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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

Washington State Passes Electric Vehicle Tax

Washington State Passes Electric Vehicle Tax

In February, 2012, Washington became the first state in the nation to pass a tax on Electric Vehicles aimed at making up for lost gasoline tax revenues.  The measure includes Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) and Low Speed Electric Vehicles (LSVs) as well as plug-in electric vehicles from major automakers. Washington State has one of the highest gas taxes in the nation at 37.5 cents per gallon.  Added to the Federal 18.4 cent per gallon gas tax, it makes for a whopping 54.9 cents in taxes that Washingtonians pay per gallon of gasoline. Since monies collected from gasoline taxes are used to repair and maintain roads and traffic infrastructure, lawmakers felt that the proliferation of electric-powered vehicles could cause a shortfall in the funds used for those purposes.  The $100 annual fee is supposed to make EV drivers pay their fair share of these expenses. The move is controversial for a number of reasons.  Firstly, the number of electric vehicles curre...

March 18, 2015

Conservation Note: New Sea Turtle Attraction Opens At Sea World Orlando

Conservation Note:  New Sea Turtle Attraction Opens At Sea World Orlando

It is a rare Monday morning that finds this writer anxious to get to her desk and share the weekend’s happenings, but this weekend’s experience at Sea World Orlando was so profound that I can’t wait to tell everyone about it. Now, I know that Sea World and other theme parks and zoos get a lot of negative press from groups like PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals).  But, at least in Sea World’s case, I think the criticism must come from people who have never been there and thus are either misinformed or uninformed. As an example, did you know that the Sea World parks make up the largest animal rescue organization in the world?  As a former resident of the Orlando area (back when HBJ owned Sea World), and a longtime annual pass holder, I have seen the increasing emphasis that Sea World has placed on conservation and sustainability initiatives, from animal rescues to recycling efforts. Their newest attraction, Turtle Trek, which opened...

March 18, 2015

President's Proposed 2013 Budget Includes EV Incentives

President's Proposed 2013 Budget Includes EV Incentives

When President Obama submitted his proposed 2013 budget to Congress, one of the items in it was the elimination of the $7,500.00 federal tax credit for purchasing an electric vehicle. But federal support for the purchase of electric and other alternative fuel vehicles won't be going away. The current incentive would be replaced by an Advanced Technology Vehicle credit of up to $10,000 per vehicle, with no limit on the number of vehicles that can be claimed. That maximum amount would remain constant through 2016; it would then gradually decrease (by $2,500 per year) through 2019. Unlike current incentives, this money would be given to the manufacturer, seller or finance company, with the purpose of encouraging the production of alternative fuel vehicles and keeping Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) low enough to encourage drivers to purchase these vehicles instead of traditional gasoline-fueled vehicles. Many details remain to be worked out, including whether the incen...

March 18, 2015

Oklahoma Methodist Manor's Vehicle(s) Shipped

Oklahoma Methodist Manor has waited several weeks for their fully customized vehicles... they finally will get their units this Wednesday! Oklahoma Methodist Manor will be using the vehicles to help with transportation around the facility, security, and catering needs. Moto Electric vehicles did more additions on these three vehicles that we have ever done in the last seven years in business. Moto Electric Vehicles will request pictures from Oklahoma Methodist Manor once the vehicle hit their street so stay tuned! Here are some pictures to keep you interested!

March 18, 2015

Four Reasons To Drive Electric

Four Reasons To Drive Electric

We believe every small act of ecological stewardship contributes to the overall sustainability of life on earth.  As Pam Hollis said, "I try to live by the philosophy that we can't expect to make 100 percent change in any one thing.  Rather, it's the 1 percent change in 100 different things that will make the biggest impact."  Moto Electric Vehicles is proud to join the 1 percent that is attempting to save our environment, while reducing our dependence on gasoline, directly lowering the cost of transportation. Miss Electric (http://www.misselectric.com/) recently posted these reasons on their website. We felt that they raised valid points that deserved your consideration, so we are paraphrasing them here - and adding a few considerations of our own! Save Money Hybrid and plug-in cars have lower overall operating costs. Spending less money at the gas station means more money in your pocket. Fun To Drive Electric vehicles are just plain fun to drive! High torque ...

March 18, 2015

Rising Gas Prices Could Be Good For The Environment

Rising Gas Prices Could Be Good For The Environment

Do you cringe every time you pull up at the gas pump to fill up?  With gasoline prices at record highs, are you considering purchasing an electric vehicle to save fuel money? Well, if you are, you are not alone.  Conservatively, it is estimated that the average cost per mile for a gasoline-powered vehicle is approximately .14 per mile, including oil and other fluids.  Conversely, the cost per mile of a plug-in electric vehicle such as ours is about .07 per mile, and this includes the cost of replacement batteries amortized over two years.  That’s a savings of over .07 per mile!  These figures are based on national averages at the time of writing of:  $3.91 per gallon for gasoline, 34 miles per gallon average mileage of a gasoline-powered vehicle, and .12 per kilowatt hour for electricity.  If you would like to make your own calculations, based on your own figures, there is a website that has a Gas/Electric Vehicle Cost Comparison calculator....

March 18, 2015