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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

Incandescent Lightbulb Update

Incandescent Lightbulb Update

In last year’s Earth Day issue of our newsletter, we told our readers about the planned phase-out of the sale of 100-watt incandescent lightbulbs in the US.  An energy law passed in 2007 required that all lightbulbs for sale in our country needed to be 25% to 35% more efficient by January 1, 2012. Manufacturers were to start phasing out production and sale incandescent bulbs, beginning with the 100 watt models, in favor of the more energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), LED lighting, and halogen   bulbs as of the beginning of this year. Unfortunately, the measure has lost its teeth, due to a lack of funding. The budget passed last December failed to include any appropriations to enforce the measure, and some politicians are now rallying around the issue as a case of “Big Government” telling citizens what type of lighting they can have. Just once, it would be nice to see the American public do something good for the environment without ...

March 18, 2015

Range Anxiety - Reality Or Perception?

Range Anxiety - Reality Or Perception?

While many point to “range anxiety” as the reason that the adoption of all-electric vehicles is not proceeding at the fast pace that was predicted, it may be a figment of American imaginations. According to a January 6, 2012 article on the Treehugger.com website, Americans seem to think that they need more range than their actual travel habits would indicate. Using recent census data, information from the National Household Travel Survey of 2009 and other sources, two Columbia University researchers have found that while the average American says he or she requires a vehicle with a range of at least 272 miles before they would consider switching to an all-electric vehicle, the truth is that most trips cover considerably less miles than that. In actuality, 10% of most car trips cover one mile or less, and 95% of all car trips average 30 miles or less!  This is well within the range of virtually all-electric vehicles, including Low Speed Vehicles (LSVs) and Neighbo...

March 18, 2015

Moto Maintenance Tips

Moto Maintenance Tips

Today, we want to tell you about two important fluid levels that you should check to keep your Moto Electric Vehicle in top running order. Checking Differential Fluid Levels – The differential system of a vehicle is something that sounds foreign to many, yet it is one of the most important parts of a vehicle.  Without a differential system, a vehicle is unable to handle properly when traveling around corners, curves or turning at all.  All electric vehicles with a manual transmission must include a differential system.  The primary purpose of the differential system is to evenly distribute force to one wheel or the other, depending on the drag.  Both wheels will have the same force when the drag is equal. When a vehicle is in a corner, the outside wheels travel further than the inside wheels, creating an unbalance.  If all four wheels are forced to travel the same distance, the vehicle will jump and skid.  The differential corrects this problem....

March 18, 2015