch hitch receiver on our 2017 Chevy Bolt EV to mount a bike rack.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Springbok Solar Plant Cantil, California in a Chevy Bolt

March 19, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

17 March a small group caravanned from Bakersfield to the Desert Tortoise Preserve's new parcel adjacent to the Springbok solar power plant near Cantil, California. The plant is located just north of...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Trip Report Bakersfield to Palmdale and Return with Chevy Bolt

March 15, 2018,  

12 March I drove our Chevy Bolt to the ChargePoint station at the Palmdale Water District (PWD). I had an interview with the executives there, and, conveniently for me, they had recently installed a...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Chevy Bolt and EV Trip Planner Estimates Experience To Date

February 23, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

I've taken our Chevy Bolt, a battery electric vehicle (EV), on three road trips in our three months of ownership.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Trip Report: Bakersfield to Grover Beach in a Bolt--Mileage Estimates Off

February 20, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

On 12 February 2018 we drove our Chevy Bolt to Grover Beach from Bakersfield, California, a distance of nearly 150 miles. I'd been anticipating this drive for several months. It was a first for us to...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Trip Report: Bakersfield to LAX in a Bolt

February 9, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

In my first extended trip in our 2017 Chevy Bolt EV, I drove down to the Los Angeles Airport (LAX) Marriott for a conference, a one-way distance of 120 miles. Unlike my previous experience driving to...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Chevy Bolt Self-Sealing Tires Work But More Difficult to Repair

January 15, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

Motoring along at night returning from a meeting and suddenly I hear a thump, thump, thump. Geesh. We only had the car two months and now a flat tire.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bolt EV Works after Two Weeks of Idleness

January 1, 2018,   by Paul Gipe

We returned home after a two-week Christmas holiday. We found the Bolt where we left it. Always a good sign here in Bakersfield where cars disappear from the owners' drive way on a regular basis. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Home Charge Station--What We Use

December 7, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Because of the increased interest in electric vehicles (EVs) here in Bakersfield--the oil capital of California--I am posting a few photos of our home charge station.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Our Bolt is Back or How a 12-Volt Battery Can Kill an Electric Car

December 5, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

The good news is that our brand-new Chevy Bolt EV is back from the service department. The bad news is that after only eight days in our possession it had to be towed from our house to the Chevy...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bolt Driver Stranded at DCFC Station in Ontario

December 4, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

My colleague and early Canadian EV adopter Mike Brigham reported 30 November that he spent an unplanned night in North Bay, Ontario when a DCFC station wouldn't charge his Chevy Bolt EV.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Why We Moved to a Chevy Bolt from a Nissan Leaf

November 24, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

We leased a 2015 Nissan Leaf in late 2014. This was our first electric vehicle (EV). We liked the car, but we returned it to Nissan when the lease expired. We've now leased a Chevy Bolt. Why we did...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

First Year EV Electricity Consumption in an All EV Household

November 18, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

This October we passed the one year mark of driving two electric vehicles (EVs). Now is a good time to take stock of how many miles we drove on electricity in 2016-2017.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Go Electric Now: There’s never been a better time to drive an electric car--especially in California

October 19, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

With a slew of new electric vehicles (EVs) on the horizon, dealers are trying to move existing electric cars off their lots. One long-range EV, the Chevy Bolt, can be had in California for the price...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Jesla (Tesla) Mobile Charge Cable Stolen

October 18, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

We returned from a short holiday to find someone had stolen some minor stuff from our Chevy Volt, including 20-year old cloth shopping bags! But they also walked off with our Jesla mobile charge...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

What’s Next for Us as Our 2015 Nissan Leaf Nears the End of its Lease

July 25, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve chronicled our experience leasing a 2015 Nissan Leaf, a battery electric vehicle (EV), for the past three years. Now we’re nearing the end of the lease and the question is what’s next?[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Reports Posted to MyNissanLeaf.com

July 24, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Below is a short summary of the EV Trip Reports I’ve posted to MyNissanLeaf.com. They can also be found on my web site www.wind-works.org under EV Trip Reports. There’s more commentary both on my web...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Porterville Electric Bus Photos

July 3, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Rowell saw the bus, recognized its significance, and took a series of photos. He says the electric bus was on its way back to Porterville after a promotional tour of the Los Angeles area.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Canadian Loves His Bolt

May 4, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

Mike Brigham, the force behind Toronto's SolarShare, loves his Chevy Bolt EV. "The range estimates on the car seem to be incredibly accurate," says Brigham. "The last trips between a charge totaled...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Electricity Consumption in All EV Gipe-Nies Household

April 27, 2017,  

We’ve leased a 2015 Nissan Leaf since the fall of 2014. In October 2015 we bought a 2013 Chevy Volt off lease, making our household all electric.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Tehachapi Trip Report Redux

April 26, 2017,  

For various reasons we haven’t been able to take our Nissan Leaf, a battery electric vehicle (EV), out on the road until this past weekend. I was speaking at the March for Science in Tehachapi 22...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

California’s Clean Fuel Rebate for Electric Vehicles—What a Deal

January 20, 2017,   by Paul Gipe

It’s a deal almost too good to be true: Get paid to drive an electric car. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Solar Charging an Electric Vehicle—on the Road

November 17, 2016,  

John Rowell likes to push boundaries. Rowell, the man behind EVSEadapters.com pushed his Nissan Leaf, a mass-market electric vehicle (EV), to the end of Mineral King National Park and had to coast...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, News on Solar Energy, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

New DC Fast Charger in South Bakersfield & Delano

November 15, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

At long last there is another DC Fast Charger (DCFC) in Bakersfield. For many years the only DCFC station in the Bakersfield metropolitan area was at the Nissan Dealer in Gasoline Alley.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Renault Zoe EV: Cologne to Miehlen on One Charge

November 12, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

On 1 November Thilo Wirth rented a Renault Zoe from Cambio car sharing service for a trip from Cologne to Miehlen, Germany. The Zoe is Renault’s version of the Nissan Leaf, a mass-market electric...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Battery Degradation Two-Year Status Report: 2015 Nissan Leaf

November 1, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

We recently passed the two-year mark on our 2015 Nissan Leaf, a battery electric vehicle (EV). The event was a good time to take stock of how much the Leaf’s traction battery has degraded during that...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Chevy Volt Revisited: A Solid 40-Mile EV with a Range Extender

October 26, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

I have revisited my harsh criticism of the Chevy Volt. In the summer of 2011, I was asked to test drive the car for Automobile Magazine as part of a photo shoot among the wind farms in the Tehachapi...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Express DCFC Stations Over Tejon Pass Driver Alert

October 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) over the Tejon Pass on I-5 that plan to use two new DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) should have contingency plans. Depending upon the vehicle they are driving, they may...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Grover Beach Using Only DCFC

September 21, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

On 8 September we drove our 2015 Nissan Leaf from Bakersfield to Grover Beach, California using only DC Fast Charging (DCFC) stations.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

I-5 Over the Tejon Pass with EV Express DC Fast Chargers

September 19, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The trip was in part to visit a friend and in part to test the performance of two new DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) in the Tejon Pass. [more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

New Network of Fast Chargers in Southern San Joaquin Valley Make EV Travel Easier

September 6, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Completion of the US Green Vehicle Council and Cleantech Institute’s network of CHAdeMO DC fast charging stations will make north-south travel in the Southern San Joaquin Valley easier for...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Some Unusual Locations for EV Charge Stations in Marin County

September 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Recently we took a train trip to San Francisco and on to Corte Madera by ferry. For lack of something better to do, we drove to a number of Electric Vehicle (EV) charge stations in the vicinity.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EPA-VW Dieselgate Settlement Will Push EV Fast Charging in USA

July 12, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The recent settlement between the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Volkswagen (VW) for its diesel engine fraud could more than triple the number of electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

CARB-VW Settlement Could Revolutionize EV Use in California

July 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The recent settlement between the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Volkswagen (VW) for its diesel engine fraud could transform electric vehicle (EV) charging in the state. As a certain...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Public Participation in Decision on DC Fast Charging Roll-Out of CARB-VW Settlement Critical

July 8, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

EV advocates urge CARB to immediately convene an advisory group for maximizing public input into how the settlement money will be spent in the public interest. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

No--Germany Is Not Launching Zero Emission Vehicles Anytime Soon

June 17, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

It’s amusing to watch the blogosphere go wild with certain memes. (We used to call them themes.) The latest is that Germany is going to mandate all cars must be zero emission vehicles by 2030. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

DC Fast Charging Station Installed on I-5 in San Joaquin Valley [Updated]

May 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

This is the first of—we hope—a series of DC Fast Charging stations to be installed this month under US Green Vehicle Council’s contract with the California Energy Commission.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

New Yazaki DC Fast Charging Connectors Big Improvement

April 25, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

The previous version required reading the instructions, watching a video on line, and--if you were smart—a practice session or two before you needed it on a road trip with a line of Nissan Leafs...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Our Nissan Leaf’s Traction Battery Capacity April 2016 Update

April 19, 2016,  

The general observation of other Nissan Leaf owners is true that the more you use the Leaf the better the traction battery capacity appears. Whether this is actual improvement in the traction...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Austria Considers Prohibiting New Gas and Diesel Autos by 2020

April 13, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Previously, Norway and the Netherlands have also begun discussing whether to limit sales of new gasoline and diesel cars to reduce air pollution.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

New Rumors in Germany: VW to Build EV Plant & Charging Network in USA

March 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Rumors are swirling in Germany that Volkswagen (VW), under pressure to reach a settlement with US and California regulators by March 24th, is considering the creation of two mitigation funds and...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Return to Bird Springs

March 6, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

We arrived with 55% charge remaining as opposed to last year’s 51%. We returned home with 34% State of Charge, slightly more than the 32% SOC during last year’s trip.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Proterra Demos Bus for Bakersfield’s GET Transit

March 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Proterra, the high-tech startup, demonstrated its all-electric bus for Golden Empire Transit (GET) staff today. The company hopes to sell GET, the transit company serving Bakersfield, two electric...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Six New Public Charge Stations at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital

March 5, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

There was no signage and parking was at a premium. If nothing is done, these stations will be next to useless. They will be constantly ICEd and no one will be able to get in and charge.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Our Nissan Leaf’s Traction Battery Capacity

February 12, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

How much has the car's battery capacity declined since we leased it and will it recover when warm weather returns?[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Electric Vehicle Forums--Fonts of Knowledge

February 4, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

We drive 2015 Nissan Leaf, an Electric Vehicle or EV. Both before and after we leased the car, I carefully researched the kinds of EVs available and what would be best for us. I learned a lot from...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Palm Springs

January 30, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Wherein we again learn the importance of avoiding dependence on a GPS, on the value of paper maps, and on driving conservatively.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EVs Cause Cancer Meme

January 18, 2016,   by Paul Gipe

Electric vehicles (EVs) probably don’t cause cancer, but that doesn’t stop some people from saying that they do. I came across a bizarre version of this meme a few months ago at a social gathering...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Leaf Spy--an Essential Tool for Serious Nissan Leaf Drivers

December 8, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Who doesn’t want a metaphorical peak under the hood of their Electric Vehicle (EV)? Leaf Spy, a smart phone app, talks to the computer in Nissan’s Leaf and displays the data it finds there—data...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

PlugShare—Where to Charge When You’re on the Road

December 8, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

When you drive an Electric Vehicle (EV), most of the time you charge at home. For those times when you don’t, you need to know where you can charge. The pre-eminent choice among drivers is Plugshare,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Diesels are Dead--Long Live Electric Vehicles

December 5, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Presentation to the Sierra Club's Buena Vista Group, Bakersfield, California 5 December 2015.

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Jesla High-Power Mobile Charge Cable (EVSE) for EVs

December 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

If you plan to take your Electric Vehicle (EV) on a road trip in North America today, you must take along a portable charge cable. Like a spare tire, a portable charge cable is an essential piece of...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

What Did Driving Our Electric Vehicle Cost Us in the First Year?

November 21, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In October of 2014 we leased a 2015 Nissan Leaf, a battery-powered Electric Vehicle or EV. After one year of operation we can tally what it has cost us.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Our EVs Consumption and Fuel Cost: Year-End Report

November 21, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Toward the end of October we passed the one-year mark with our 2015 Nissan Leaf, a battery-powered Electric Vehicle (EV). It was time to tally it’s operating cost.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Why We Drive Electric: Much Fewer Overall Emissions

November 14, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are simply cleaner than driving cars powered by fossil fuels, regardless of whether they use gasoline or diesel fuel.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Why We Drive Electric: No Tail-Pipe Emissions

November 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Electric Vehicles (EVs) use electricity stored in traction batteries to drive the wheels. There is no Internal Combustion Engine that burns gasoline or diesel. There is no tail pipe in an EV and,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Why We Drive Electric: They’re More Efficient

November 13, 2015,  

EVs are more efficient in their use of fuel than cars powered by what insiders know as an Internal Combustion Engine or ICE. Because they are more efficient, EVs use fewer natural resources over...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield to Paso Robles Raises Questions on Energy Estimates

November 10, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In late October we tried a new route from Bakersfield to Grover Beach where we visit a family friend. . . The new route pushed the boundaries of what our 2015 Nissan Leaf is capable of—and our...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

VW Demanded Subsidies for its "Clean" Diesel

October 12, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

In what amounts to one of the auto industry’s greatest displays of Chutzpah, VW demanded the same subsidies for its diesel engines as was being offered to Electric Vehicles (EVs).[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Charging Time: Nissan Leaf on Level 2

October 7, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

I've posted two charts of two charging sessions. Both report similar findings. The car charges at its maximum capacity--6 kW to the traction battery--for 2.5 hours before it begins tapering the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Diesels are Dead--Long Live Electric Cars

October 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Environmentalists should insist that regulators force VW--willingly or unwillingly--to abandon the internal-combustion engine and switch to EVs now for our sake as well as for the future of VW. It’s...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Roma--EV Charging in Rome

September 30, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

EVs are making rapid progress if you don't have to search out charge stations in major cities around the world and instead just come across them in the urban fabric.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

AutoBleue--Electric Vehicle Car Sharing in Nice, France

September 29, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

While Nancy and I were guided around Nice, France by our colleague and good friend Bernard Chabot last week, we stumbled across this Peugeot Electric Vehicle (EV) charging.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Planned CHAdeMO DC Fast Chargers in Southern San Joaquin Valley

August 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The California Energy Commission (CEC) issued a document July 27, 2015 that called for proposals to complete California's portion of the West Coast Electric Highway.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Star-Crossed Trip: Bakersfield to LAX & Return

August 22, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Wherein I learn some important lessons: Don’t get overconfident with an EV; Don’t believe LA valets about their knowledge of EVs; The value of quick charging; Plan carefully; and—as always—allow...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Stats on a Star-Crossed Trip: Bakersfield to LAX & Return

August 22, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

I've pulled the statistics out of the article Star-Crossed Trip: Bakersfield to LAX & Return and put them here.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Delco-Remy’s DRIVE I Preceded GM’s EV1 to Same Fate

August 11, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Fourteen years before General Motors (GM) introduced its EV1 and a quarter-century before it recalled and eventually destroyed nearly all of them, a GM division built an electric car only to see it...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield First Urban Public Charge Station Nearing Completion

July 28, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield's first urban public charge stations are nearing completion. The four stations at Bakersfield Community College's Weill Institute are located in downtown. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Good Neighbors Make Plugshare Work

July 24, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve been contacted by EV drivers a few times about charging at our home here in Bakersfield, but none have showed up. That is, until John Rowell from Exeter called.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Grover Beach Revisited & Summary

June 28, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

As we’ve become more experienced, we’ve become bolder. On this trip we used our new Jesla EVSE—a portable charge cable—to charge quicker, and we took some shortcuts we avoided on the first trip. We...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Visalia

June 26, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We planned another excursion in our 2015 Nisssan Leaf, an Electric Vehicle (EV). This time we planned to join friends for dinner in Visalia to the north of Bakersfield in the heart to the San Joaquin...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Grapevine (I-5) Summary of Actual Consumption in kWh of a Nissan Leaf

June 26, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We've now made four trips from Bakersfield over the Tejon Pass via the Grapevine and back. This is enough trips to account for variations in the weather and some variations in driving style. As noted...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Bakersfield & South Valley EV Owners Breakfast

June 20, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We had a good time and it was great to talk shop with such an experienced crew. Gary, Tom, Jason and his wife, Dori drove up in Gary's new Tesla. They joined Mike Bornstein, his son, Stefanie, and...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Report: Kernville Revisited

June 18, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Our friends had organized a morning visit to the Ardis Walker house and museum of western history in Kernville. Walker was a prominent and colorful local figure in Kern County from the 1960s until...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Ridgecrest via Mountain Mesa

June 17, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We wanted to drive our 2015 Nissan Leaf to Ridgecrest and have dinner with our niece before her assignment at the Naval base was completed.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Nissan Leaf Range Calcs from Tony Williams Tabular Estimator

June 17, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

This tabular estimator is based on Tony Williams Nissan Leaf Range Chart. This simple spreadsheet uses Williams' estimates of how much electricity a Nissan Leaf consumes in level, steady-state...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Report: Tehachapi Revisited

June 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

My meeting to discuss Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Kern County was canceled, leaving my day free. So I turned to Nancy and suggested we drive our 2015 Nissan Leaf to Tehachapi for lunch....[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Tehachapi L2 EV Charging Station Operational

June 3, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The City of Tehachapi has completed installation of its Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station. The two, Level 2 EVSEs are located in the parking lot adjacent to City Hall. The station, part of the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Gary Giddings--Early EV Pioneer--Coming to June 20th Bakersfield Brunch

June 1, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Gary Giddings, creator of an early State of Charge meter for the Nissan Leaf will join the Electric Vehicle Owners of Bakersfield and the Southern San Joaquin Valley at the Golden Corral for brunch...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Los Angeles & Return

May 27, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

On Friday 22 May we embarked on our Electric Vehicle (EV) adventure to Los Angeles via the “Grapevine” to take in a concert of the LA Philharmonic and visit friends.[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports, Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Kernville

May 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

As part of our continuing exploration of the Nissan Leaf’s range, we took a one-day get-a-way and drove up to scenic Kernville deep in the heart of the southern Sierra Nevada.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

What is an Electric Car Event at the Beale Library

May 12, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We had about a dozen cars, so there's a dozen drivers there. Leafs, MiEV, two BMWi3s, a Ford, Rav 4, and a Tesla. There was quite a line up of vehicles--the Tesla attracting the most attention...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Updated Locations for DCFC in Southern San Joaquin

May 7, 2015,  

The California Energy Commission has updated the locations of DC Fast Chargers in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Mojave Superchargers Go Live: East Side Now Wired for Tesla—Still No Fast Chargers for Consumer EVs on the East Side

April 14, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Meanwhile, there are no DC Fast Chargers in Mojave, or anywhere on the east side of the Sierra for drivers of consumer-oriented EVs, such as the Nissan Leaf. The nearest fast charger to Mojave is in...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Grover Beach and SLO--550 Miles in a Nissan Leaf

March 16, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

On 5 March Nancy and I undertook our first true road trip in our 2015 Nissan Leaf. Our destination was Grover Beach and ultimately San Luis Obispo.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Electric Auto Association's Comments on DC Fast Charger Installations for West Coast Electric Highway

March 16, 2015,  

The Electric Auto Association (EAA) submitted comments 16 March 2015 to the California Energy Commission on DC Fast Charger installations for the build out of the West Coast Electric Highway. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Two DC Fast Chargers Coming This Summer to I-5 Grapevine Corridor

March 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

EV owners who’ve tackled the Grapevine on I-5 with today’s consumer-oriented EVs know how difficult the route is, necessitating long layovers in Lebec and again in Valencia. That is about to change. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

500 Miles in an EV—Some Observations

March 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We recently completed a 550-mile trip to Grover Beach and San Luis Obispo from Bakersfield in our Nissan Leaf, an electric vehicle (EV). It’s not as far as many have driven, but it’s far more than...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

CEC DCFC Corridor Gaps Southern San Joaquin & Mojave Desert; Grapevine, Valencia, Tehachapi

March 11, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

There’s an urgent need by owners of consumer-oriented EVs for a DCFC station either at the base of the Grapevine or at Lebec. Similarly, there’s an urgent need for a companion station in Valencia. [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Our Nissan Leaf's Electricity Consumption Early 2015

March 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

When we got our recent bill from Pacific Gas & Electric Co., I thought I’d take a look at hour our Electric Vehicle (EV) was affecting our consumption.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Lebec and the Grapevine

March 2, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

For those of us who live in the San Joaquin Valley, getting to and from Los Angeles in an Electric Vehicle (EV) is a challenge. Southbound, the last charging stations are in Bakersfield. Then it’s a...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

Level 2 Charge Station Coming to Tehachapi this Summer

February 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

The City of Tehachapi plans to install a Level 2 commercial charge station near City Hall sometime this summer, says Chris Kirk, assistant city manager. When installed, the station will double the...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Glenville

February 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

It was a beautiful day and there was a report of abundant wildflowers on the road to Woody. Glenville is beyond Woody and we thought we’d test our Leaf’s range once again in the foothills east of...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports, EV Articles by Paul Gipe

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Tehachapi

February 18, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

On Sunday Nancy & I drove our car to Tehachapi from Bakersfield, California. That in itself isn’t significant. Thousands of cars and trucks climb the 4,000 feet from the San Joaquin Valley to the...[more]

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Charging an EV at Tehachapi’s Mountain Valley RV Park

February 17, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Recreational Vehicle (RV) parks with NEMA 14-50 receptacles are popular with drivers of Electric Vehicles (EVs) where no EV-specific chargers exist—as is the case between Bakersfield and Mojave,...[more]

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Buying an Electric Vehicle Mail Order: Or Why we bought our Leaf from Petaluma and Not Bakersfield

January 23, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

Ok, it wasn’t quite mail order. Most of the transaction was done over the phone and via email, but we bought a car, an Electric Vehicle (EV), in a very untraditional manner.[more]

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Trip to Bird Springs Road in a Nissan Leaf

January 6, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve been driving our 2015 Nissan Leaf for two months now and it was time to take it on a road trip—a short one, mind you, but one long enough to test our range anxiety. We set out Monday morning to...[more]

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Electric Vehicle Charging Stations or EVSEs

December 30, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are different from the cars we’re accustomed to. They use electricity stored in the traction batteries to power the vehicle. They don’t use gasoline or diesel fuel. As a...[more]

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Why We Went Electric

December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

We’d been planning to buy a plug-in hybrid for some time. Just seemed to make so much sense on so many levels. They emit less air pollutants by being so much more efficient than conventional...[more]

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Why We Chose a Nissan Leaf for Our EV

December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

It was fairly simple really. Tesla was out. Too much money. At more than 100,000 the Tesla is well out of reach for most middle-class families--certainly for us. That narrowed the choices down...[more]

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Photos of Our 2015 Nissan Leaf

December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

Our 2015 Nissan Leaf S (the base model) with the Quick Charge option was delivered to Bakersfield by tractor trailer on October 20, 2014. The Leaf is an all electric, four-door hatchback. It's an...

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Photos of Our EVSE (Charge Station)

December 17, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

We installed two types of "charge station" or more correctly two types of EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment) at our home. The first is ClipperCreek's 40-amp EVSE with J1772 EV charge connector...

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Ollie’s Electric Car Pledge and Our Move to an EV

November 25, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

It worked. Ollie Danner’s Electric Car Pledge and his organizational skills are the reason we’re now driving an EV or Electric Vehicle. It wasn’t a direct route of course. And just signing his...[more]

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Electric Car Notes by Paul Gipe 05: Chevy Volt Test Drive

August 10, 2011,   by Paul Gipe

Tuesday I drove a Chevy Volt through the wind farms of the Tehachapi Pass. This was part of an interview and photo shoot by Automobile Magazine about the Chevy Volt and the potential role renewable...[more]

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