Blog Update

Just a quick update to let you know I have not forgotten this blog, but, I admit, neglected it. I do tweet (mostly re-tweet) on cars (and other subjects of personal interest), mainly EVs, and you can see these on my twitter feed at the bottom of this blog, no twitter account needed. Or just go here: https://twitter.com/benji888578. I do plan on posting my own explanation of EV terms, without the marketing B.S. I see all too often…recent news has caught my attention that they are still at it, so, I will be writing soon on the subject of electric cars and what all-electric is, and how some call their not-all-electric cars all-electric. It has created some confusion for consumers, I hope to clear this up soon, along with explaining EV acronyms and terminology.

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On The Road App Update

Alright, so, with this update I also bring an update to a blog post from a year ago (posted Feb 2, 2013), where I shared a few of my favorite on-the-road apps. I found that “Rest Area Finder” was not being kept up to date and searched and tried out a couple different apps, I found “Road Ahead” to be a good one for when you are on an Interstate Highway, as it will show you what’s at the exits ahead of you. It has some other ways you can use it also. (This one is free, I’ve heard good things about “Road Ninja” also, but, not a free app). “Trucker Path” is a good one if you’re just looking for a bathroom or gas station, it brings up a map and pins the nearby truck stops, gas stations and rest areas, click on it and it shows how far it is.
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For those with EVs, or considering one, I have a few apps below, plugincars.com has a news app available “PlugIn Cars” (via Recargo, Inc). Three apps for finding alternative fuel, “Alt Fuel” is the new one from the gov. that will help you find not only charging stations for electric cars, but also biodiesel or other alternate fuels. I’ve included two electric charger finding apps that I think are kept up to date, “Plug Share” and “EVSE Locator”.
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Correct tire pressure helps maintain your fuel economy or range and is good for your car, check it once a month, or, at the very least, at season changes…sometimes, when the weather changes or severe weather, can cause your tires to lose pressure. I found an app that helps you adjust for seasonal conditions, you put in the expected low and high temps for the next few weeks along with the proper psi for your car, and it tells you what psi you should have depending on what temperature your tires are. Tire Pressure Correction or “TP Setter”.
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Lastly, a newish app you may find useful for finding local eateries, “ScoutMob“, has a limited number of cities they cover, but, if you live in or will be visiting one of those cities, it appears to be a good way of finding something local and unique over finding your favorite chain:
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As far as I can recall, all of these iOS apps are free. (Sorry, I don’t know if any are available on other platforms.)
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Please, if you don’t have bluetooth for your phone in your vehicle, remember your hands-free device before you go on the road. If you have an iPhone, it came with a headset (that’s not just headphones, it has a mic too), at least use this. Also, if using any of these apps on the go, please hand your device to someone else, pull over or at least use a windshield or other mount so you are not holding your phone while driving. :)
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Road Ahead
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Trucker Path
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Plugin Cars (EV news)
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EVSE Locator
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PlugShare
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Alt Fuel (other fuel types, not just electric)
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ScoutMob

EV Events September 2013

Here are some links to more information on EV events across the US. In future, I may consider doing a monthly calendar, if I can get it to work automatically, at least partially automatic anyway. (taking suggestions on that, haven’t tried, not sure how this will work w/WP).

This week I’ll be paying close attention to Apple announcements, but, the Frankfurt Motor Show is this week also, so be checking out my twitter feed for tweets & retweets on EVs at the show. My twitter feed has been moved to the bottom of the blog, just scroll down until you see it in the middle. (got a few pre-show tweets there now) Follow me if you haven’t yet. :)

New blog posts coming soon, including my no-b.s. EV glossary of terms. So, without further ado, check out these links for EV events in your area (I meant to do this last week, I’ll try to be earlier starting next month).

National Plug In Day Sept 28

http://www.pluginday.org/events.php

Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo Sept 17-19 Detroit

http://ev.com/electric-hybrid-vehicle-technology-expo-sept-17-19-2013-detroit/

The Battery Show 2013 (Sep 17-19) Novi Michigan

http://ev.com/the-battery-show-2013-sep-17-19-novi-michigan/

Plug In 2013 Conference & Exposition Sep 30-Oct 3 San Deigo

http://www.plugin2013.com

Tesla Model S Test Drive events:

http://www.teslamotors.com/events

Zelectric Motors (VW Beetle EV conversion) this month:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/zelectricbug/we-have-a-lot-going-on-this-month/494167447342257

More EVents via The Electric Generation (listings start at Sept 10th-Oct-Nov)

http://theelectricgeneration.org/events-resources/events/

 

In Case You Missed it…

A couple videos for you all:

Tesla Model S gets 5 star rating in all categories of crash tests, the NHTSA Safety Score:

More on the “controversy” here: http://www.cartalk.com/content/teslas-top-safety-score-answer-stars

Below is from 2011…Tesla’s beginning production of Model S at the former NUMMI factory they bought from Toyota (It was formerly a place for large scale production of GM/Toyota joint vehicles…GM defaulted to Toyota when having troubles in 2008, since abandoned.)

National Geographic’s Mega Factories — Supercars: Tesla Model S

Formula E racing coming September 2014

Formula E

Recently (July 2nd) I posted a couple vids of the New FIA World Electric Land Speed Record. Coming September 2014 will be Formula E racing! Andretti has already signed on for the US, and Fox Sports has confirmed a global multi-media broadcast deal . Here is the trailer:

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There’s much more on their website: http://www.fiaformulae.com

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…I leave you with this:

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Electric Car Conversion (ICE to BEV)

My comprehensive no-B.S. glossary of alternative energy vehicle terms & acronyms is going to take a bit longer than anticipated. I may post it in three sections/posts. I will post this soon, and revamp my “categories”, and perhaps change the look of this blog at the same time. But, today, quick acronym terms: ICE=Internal Combustion Engine, BEV=Battery Electric Vehicle.

1991 MR2 ICE to BEV Conversion

Ok, so, this is not going to be comprehensive, just want to show you that vehicles can be converted to battery all-electric vehicles, which is something I want to do (have not looked into yet) with my Acura RSX. So, first, here is an example of a 1991 MR2 conversion:

EV West supplies Motors, Batteries, Chargers and other components, and is working on conversion guides. http://www.evwest.com/

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Gladstone OR High School Project

Why Gladstone High School (Gladstone Electric Vehicle Organization) Wants to Build an Electric Truck.

“We want to see if a group of high school students, Oregon National Guard soldiers, teachers, parents, and community members can take a gas-powered Chevrolet S-10 and transform it into an electric vehicle that runs smoothly and efficiently without gasoline.”

I think this is a great idea, not only for a High School project, but I think making this may help bring back the small pickup, but it’ll be a BEV pickup!

Check out the video and article here (and maybe you can help, too): http://incited.org/projects/gladstone-electric-vehicle-organization-project-s10-e-it-s-electric

A Few (not-so-new) Videos on Electric Cars

Jay Leno Compares New and 100-Year Old Electric Cars

(2010 vid)

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The Ford Focus Electrics in above video…I think they are pre-prodution test units.

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From Jan ’13: Testing Electric Vehicles in the Real World Edmunds.com

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Full results from test in above video: http://www.edmunds.com/fuel-economy/testing-electric-vehicles-in-the-real-world.html

Note that Coda has had problems, the BMW Active E is not coming to production, but the i3, which is more of a compliance vehicle (due in US next spring). Would like to see some more of these types of tests, now that there are more all-electric cars available.

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Track Tested: 2012 Tesla Model S — Edmunds.com

This is a video from one of the first production Tesla Model S P85 performance sedans

On Commercial Vehicles… 40 BEV Delivery Trucks deployed

UPS deploys 40 zero-emission trucks at Inland facility

Last month UPS began putting 40 new all-electric (BEV) trucks on the road from its San Bernardino, California distribution center.

“‘We are the test place for these vehicles nationwide,’ said Bruce MacRae, UPS’ vice president for government affairs. The company held a press event Wednesday, July 17, at the UPS San Bernardino distribution facility on East Victoria Avenue.

…In all, the company has 100 zero-emissions electric trucks in service in California.”

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“This is a first step toward a zero-emission fleet”

For more…Source: http://www.pe.com/local-news/san-bernardino-county/san-bernardino-county-headlines-index/20130717-clean-deliveries-ups-deploys-40-zero-emission-trucks-at-inland-facility.ece

2013 Green Truck Summit

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Source: http://www.motorweek.org/features/auto_world/green_truck_summit

More: http://www.showtimesdaily.com/green-truck-summit-2013-news-coverage

A couple months ago was a Green Truck Summit, some interesting stuff here. One thing that seems to be immediately doable is adding batteries (like those used in hybrid or BEV cars) for accessories, then the diesel engine can be off while idle. I don’t agree that all of these options are “clean” or “green”, but, at least they are taking steps to move away from oil. One thing I’ve wanted to know for some time is actual fuel usage figures comparing  commercial Trucks against all other vehicles. I think the trucks on the road cause more pollution/Co2 emissions than cars, but, most people says cars do. Anyway, I hope to post a type of glossary or guide for EV terms very soon…check out this vid in the meantime.