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Apr

Earth Day 2016 EVents

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Earth Day is celebrated every year in the United States on April 22nd. It is a great time for everyone to reflect on how their actions and lifestyles are affecting the green planet that they live on.

Community events were celebrated throughout the state of Nevada during the week and on the following weekend.

NEVA participated in GreenFest 2016 at Downtown Summerlin on Saturday, April 23rd alongside a Farmers Market event within the shopping district on the west side of Las Vegas, not far from Red Rock Canyon National Park.

A Drive Clean Energy Procession kicked off the event, with two electric Segway scooters leading a caravan of alternative-fuel vehicles, that included hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery-powered electric vehicles. Participants drove alternative-fuel vehicles that included Tesla Motors Model S, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus EV, and Nissan LEAF models.

Gaudin Porsche exhibited a Panamera S E-Hybrid and Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Gaudin Porsche exhibited a Panamera S E-Hybrid and Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Within the GreenFest 2016 celebration, a Green Vehicle Zone featured hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles from Lexus of Las Vegas, Gaudin Porsche and Findlay Chevrolet. Lexus hybrid vehicles included the CT 200h, ES 300h, NX 300h, and RX 450h. Porsche plug-in hybrid models included the Panamera S E-Hybrid and Cayenne S E-Hybrid SUV. A new model 2017 Chevrolet Volt was also available from Findlay Chevrolet.

Findlay Chevrolet displayed the newest model of the Chevy Volt, now with over 50 miles of electric-only range and a total range of 420 miles extended.

Findlay Chevrolet displayed the newest model of the Chevy Volt, now with over 50 miles of electric-only range and a total range of 420 miles extended.

David Morse displayed his Tesla Motors Roadster

David Morse displayed his Tesla Motors Roadster

Battery-powered electric vehicles included a Tesla Motors Roadster exhibited by owner David Morse and a 1965 Mustang Fastback EV conversion by Larry Gareffa. Both electric vehicles and the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid SUV were plugged into solar-power ChargePoint stations mounted on trailers from DC Solar as part of an exhibit by the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The DC Solar trailers have battery storage banks and a gasoline generator to continuously provide power when the sun is not shining.

Tesla Roadster and 1965 Mustang Fastback EV Conversion recharge from solar-powered ChargePoint station provided by DC Solar and Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Tesla Roadster and 1965 Mustang Fastback EV Conversion recharge from solar-powered ChargePoint station provided by DC Solar and Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Bombard Renewable Energy was the primary electricity provider to the music stage and to the other exhibitors at GreenFest 2016 from its solar-powered trailers, as well.

ChargePoint and distributor Verdek, LLC staffed a booth that showed how the ChargePoint charging stations could be activated and locations monitored over the ChargePoint network.

NV Energy displayed a Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF fleet cars as part of the Southern Nevada Fleet Association exhibit.

NV Energy displayed a Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF fleet cars as part of the Southern Nevada Fleet Association exhibit.

The Southern Nevada Fleet Association featured vehicles from NV Energy and Southwest Gas utilities. NV Energy fleet vehicles included a Chevrolet Volt extended range electric vehicle and a Nissan LEAF battery-powered car. Southwest Gas showcased a Honda Civic that was fueled by compressed natural gas and Republic Services also displayed one of the company’s trash hauling trucks that was also powered by CNG.

Honda Civic powered by CNG was exhibited by Southwest Gas.

Honda Civic powered by CNG was exhibited by Southwest Gas.

Attendance at the event exceeded 10,000 visitors during the day as the weather cooperated with a beautiful sunny day that brought out families and visitors from all over the Las Vegas Valley.

In the northern part of the state, the annual Reno Earth Day celebration was staged at Idlewild Park on Sunday, April 24th, as shown on this Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/RenoEarthDay/

The event included a “Future of Transportation” display that featured alternative-fuel vehicles from the Northern Nevada Electric Auto Association and also the Regional Transportation Commission.

Organizers estimated that about 25,000 visitors attended this regional event.

“A good time was had by all…”

NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

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04

Apr

Tesla Model 3 Unveiled

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On Thursday, March 31, 2016, Tesla Motors unveiled its long-awaited Model 3 next-generation electric sedan in Hawthorne, CA and began accepting deposits of $1000 from eager customers wanting to be at the front of the line to take delivery, when production begins in late 2017:

The response from the public was overwhelming, as more than 270,000 customers had already placed their deposits online and through local Tesla Motors service and sales centers by the end of business on the following Saturday, April 2nd.

Las Vegas Tesla Service Center Line (photo courtesy of Michael Lemke)

The Tesla Motors service center in Las Vegas had a line around the block before the office opened that morning, as shown in the photo above by Tesla Motors Model S owner Michael Lemke and in this Facebook video link by Tesla Model S owner Rufus Perry:

https://www.facebook.com/1202061285/videos/10207294890509498/

Beginning at $35,000 before incentives, the base Model 3 will seat five people comfortably, accelerate from zero to 60 miles per hour in under six seconds and travel 210 miles before needing to be recharged. The worldwide Tesla Motors SuperCharger network is compatible with the new Model 3 and can replenish the battery pack in under one hour for cross country excursions.

Barstow SuperCharger Station (photo courtesy of David Morse)

Tesla Motors will continue to expand its SuperCharger network worldwide, doubling the amount of site locations over the next two years. Upgrades to the network include solar power and battery backup systems.

Autopilot features while on the road will provide Advanced Driver Assistance Systems for additional safety and, in case of an accident, the Tesla Model 3 will be certified with five-star safety ratings after crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Administration.

The interior is spacious with a large touch screen display console. A panoramic view of the surrounding world is enabled by a windshield that extends over the rooftop with one continuous curved piece of automotive glass.

For more information about product features, availability and ordering procedures, visit the Tesla Motors website at:

https://www.teslamotors.com/model3

NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

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08

Mar

Solar Powered EVSE Showcased During NASCAR Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas

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When the Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted the NASCAR Kobalt 400 race during March 4 – 6th, the organization also partnered with DC Solar to feature solar-powered EV charging stations, by reserving VIP parking spots for 12 plug-in electric cars on NASCAR weekend.

http://www.lvms.com/media/news/las-vegas-motor-speedway-teaming-with-solar-provide-solar-powered-charging-stations-for-fans-during-2016-nascar-weekend.html

NEVA coordinated with the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association and Las Vegas Tesla Owners group in the Las Vegas Valley to provide access to this event for members with plug-in electric cars. The goal was to showcase to NASCAR spectators how easy it was to charge electric cars on sunlight.

NASCAR DC Solar Station 4

Electric cars that visited the solar-powered EV charging site over the three-day event included half a dozen Tesla Motors Models S, Tesla Motors Roadster, and a 1965 Mustang Fastback that had been converted by Larry Gareffa to run on electric power.

NASCAR DC Solar Station 1

EV drivers were given all-access passes to all three days of NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas, including the Neon Garage.

The DC Solar portable charging stations each featured solar panel arrays and an inverter that could provide 120 Volts AC at 200 Amps. The output power was stepped up to 240 VAC with a battery storage backup system that could provide enough electricity to a dual-port ChargePoint CT4023 station, in order to recharge electric cars at an AC Level 2 rate of 3.3 kiloWatts while parked.

NASCAR DC Solar Station 5

DC Solar also sponsored the #42 Chevrolet Camaro race car during Saturday’s warm-up Xfinity-series race, the Boyd Gaming 300. The #42 Camaro was powered by gasoline instead of electricity, but driver Brennan Poole finished ninth out of a field of 40 drivers on March 6th.

EV drivers look forward to the day when electric cars will be joining the NASCAR circuit on the racetrack, as well as in the parking area.

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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15

Feb

Nevada Charging Station Infrastructure Continues Growth

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Despite lower gasoline prices nationwide and lower crude oil commodity prices, electric car charging infrastructure within the state of Nevada continues to grow.

On February 4, 2016 the first DC Quick Charge facility on the Nevada Electric Highway became operational in Beatty, Nevada not far from the entrance to Death Valley National Park.

The location of the site at 550 Veterans Memorial Highway on US Highway 95 is 117 miles northwest of Las Vegas and 330 miles southeast of Reno, Nevada.

Electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) includes eight Tesla Supercharger stations, a ChargePoint/Efacec QC45 DC Quick Charge station with both ChadeMo and Combined Charging System standard connector plugs, and a second ChargePoint station with two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 connector plugs.

ChargePoint  DC Quick Charge Station with ChadeMo and CCS connectors next to ChargePoint station with two AC Level 2 ports at Beatty site on Nevada Electric Highway

ChargePoint DC Quick Charge Station with ChadeMo and CCS connectors next to ChargePoint station with two AC Level 2 ports at Beatty site on Nevada Electric Highway

Eight Tesla Supercharger stations are part of Beatty DC Quick Charge site on Nevada Electric Highway

Eight Tesla Supercharger stations are part of Beatty DC Quick Charge site on Nevada Electric Highway

The first leg of the Nevada Electric Highway was announced on June 16, 2015 as a joint venture between the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, NV Energy, and Valley Electric Association.

The initial five DC Quick Charge sites along US Highway 95 would be located at Indian Springs, Beatty, Tonopah, Hawthorne and Fallon. Each location is spaced about 100 miles apart on the journey from Las Vegas to Reno, anticipating the arrival of more electric vehicles with battery packs that can travel over 200 miles by the end of 2020.

At present, only the Tesla Model S or Model X would be able to safely use all of these stations to travel between Reno and Las Vegas, without needing a supplemental charge in between the DC Quick Charge sites. However, by 2017 the first Chevrolet Bolts will be produced with a battery pack range of 200 miles, as well as longer-range versions of the Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, and Ford Focus EV that will exceed 100 miles between charging opportunities.

The distance from Las Vegas to Indian Springs is about 45 miles. Indian Springs to Beatty is about 73 miles, from Beatty to Tonopah is about 94 miles, from Tonopah to Hawthorne is about 104 miles, from Hawthorne to Fallon is about 72 miles, and the distance from Fallon to Reno is about 63 miles.

For adventurous trailblazers who want to try a pioneering EV-charging roadtrip, plan carefully. Supplemental charging stations can be found at rural RV campgrounds along US Highway 95 that host NEMA 14-50 plug connectors to provide electric power at campsites for RV customers. An EV driver should call ahead to check availability and reserve a campsite as part of pre-trip planning activities that include additional charging station options along the US-95.

For example, the Sunrise Valley RV Park at Mina, Nevada is 70 miles northwest of Tonopah and 34 miles southeast of Hawthorne, providing a midway stopping point for lower-mileage EVs to find enough electrical charge to go the final distance:


http://www.sunrisevalley.com/

NEMA 14-50 outlets can provide about 240 VAC at 50 Amps and 30-amp hookups are also available at this RV park. EV travelers will need a portable SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging station with a NEMA 14-50 adapter plug in order to use these facilities. The Tesla Roadster, Model S and Model X provide these adapters as part of their basic portable charging kits.

AC Level 1 charging is also usually available at campgrounds from any 110 VAC outlet with at least a 15-Amp rating.

Check elevation between each leg, as well, to determine how much of the journey is uphill or downhill. EVs with good regenerative braking capabilities might be able to stretch their mileage more going downhill and coasting, while uphill stretches will shorten EV range.

Happy Trails!

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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16

Jan

CES 2016 New Electric Car Presentations

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From January 6 – 9, 2016, the CES 2016 tradeshow in Las Vegas was the site of many new electric car announcements by worldwide auto manufacturers.

This annual tradeshow is hosted by the Consumer Technology Association and attracts 170,000 international attendees from the consumer electronics and technology industries.

Over the last five years, CES 2016 has become an important venue for automotive manufacturers to unveil those vehicle platforms that are advancing the state of the art for mobile communication, electrification, and even autonomous driving.

These presentations are made in Las Vegas just two weeks before the annual North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, scooping some of the new car rollouts that would normally be presented later in the month.

This year, the automotive industry was once again an active presence at CES 2016 with nine out of the 10 largest manufacturers actively demonstrating and presenting. Keynote speakers included Mary Barra, CEO of GM and Dr. Herbert Diess, CEO of Volkswagen.

Both keynote speakers emphasized that the automotive industry will be going through many changes over the next five years, especially in the areas of electrification, wireless connectivity, and autonomous vehicle driving.

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Barra unveiled the Chevrolet Bolt electric car, that will be produced as a 2017 model. LG Chem in South Korea will provide the integrated battery pack, control electronics, and electric motor for this new vehicle that can travel over 200 miles before needing to recharge.
The Bolt will employ a battery pack that can store 60 kilowatt-hours of energy capacity.

The electric motor can produce 150 kilowatts, or 200 horsepower, to the front wheels of the Bolt with 266 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration from zero to 60 miles per hour is rated at just under seven seconds, making the Bolt fun to drive.

Recharging time for the 60-kWh battery pack can be accomplished in one hour by using a DC Fast Charge system or in nine hours overnight by using a J1772 AC Level 2 charging system.

GM is also expanding the Bolt platform to have more wireless app capability as well as autonomous vehicle technologies. Barra announced a partnership with Lyft to develop autonomous, electric vehicles for its ride share business model.

The Bolt will also be compatible with automotive apps from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto through its OnStar wireless platform.

Dr. Herbert Deiss, CEO of Volkswagen, led off his keynote speech with an apology about the VW diesel emissions deception perpetrated by his car company that will result in damaging lawsuits and penalties over the next few years.

However, he pivoted to emphasize that Volkswagen is looking to remake its automotive platforms to be “zero-emission, connected, self-driving, and a new definition of man’s best friend.”

The company rolled out the BUDD-e electric Microbus that showcased many of these technologies that Volkswagens plans to bring online by 2019, including its Modular Electric Toolkit platform equipped with two electric motors and driven by a battery pack with 101 kilowatt-hours of energy storage capacity.

Ford announced that it would invest billions of dollars in research towards new technology automotive platforms over the next five years and would add battery-powered electrification to thirteen more vehicle platforms in its product line by 2020, approximately 40% of its vehicle fleet offerings.

BMW offered test rides in the i3 electric car and i8 plug-in hybrid electric car. The company has developed its own DC Fast Charge technology and has been actively partnering with Nissan to install a network of DC Fast Charge stations across the country with both ChadeMo and Combined Charging System connector plugs. The company will also be partnering with Samsung to develop more connected apps, including one that integrated a BMW smart car with a smart home.

Top-down view of single-seat electric race car concept by Faraday Future, based on its Variable Platform Architecture.

Top-down view of single-seat electric race car concept by Faraday Future, based on its Variable Platform Architecture.

Faraday Future staged its first exhibit in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center to packed audiences and curious CES attendees, after unveiling the FF Zero 1 concept race car earlier in the week.

Audi unveiled the latest version of its E-tron Quattro concept electric car at CES 2016, while also announcing more Piloted Driving features for future autonomous vehicle applications.

Kia Motors recently received red license plates from the Nevada DMV to test the Kia Soul EV autonomous vehicle on Nevada roads. Kia Motors recently received red license plates from the Nevada DMV to test the Kia Soul EV autonomous vehicle on Nevada roads.[/caption]

Nevada was the first state in the nation to allow autonomous vehicle testing on its roads and highways. Kia Motors, Daimler and Google have received red Nevada license plates for their vehicle testing programs. The Kia Soul EV has been the platform for enabling autonomous driving for Kia Motors. Daimler’s Freightliner trucks also have licenses to drive autonomously on Nevada highways, but by law a passenger must be seated behind the steering wheel of the driver’s seat, to manually intervene if the vehicle has a malfunction in its navigation algorithms and sensors.

SAE International and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have defined category guidelines for different levels of autonomy in a self-driving vehicle:

SAE International Autonomous Vehicle rating system (SAE J3016):
http://www.sae.org/misc/pdfs/automated_driving.pdf

“No Automation (Level 0): The full performance of the human driver of all aspects of the dynamic driving task, even when enhanced by warning or intervention systems.

Driver Assistance (Level 1): The driving mode-specific execution by a driver assistance system of either steering or acceleration/deceleration by using information about the driving environment and with the expectation that the human driver perform all remaining aspects of the dynamic driving task.

Partial Automation (Level 2): The driving mode-specific execution by one or more driver assistance systems of both steering and acceleration/deceleration by using information about the driving environment and with the expectation that the human driver perform all remaining aspects of the dynamic driving task.

Conditional Automation (Level 3): The driving mode-specific performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task with the expectation that the human driver will respond appropriately to a request to intervene.

High Automation (Level 4): The driving mode-specific performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task, even if a human driver does not respond appropriately to a request to intervene.

Full Automation (Level 5): The full-time performance by an automated driving system of all aspects of the dynamic driving task under all roadway and environmental conditions that can be managed by a human driver.

NHTSA Autonomous Vehicle rating system:
http://www.nhtsa.gov/About+NHTSA/Press+Releases/U.S.+Department+of+Transportation+Releases+Policy+on+Automated+Vehicle+Development

“No-Automation (Level 0): The driver is in complete and sole control of the primary vehicle controls – brake, steering, throttle, and motive power – at all times.

Function-specific Automation (Level 1): Automation at this level involves one or more specific control functions. Examples include electronic stability control or pre-charged brakes, where the vehicle automatically assists with braking to enable the driver to regain control of the vehicle or stop faster than possible by acting alone.

Combined Function Automation (Level 2): This level involves automation of at least two primary control functions designed to work in unison to relieve the driver of control of those functions. An example of combined functions enabling a Level 2 system is adaptive cruise control in combination with lane centering.

Limited Self-Driving Automation (Level 3): Vehicles at this level of automation enable the driver to cede full control of all safety-critical functions nder certain traffic or environmental conditions and in those conditions to rely heavily on the vehicle to monitor for changes in those conditions requiring transition back to driver control. The driver is expected to be available for occasional control, but with sufficiently comfortable transition time. The Google car is an example of limited self-driving automation.

Full Self-Driving Automation (Level 4): The vehicle is designed to perform all safety-critical driving functions and monitor roadway conditions for an entire trip. Such a design anticipates that the driver will provide destination or navigation input, but is not expected to be available for control at any time during the trip. This includes both occupied and unoccupied vehicle technology programs.”

Tesla Motors continues to add autonomous features to its autopilot updates for the Model S and Model X electric cars, including a new “summons” and automatic perpendicular parking features that became available to Tesla owners just after CES 2016 and before the start of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

Panasonic also announced that its company would increase its investment in the Tesla Motors Gigafactory in Storey County, Nevada to $1.6 billion dollars.

Ehang 184 autonomous drone can carry one passenger weighing up to 220 lbs. for 23-minute  flights.

Ehang 184 autonomous drone can carry one passenger weighing up to 220 lbs. for 23-minute flights.

An autonomous flying car was also exhibited at CES 2016. Ehang, a manufacturer of the Ghost Drone, has built the first human-sized concept drone. The Ehang Model 184 is an autonomous electric drone that will be able to carry a single passenger, weighing up to 220 pounds, for 23 airborne minutes at a speed of 60 MPH with its four counter-rotating propeller motors. Its battery pack can be recharged in two to four hours. The EHang 184 is just 4.5 feet tall and weighs 440 pounds.

The passenger enters a travel destination on a digital map shown on the front dashboard panel. The drone takes off, flies and lands under its own control while its internal instruments are monitored through the Internet and a cloud server.

The passenger rides along without access to a steering wheel, to minimize the possibility of human error. If one or two of the four propeller motors fail, the drone can still land itself.

The Ehang 184 has gull-wing doors, a sled landing platform, and four propeller arms that fold up for easy storage, taking up the same parking space as a car when not in use. Check out the company’s background story about their design project through this YouTube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vGd1Oy7Cw0

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NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

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15

Jan

Upcoming Events Calendar 2016

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April 9, 2016 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon.

April 10, 2016 Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Henderson from 11 AM to 1 PM.

April 20, 2016

Green Alliance VIP Reception event as a preview celebration and fundraiser for GreenFest 2016 at Downtown Summerlin from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM:

http://www.greenalliancenv.org/#!vip-gf16/ep52t

Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

GreenFest 2016 by Green Alliance:

http://www.greenalliancenv.org/#!greenfest-2016/rs7bg

This free public Earth Day event at Downtown Summerlin shopping district in Las Vegas will feature sustainable businesses, entertainment, and alternative-fuel vehicles from 10 AM to 5 PM. NEVA will help organize and present the event in conjunction with other community organizations.

May 2016

May 14, 2016 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon.

May 15, 2016 Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Summerlin from 11 AM to 1 PM.

June 2016

June 11, 2016 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon.

June 12, 2016 Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Henderson from 11 AM to 1 PM.

June 13 – 16 National Fire Protection Association Conference and Expo in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. NEVA to participate in First Responder training events.

July 2016

July 9, 2016 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon.

July 10, 2016 Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Summerlin from 11 AM to 1 PM.

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15

Jan

EV Supply Equipment Federal Tax Credit Extended Through Dec. 31, 2016

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In a 23-3 vote on July 22, 2015 the U.S. Senate Finance Committee passed a tax extenders package to revive dozens of tax credits that expired at the end of 2014, including key incentives for the alternative fuel industry.

The bill retroactively extended the various tax credits for two years from Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2016 including the $1,000 home refueling tax credit.

The Senate bill finally cleared the Congress as part of a 2016 fiscal year budget package and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 18, 2015.

How do you qualify?

The tax credit applies to anyone who has installed electric car charging stations since January 1, 2015 and through December 31, 2016.

How much is the tax credit?

Qualified parties can claim up to 30% of the total cost of the project (including installation), with a maximum of $30,000, or $1,000 for homeowners installing a home charger.

Is the credit ‘per applicant’ or ‘per site’?
Multiple credits can be claimed – it’s a maximum of $30,000 per SITE, not per applicant.

Eligible taxpayers for the 2015 tax year will need to consult a tax account and fill out IRS Form 8911: “Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit” and include it with their IRS 1040 filing by April 15, 2016:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Form-8911,-Alternative-Fuel-Vehicle-Refueling-Property-Credit

Under “Current Products”, the link for Form 8911 leads to the document for the 2015 tax year.

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11

Dec

Faraday Future to Build Billion-Dollar Factory in North Las Vegas

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On Thursday, December 10th, Governor Brian Sandoval held a press conference to reveal that Nevada beat out Louisiana, Georgia and California as the new site of a $1 billion dollar factory that will build electric cars designed by Faraday Future.

Artist's rendering of Faraday Future factory to be built at Apex Industrial Park in North Las Vegas, NV.

Artist’s rendering of Faraday Future factory to be built at Apex Industrial Park in North Las Vegas, NV.

The factory will be located in North Las Vegas at the Apex Industrial Park.

At present, the company employs 550 people in Gardena, California and 200 people outside the U.S.

Faraday Future unveiled its first concept electric race car on January 4th in Las Vegas, just ahead of the CES 2016 trade show and exhibited the vehicle in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Below is a fact sheet created by the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development that highlights the results of negotiations between the company and the state of Nevada:

Faraday Future in Nevada

Project Highlights:

–Approximately 85 billion in economic impact over 20 years

–4,500 direct jobs on-site with an average wage in excess of $22 per hour and full benefits package

–3 million square-foot automobile manufacturing facility

–More than $1 billion initial investment on the site within the first 10 years

–Peak construction employment of over 3,000 construction and installation workers

–Faraday Future will make a direct contribution to K-12 education of $1 million per year for six years beginning in 2018-2019 school year

–Faraday Future will prioritize the employment of Nevadans

Economic Data

–Project will generate approximately 9,000 indirect jobs in the community

–Total of 13,500 jobs

–Faraday will increase manufacturing employment in the county by 20 percent

–Direct economic impact generated by the project will be $55 billion over 20 years.

–Indirect economic impact will be approximately $30 billion over 20 years

–Gross Regional Product in Clark County would increase by up to 4 percent

–Estimated value of incentives is approximately $217 million over 15 years, depending on size of investment

Fiscal Projections After Abatements:

–$230 million in state General Fund revenue over 20 years

–$270 million in local government revenue over 20 years

–$260 million in K-12 education revenue over 20 years

–$760 million in total fiscal impact

Summary of Potential Legislation and Major Deal Points

–100% abatement of Sales and Use Tax (15 years)*

–75% abatement of Real Property Tax (10 years)*

–75% abatement of Personal Property Tax (10 years)*

–75% abatement of Modified Business Tax (10 years)*

(Company will receive standard abatements upon approval. Company will pay enhanced abatements and will receive rebate once $1 billion investment has been made.)

Tax Credits

–Transferable tax credit of $9,500 per permanent, full-time job, up to 4,000 jobs – average wage of jobs must be $22 per hour to qualify *

Economic Development Rate Rider

–Remaining 25 MegaWatts of Electricity will be made available through the Economic Development Rate Rider program (10 years) *

Infrastructure

–NDOT will advance a previously planned project to construct and install an enhanced interchange at the intersection of I-15 and U.S. 93, widen U.S. 93 to four lanes to Apex Power Parkway, and add an elevated left turn lane at Grand Valley Parkway

–Ensure a municipal water infrastructure system is available at the project site *

–Construction of a rail port and associated rail infrastructure *

Workforce Innovations for the New Nevada (WINN) Fund

–Construct a training program sufficient to provide training for up to 4000 automobile assembly workers at the facility – this program will train up to 800 workers in any given 12-month period *

*Denotes a deal point that requires approval by the Nevada legislature

Governor Brian Sandoval convened the Nevada state legislature into a special session in Carson City on Wednesday, December 16th to work out the details for the economic package of incentives and conditional benefits being offered to Faraday Future.

Senate Bill 1 was crafted as an omnibus bill with these requirements. After legislative wrangling regarding financial responsibilities of North Las Vegas, water usage, and other issues, SB1 was passed onto the state Assembly. After voting in favor of the agreement, Governor Sandoval received the finished legislation and signed it into law on Saturday, December 19th.

Top-down view of single-seat electric race car concept by Faraday Future, based on its Variable Platform Architecture.

Top-down view of single-seat electric race car concept by Faraday Future, based on its Variable Platform Architecture.

On January 4, 2016 Faraday Future unveiled their FFZERO1 electric concept race car that showcased many of the design directions that the company hopes to take with its new vehicles.

Front view of Faraday Future FFZERO1 electric race car concept, showing air flow channels to lower drag and cool the battery pack.

Front view of Faraday Future FFZERO1 electric race car concept, showing air flow channels to lower drag and cool the battery pack.

The company will be employing a Variable Platform Architecture (VPA) that will allow the design team to configure the battery pack, chassis dimensions,control electronics and up to four AC electric motors in the drive train to derive many different models and performance drive trains from a single platform.

Nick Sampson, Senior Vice-President of Research and Product Development at FF was a former chassis designer for the Tesla Motors Model S and Model X, before joining the company.

Interior view of FFZERO1 electric race car cockpit showing reclining seat and headrest.

Interior view of FFZERO1 electric race car cockpit showing reclining seat and headrest.

The FFZERO1 race car was unveiled as a “car of concepts” that showed many of the design directions that Faraday Future would like to pursue with VPA, as defined by Richard Kim, head of design at FF.

Ding Lei also has joined the management team as Global Vice-Chairman and Managing Director. Lei has worked in the Chinese automotive industry for 25 years and was President of GM Shanghai until 2011.

He was coaxed out of retirement to lead Faraday Future by Yueting Jia, CEO of LeTV. Jia has wanted to create a “Super Electric Ecosystem” and redefine the automobile in a new way as a mobile platform that adjusts itself to the needs of its passenger.

Happy New Year!
NEVA blog posted by Outreach Coordinator Stan Hanel

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04

Dec

Autumn Educational EVents 2015

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During the autumn months of 2015, the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator participated in several events that promoted educational outreach to the general public about electric vehicles and charging station infrastructure.

Green Alliance of Nevada

Marie Steele, NV Energy EV Manager and Jennifer Taylor, Clean Energy Project Executive Director, participated in Green Alliance of Nevada presentation at the Tesla Motors service center in Las Vegas

Marie Steele, NV Energy EV Manager and Jennifer Taylor, Clean Energy Project Executive Director, participated in Green Alliance of Nevada presentation at the Tesla Motors service center in Las Vegas

On October 1st, Green Alliance of Nevada hosted a presentation by Marie Steele, NV Energy EV Manager, at the Tesla Motors service center in Las Vegas. Test drives of the Tesla Model S were offered to attendees during the event.

Tesla Motors Model S electric car

Tesla Motors Model S electric car

Steele presented information to attendees about the NV Energy Time of Use program for electric vehicle owners, as well as the availability of a network of public EV supply equipment stations around Las Vegas and Nevada that will provide electricity at no cost for the next three years through the NV Energy Shared Investment program.

NV Energy and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy are also cooperating on the Nevada Electric Highway project that will install DC Quick Charge stations and SAE J1772 AC Level 2 stations along Interstate Highway 95 to enable electric cars to travel from Las Vegas to Reno.

For more information about the NV Energy EV programs for electric vehicle owners, visit the utility’s website at:

https://www.nvenergy.com/renewablesenvironment/EV/index.cfm

2015 FireShows West Conference

NEVA co-presented EV safety training about lithium-ion batteries during a Hazardous Materials training session at the FireShows West Conference and Expo at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center

NEVA co-presented EV safety training about lithium-ion batteries during a Hazardous Materials training session at the FireShows West Conference and Expo at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center

On October 8th, NEVA Outreach Coordinator Stan Hanel co-presented an educational session on lithium-ion batteries at the 2015 FireShows West Conference & Expo at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

About 25 firefighters from different regions of Nevada and California attended the Hazardous Materials presentation that focused on first-responder training for electric vehicle accidents.

Bill Arvo, a consultant from Michigan, talked about how thermal runaway can occur within lithium-ion battery cells if they are punctured during a vehicle collision. Though a fire may not occur immediately, as can happen with a gasoline tank rupture for an internal combustion engine vehicle, a thermal runaway condition can progress to a combustible fire that burns hotter than a gasoline fire and takes more water, time and effort to suppress once ignited.

Hanel showed firefighters where to find safety training resources for electric cars and their lithium-ion battery packs at a special website created by the National Fire Protection Association:

http://www.evsafetytraining.org

The EV Safety Training website has links to training videos, manuals and automotive industry resources, including quick reference guides for first responders that have been developed for each type of electric vehicle. These graphic outlines include cut zones, electrical harness diagrams, high voltage disconnect procedures, and other training information that can also be used as an online reference at the scene of an accident that involves an electric car:

http://www.evsafetytraining.org/resources.aspx

East Career and Technical Academy

Findlay Chevrolet provided a Chevrolet Volt wrapped with the UNLV logo for a NEVA educational event at East Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas

Findlay Chevrolet provided a Chevrolet Volt wrapped with the UNLV logo for a NEVA educational event at East Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas

On November 8th, NEVA Outreach Coordinator Stan Hanel presented to freshman and senior classes at the East Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas.

“East Tech” is a vocational technology high school that allows students to receive focused instruction in career technology fields. East Tech is the only high school in southern Nevada that has four-year programs in both Basic Electronics and Automotive Technology.

Findlay Chevrolet provided a Chevrolet Volt that was wrapped with logos from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, including the Rebel mascot on the hood of the plug-in electric car.

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Sep

National Drive Electric Week 2015

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National Drive Electric Week, September 12-20, 2015, has been a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of the widespread availability of plug-in vehicles. International events in over 190 cities highlighted the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, electric bicycles, and scooters. They are fun to drive, less expensive to refuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our country’s dependence on imported foreign oil:

https://driveelectricweek.org/

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Plug-in electric cars convene at NV Energy Reno campus during National Drive Electric Week.

Plug-in electric cars convene at NV Energy Reno campus during National Drive Electric Week.

In northern Nevada, plug-in electric car owners gathered at the campus of NV Energy in Reno to show off their electric cars and their event was covered by the local television news channels:

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In southern Nevada, regional National Drive Electric events were staged by NV Energy, The Springs Preserve, the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, and the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) program from REA250.

A Chevrolet Volt fleet vehicle from NV Energy parks next to a Tesla Model S.

A Chevrolet Volt fleet vehicle from NV Energy parks next to a Tesla Model S.

Organizers promoted the observance of National Drive Electric Week at Las Vegas during that week, in cooperation with other local electric vehicle supporters in the region. These included Las Vegas Tesla Owners, the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, the SolarNV chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, the Toiyabe Chapter of the Sierra Club, Clean Energy Project, GoSpace, and more.

Exhibitor Booths included Sierra Club, NEVA, LVEVA, GoSpace and Clean Energy Project

Exhibitor Booths included Sierra Club, NEVA, LVEVA, GoSpace and Clean Energy Project

About 45 plug-in electric vehicles and 140 people attended the Saturday event.

There were over 20 Nissan LEAF owners including two from as far away as St. George, Utah and Sandy Valley, CA who made the challenging trek over state borders into Las Vegas during the event. Other EVs included Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Focus Electric, Ford C-MAX Energi, Fiat 500e, SMART ForTwo EV, and a Toyota RAV4 EV.

Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Volt, and Ford Focus Electric at NDEW event.

Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Volt, and Ford Focus Electric at NDEW event.

The Las Vegas event was staged at the Springs Preserve on Saturday, September 12th from 10 AM to 4 PM. The event included the 2nd Annual “Electric Juice Bar Crawl”, that featured a caravan of plug-in electric cars and passengers. Drivers and riders toured local recharging stations and other electric vehicle support facilities.

One Chevy Volt owner carried a portable SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging station in the trunk of his car that could be connected to 240 VAC outlets. This EVSE is available from Clipper Creek.

One Chevy Volt owner carried a portable SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging station in the trunk of his car that could be connected to 240 VAC outlets. This EVSE is available from Clipper Creek.

The Electric Juice Bar Crawl started at Springs Preserve parking lot. In the parking lot, there are four ChargePoint J1772 AC Level 2 EV Charging ports. The EV supply equipment is powered during the daytime by photovoltaic solar cell arrays that automatically track and align with the movement of the sun.

NV Energy Pearson Campus, where 10 ChargePoint charging ports are powered during the day by a photovoltaic solar cell canopy.

NV Energy Pearson Campus, where 10 ChargePoint charging ports are powered during the day by a photovoltaic solar cell canopy.

The Crawl ended at the NV Energy Pearson campus near Jones and Sahara Blvd, where 10 ChargePoint EV charging ports also draw power from a south-facing photovoltaic solar-cell canopy.

NV Energy EV Manager Marie Steele talks with two Nissan LEAF owners.

NV Energy EV Manager Marie Steele talks with two Nissan LEAF owners.

The sun shines brightly about 300 days each year in the high Mojave Desert that surrounds the Las Vegas Valley, providing many homeowners with enough electricity for both their homes and their electric-powered vehicles.

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On Thursday, September 17, the local SolarNV chapter of the American Solar Energy Society held their monthly meeting at the Innevation Center within the Switch office complex. Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator and Consultant was invited to present a discussion about plug-in electric cars.

Solar NV advocates for the use of photovoltaic rooftop solar panels on homes in order to create electricity that can be used to power appliances in the home and also provide fuel a plug-in electric car: http://solarnv.org

The organization sponsors an annual solar home tour each fall to showcase different photovoltaic solar panel installations and technologies:

http://solarnv.org/solar-home-tour/

Five of the attendees also brought their plug-in electric cars that evening to exhibit and share experiences driving an electric car fueled by power from the sun, including two Tesla Motors Model S, two Nissan LEAFs, and a Ford Focus EV.

LVEVA Vice-President Evan Eskelson gives a ride to a participant in an EV Conversion Workshop during National Drive Electric Week.

LVEVA Vice-President Evan Eskelson gives a ride to a participant in an EV Conversion Workshop during National Drive Electric Week.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association (LVEVA) convened two workshops that showcased electric vehicle conversion technologies:

http://www.lveva.org

Test drive by Evan Eskelson of an electric car conversion built from a 1974 Aztec kit car.

Test drive by Evan Eskelson of an electric car conversion built from a 1974 Aztec kit car.

LVEVA EV Conversion workshop is rebuilding an Aztec kit car from the 1970s to run on electric power. Odyssey Battery Company sponsored the  project.

LVEVA EV Conversion workshop is rebuilding an Aztec kit car from the 1970s to run on electric power. Odyssey Battery Company sponsored the project.

Frank Scandura, owner of Frank’s European Service, hosted a workshop from 10 AM to noon that allowed participants “hands-on” interaction with an Aztec kit car conversion. The kit car was based on a Volkswagen Beetle chassis with a fiberglass replica of an early 1970s Lamborghini-styled body.

An old electric car on the road again...

An old electric car on the road again…

Cockpit view of Aztec kit car that employs Volkswagen Beetle chassis and fiberglass Lamborghini-style body with gull wing doors.

Cockpit view of Aztec kit car that employs Volkswagen Beetle chassis and fiberglass Lamborghini-style body with gull wing doors.

Over the last four months, this LVEVA conversion workshop has used the vehicle to allow interactive educational experiences for attendees. Demonstrations have shown how to correctly hook up a traction battery system to drive an electric motor through a motor speed controller, how to charge the traction battery pack, how to employ an auxiliary battery pack or DC-to-DC converter to provide an auxiliary 12-volt system for lights and accessories, how to repair the cylinders and feed lines on the hydraulic braking system, how to connect voltmeter and ammeter gauges, how to wire headlights and install a custom retractable motor mechanism, how to work with gull-wing doors, replace carpets, fit seating and other practical problem-solving techniques.

EV Conversion workshop hosted by Frank Scandura of Frank's European Service.

EV Conversion workshop hosted by Frank Scandura of Frank’s European Service.

Odyssey batteries had donated ten 12-volt sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries for this EV conversion program, through a grant request by LVEVA vice-president Evan Eskelson. Once rebuilt and painted, the electric vehicle will be exhibited at local car shows to further education car buyers about electric vehicle technologies.

Aztec kit car EV conversion rear view. The vehicle employs ten 12-volt batteries for a 120-volt DC system to drive a DC electric motor.

Aztec kit car EV conversion rear view. The vehicle employs ten 12-volt batteries for a 120-volt DC system to drive a DC electric motor.

Scandura also showed attendees at the workshop a vintage Ford Ranger EV electric pickup truck that was produced by Ford from 1998 to 2002, originally for fleet use only. The truck employed an AC electric motor that was powered by 26 lead-acid or nickel-metal hydride batteries during those years. Range was about 75 to 115 miles between charges, depending on type of batteries and style of driving. Freeway speeds at 60 mph usually resulted in less range than driving at slower speeds around town.

Ford Ranger EV electric truck manufactured from 1998 to 2002, used 26 lead-acid batteries and an AC electric motor.

Ford Ranger EV electric truck manufactured from 1998 to 2002, used 26 lead-acid batteries and an AC electric motor.

Under the hood of a Ford Ranger EV electric truck.

Under the hood of a Ford Ranger EV electric truck.

The Ford Ranger EV was originally recharged through an Avcon connector based on an EV charging standard developed in the 1990s that preceded today’s SAE J1772 EV supply equipment standard.

At 12:30 PM, some of the attendees at the LVEVA workshop convened at Larry Gareffa’s garage to work on another EV conversion project that was based on a 1987 Mitsubishi Mighty Max pickup truck. The electric truck conversion had been donated to the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) program in 2013 and has been used for electric vehicle outreach and educational programs. The original 20 lead-acid batteries from the truck have reached end of life, so NEVA Outreach Coordinator Stan Hanel has organized an effort to update the vehicle to accommodate lithium-ion batteries, with the help of the LVEVA EV conversion workshop program.

1987 Mitsubishi Mighty Max electric truck conversion project.

1987 Mitsubishi Mighty Max electric truck conversion project.

Larry Gareffa, former president of the Las Vegas Ford Mustang club and now a guiding member of the Board of Directors for the LVEVA, has been leading the rebuilding effort for the 1987 Mitsubishi Mighty Max electric truck conversion. Gareffa rebuilt a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback car into an electric vehicle that has received national attention and also been exhibited at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Conference & Expo, Barrett Jackson Auction, Motor Trend Car Show, and other national car conventions that convene annually in the Las Vegas area.

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The first phase of the project is underway to rebuild the battery trays, in order to house as many battery cells as possible. Many of the batteries will be located under the bed of the truck, thanks to an existing hinged mechanism that allows the bed to be lifted up from the center of the vehicle, in order to access the battery storage area. This allows the full bed of the truck to be used for normal hauling operations, without need to sacrifice bed space to house batteries.

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Additional batteries, controller electronics and electric motor are housed under the hood of the vehicle in its spacious front area.

Once rebuilt, the truck can be employed by NEVA for educational outreach, EV supply equipment maintenance, and other EV-related projects.

More information about electric vehicles and the results of National Drive Electric Week can be found at the website of the International Electric Auto Association (EAA) at:

http://www.electricauto.org

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Aug

Current Events Calendar 2015 – 2016

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January 9, 2016 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon.

January 10, 2016 Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Summerlin from 11 AM to 1 PM.

February 2016

February 13, 2016 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon.

February 14, 2016 Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Henderson from 11 AM to 1 PM.

March 2016

March 12, 2016 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon.

March 13, 2016 Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Summerlin from 11 AM to 1 PM.

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Aug

Eureka Casino in Mesquite Installs EV Charging Stations

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The Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite initiated an innovative project to install the first EV charging stations on the eastern part of interstate highway I-15, that leads into northern Arizona and southern Utah.

Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite has added four Tesla High-Power Charging Stations and one SAE J1772 AC Level 2 station for electric car travelers on east I-15 highway.

Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite has added four Tesla High-Power Charging Stations and one SAE J1772 AC Level 2 station for electric car travelers on east I-15 highway.

There are now four Tesla Motors High-Power Charging stations and one Clipper Creek SAE J1772 AC Level 2 station at this casino resort.

A Clipper Creek SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging station sits near to four Tesla High-Power charging stations at Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite.

A Clipper Creek SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging station sits near to four Tesla High-Power charging stations at Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite.

Two Tesla High-Power charging stations and one SAE J1772 AC Level 2 station at parking lot of Eureka Casino Resort.

Two Tesla High-Power charging stations and one SAE J1772 AC Level 2 station at parking lot of Eureka Casino Resort.

The Eureka Casino Resort is definitely marketing itself to Tesla Motors Model S owners, installing their EVSE just in time for the summer road trip season and putting out a large highway sign to reel them in.

A large billboard near the Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite lures Tesla Motors electric car owners off interstate highway I-15.

A large billboard near the Eureka Casino Resort in Mesquite lures Tesla Motors electric car owners off interstate highway I-15.

For more information about the Eureka Casino Resort, visit the company’s website at:

http://www.eurekamesquite.com/

Mark Larsen is a retired professor from University of Utah who has been a strong advocate for electric vehicles in St. George, Utah. For the last three years, he has made the trek from St. George to Las Vegas during National Drive Electric Week each September with his Nissan LEAF.

Mark is now also the first pioneer to make the trek from St. George to the Eureka Casino in the same Nissan LEAF. Check out his personal journal of his trek and his longer roadtrips at:

http://www.casteyanqui.com/ev/eureka/index.html

I poached a few of his pictures from his blog for this NEVA blog, as well. Thank you, Mark!

To all the EV pioneers like Mark Larsen, who are pushing beyond the limits of how far they can travel in their electric cars — Happy Trails To You!

See you at next month’s National Drive Electric Week 2015 in Las Vegas on Saturday, September 12th from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Springs Preserve in Las Vegas:
https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=360

All images courtesy of Mark Larsen

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Jul

Sustainable Parking and EV Infrastructure

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The International Parking Institute held its 2015 Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center from June 29th – July 2nd. About 3,000 parking professionals from 40 countries attended the event to talk about new technology trends as well as sustainability issues for transportation and parking management. Careers in parking management have grown with the transportation industry and now include job positions at municipalities, universities, airports and corporate campuses. The non-profit organization’s website is: www.parking.org

A BMW i3 electric car is featured by a parking management company during the International Parking Institute's 2015 Conference & Expo.

A BMW i3 electric car is featured by a parking management company during the International Parking Institute’s 2015 Conference & Expo.

Electric vehicle infrastructure and EV companies could be found on the IPI exhibit floor, including Phoenix Motorcars, Zenith Motors, GreenTech Automotive, EVSE LLC and Envision Solar.

Zeus AC Motor System from Phoenix Motorcars provides EV conversion capability for Ford F-350 or F-450 trucks.

Zeus AC Motor System from Phoenix Motorcars provides EV conversion capability for Ford F-350 or F-450 trucks.

Phoenix Motorcars has risen from the ashes of bankruptcy protection with new funding from Dubai in recent years. The company showcased an AC electric motor drive train and lithium-ion battery system that can convert Ford F-350 and F-450 trucks into electric vehicles.

Zeus AC Motor System from Phoenix Motorcars mounted inside Ford F-350 truck

Zeus AC Motor System from Phoenix Motorcars mounted inside Ford F-350 truck

The battery packs have 110 kilowatt-hours of capacity and are divided into four metal containers that are mounted to the vehicle chassis under the truck bed. The AC motor drive train enables the truck to travel about 100 miles on a charge. Charging ports on the vehicle can accommodate SAE J1772 AC Level 2 or CHAdeMo DC Quick Charge. The DC Quick Charge feature can replenish the battery pack in about 2.5 hours.

Phoenix Motorcars also introduced an electric shuttle bus that is currently being employed at Los Angeles International Airport based on a similar drive train.

Zenith Motors from Kentucky has developed an electric shuttle bus that uses an AC motor system from UQM.

Zenith Motors from Kentucky has developed an electric shuttle bus that uses an AC motor system from UQM.

Zenith Motors from Kentucky also exhibited an electric shuttle bus with an AC motor drive train that employed a lithium-polymer battery pack capacity up to 62 kilowatt-hours. The bus is smaller in size than the Phoenix Motorcars shuttle but uses a PowerPhase Pro 135 AC motor system from UQM. Range is 90 miles and the top speed is governed at 60 miles per hour. An optional wheelchair lift can also be installed.

California tax vouchers and a $7500 U.S. federal tax credit for battery-powered vehicles are driving the growth of the electric bus market in that state, allowing regional transportation systems to save as much as 60% of the purchase of a $100,000 Zenith Motors electric bus. After incentives, electric-powered shuttles can be purchased from the company at a net price of $40,000 – $50,000.

GreenTech Automotive MyCar NEV exhibit.

GreenTech Automotive MyCar NEV exhibit.

GreenTech Automotive, a start-up EV company from Virginia, displayed its MyCar Neighborhood Electric Vehicle, a rugged two-seater with a styling reminiscent of the Mini Cooper that will be priced around $17,500.

MyCar NEV from GreenTech Automotive will be manufactured in Mississippi.

MyCar NEV from GreenTech Automotive will be manufactured in Mississippi.

The vehicles are being manufactured in Mississippi. The vehicle has a range of about 65 miles from its 7.5 kW Permanent Magnet AC Motor and 15.6 kWatt-hour, lithium-ion battery pack. The MyCar configures the batteries in a 72-volt system. The 2.5 kW onboard charging system can recharge the through SAE J1772 port from a 110 VAC Level 1 system in about 10-12 hours or from a 220 VAC Level 2 system in about 5 – 6 hours. The vehicle’s body is made from ABS thermoplastic and total vehicle weight with batteries is just 1058 pounds.

The MyCar is being marketed as a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle with a top speed of about 40 to 45 miles per hour but different states set speed limits for NEVs. The Nevada law limits NEVs to public streets with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour.

GreenTech Automotive was marketing its MyCar NEV for parking enforcement applications as well as a low-cost transportation vehicle for military bases, airports, universities, and corporate campuses.

EVSE LLC motorized, retractable cable system can automatically lower the SAE J1772 plug to wheelchair height in conformance with the American Disabilities Act and also conforms to OSHA safety requirements.

EVSE LLC motorized, retractable cable system can automatically lower the SAE J1772 plug to wheelchair height in conformance with the American Disabilities Act and also conforms to OSHA safety requirements.

Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment was exhibited by EVSE, LLC., a division of Control Module, Inc. located in Enfield, Connecticut. The company specializes in SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging stations only at this time. However, the company features retractable, overhead cable stations that avoid the problem of having to coil up the cable when finished charging and also meet the most stringent OSHA standards. When the EVSE station is activated, the cable motors automatically drop the connector plug down to the proper wheelchair height specified in the American Disabilities Act.

The EVSE LLC parent company, Control Modules, also sells parking payment systems and parking gate control devices that can be linked with the EVSE to add a layer of access security to the SAE J1772 connector plug.

EVSE LLC recently won a contract from Southern California Edison to install eighty stations in the utility’s service region for a workplace charging pilot program in conjunction with Greenlots, an EVSE network administrator. The pilot project will be one of the largest to use open standard protocols, including OpenADR2.0b and OCPP, to wirelessly connect the network of EVSE to the Internet and provide ongoing performance data to SCE administrators.

EVSE LLC, a division of Control Module, Inc. sells "The Electrician", a handheld diagnostic tester for SAE J1772 AC Level 1 and AC Level 2 stations.

EVSE LLC, a division of Control Module, Inc. sells “The Electrician”, a handheld diagnostic tester for SAE J1772 AC Level 1 and AC Level 2 stations.

The company also sells a handheld diagnostic tester for EVSE stations that has a female SAE J1772 receptacle on the device. “The Electrician” is an EV simulator that measures actual amperage and voltage from a station after engaging the pilot signal to ensure it is performing the proper SAE J1772 handshaking protocol. The diagnostic tester can also trigger a ground fault to test that the internal GFCI circuitry in the station is working to ensure safety override. For more information about the company, visit their website at: www.evsellc.com

Envision Solar EV ARC(tm) charging station uses photovoltaic solar canopy and lithium-ion battery storage system to operate an EV charging station remotely off the utility grid.

Envision Solar EV ARC(tm) charging station uses photovoltaic solar canopy and lithium-ion battery storage system to operate an EV charging station remotely off the utility grid.

Envision Solar International exhibited the EV ARC(tm), their company’s mobile, solar-powered EV charging station. An SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging station can be powered by the solar canopy in conjunction with a lithium-ion battery storage system in the canopy pedestal. The lithium-ion battery pack capacity comes at different price points from 2.5 kWatt-hours to 4.1 kWatt-hours.

Envision Solar mobile EV charging station with photovoltaic solar canopy and lithium-ion storage battery bank in pedestal can provide portable power for ChargePoint SAE J1772 AC Level 2 station.

Envision Solar mobile EV charging station with photovoltaic solar canopy and lithium-ion storage battery bank in pedestal can provide portable power for ChargePoint SAE J1772 AC Level 2 station.

The canopy can be deployed on surface parking lots or on top of a parking garage. It is moveable and can be towed like a boat trailer behind a service truck for easy relocation. The solar canopy with microinverter system has been designed to withstand winds up to 110 miles per hour.

City of Las Vegas Parking Services Division Offices are located inside the City Hall Parking Garage, sharing the ground floor with the MTO Cafe

City of Las Vegas Parking Services Division Offices are located inside the City Hall Parking Garage, sharing the ground floor with the MTO Cafe

The 2015 International Parking Institute Conference and Expo also highlighted how parking garages can be transformed into transportation hubs that can support photovoltaic solar power generation, EV charging stations, bicycle racks, and other alternative vehicle infrastructure.

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A Solectria Renewables Power Station channels the electric energy harvested from the rooftop solar panels up to 400 Volts DC at 8 Amps.

A Solectria Renewables Power Station channels the electric energy harvested from the rooftop solar panels up to 400 Volts DC at 8 Amps.

Parking garages can also be transformed into mixed-use facilities for revenue generation that also have aesthetic design features that make them a community gathering place, in addition to being a car storage facility.

Bicycle parking area at Las Vegas City Hall parking garage. Vintage parking meters are just for show, as there is cost for bicycle parking.

Bicycle parking area at Las Vegas City Hall parking garage. Vintage parking meters are just for show, as there is cost for bicycle parking.

A walking bridge on the third floor of the Las Vegas City Hall parking garage crosses over railroad tracks to the World Market Center and Smith Center

A walking bridge on the third floor of the Las Vegas City Hall parking garage crosses over railroad tracks to the World Market Center and Smith Center

During the IPI Conference & Expo, the Green Parking Council announced its annual Green Garage Certification awards for parking garages across the country, to recognize structural design, technology implementation, and parking garage administrative programs that exhibit sustainability features. The Green Garage Certification program is modeled after the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Economic and Environmental Design (LEED) program for sustainable building design. For more information about the Green Parking Council certification program, visit the website of the non-profit organization at: http://www.greenparkingcouncil.org/

Las Vegas City Hall parking garage has sleek architectural lines as well as being a mixed use facility.  Green Parking Council calls this "Placemaking", by turning a parking garage into a mixed use community center.

Las Vegas City Hall parking garage has sleek architectural lines as well as being a mixed use facility. Green Parking Council calls this “Placemaking”, by turning a parking garage into a mixed use community center.

The Las Vegas City Hall parking garage at 500 South Main Street has a sleek architectural design that also allows colored light shows to be displayed on its exterior walls at night. The bottom floor of the parking garage is a mixed-use facility that houses the administrative offices of the City of Las Vegas Parking Services Division, as well as a coffee shop, the MTO Café.

A Tesla Model S and Chevy Volts recharge at the Las Vegas City Hall Parking Garage.

A Tesla Model S and Chevy Volts recharge at the Las Vegas City Hall Parking Garage.

The bottom floor of the parking garage also features seven SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles and bicycle racks for alternative modes of transportation. The City of Las Vegas Parking Services Division also issues alternative-fuel vehicle parking decals that entitle the owner to free metered parking at all curbside parking spaces within downtown Las Vegas.
Plug-in EV owners just need to bring their vehicles to the Parking Services Division office at the parking garage for a vehicle inspection and registration. Contact Brandy Stanley, Manager of the Parking Services Division, to schedule an appointment. Her email contact is: bstanley – at(@)-lasvegasnevada.gov

Automated kiosks, paystations and gates allow secure parking and payment transactions without the need for a parking attendant.

Automated kiosks, paystations and gates allow secure parking and payment transactions without the need for a parking attendant.

A mobile phone app from ParkMe.com also allows drivers to locate open parking meter spaces through an interactive GPS map and pay a meter remotely through the mobile phone before the meter expires. No worries about having to rush out of a restaurant to feed the parking meter. The ParkMe app will buzz the driver with a text message when time is running out and present the payment menu.

As the parking industry transforms itself into adopting more sustainable practices and new technologies, the requirements for ongoing education and certification of parking professionals has also increased. A credential program has been started by the International Parking Institute. After a two-year program of study, a Certified Administrator of Public Parking (CAPP) title can be granted to a parking professional and displayed after their name. The public parking professional must continue to take ongoing educational classes to maintain their credential, in the same way as a Certified Public Account (CPA) or Professional Engineer (PE). There are about 250 credentialed CAPP professionals worldwide at this time.

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Jun

Governor Sandoval Announces Nevada Electric Highway

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During a press conference in Carson City on June 16, 2015, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced efforts by the Governor’s Office of Energy, in partnership with state utilities, local governments and businesses, to build out a Nevada Electric Highway that would allow electric vehicles to travel more freely around the state:

http://energy.nv.gov/Media/Press_Releases/2015/Governor_Sandoval_and_NV_Energy_Announce_the_Nevada_Electric_Highway/

PRESS RELEASE
CARSON CITY, NV – June 16, 2015

Businesses or government entities along U.S. Route 95 between Las Vegas and Reno have the opportunity to participate in electrifying Nevada’s highways. NV Energy and the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy are looking for partners in key communities to provide electric vehicle owners the ability to drive and charge their vehicles between Reno and Las Vegas. This effort will include “fast-charge” technology, which is important for long-distance travel.

NV Energy and the State of Nevada are soliciting interest from businesses and government entities along U.S. Route 95 – in communities such as Fallon, Hawthorne, Tonopah and Indian Springs – who would like to host charging stations and support electric vehicle infrastructure development.

The Nevada Electric Highway joint initiative by NV Energy and the State of Nevada represents the next phase in expanding the state’s charging infrastructure to support electric vehicle owners by connecting the urban centers in Clark and Washoe counties. Electric vehicles offer a lower-cost fueling option for drivers, avoid fuel-price uncertainty compared to fluctuating gasoline prices, and are more environmentally friendly.

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval said the efforts to support electric vehicle use in the state benefit both the Nevada environment and the Nevada economy.

“This Electric Highway will allow electric vehicle drivers to power their cars by tapping into Nevada’s own renewable energy resources,” said Sandoval. “This will strengthen our state’s energy independence while reducing Nevada’s petroleum imports.”

Currently, Nevada’s public charging stations are located in more densely-populated areas of the state. NV Energy President and CEO Paul Caudill noted that the utility has been working for more than four years – through a shared-investment program with interested businesses – to expand the network of electric vehicle charging stations in the Las Vegas, Reno and Carson City areas.

“We are delighted to partner with the Governor’s Office of Energy and local businesses to connect Las Vegas and Reno for our current and future electric vehicle customers and tourists,” said Caudill. “In 2013, we launched a shared-investment program that doubled the number of electric vehicle charging stations, and this latest private-public initiative will help even more of our customers be more inclined to purchase electric vehicles.” Caudill noted that electric vehicles benefit Nevada’s environment by lowering vehicle emissions and benefit customers by lowering their overall transportation costs.

The Governor’s Office of Energy and NV Energy will use an application process to determine the charging station locations. Once selected, NV Energy and the State of Nevada will provide funding assistance to install one fast charger and two additional ports for “level 2” chargers in selected cities. Direct-current fast chargers can charge a vehicle in less than an hour; Level 2 chargers typically require several hours for a full charge.

The Governor’s Office of Energy also will develop a program to reduce electricity demand charges for those businesses and government entities that are chosen to host one the new charging stations.

Those interested in more details should visit nvenergy.com/EV to access a one-page Nevada Electric Highway Charging Station Application, which is due to NV Energy by Friday, July 10, 2015.

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About the Governor’s Office of Energy

The Governor’s Office of Energy oversees energy programs required through statute and those that help to meet the mission of the office, which is to ensure the wise development of Nevada’s energy resources in harmony with local community economic needs and Nevada natural resources. For more information about GOE, please visit energy.nv.gov.

About NV Energy

NV Energy, Inc. provides a wide range of energy services to 1.3 million customers throughout Nevada and nearly 40 million tourists annually. NV Energy is a holding company whose principal subsidiaries, Nevada Power Company and Sierra Pacific Power Company, are doing business as NV Energy. The company is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. Information about NV Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via nvenergy.com.

Contact: Scott Kelley
Public Information Officer
Tel: (775) 687-1850 x 7307
Email: skelley@energy.nv.gov

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Paul Thomsen, director of the Governor’s Office of Energy, indicated that each site will have one DC Quick Charge station, as well as two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 stations.

The EV charging sites along this route would include both SAE J1772 standard systems for AC Level 2 and DC Level 2, as well as the Asian CHAdeMO standard connectors for DC Quick Charge.
The target date for completion of this project would be by the end of 2015. Electricity would be provided at no cost to electric cars traveling along U.S. Route 95 for the next five years.

There are already about 150 SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging sites around the state, some that are hosted by businesses already participating in a “Shared Investment Program” with Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary NV Energy, but most of these are located near the urban areas of Reno and Las Vegas. The Nevada Electric Highway would effectively connect these two regions together and pass through rural regions of the state over a 450-mile stretch of highway that normally takes about seven to eight hours to travel by gasoline car.

This infrastructure would also allow an expansion of eco-tourism in Nevada to the rural areas of the state. There are already more than a dozen campgrounds and state parks that provide recreational vehicle (RV) electrical hook-ups that can be adapted to recharge electric vehicles in rural areas, as well.

By spacing the host recharging sites every 100 miles or so, even a Nissan LEAF electric car with a range of 80 to 100 miles might be able to make a well-planned journey from Las Vegas to Reno. The Nissan LEAF SL model has an optional CHAdeMO port that can recharge that car’s lithium-ion battery pack in about 25 minutes, while the standard SAE J1772 AC Level 2 port can refill the battery pack of a Nissan LEAF in about four to five hours.

Installations should be completed by the end of 2015 and the business host site would be responsible for operating and maintaining the recharging site in conjunction with the local utility for the next five years.

Tesla Motors has already built six SuperCharger sites throughout the state for its Model S and X electric cars to travel cross-country, as well as to its new Gigafactory site in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Park, located east of Sparks.

The SuperCharger sites provide electric power at no cost to owners of Tesla Motors vehicles. SuperChargers allow Tesla Motors electric cars to recharge their battery packs to full capacity within one hour. There are four Tesla SuperCharger sites on Interstate Highway 80 at Lovelock, Winnemucca, Elko and Wendover. There are also two SuperCharger sites along Interstate Highway 15 at Primm and in downtown Las Vegas.

The DC Quick Charge stations planned for U.S. Highway 95 would provide about 150 miles of range for the Tesla Motors vehicles for every hour of recharging time. Tesla Motors offers a CHAdeMo adapter cable product that can connect to DC Quick Charge stations that are equipped with CHAdeMo plugs at each host site.

Media and press coverage of the announcement with more details were featured in the following links:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2015/06/16/nevada-electric-highway/28842549/

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/news/government/16837258-113/charged-up-about-nevada-electric-highway

http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/energy/electric-charging-stations-planned-between-las-vegas-northern-nevada

Valley Electric co-op utility has also committed to installing an EV Charging site in Beatty, about 120 miles north of Las Vegas.

Nevada Highway 50 is being considered as an electric highway extension after the completion of the U.S. Route 95 EVSE installations.

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Jun

Nevada EV Community Welcomes New DC Quick Charge Infrastructure

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Nevada’s electric vehicle community continues to grow with the addition of more plug-in electric vehicles and recharging station infrastructure.

New Tesla Motors Supercharger site at Primm on Interstate Highway 15 near the California/Nevada border.

New Tesla Motors Supercharger site at Primm on Interstate Highway 15 near the California/Nevada border.

Tesla Motors now has six SuperCharger locations in the state for its Model S and Model X electric cars:

http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger

Two are located on Interstate Highway 15 at Primm on the California/Nevada border and also in downtown Las Vegas at a Bridger Street parking garage between 7th Street and 8th Street. Four Supercharges are located on Interstate Highway I-80 at Lovelock, Winnemucca, Elko and Wendover.

A recent camera-drone flyover of the Tesla Motors/Panasonic Gigafactory at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Park on I-80 showed the progress and scale of this joint development project. The factory will strive to produce 35 Gigawatt-hours of battery capacity each year for the automotive and solar power industries. Production ramp-up will begin in 2017 with full production capacity scheduled for 2020:

The lithium-ion battery industry could grow five-fold over the next decade as private industry, the Chinese government and other investors mobilize to create a giga-scale production surge to rival the expansion by Tesla Motors.

BYD in China has announced its plans to produce a combined total of 34 Gigawatt-hours from multiple factories by 2020. BYD is also partially owned by U.S. investor Berkshire Hathaway.

During 2015, Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s local utility, NV Energy, is planning to invest in statewide Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) infrastructure that will position DC Quick Charge stations along interstate Highway 95. The goal is to start enabling an electric highway that will link the two largest metropolitan areas within the state on the main corridor between Reno and Las Vegas.

DC Quick Charge stations can recharge a Nissan LEAF battery pack in about 25 minutes, compared to four hours required by the first-generation SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging standard recognized by the worldwide automotive manufacturing industry.

DC Quick Charger at Tahiti Village has both Chademo and Combined Charging System (CCS) standard connectors for both Asian and Euro/American electric cars.

DC Quick Charger at Tahiti Village has both Chademo and Combined Charging System (CCS) standard connectors for both Asian and Euro/American electric cars.

A recent installation by Tahiti Village within their second-floor parking garage on Warm Springs Road near Las Vegas Blvd. included a DC Quick Charge station with both TEPCO CHAdeMo and SAE J1772 Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors. The EV Supply Equipment station was provided by Nissan USA and GoSpace, who are actively seeking more DC Quick Charge host sites in Nevada.

DC Quick Charge Station at Tahiti Village has both CHAdeMo and Combined Charging System (CCS) standard connectors.

DC Quick Charge Station at Tahiti Village has both CHAdeMo and Combined Charging System (CCS) standard connectors.

Green Lots administers the Tahiti Village site as part of the company’s network of DC Quick Charge Stations across the country:

http://greenlots.com/

Green Lots provides three ways to activate DC Quick Charge Station

Green Lots provides three ways to activate DC Quick Charge Station

There are three ways to access the DC Quick Charge station:

1. Download a free App to an Apple iPhone or Android phone that can scan the QR code on the DC Quick Charge station to activate a charging session

2. Go to the Green Lots website and request an RFID card, that will also activate the DC Quick Charge station.

3. Call a phone number listed on the station to access the site remotely and have a personal credit card available if host site requires a usage fee.

At this time, only the CHAdeMo connector plug has power enabled for DC Quick Charge. The CHAdeMo connector has been used in Japan and many Asian countries for over five years. It was originally developed by the Tokyo Electric Power Company in Japan and is an option for the Nissan LEAF charging port. The Mitusbishi i-Miev and Kia Soul EV also support this standard. Tesla Motors provides an adapter for its car charging port that allows the Model S to use the CHAdeMo plug.

The CHAdeMO DC Quick Charge Connector was developed by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for DC Quick Charging systems and has been used in Asia for over five years by the Nissan LEAF, Mitsubish i-MiEV and other Asian automotive manufacturers.

The CHAdeMO DC Quick Charge Connector was developed by the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) for DC Quick Charging systems and has been used in Asia for over five years by the Nissan LEAF, Mitsubish i-MiEV and other Asian automotive manufacturers.

However, ongoing negotiations between Nissan and BMW may lead to a partnership that would enable high-voltage DC power to the CCS Combo Connector plug, as well. The BMW i3, Volkswagen eGolf, and GM Chevrolet Spark support this proposed CCS charging connector standard at this time with more plug-in models from the U.S. and Europe becoming equipped with this port during 2016.

Combined Charging System (CCS) for DC Quick Charge is upwards compatible with SAE J1772 connector standard.

Combined Charging System (CCS) for DC Quick Charge is upwards compatible with SAE J1772 connector standard.

The CCS Combo Connector receptacle on U.S. and European cars is compatible with the first-generation SAE J1772 five-pin plug. The new recommended practice adds two more large pins underneath the five-pin array to carry the high voltage and current required for DC Quick Charge applications, usually about 400 Volts DC at 50 to 100 Amps. The connector configuration has been approved by SAE International and its Hybrid-EV Committee as SAE J1772_201210. The new Recommended Practice also upgrades the digital communication protocol on the original “pilot” and “proximity” pins within the five-pin array:

http://standards.sae.org/j1772_201210/

“This SAE Recommended Practice covers the general physical, electrical, functional and performance requirements to facilitate conductive charging of EV/PHEV vehicles in North America. This document defines a common EV/PHEV and supply equipment vehicle conductive charging method including operational requirements and the functional and dimensional requirements for the vehicle inlet and mating connector.

Rationale: This recommended practice defines AC Level 1 and AC Level 2 charge levels and specifies a conductive charge coupler and electrical interfaces for AC Level 1 and AC Level 2 charging. This revision incorporates DC charging. DC Level 1 and DC Level 2 charge levels, charge coupler and electrical interfaces are defined. The DC Level 1 charge coupler is identical to the AC Level 1 and AC Level 2 charge coupler. DC Level 2 charging is achieved by adding 2 high current contacts to the AC Level 1 and AC Level 2 charge coupler.”

For EVs that do not have DC Quick Charge connectors, two first-generation SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EV charging stations are available across the street from Tahiti Village parking garage in the Premium Outlet Shops on Warm Springs and Las Vegas Boulevard.

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May

Upcoming Events 2015

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August 24, 2015 National Clean Energy Summit 8.0 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

The eighth annual National Clean Energy Summit will bring together clean energy visionaries and leaders, public officials, business executives, energy policy experts, entrepreneurs, investors, citizens, and students, to discuss empowering Americans to develop our massive clean energy supplies, secure greater energy independence, and create jobs.

The daylong clean energy summit is sponsored by U.S. Senator Harry Reid, the Center for American Progress, the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

September 2015

September 12-20, 2015 National Drive Electric Week, September 12-20, 2015, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today’s widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil:
https://driveelectricweek.org/

NV Energy and NEVA will be promoting a statewide observance of National Drive Electric Week at two locations in Reno and Las Vegas during that week, in cooperation with local electric vehicle communities in each region.

The Las Vegas event will be staged at the Springs Preserve on Saturday, September 12th from 10 AM to 4 PM. The event will include the 2nd Annual “Juice Bar Crawl” that will feature a caravan of electric cars that will tour local recharging stations and other EV facilities. The tour will start at Springs Preserve parking lot with four AC Level 2 EV Charging plugs that are powered by photovoltaic solar cell arrays that automatically track and align with the movement of the sun.

The tour will end at the NV Energy Pearson campus near Jones and Sahara Blvd where 10 EV charging plugs are available under a photovoltaic solar cell array canopy.

September 13, 2015 Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Summerlin from 11 AM to 1 PM.

October 2015

October 5th – 8th FireShows West Conference & Expo at Reno-Sparks Convention Center, located at 4590 S. Virginia St. Reno, Nevada 89502
Telephone: 1-800-632-7489

The Expo runs from October 7th to 8th:http://www.fireshowswest.com/

About 1500 fire captains from western states attend this event every year, with almost half the attendees coming from California.

On October 8th, from 1 PM to 3 PM, NEVA will help stage an Emergency First Responder training session about electric vehicles and lithium-ion battery fire suppression techniques.

October 10, 2015 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon.

October 11, 2015 Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Henderson from 11 AM to 1 PM.

November 2015

November 14, 2015 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon.

November 15, 2015 Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Summerlin from 11 AM to 1 PM.

December 2015

December 12, 2015 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon.

December 13, 2015 Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Henderson from 11 AM to 1 PM.

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15

May

GREENFest 2015 Celebrates Earth Day

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The Green Alliance/Nevada Energy Star Partners celebrated their annual GREENFest 2015 at Downtown Summerlin in Las Vegas this year on Saturday, April 25th from 10 AM to 5 PM.

In addition to a Green Vehicle Zone that featured alternative-fuel cars, trucks, and fleet vehicles, GREENFest 2015 was also kicked off at 9 AM that morning with a Drive Clean Energy Procession that started at Las Vegas Cyclery at 10575 Discovery Drive in Las Vegas and traveled about 2.5 miles on the scenic roads of Summerlin to arrive at the Downtown Summerlin site of the festival.

Rudy Garcia of Verdek, LLC has led the Drive Clean Energy Intitiative and was interviewed by Sherry Swensk, Environmental Reporter for KLAS-TV, Channel 8 News Now about the event:

8 News NOW

MGM Resorts International  showcased a CNG-powered Stretch Cadillac CTS Limousine carrying Paul Thomsen, Director of the Governor's Office of Energy.

MGM Resorts International showcased a CNG-powered Stretch Cadillac CTS Limousine carrying Paul Thomsen, Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy.

The Drive Clean Energy Procession was led by an MGM Resorts International limousine, a stretched Cadillac CTS that was powered by Compressed Natural Gas. Besides Garcia, the limousine also carried Paul Thomsen, Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy.

MGM Resorts International CNG-powered Cadillac CTS Stretch Limousine

MGM Resorts International CNG-powered Cadillac CTS Stretch Limousine

The MGM CNG limousine was followed by seven Tesla Model S electric cars driven by members of the local Tesla Motors Service Center and the Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group.

Tesla Motors Model S electric cars in Drive Clean Energy Procession

Tesla Motors Model S electric cars in Drive Clean Energy Procession

SolarCity also provided four Chevrolet Spark EVs for the procession.

SolarCity Ford Focus EV

SolarCity Ford Focus EV

Two Nissan LEAFs were in the procession, one provided by Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s NV Energy electric utility and one from the fleet of the City of Las Vegas. EV and Renewable Energy Manager Marie Steele drove the EV from NV Energy and also exhibited it at the Green Vehicle Zone within the Greenfest 2015 booth area.

NV Energy fleet Nissan LEAF driven by Marie Steele, EV and Renewable Energy Manager.

NV Energy fleet Nissan LEAF driven by Marie Steele, EV and Renewable Energy Manager.

In addition, a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid car was represented in the procession and within a Greenfest booth exhibit by Renewable Energy Services.

Renewable Energy Electric Chevy Volt fleet vehicle

Renewable Energy Electric Chevy Volt fleet vehicle

Other CNG-powered vehicles in the procession included a fleet truck from Southwest Gas and a garbage truck/compressor from Republic Services.

Southwest Gas CNG-powered Pickup Truck

Southwest Gas CNG-powered Pickup Truck

Republic Services CNG-powered Garbage Truck

Republic Services CNG-powered Garbage Truck

A Ford Fusion hybrid car driven by event organizer Annette Bubak also carried Environmental Reporter and Meteorologist Sherry Swensk from KLAS-TV, Channel 8.

Greenfest 2015 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Within the Green Vehicle Zone, Tesla Motors also exhibited two Model S electric cars.

Tesla Motors Booth in Green Vehicle Zone

Tesla Motors Booth in Green Vehicle Zone

Gaudin Porsche exhibited two Panamera S E-hybrid vehicles.

Gaudin Porsche Booth and Panamera S E-Hybrid

Gaudin Porsche Booth and Panamera S E-Hybrid

Southwest Gas also exhibited a Honda Civic CNG-powered car in the Green Vehicle Zone as part of their fleet.

CNG-powered Honda Civic

CNG-powered Honda Civic

A unique propane-powered lawnmower was also displayed, as well as an electric-powered cherry-picker that was attached to large truck.

Propane-powered lawnmower and passenger

Propane-powered lawnmower and passenger

Lots of solar photovoltaic systems and services were also on display, including the power to run electricity within the GreenFest 2015 booth area provided by Bombard Renewable Energy.

SolarNV, the local chapter of the American Solar Energy Society, teamed with the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Center to display the components that supplement a solar photovoltaic array after it is installed.

Solar Photovoltaic Electrical Components for transmitting and storing the power of the sun.

Solar Photovoltaic Electrical Components
for transmitting and storing the power of the sun.

These included the inverter systems to convert DC power to AC power for the local grid and household appliances. A battery-back up power system was also displayed.

Solar Power Micro Inverters and Net Metering Displayed

Solar Power Micro Inverters and Net Metering Displayed

Mother Nature must have been happy with the GreenFest 2015 event, as rain clouds shrouded the celebration all day and let loose a flood of water in the Mojave desert, just as the event came to a close.

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20

Dec

HR 5771 Extends EV Supply Equipment Federal Tax Credit through 2014

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The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives of the 113th Congress passed H.R. 5771 into law and it was signed by President Obama on Friday, December 19, 2014. The “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014” extended the federal tax credit for the installation of “Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property”, including Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) through the end of 2014:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/5771

“Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 – Title I: Certain Expiring Provisions – Amends the Internal Revenue Code to extend certain expiring tax provisions relating to individuals, businesses, and the energy sector.

Subtitle C: Energy Tax Extenders – Extends through 2014:
•the tax credit for residential energy efficiency improvements;
•the tax credit for second generation biofuel production;
•the income and excise tax credits for biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel mixtures;
•the tax credit for producing electricity using Indian coal facilities placed in service before 2009;
•the tax credit for producing electricity using wind, biomass, geothermal, landfill gas, trash, hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic renewable energy facilities;
•the tax credit for energy efficient new homes;
•the special depreciation allowance for second generation biofuel plant property;
•the tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings;
•tax deferral rules for sales or dispositions of qualified electric utilities; and
•the excise tax credit for alternative fuels and fuels involving liquefied hydrogen.

This extension affects the 2014 federal tax returns of plug-in electric vehicle owners, private property owners and commercial property owners who installed EVSE during 2014 (from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014).

Any EVSE installed by a private, residential owner for personal use is eligible for a federal tax credit of 30% up to $1,000.

Any EVSE installed by a commercial entity is entitled to a federal tax credit of 30% per site up to a maximum of $30,000 per site.

There are still a few days left during the month of December to purchase an EVSE and complete the installation process by midnight, December 31, 2014.

Eligible taxpayers will need to fill out IRS Form 8911: “Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property Credit” and include it with their IRS 1040 filing by April 15, 2015:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Form-8911,-Alternative-Fuel-Vehicle-Refueling-Property-Credit

Under “Current Products”, the link for Form 8911 leads to an example for the 2013 tax year but should be updated with the 2014 Form 8911 by January 2015.

http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8911.pdf

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28

Nov

How to Print an Electric Car

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“To order your electric car, press PRINT”.

The Specialty Equipment Market Association trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center this month featured the design and fabrication work of Local Motors, whose employees showed how to use a large-format 3D Printer to fabricate a custom electric car from a computer-aided design (CAD) three-dimensional model:

https://localmotors.com

The company partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Cincinnati Incorporated to develop the large-format 3D printing technology that used rounded plastic pellets from SABIC as raw materials. The first exhibition of the technology was at the International Technology Show in Chicago during September 2014.

The result of the project was Strati, the World’s First 3-D Printed Car.

During the SEMA show from November 4th – 7th, Local Motors was challenged to once again print and assemble a vehicle from start to finish in just four days, then drive it off the exhibit floor.

Renault donated the electric-motor drive train from its Twizy model electric car and Siemens contributed its “Solid Edge” computer modeling tools.

During SEMA 2013, Local Motors opened a micro-factory in Downtown Las Vegas at 515 Stewart Avenue, on the corner of Stewart Avenue and Sixth Street. Gina O’Connell is the local manager there. Her team provided logistical support for the Strati Project during the SEMA trade show.

For more information about the Local Motors micro-factory in Las Vegas, call (702) 465-3294 or visit the Local Motors micro-factory web page at:
https://localmotors.com/microfactory/

The following photos of the fabrication and construction process are courtesy of Local Motors. Thank you to Kate Hartley, Taylor Alexander and Gina O’Connell:

Phase 1: Print the plastic body from a large-format 3D printer (44 hours):

From plastic pellets to stratified layers of plastic components.

From plastic pellets to stratified layers of plastic components.

A large-format 3D printer begins the additive manufacturing process to construct body panels for the Strati electric car.

A large-format 3D printer begins the additive manufacturing process to construct body panels for the Strati electric car.

Printing the Strati electric car peripheral components.

Printing the Strati electric car peripheral components.

Phase 2: Mill the Plastic Body to Match Component Tolerances (8 hours):

The printed plastic car body is finished by milling the form to match component tolerances.

The printed plastic car body is finished by milling the form to match component tolerances.

Phase 3: Assemble Drive Train and Peripheral Components onto the Plastic Body

Suspension system and wheel hubs are added to printed plastic car body.

Suspension system and wheel hubs are added to printed plastic car body.

Add Battery Box, Motor Speed Controller, Contactor, and Wiring Harness.

Add Battery Box, Motor Speed Controller, Contactor, and Wiring Harness.

Install Steering Wheel and Front Suspension

Install Steering Wheel and Front Suspension

Working On the Front End.

Working On the Front End.

Lights, Fenders, Seats, and Detailing.

Lights, Fenders, Seats, and Detailing.

Wheels, Tires and Custom Hub Caps.

Wheels, Tires and Custom Hub Caps.

Add Pin Striping.

Add Pin Striping.

Finishing the Back End

Finishing the Back End

Secure the Electric Motor in Place.

Secure the Electric Motor in Place.

Ready to Roll!

Ready to Roll!

Phase 4: Enjoy the SEMA Cruise and the Las Vegas Night Life!

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Cruisin' the Las Vegas Strip. Big Wheels Keep On Turning.

Cruisin’ the Las Vegas Strip. Big Wheels Keep On Turning.

Gina O'Connell, Manager of the Las Vegas Local Motors Micro-Factory, poses with Strati and Cruiser.

Gina O’Connell, Manager of the Las Vegas Local Motors Micro-Factory, poses with Strati and Cruiser.

Strati Meets the People!

Strati Meets the People!

The Next Generation

The Next Generation

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Oct

Stations Casinos Add Charging Stations. October Events.

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The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) program continued to help build electric vehicle infrastructure throughout the state during October with support from Stations Casinos, as well as through a car show event and educational outreach to first responders. The state of Nevada also welcomed Cenntro Automotive, as it opened a new factory in Sparks to build electric vehicles.

Richard Cromie, a former executive at Southern California Edison who has worked on electric vehicle development for the southern California utility, joined the NEVA staff this month to continue these efforts from the Reno office of REA250.

Telefonix SAE J1772 AC Level 1 charging station at Red Rock Resort valet parking area.

Telefonix SAE J1772 AC Level 1 charging station at Red Rock Resort valet parking area.

Stations Casinos Installs EV Supply Equipment at three locations in southern Nevada

Stations Casinos purchased and installed 12 EV supply equipment stations from Telefonix over the last month, including both SAE J1772 AC Level 1 and AC Level 2 models. They were installed at three of the company’s resort properties in southern Nevada, in the valet parking areas: Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock Resort, and Sante Fe Station. The Telefonix Level 2 is rated at 240 VAC/14 Amps, equivalent to a 3.3 kW charging rate while the Level 1 unit is rated at 120 VAC/16 Amps, equivalent to a 1.8 kW charging rate.

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First Friday Street Faire, PureGreen Place electric car exhibit included 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback EV conversion by Larrry Gareffa, as well as Chevrolet Volt from Findlay Automotive and a Ford Focus EV provided by Collin Burnell.

First Friday Street Faire, PureGreen Place electric car exhibit included 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback EV conversion by Larrry Gareffa, as well as Chevrolet Volt from Findlay Automotive and a Ford Focus EV provided by Collin Burnell.

First Friday Street Faire in downtown Las Vegas

NEVA participated in an event at “PureGreen Place” during the First Friday street faire in downtown Las Vegas on October 3rd, by organizing an electric car exhibit. Findlay Chevrolet provided a Chevrolet Volt, while Collin Burnell showcased his Ford Focus EV and Larry Gareffa presented his 1965 Mustang Fastback that had been converted to an electric car with some very modern stylings, including LED headlights and a video screen presentation in the trunk of the vehicle.

Larry Gareffa and Collin Burnell answer questions about their plug-in electric cars at PureGreen Place exhibit during First Friday Street Faire in downtown Las Vegas

Larry Gareffa and Collin Burnell answer questions about their plug-in electric cars at PureGreen Place exhibit during First Friday Street Faire in downtown Las Vegas

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First Responder Training at Clark County Fire Station 21

New Fire Engine at Clark County Fire Station 21

New Fire Engine at Clark County Fire Station 21

NEVA also partnered with NV Energy, Findlay Chevrolet, and Tesla Motors to provide First Responder training at Clark County Fire Station 21 to Captain Mike Tompkins and his crew of firefighters.
Marie Steele, Manager of Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy at NV Energy, met with the firefighters to see how the utility could support their training efforts. NEVA Outreach Coordinator Stan Hanel presented materials from the EV Safety Training website of the National Fire Protection Association at:
http://www.evsafetytraining.org/

Tesla Motors Service Technician Jose demonstrates traction battery disconnection points on Tesla Motors Model S to firefighter.

Tesla Motors Service Technician Jose demonstrates traction battery disconnection points on Tesla Motors Model S to firefighter.

“Identify, Immobilize and Disable (IID)” are the three watchwords that first responders should heed when approaching a plug-in electric car that has been damaged during a traffic incident.

Findlay Automotive provided a Chevrolet Volt as a demonstration vehicle for first responder safety training at Clark County Fire Station 21.

Findlay Automotive provided a Chevrolet Volt as a demonstration vehicle for first responder safety training at Clark County Fire Station 21.

Findlay Chevrolet provided a Chevrolet Volt and the Tesla Motors Service Center provided a Model S, accompanied by a service technician, so that firefighters could ask questions and receive “hands-on” practice identifying areas of the vehicle where high-voltage traction batteries could be disconnected, as well as cut zones where onboard passengers could be safely extracted from each vehicle after an injury.

A big "thumbs up" from attendees at a NEVA EV Safety Training presentation at Clark County Fire Station 21, including Marie Steele, Manager of Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy at NV Energy, and Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

A big “thumbs up” from attendees at a NEVA EV Safety Training presentation at Clark County Fire Station 21, including Marie Steele, Manager of Electric Vehicles and Renewable Energy at NV Energy, and Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

During the previous month, NEVA also partnered with the Nevada Department of Transportation to provide EV Safety Training presentations to first responders in the Nevada Traffic Incident Management (TIM) coalition at locations in both northern and southern Nevada:
http://nevadadot.com/NevadaTim/

Mixing panel on Clark County fire engine where fire suppressant chemicals can be combined with 500 gallons of water onboard the vehicle while a firehose delivers the fluids to a fire.

Mixing panel on Clark County fire engine where fire suppressant chemicals can be combined with 500 gallons of water onboard the vehicle while a firehose delivers the fluids to a fire.

The NEVA program, administered by the REA250 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is seeking more funding to initiate a statewide EV safety training program for all first responders, including firefighters, police, ambulance drivers, tow truck drivers and Hazardous Material support companies.

Additional resources for first responders can be found at this link on the NEVA website:
http://nevadaeva.org/first-responder-training-resources/

New Electric Vehicle Factory To Open in Sparks, Nevada

Cenntro Motors Kombi EV electric utility truck with storage container configuration.

Cenntro Motors Kombi EV electric utility truck with storage container configuration.

On October 23rd, Cenntro Automotive announced that they have established an 80,000-square-foot electric vehicle factory in Sparks, Nevada. The unveiling ceremony featured Nevada governor Brian Sandoval driving one of the company’s Citilec electric vehicles, along with Sparks Mayor Geno Santini. The Citilec van was of the first vehicles built at the new plant in Sparks.

More coverage of the event was reported by Jason Hidalgo in the Reno Gazette-Journal:

http://www.rgj.com/story/money/business/2014/10/24/electric-vehicle-maker-cenntro-moves-sparks-nevada-technobubble/17850717/

Cenntro Automotive was founded by Peter Wang. The company builds light duty electric utility vans, trucks, and electric scooters. The international company has offices in China and France, where it acquired Brant Motors for $50 million, before moving manufacturing operations of the Brant Motors Citilec to Sparks, Nevada. The company also builds the Kombi EV, an electric flat-bed utility truck that can be configured with cargo-carrying options.

More information about the company and its vehicles can be found at its website at:
http://cenntromotors.com/vehicle.html

NEVA participant Mike Kazmierski, President and CEO of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, worked with state officials to provide relocation incentives to Cenntro Automotive. The company announced that it plans to add 300 jobs to the local Sparks economy over the next few years.

Blog by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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