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Pflugerville On The "Green" Map

Pflugerville On The

A “big city” company can take a least partial credit for helping to put the small city of Pflugerville, Texas (a suburb of Austin) on the “green” map. Start-up company Pvillion, based in Brooklyn, New York, recently installed its first custom-built electric vehicle charging station in the Texas city, featuring unique solar technology and design.  Called the “Solar Sail”, the station’s canopy is covered with flexible solar panels that are lightweight and "Solar Sail" only 1/8” thick.  These panels provide the power to the station’s Level I and II electric vehicle chargers, making them completely eco-friendly. The charging station’s architectural design is aesthetically pleasing, and the company claims that, because of the flexible solar panel technology involved, charging stations can be custom built for any location and still provide not only the function of electric vehicle charging but also a struc...

March 18, 2015

NRG Energy Settlement With The State Of California Will Be Good For Electric Vehicle Owners

NRG Energy Settlement With The State Of California Will Be Good For Electric Vehicle Owners

For decades, NRG Energy and the State of California have been involved in a dispute over price inflation for energy contracts.  Now the two parties have reached an agreement and the settlement could be a huge boon for electric vehicle drivers. The agreement will have NRG Energy spend $100 million on fast-charging stations for electric vehicles, new plug-in units and upgrades for chargers.  One-fifth of the new charger installations will take place in low-income neighborhoods. Drivers using the chargers will be able to pay for as few as 15 minutes of charging time and NRG will collect the fees. The settlement also includes $20 million in ratepayer relief. California’s Governor and state regulators have already approved the terms of the agreement; now it is awaiting federal approval. To find out more, please visit http://www.scpr.org/news/2012/04/27/32213/nrg-energy-spend-100-million-electric-vehicle-char/.

March 18, 2015

City Of Tampa Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

City Of Tampa Installs Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Last October, in an effort to become “greener”, the City Of Tampa installed ten electric vehicle charging stations at eight city-owned and operated parking facilities.  The stations provide both Level I (120 Volts) and Level II (240 Volts) charging options. The stations were provided by Coulomb Technologies under their ChargePoint America Program.  The ChargePoint America Program is funded by the American Recovery And Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the equipment was provided to the City at no cost.  In exchange for the charging stations, the City will participate in a monitoring program by the US Department Of Energy through the end of 2013. Initially, Tampa will not charge a service fee for the stations’ use, but motorists will be required to pay for parking, as the stations are installed at City parking garages and surface lots. To learn more, visit the City Of Tampa’s website at http://www.tampagov.net/dept_parking/Programs_and_services/elec...

March 18, 2015

The UK Is Serious About Carbon Reduction

The UK Is Serious About Carbon Reduction

It is always interesting to see what other countries are doing to reduce their carbon footprints and dependence on fossil fuels.  The UK, ever at the forefront of the ecology movement, has undertaken a couple of new initiatives aimed at doing both. The government has launched a multi-million pound demonstration program to encourage road haulage operators to buy and use low carbon vehicles.  Managed by the Technology Strategy Board and the Department For Transport, the trial will assist operators in creating small fleets (5 to 35 vehicles) of alternative-energy vehicles by partially funding not only the purchase of vehicles, but also the infrastructure necessary to fuel them.  The demonstration fleets will operate for two years, and the vehicles and infrastructure will remain with the participants after the conclusion of the demonstration period. The competition to participate in the trial is open to businesses of all sizes.  One condition for participation is t...

March 18, 2015

Moto Maintenance Tips

Moto Maintenance Tips

Brushes are an essential component part of any motor. Two sets of brushes are fixed diagonally opposite each other and touch the commutator ring on the end of the armature spindle. Two brushes provide negative electrons; the other two, positive electrons. The ring is split into multiple sections so the negative and positive electrons don't touch each other; otherwise, the motor will short circuit. Direct current motor brushes are relatively simply to replace. Start by removing battery main terminals.  This will prevent short circuits etc. Next, removed the gold-colored band on the end of your motor.  This band is your brush/commutator cover.  Around motor you will find 4 brushes. To remove, just lift spring away from rear of brush, then pull out brush and remove Phillips head screw to remove wire.  Repeat until all 4 are removed. NOTE: This would be a good time to clean up the surface of the commutator where the brushes rub. Use a Scotchbrite or similar abrasiv...

March 18, 2015

California Beach Cities Welcome Electric Vehicles

California Beach Cities Welcome Electric Vehicles

Southern California has long been known for two things:  air pollution and environmental activism.  In an effort to alleviate the former and support the latter, the South Bay Cities Council Of Governments (SBCCOG) has encouraged and studied the use of electric vehicles in the area. Over the last year, the agency has conducted the Local Use Vehicle (LUV) Project, aimed at providing information on how electric vehicles can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution and gasoline consumption.  Funded by a grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), the project’s findings have just been released and are being used to locate electric vehicle charging stations throughout the fifteen cities, portions of Los Angeles, and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County that make up the South Bay area. Finding that LUV drivers used their vehicles for 46% of all of the miles they One Of Many Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Popping Up Ar...

March 18, 2015

Why Our Government Invests In Electric Cars

Why Our Government Invests In Electric Cars

The Electric Drive Transportation Association recently published an article (http://multibriefs.com/briefs/EDTA/EDTA102811.php) that explains why the US government spends money to promote electric vehicles.  We feel that it made such a good point, we copied and pasted it here, in its entirety.  See what you think … “At a time when all government funding is being carefully scrutinized, it is worth noting the importance of federal support for energy innovation. U.S. investments in advanced technology and manufacturing innovation are critical because they are helping to build our position in the growing global market for electric drive vehicles. This includes hybrids, plug-in hybrid, pure battery electric and fuel cell vehicles. Industry investments demonstrate where transportation is headed. The hybrid market has grown from a few model offerings a decade ago to more than 30, with vehicles to meet diverse driving needs. More than 20 plug-in electric models wil...

March 18, 2015

How Healthy Is The Gulf Of Mexico Really?

How Healthy Is The Gulf Of Mexico Really?

More than two years after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil well, the Gulf Of Mexico is still feeling its impact.  Despite the use of new technologies meant to degrade and disperse the spilled oil, scientists have had to admit that the bottom of the Gulf is still covered with oil and organisms that have died because of it. At the time of the original spill clean up, oil eating microbes were introduced to the spill area, which were supposed to consume the spilled oil, leaving the area clean again.  Marine scientist Samantha Joye of the University Of  Georgia, who has recently visited the area, says that the plan does not seem to have been as effective as was hoped.  She estimates that the microbes may have consumed about 10% of the total oil discharged during the disaster – a far cry from the result that had been predicted. Meanwhile, reports continue to come in about the increased occurrence of deformities amongst the wildlife that inhabit the a...

March 18, 2015

CVAG Agrees To Whitewater Trail Plan

CVAG Agrees To Whitewater Trail Plan

California’s Coachella Valley Association Of Governments has agreed to a plan that would use $20 million in highway funds to build a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) trail along the Whitewater River. The money would come from a $53 million mitigation fund set aside for air quality projects in the desert, meant to offset the impact of a power plant being built near Desert Hot Springs.  When completed, the proposed 54-mile paved trail would allow NEVs, golf carts and bikes to travel between Desert Hot Springs and Coachella. The proposed project has a great deal of local support, but also has its opponents.  Some are hoping to get a portion of the money for their own local pet projects, so it remains to be seen just how much of the total the trail project will receive.  Interested parties have until June 8th to submit their applications to the district, which will be in charge of distributing the funds. For further information, go to http://www.mydesert.com/a...

March 18, 2015

Venice Charging Stations Remain Unplugged

Venice Charging Stations Remain Unplugged

The Herald-Tribune reported on April 15, 2012 that in Venice, Florida two recently installed electric vehicle charging stations remain unplugged while authorities figure out what and how to charge users. New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations In Venice, Florida Remain Covered Unlike the nearby city of Sarasota, which allows free use of the charging stations that have been installed in its downtown municipal parking garage, Venice plans to charge those who use the new charging stations for their electrical “fill ups”. City Engineer Kathleen Weeden indicated that the city of Venice is still trying to negotiate the best price it can get for the electricity the chargers will use.  Florida Power and Light confirms that the City will be charged for the electricity used by the charging stations Meanwhile, the chargers remain covered with plastic bags, and the four green-lined parking spaces designated for electric vehicle charging use are being used by regula...

March 18, 2015