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Plug In Car Roundup: "Real" vs Compliance

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Plug In Car Roundup: "Real" vs Compliance
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We revisit John Voelcker's "real" car test, and see where the different available plug-in models stand a year later. What are some possible pros and cons of compliance car programs, for the market and for consumers?

Of course compliance
vehicle sales are tiny;
they're supposed to be

In May 2012, John Voelcker published a great article where he proposed a "real car" test for BEVs:

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Quick Chargers are Comin'

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Quick Chargers are Comin'
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VIDEO: Plug In America founders celebrate one of Los Angeles' first fast chargers as more and more come on line.

299 Vroom, vroom! That’s the sound of quick charging, Los Angeles style, which Plug In America co-founders Paul Scott and Zan Dubin Scott celebrated last month on a hot afternoon at Nissan of Downtown L.A. Paul, the dealership’s Leaf sales specialist, drew triple the number of usual Saturday test drives with Clean Get Away, a party to mark installation of a new DC quick charger (DCQC).

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What is the Most Affordable EV?

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What is the Most Affordable EV?
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As EV prices drop, find out which manufacturers are offering the most affordable EVs today.
Last week we had an Earth Day celebration at my work, where 10 EV drivers brought their EVs to display and answer questions.
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Nissan LEAF Battery Study and New Battery Capacity Warranty

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Nissan LEAF Battery Study and New Battery Capacity Warranty
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News of LEAF owners in hot climates experiencing significant battery capacity loss prompted Plug In America to conduct a survey to better understand the situation. Less than a week after reporting our results, Nissan has announced an enhancement to the LEAF warranty that now covers capacity loss, the first for an all-electric car.

In the summer of 2012, news emerged of Nissan LEAF owners in Tucson, AZ, and other hot-climate areas experiencing unexpectedly large losses of battery capacity. This caused quite a stir in the LEAF owner community. The thread discussing this issue on the My Nissan LEAF (MNL) forum has over 5,000 posts.

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Ten Years After

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Ten Years After
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As of today, winter solstice 2012, I have been driving electric vehicles for ten straight years and generating the electricity for them from sunlight. When Zan and I bought that RAV4 EV we had no idea how it would change our lives, but change them it did.

As of today, winter solstice 2012, I have been driving electric vehicles for ten straight years and generating the electricity for them from sunlight. When Zan and I bought that RAV4 EV we had no idea how it would change our lives, but change them it did.
 

EVTEC PublicFastCharger

Swiss-made CHAdeMO charger, nicknamed "coffee&charge"

Designed for 32A 3-phase grid connection.

Touted as "CHAdeMO compatible", this charger is limited to output voltages of 240-420V. According to the company, a full CHAdeMO certified version (50-500V) is in development.

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The Charge Station Triangle

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The Charge Station Triangle
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It's a real bummer if you ever reach a charging site to find it's completely ICEd. But how about when a charging station gets popular, and all the spots are taken by plug-ins? It's not a shame.. Rather, it's an opportunity for site managers and drivers to work together to maximize usage of a limited resource.

239 You know the old fire (or combustion) triangle? The concept that for something to burn, it requires a spark, fuel and oxygen? I think for a successful charge station installation, you have a similar set of requirements. You need good hardware, a good management policy, and a good group of drivers.

The Site and Hardware

Once a week, I charge at a certain public station. The site is a parking lot which is surrounded by many tech company offices, and the number of plug-ins in the lot probably exceeds the average by quite a bit.

Fuji FRCH50B-2-01

This is Fuji Electric's 50 kW model, and was one of the first models chosen by EVOasis in California.

According to TonyWilliams at MyNissanLEAF, the charger can communicate with other units so that the overall load is kept below a user configured threshold. The charger can be configured with two nozzles, so that a second car can be queued up and start charging when the first car is done.

    Features
  • Compliance: Chademo Rev0.9
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Watt Fun: Driving a Nissan Leaf

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Watt Fun: Driving a Nissan Leaf
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Our Nissan Leaf is the most comfortable car we've ever owned. In addition to the obvious electric vehicle advantages, the Leaf is a great car.

In September, we finally got our Nissan Leaf. We had signed up very early in the process, and could have had a Leaf in the spring of 2011, but we decided to put our order on hold until they offered the cold weather package. It was worth the wait!

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National Plug In Day: An Accidental EV Wrangler

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National Plug In Day: An Accidental EV Wrangler
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Former Plug In America board member Alexandra Paul describes the process of rounding up hundreds of EVs for National Plug In Day's flagship event: history's biggest EV parade.

208 Alexandra Paul and her Chevrolet Volt, July 28, 2011I have a lifelong phobia of organizing get-togethers. I avoid anything more complicated than having my book club over for a potluck.

So what did I say when Zan Dubin Scott, Plug In America's Communications Director, asked me to recruit EVs for National Plug In Day’s Santa Monica parade?

I said yes, of course.

Did I mention she wanted to make it the biggest assembly of plug-in vehicles in the world?