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Diesels are Dead--Long Live Electric Vehicles

November 27, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

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

Category: Presentations by Paul Gipe, Electric Vehicles

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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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How Clean is Your Electric Vehicle?

November 12, 2015,  

Electric cars tend to produce less carbon pollution than gas-powered ones—but just how much less? Enter your ZIP code below to see how different types of vehicles stack up in your area. Entering a...

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Gasoline vs Electric—Who Wins on Lifetime Global Warming Emissions?

November 12, 2015,   by Rachael Nealer

We found that battery electric cars generate half the emissions of the average comparable gasoline car, even when pollution from battery manufacturing is accounted for.

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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

Getting It Wrong About Electric Cars and Coal Power

November 6, 2015,   by Bruce Mirken

The miners want you to know that if you own a Tesla, you are driving a vehicle that is likely powered by Wyoming coal.” Small problem: If you live in California, that’s flat wrong.

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EV Auto Service--Boy That was Easy

November 5, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’ve driven the car 7,300 miles without any service whatsoever and when we took it to the dealer there was no charge for it’s annual inspection.[more]

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Plug'n Drive advocates for electrification of transportation as a key plank of Ontario's climate change action strategy

October 26, 2015,  

With the Government of Ontario looking to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 37% below 1990 levels by 2030, and with transportation being the largest emitting sector in Ontario, it is clear...

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Volkswagen Knowingly Adapted “Cheat Switch” For Four Different Engines Over Seven Years, Claim Insiders

October 19, 2015,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

The German automaker not only installed the illegal emissions control software in its EA189 engines but then modified it for use in a total of four different engine types, indicating that the ...

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VW Is A Symptom Of Widespread Automotive Disruption

October 17, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

The VW emissions scandal isn’t an outlier, but a symptom of the reality that internal combustion cars, whether gas or diesel, have reached the limits of effective compromises that will satisfy...

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VW looks to cutbacks and electric cars to overcome scandal

October 14, 2015,   by Andreas Cremer and Jan Schwartz

Volkswagen will cut investment plans at its biggest division by 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) a year and step up development of electric vehicles, it said on Tuesday, as it battles to cope with the...

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Volkswagen is pegging its fate to a major bet on electric cars

October 14, 2015,  

Volkswagen, confronting a daunting threat to its size and prestige, is making a dramatic pivot to electric vehicles. The move has seemed a likely one since mid-September, when the German company was...

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Volkswagen to cut costs by $1.5B, focus on electric cars

October 14, 2015,  

Volkswagen AG says it would cut investment by €1 billion ($1.5 billion Cdn) within the year and step up development of hybrid and electric vehicles.

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France Expands Electric-Car Bonus To Scrap 10-Year-Old Diesel Cars

October 12, 2015,   by Stephen Edelstein

French Minister of Ecology and Energy Segolene Royal says there are plans to extend the bonus to 10-year-old diesel cars, according to Life in France.

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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]

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In California, Electric Cars Outpace Plugs, and Sparks Fly

October 10, 2015,   by MATT RICHTEL

Electric-vehicle owners are unplugging one another’s cars, trading insults, and creating black markets and side deals to trade spots in corporate parking lots.

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Four more carmakers join diesel emissions row

October 9, 2015,   by Damian Carrington

Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi have joined the growing list of manufacturers whose diesel cars are known to emit significantly more pollution on the road than in regulatory tests,...

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VW: $50 Million In Tax Credits, Wanted Electric-Car Credits For Diesels Too

October 8, 2015,   by John Voelcker

But as it turns out, Volkswagen had pushed aggressively from 2009 to 2011 for its so-called "clean diesel" vehicles to receive the same tax credits as those granted to plug-in electric cars.

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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]

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Volkswagen Sought a Green Seal for Its Diesel Cars

October 6, 2015,   by AARON M. KESSLER

But Volkswagen lobbied hard before the announcement, demanding that its diesel engines receive special fuel economy credits for their environmental friendliness, just as zero-emission electric cars...

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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]

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Back From the Dead: The Rise of EVs

October 2, 2015,   by Griffin Carpenter

Could communities soon be generating their own renewable energy, charging their cars and controlling home appliances remotely?

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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]

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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]

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Electric Cars… of the 1890s and Early 1900s

September 28, 2015,   by Dick Eastman

What goes around comes around. Are you dreaming of purchasing a Tesla or some other all-electric automobile? Your great-great-grandfather might approve of your following in his footsteps.

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VW kills the diesel engine, and opens path for electric vehicles

September 28, 2015,   by Giles Parkinson

As one analyst wrote: “For Volkswagen (and the auto industry), the dream of inexpensive clean diesel might be dead. Even if carmakers could deliver on VW’s false technological claims, the standard by...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Why the days of gas-powered cars are numbered

September 25, 2015,   by Peter Cheney

The trashcan of history is filled with machines that once seemed as if they would last forever. Remember the typewriter? The rotary-dial telephone? Cameras that used film?

Category: Electric Vehicles

The Volkswagen scandal: say goodbye to the internal combustion engine!

September 22, 2015,   by Ugo Bardi

But, if it is true that we cannot win against thermodynamics, it is also true that we don't need to fight against it. A battle against the combustion engine was lost in the 1970s, but the war can...

Category: Electric Vehicles

EVs Could Cut Global Gasoline Use By 2040

September 6, 2015,   by Mike Barnard

A tipping point has been reached in the last two years for electric cars. Almost half of all fully or partially electric vehicles sold in the past decade were sold in 2014. In addition to the...

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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]

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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

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

Load Shifting With Electric Vehicles Is A Great Match To Wind In Many Areas

August 21, 2015,   by Clayton Handleman

EVs are poised to play an important dual role of both reducing carbon from transportation and enabling higher penetration of renewable energy. The pieces are falling into place for a disruptive...

Category: Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles

BlueIndy electric car-share service to debut Sept. 2

August 20, 2015,   by Justin L. Mack

BlueIndy officials announced Thursday that the stalled electric car-share service will open to the public early next month.

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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]

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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]

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My unlucky electric car journey

July 26, 2015,   by Gavin Shoebridge

In this episode: the electric car gets a 'major service', I drive to Vienna in Austria, I learn that most charging system providers really suck, I almost run out of electricity, and I put on a suit...

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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]

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How to Use the PlugShare EV Charging Station Tool

July 23, 2015,   by Brad Berman

PlugShare is a powerful mobile application and online tool that allows electric car owners to locate and optimize the use of EV charging stations.

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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]

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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]

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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

Ventura to Grover Beach Summary of Actual Consumption in kWh

June 26, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We've now made several trips from Bakersfield over Tejon Pass and two trips to the coast and back. There's now enough data to summarize how many kWh are needed to drive a Nissan Leaf on these various...[more]

Category: EV Trip Reports

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]

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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]

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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

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]

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EV Terminology & Recomendations for EV Charging Infrastructure

June 9, 2015,   by Michael Bornstein

In order to understand Electric Car Charging and the infrastructure needed, we first have to understand the terminology. [more]

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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

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]

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San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District Charge Up Rebate

June 2, 2015,  

SJVAPCD is now accepting applications for the Charge UP! Electric Vehicle Charger program.

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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]

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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 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

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]

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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]

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Plug-in Hybrid to the Rescue

May 2, 2015,   by Kevin Mershon

How the traction battery of a plug-in hybrid may have saved a life.[more]

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EV Event at Beale Library Hosted by Electric Vehicle Owners of Bakersfield and the Southern San Joaquin Valley

April 27, 2015,  

Ollie Danner has organized quite an event at the Beale Library. See the event flyer for details on the raffle prizes. All proceeds go to the Beale Library.[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Test drive of a petrol car (humour)

April 22, 2015,   by Tibor Blomhäll

Having heard so much good about petrol cars, we decided to test drive one. They are said to combine cheap price with long range and fast charging. A winning formula on paper – but how are they in...

Category: Electric Vehicles

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]

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LBNL: Quantifying EV battery end-of-life through analysis of travel needs with vehicle powertrain models

April 8, 2015,   by Samveg Saxena

Our findings show that defining battery retirement at 70–80% remaining capacity is inaccurate. Battery retirement should instead be governed by when batteries no longer satisfy daily travel needs of...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Opinion: Why Electric Car Charging Networks Need Impartial, Third-Party Regulation Or Face Collapse

April 1, 2015,   by Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

But while more electric car charging stations is a great thing for encouraging more people behind the wheel of a plug-in car, there’s a global endemic threatening the operation of charging stations...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Solar-Powered Commute | 2015 Ford Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid

March 27, 2015,   by Craig Topfer

When Craig installed solar panels on his home, he had no idea how it could benefit his commute. See how he powers his Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid.

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Oh Where Oh Where Has Washington Gone?

March 22, 2015,   by Dave Laur

The first stations started going in early in 2012 and there was a lot of excitement that many more would be coming soon. But the hype has not lived up to even the most modest of expectations. Fast...

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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

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]

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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]

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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

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]

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Tom P. Green's Comments to the CEC on DC Fast Chargers for EVs

March 3, 2015,   by Tom P. Greene

The following are Tom P. Green’s comments to the California Energy Commission Advisory Committee 12 February 2015 on the need for the rapid deployment of DC Fast Chargers (DCFC) in California.[more]

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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]

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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

DC Fast Charging for EVs along California Transportation Corridors

March 1, 2015,   by T.P. Greene

The CEC document CEC-600-2014-002 reveals some locations of the planned DCFCs along I-5 and Highway 99. The US Green Vehicle Council and Cleantech Institute have proposed the build-out of a complete...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Petition the California Energy Commission to install a network of DC fast chargers to enable long-distance EV travel in California this year

February 26, 2015,   by T.P. Greene

Deploying a network of DC fast charging (DCFC) stations along long-distance transportation corridors will enable long-distance EV travel in California. . . This network is also needed to make EVs...

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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]

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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]

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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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First Quick Charge--Wow That Was Fast

February 13, 2015,   by Paul Gipe

We’d have to agree with JP White in Nashville after his first quick charge: Awesome.[more]

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Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette Hang Tags

February 12, 2015,   by Ollie Danner

The first ever Electric Vehicle Charging Etiquette Hang Tags. Great for busy charging locations. Reusable. Clear coating allows for multiple uses with dry erase marker.

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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]

Category: Electric Vehicles, EV Trip Reports

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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The BMW i3 (a personal impression)

December 30, 2014,   by Bob Jans

Bob’s a techy and a serious car guy. He knows cars and likes to drive them fast--very fast.[more]

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Plug Share

December 20, 2014,   by John Loveless

The members of the PlugShare community are an amazing group of people. Since the future charging infrastructure is not coming soon enough, (especially in oil-junkie, fossil-fuel hooked Utah),...

Category: Electric Vehicles

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...

Category: Electric Vehicles

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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US Air Force Unveils World’s Largest Electric Vehicle-to-Grid Fleet

November 14, 2014,   by Elisa Wood

The Los Angeles Air Force Base in California (LAAFB) has acquired 42 plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs), the most the military has ever assembled in one place. The cars, trucks, vans and a bus will be...

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The Economic Impact of Electric Vehicle Adoption in Ontario

September 23, 2014,   by Brent Kopperson

Not only do Electric Vehicles provide many environmental, health, energy, and cost saving advantages... EVs also have the potential to provide many economic, technological, and labour market gains in...

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NYT: Coal Fades, So Electrics Get Cleaner

September 19, 2014,   by PAUL STENQUIST

The group says that the average battery-powered E.V. sold over the past year used 0.33 kilowatt-hours per mile, a 5 percent improvement over the 2011 data that was basis for the original report. Some...

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How do EVs Compare with Gas-Powered Vehicles? Better Every Year….

September 16, 2014,   by Don Anair

No matter where you live in the U.S., an EV has lower global warming emissions than the average new compact car, which gets approximately 28 miles per gallon. Emission from EVs are poised for even...

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Canadian Take on Owning a Nissan Leaf

September 2, 2014,   by Steve Lapp

I watched the used car ads for about a year and followed the Canadian Leaf Facebook group and eventually this past spring found a slightly used Leaf for just over $20k. The car was in almost new...[more]

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Electric Car Notes: Update on Leaf Ownership after a 6-Week Absence

August 28, 2014,   by Ben Zuckerman

My wife and I recently rented a standard (manual) shift car to drive around Ireland for a week. For decades I drove and was a fan of standard shift cars. I was saddened to leave these when nearly 11...[more]

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Energy Insight: Electric Car Pledge - Making A Difference

August 28, 2014,   by Ollie Danne

All we can do is work to improve the quality of living for people, not only here but everywhere, and be willing to help future generations. We're not going to change the world, but if everybody just...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Oasis in a Charging Desert—Independence, California

August 7, 2014,   by Paul Gipe

The Owens Valley is a desert. A beautiful desert at the base of the rugged Sierra Nevada, but a desert nonetheless. There are few towns, few people, and even fewer services. So it was more than a...[more]

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Electric Car Show in Bakersfield CA

July 20, 2014,   by Ollie Danner

The EV Show and Meet-Up was organized so Bakersfield residents were able to see and touch electric cars which are available right now. Electric cars sold per capita in the US are lowest within the...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Pledge

March 6, 2014,   by Ollie Danner

Take the Electric Car Pledge with these electric cars being made today. Electric cars include PHEV - Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicles and EV - Electric Vehicles.

Category: Electric Vehicles

Bakersfield Californian: An electrifying idea: Take the Pledge

March 6, 2014,   by Steve Levin

The Bakersfield founder of wants you to take the pledge if you support electric vehicles, plan to buy one in your lifetime or own one now.

Category: Electric Vehicles

A Year and a Half With a Nissan Leaf (Part 1): The Acquisition

August 6, 2013,   by Sam Koblenski

While researching the new car market, I learned that the Nissan Leaf was the first fully-electric car available that didn't cost a fortune. It was still pretty pricey, but with the government rebate,...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Deborah Petersen: My husband's electric car, week 1

January 21, 2013,   by Deborah Petersen

Want to know where to find charging stations, how to build one at home, where to apply for electric car rebates? I will be blogging about our car adventures at...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman: 18 Month Service

November 13, 2012,   by Ben Zuckerman

The LEAF is a car one "fills up" at home rather than at a gas station. A few days ago I took my LEAF (to Miller Nissan in the San Fernando Valley part of Los Angeles) for a standard 1.5 year...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman: A Nissan LEAF EV After 18 Months

October 29, 2012,   by Ben Zuckerman

  I'm in Hawaii now but two weeks from now I'll be taking the car in for its 1.5 year service check up. The first two check-ups cost me zero $$. I love the feeling of driving knowing that there is...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Chris Bagdikian's Take on the Chevy Volt--I Love it

July 16, 2012,   by Chris Bagdikian

For Paul Gipe, a casual acquaintance from years past, his first opinion of the Chevrolet Volt was that ugliness is skin deep - it looks like the Chevy Cruze, which he does not like. . . [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

George Shultz on energy & electric vehicles: It's personal

July 12, 2012,  

My solar panels have long since paid for themselves by the savings in electricity costs. I have my electric car running on electricity from the sun, which costs me nothing and there is plenty of it...

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman: A Nissan LEAF EV, one year on

May 31, 2012,   by Ben Zuckerman

Our LEAF EV is now one year old. The standard one-year service visit cost us zero dollars; no oil change, no anything. Nissan suggests changing out a passenger cabin air filter after a year, but...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes 07 by Mike Brigham: Chevy Volt October 2012 Update

January 2, 2012,   by Mike Brigham

The lifetime fuel economy is 3.1 l/100k which compares very favourably with my 2010 Prius, which used to consume 4.8l/100k. . . [more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes 06 by Mike Brigham: Early Volt Feedback

December 10, 2011,   by Mike Brigham

EV range: about 55kms under the present weather conditions and the earliest Canadian users are reporting about an 8-15km drop in EV range due to cooler weather now Fuel consumption on continuous...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

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]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman 04: Miles per kWh

July 19, 2011,   by Ben Zuckerman

  In my first EV posting back in May, I guesstimated that when driven carefully a Nissan LEAF should be able to travel about 4 miles per kWh. We have now had our LEAF for a bit over two months and,...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman 03: Spare Tire?

July 1, 2011,   by Ben Zuckerman

  Should your LEAF have a flat tire, then getting somewhere to have the problem fixed may not be as easy as with your previous cars. To save weight and space, some new cars, including the LEAF, no...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman 02

June 13, 2011,   by Ben Zuckerman

We have now had our Nissan LEAF EV for a month and things are going smoothly. Everyone we have taken for a test drive has nice things to say about the car. The LEAF does not have a tailpipe. So, it...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Notes by Ben Zuckerman 01

May 25, 2011,   by Ben Zuckerman

    Note: This is the first of a series of guest posts on electric vehicles--EVs. I've written about the potential of EVs in my books since 1995. As part of my work with renewable energy I've...[more]

Category: Electric Vehicles

One Million Megawatts of Wind Capacity for the USA: A Target Worthy of a Great Nation

January 10, 2008,   by Paul Gipe

Portion of a presentation made January 10, 2008 to Al Gore's Solutions Summit To significantly address the United State's contribution to climate change and to prepare for the diminishing supply of...[more]

Category: News on Large Wind, News on Wind Energy, Electric Vehicles

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