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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

St. Johns Town Center Welcomes Electric Vehicles

St. Johns Town Center Welcomes Electric Vehicles

Jacksonville’s St. Johns Town Center, a complex of upscale shopping and dining venues, unveiled its latest “green” additions during last weekend’s Earth Day celebrations. One recent addition involved the installation of two electric vehicle charging stations, located behind Inland Ocean Surf Shop and JoS. A. Bank on Midtown Parkway.  Currently, users can recharge their electric vehicles there for free, but at some point in the future, there will be a charge for this convenience. Even more exciting for those of us at Moto Electric Vehicles is the Town Center’s  purchase of an electric shuttle.  The 15-passenger shuttle transports shoppers and visitors around the parking lots and stores.  The service operates on Thursdays and Fridays from 3pm to 8pm, on Saturdays between 1pm and 8 pm and from noon until 6pm on Sundays. We are proud to have provided this vehicle to St. Johns Town Center and see it featured on our local news outlets ...

March 18, 2015

Pennsylvania To Consider Making NEVs Street Legal

Pennsylvania To Consider Making NEVs Street Legal

Pennsylvania, one of the few states still holding out against legalizing the use of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) on public roadways, may soon change its opposition to the idea.  Danny King, in a posting on Autoblog.com dated February 6, 2012, reported that the State Senate has passed bill that would allow the vehicles on roadways with a posted speed limit no higher than 25 mph as well as on some roads with posted speed limits as high as 35 mph.  Federal regulations allow such vehicles on all roads with speed limits up to 35 mph, but leave further regulations and restrictions up to individual municipalities and jurisdictions.  Currently 46 states allow their use. Sponsored by Senator Stewart Greenleaf, the bill must still go through the State House Of Representatives, where it stands a fairly good chance of Pennsylvania State Senator Stewart Greenleaf approval.  The measure would not include traditional golf carts for street legal use. Pike ...

March 18, 2015

Army Residence Community Has Good Things to Say!

Army Residence Community Has Good Things to Say!

“Anytime you make an investment, there are obvious uncertainties. Purchasing an electric vehicle that you know little about inherently has even more uncertainties. The Army Residence Community purchased two such vehicles. One 15 passenger shuttle bus and one 4 passenger vehicle that Moto Electric converted into a Security Vehicle for us. I scheduled a trip to Florida to visit Moto Electric Vehicles and its Owner. Because I was putting my reputation on the line to authorize the purchase of these two vehicles, I wanted to get a final feel about the company and its Owner. It was a worthwhile trip and after leaving, we truly felt as a company that Moto Electric Vehicles was a great company. This is a company with great integrity. Any issues with these vehicles were repaired without fanfare. They are unique vehicles and popular with our residents. I have no reservation recommending Moto Electric Vehicles and their team to anyone.“ -General Manager of Army Residence (A...

March 18, 2015

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

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. Want to calculate your carbon footprint?  Want to see how much it would change if you drove an electric vehicle?  Now you can! Visit the Earth Day Network's Footprint Calculator at http://www.earthday.org/footprint-calculator and see how your daily activities affect our planet.  The result will most likely provide food for thought -- and you just may learn something!

March 18, 2015

Earth Day - Then And Now

Earth Day - Then And Now

April 22, 2012 will mark the 42nd anniversary of the Earth Day movement.  Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson came up with the concept of a day dedicated to the environment after witnessing the destruction caused by a massive oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara, California in 1968. Two years later, with the help of Republican Congressman Peter McCloskey and a staff of 85, the first Earth Day was celebrated by 20 million Americans Former Wisconsin Senator Garylord Nelson in coast-to-coast rallies supporting environmental causes from cleaning up polluting factories and toxic dumps to preserving wildlife and natural habitats.  At the time, Earth Day was a purely American celebration, and led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency, as well as passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, involving 200 million people in 141 countries, and greatly boosting worldwide recycling efforts....

March 18, 2015

2012 Earth Day Events

2012 Earth Day Events

Locations the world over will be holding special events to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, 2012.  Below is a listing of a few of them.  Check with your local municipality and civic groups for activities in your area – and get involved! Earth Day On The National Mall - Washington, DC (USA) Earth Day 2011 On The National Mall April 22, 2012 12:00pm to 7:00 pm The centerpiece of our country's Earth Day celebrations has always been the rally and other activities on the National Mall.  This year's attendees will get to hear top musical talent, hear presentations from prominent speakers and celebrities, see renewable energy demonstrations and take part in interactive exhibits.  http://act.earthday.org/event/earth-day-national-mall-0 Earth Day Cleanup At The National Zoo – Washington, DC  (USA) April 22, 2012 8:00 am to 10:00 am Participants will join zoo staff members in picking up litter and sorting it into recyclables and trash.&nbs...

March 18, 2015

Moto Maintenance Tips - Wiring Inspection

Moto Maintenance Tips - Wiring Inspection

Today our topic is wiring inspection.  Over time, wiring connections can become loose or corroded.  You should check your wiring as follows: 1. Perform a visual inspection of all battery and motor cables. If there is any green or white build-up, this is corrosion. You can clean it with soapy water or a battery terminal cleaner found at any parts store. Simply wash the terminals with cleaner and, if necessary, use a stiff (non-metallic) brush.  Severe or rusty build-up can indicate loose battery connections.  Tighten any loose connection or battery damage will occur. 2. After checking and cleaning primary connections, disconnect main battery connection to prevent short circuits. Check the various plugs at controller, dash, stereo and any other location you find them.  Unplug these connections and look for burned pins. Look for a powdery white build-up, etc.  Clean any pins that are not shiny looking. You can then get a dielectric grease compound to app...

March 18, 2015