Demand For Electric Vehicle Chargers Is Rising

download (68)Imagine the money savings if you never had to fill up your gas tank again. This is one of the prime advantages of an electric vehicle. However, this great convenience comes with two major drawbacks: an inability to travel long distances and long charging times. Even though public stations refill your battery at a much quicker rate than those designed for private use, many people find installing electric vehicle chargers at home and plugging in overnight is more convenient. Although a majority of rechargeable car owners will charge at their homes, public charging stations can actually increase a car’s daily travel range by allowing drivers to power up during working hours. In order for fleet drivers and consumers to effectively charge in public, these facilities must be integrated and consider the typical driving habits of daily commuters.

To bolster the EV market, workplaces and public destinations will need to implement electric vehicle chargers. Recently, a proposal was filed in California to build 25,000 of these service areas across northern and central California. Residential customers would only pay 70 cents per month to cover the costs of this program from 2018 to 2022. If approved, this will certainly be the largest deployment in the country. California currently leads the market for plug-in cars, housing 6,000 stations. Charging times vary, depending on the type of battery, how much energy it holds, and how depleted it is. Charging time can range from 15 minutes to hours, all dependent upon these factors.

Currently, the U.S. Department of Energy is implementing programs and projects nationwide to deploy workplace and other infrastructure charging stations. They realize these should be located in areas of highly concentrated vehicles where the vehicles remain parked for long periods of time, such as parking garages, hotels, shopping centers, airports, and businesses. The potential to allow drivers to boost their batteries while at work could double their daily feasible commuting range. The downside to this option is that doing this during peak hours could increase electricity demand, leading to higher electricity bills for the facility managers.

For corporations electing to incorporate electrical vehicles into their fleet operations, consideration must be taken when planning for these. Driving routes and availability of off-site public charging stations are all factors to consider when deciding upon the amount, location, and types of electric vehicle chargers. These businesses can work together with city planners, installers, and utility companies to determine the best locations. Zoning, code enforcements, and local parking ordinances all play individual roles in promoting EV-readiness in our communities.

Until public charging is widely accepted, here are a few tips for getting around in your rechargeable vehicle.

– Before embarking on your route, utilize a free finding tool to locate networks along your way so you are fully prepared should you need to recharge.

– There are currently about 2,000 free stations across the country. You can locate these using location tools as well.

– Some services use the term “station” loosely, identifying an individual charger as a station. This location will only have the capacity to charge one car at a time. Ensure you are prepared to move on to the next locale in the event this single spot is taken.

Are Electric Car Sales High for Every Car Dealer

download (66)As more and more Americans are choosing to go green than ever before, it seemed there was equal enthusiasm surrounding all-electric vehicles. Impressively, fully electric car sales spiked by 58% in 2014. Despite this bump in overall sales, the all-electric segment is still incredibly small. Even more, while EV sales saw a surge, green vehicles (diesel and hybrids) as a whole fell a total 6.5% in 2014. What exactly is holding back sales from living up to predictions?

Gas Prices

Any car dealer will tell you that they are not throwing in the towel on increasing EV sales just yet, but are perhaps taking a long-term approach towards their strategies. As the price of gasoline dropped, many consumers chose to purchase larger, less-efficient models. With dramatic drops in gasoline prices falling below $3, interest in lower-mile-per-gallon vehicles picks up. Luckily for these vehicles, cheap gas will not be around forever.

Lack of Familiarity

Researchers from Indiana University and the University of Kansas conducted a survey asking basic factual questions surrounding plug-in vehicles. One of the most exhaustive surveys on consumer perceptions of electric cars done in years, it was conducted in several U.S. cities. The results tell all: 60% of the time respondents failed to answer correctly, with 75% of those wrong answers underestimating the advantageous aspects of these automobiles. A majority of the respondents were unaware that they require less maintenance than their gasoline-powered counterparts. They even underestimated the fuel savings involved when owning one of these models. The complete inaccuracy surrounding them has definitely contributed to the small pool of ownership.

Lack of Communication

The same survey reported that a majority of people was unaware of state and local sales incentives. If every car dealer and policy maker would increase the education about the perks and incentives available to buyers, sales would likely increase. Tax breaks and the ability to utilize carpool lanes on highways affect a consumer’s purchase decision. Immediate and easily comprehended reductions of the purchase price are more appealing to buyers than complicated, delayed benefits.

Public Demonstrations

With little knowledge or experience surrounding these vehicles, it is obviously difficult for someone to develop an interest in them, much less be inclined to purchase one. By performing demonstrations at local malls, sports venues, or at large businesses, a car dealer could benefit by changing the public’s attitudes. In fact, one study showed that over 71% of drivers said they were much more likely to buy an EV model after they were given the chance to test drive one of the models currently on the market.

Additionally, the National Research Council released a report examining these same barriers for EV sales. Their report cited obstacles including limited model options, inadequate driving range on a single charge, high prices, a lack of charging infrastructures, and the inconvenience of having to install a charging station at their homes.

Chevy Bolt Unveiled

download (61)Chevrolet unveiled a super cool version of the Chevy Bolt EV at the Consumers Electronic show this year, and from all looks, it promises to be a great little option for the green crowd and the car sharing crowd that is growing in popularity in several cities around the world.

The new Bolt will create excitement in the electric vehicle world with its many new and different features it will bring with it, starting with its 200 mile per charge range. No more worrying about weekend trips and whether or not you are close enough to an outlet to avoid getting stranded. Most people will be able to drive 3-5 days on a single charge.

The next bit of good news is the price. Chevy will offer the Bolt to consumers for less than $30,000 once all government rebates are factored into the price. This alone will make the Bolt appealing to a much broader audience than previous EV’s that have been out there.

Another new feature is a rear view camera that actually looks like the old rear view mirror. There is a live feed that is fed to a screen that is built into what looks just like the rear view mirrors of most current vehicles.

One feature that will really get a lot of buzz is the fact that GM has now included a gamification feature built into the Bolt. You will be able to compete with other Bolt owners to see who is the greenest of them all. Details are yet to come.

Anyway you look at it, it appears that the new Bolt is going to be very appealing, and affordable to the green crowd that up until now, maybe could not afford a new EV. The car is scheduled to go into production by the end of 2016.


Transportation and Being Environmentally Friendly – Where Is This Development Going?

images (19)In today`s easy ways of transportation, consumers have an enormous amount of choices when it comes to vehicles. The focus has shifted from just getting from point A to point B to a more environmental mindset to help preserve the world. This mindset has narrowed the choices to mostly bus and train transit. For the people driving themselves, the choices are around electric cars, but some drivers need more power and choose something in the middle; the hybrid that can also be plugged in. This is what this article is all about; the differences in cars and what people need in cars and transportation these days when being environmental friendly is supposed to occupy human brains. Some might say this new trend of cars might go away as some people swear to traditional gasoline driven cars, but societies globally are trying out new ways to shift mindsets in a greener direction.

So what is the difference between an EV (electric vehicle) and a hybrid? The difference is fuel. Electric cars do not need any fuel to run. Neither does hybrids, but with hybrids the driver has the option to run longer, as a fuel tank gets to take over when the juice in the batteries dies. Thus many people see hybrids as more beneficial; these cars can travel longer than EVs can before a new charge. However, EVs are logically much friendlier to the environment, as these cars are solely driven on electricity, which also makes them cheaper to operate.

What kind of car one might choose depends on usage. People with long commutes tend to stay with traditional cars or hybrids, whilst EVs are excellent for short distances and city driving. The most developed EV model these days is Tesla`s Model S which can go 240-286 miles between charges. But even that model cannot measure up against a hybrid which has the capacity of going 30-40 miles on pure electricity and then 200-300 miles on fuel.

So what is the wiser choice in a society where the pressure around environment and thinking green is higher than ever? The best choice is a gradual transition. If one own a fuel-based car and need to drive long distances, get a hybrid. The choices in models might still be lean but this will change with demand. If one already owns a hybrid but is in the need of a new car, consider every usage aspect carefully and then make an informed decision. Suddenly, an EV might be the right choice.

Some people will never care about a greener world unless it is cost effective. Hybrids and EVs most often do have reasonable prices and are cheaper to operate. And while gasoline prices keep going up, so does the demand for other types of cars. The more types, the more range in everything, including price. Plus, electricity is cheaper than gas, and EVs bypass some expenditure, e.g. toll. The annual fee for EVs is also lower than traditional cars because of the non-existent CO2 emissions.

Products and services turning in a more environmental friendly direction usually will have benefits, not only for the consumers buying them but for the companies producing them as well. Every green innovation is a step to make the Earth a better place. Humanity will never give up inventing new things, but the shift in how it is being done can make a remarkable difference.

Hybrids and EVs are just the beginning of inventing a greener transportation world. This evolving trend might have gone slow but the changes are visible on the road. City buses are turning hybrid and taxi companies are investing in electric cars for a bigger environmental friendly profile. This shift in business affects people. Car drivers might start thinking about substituting their gas driven car for something new and fresh that does not contribute to severe carbon dioxide emissions, and the ones using public transportation will see a positive change when both themselves and the transportation companies try to stay as green as possible.

In conclusion, the point of this article was not to force people to go green. Neither was it a comparison of cars and transportation means. However, it was a commentary on today`s eco-friendly development in cars which affect a large part of the world. Since the development is still young, the planet might see a huge reduction in CO2 emissions in the near future, as well as a whole new market that will bring excitement to buyers everywhere. All the while, passengers in buses and taxis will feel good about a positive change in what they and the companies driving them are doing. It is a collective responsibility driving people together and it is exciting.