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A Brief History of the Electric Car in Nevada

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Before there were plans for a Tesla Motors Gigafactory in Storey County, a Faraday Future electric car factory, or an Xtreme Green Electric Vehicles factory in North Las Vegas, there was the Lectra Motors factory at 5380 Valley View Blvd in Las Vegas, that produced over 1,000 electric sports cars, sedans, and trucks from 1979 to 1982.

Lectra Motors brochure from 1980s.

Lectra Motors brochure from 1980s.

Al Sawyer and Charlie Amadon were Nevada Test Site engineers, who founded the company in response to an OPEC oil embargo that created long lines of cars at service station gasoline pumps, because of oil refinery shortages when crude oil imports were sanctioned by OPEC member nations.

Lectra Motors co-founder and CEO Al Sawyer (right) with a 2012 Nissan LEAF and 1981 Lectra Motors Centauri.

Lectra Motors co-founder and CEO Al Sawyer (right) with a 2012 Nissan LEAF and 1981 Lectra Motors Centauri.

Lectra Motors vehicles used 18 golf cart batteries for power. An efficient chassis design, electronic controller, and electric motor allowed their cars and trucks to reach a top speed of 80 mph with a range of about 50 to 60 miles before the battery pack needed to be recharged. Lectra Motors also developed a battery monitoring system, as well as an electric air conditioning system, and an electric-hydraulic braking system.

During the 1990s, Sawyer joined with scientists at the Desert Research Institute to start up the Las Vegas Electric Auto Association chapter of the national Electric Auto Association. Gail Lucas became President and promoted educational outreach around the state of Nevada. Bob Tregilus also helped start up the Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada.

They reached out to state legislators like Bill Raggio, Randolph Townsend, and Ray Shaffer to look at laws to promote electric cars within Nevada. Lucas also worked with Dan Hyde, City of Las Vegas fleet manager, who sponsored the Southern Nevada Fleet Association, then started programs encouraging the development of alternative-fuel vehicles, that would burn fuels like biodiesel, compressed natural gas, propane, and hydrogen more cleanly in city motor pools, school buses, public transit buses, taxis and limousine services.

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway and its 1/4-mile drag strip, “The Strip”, became a popular test track for the newly-formed National Electric Drag Racing Association, whose members began racing electric car conversions during open “head to head” competitions against gasoline-powered dragsters.

Bill Kuehl and his third Pontiac Fiero EV conversion.  He set a NEDRA quarter-mile drag race record in another Pontiac Fiero that still stands today.

Bill Kuehl and his third Pontiac Fiero EV conversion. He set a NEDRA quarter-mile drag race record in another Pontiac Fiero that still stands today.

Before there was a Formula E racing circuit, NEDRA racing competitors built their electric-motor dragsters in home garages. They shared technology innovations with each other across Internet forums to showcase just how powerfully the electromagnetic torque in a souped up forklift motor could perform, spinning the wheels and launching an electric car with quick acceleration from a standing stop.

It was a big deal when an electric car filled with golf cart batteries actually won against a gas car. The Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association staged several “Wicked Watts” electric drag racing events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as part of the NEDRA racing circuit from the late 1990s to early 2000s. Electric car drag racing competitors would go “head to head” with each other, as well as gasoline-powered vehicles by competing on top of open drag race events.

Electric drag race vehicles could be allowed to enter a National Hot Rod Association drag strip because of the inclusion of electric vehicle technical inspection guidelines as part of the rulebook for the NHRA. These technical rules were written by NEDRA board members, who were already accepted members of the NHRA drag racing community.

Similar efforts were also made to introduce electric vehicle landspeed racing events to the nearby Bonneville Salt Flats near East Wendover, Utah through the Utah EV Coalition with support from the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association.

Bill Kuehl in 1985 with a rally race result ticket showing his record distance time for a Honda Civic EV conversion.

Bill Kuehl in 1985 with a rally race result ticket showing his record distance time for a Honda Civic EV conversion.

LVEVA Directors Al Sawyer and Bill Kuehl built electric dragsters and rally cars in Las Vegas that set new performance records, recognized by NEDRA and the EAA.

Bill Kuehl’s 1985 Pontiac Fiero electric race car conversion still holds a NEDRA record that was originally set in 2001 for the Modified Conversion/144-volt DC category by using lead-acid batteries to achieve a speed of 71 mph in just over 18 seconds on “The Strip” quarter-mile race track:

http://nedra.com/record_holders.html

NEDRA electric car racers boosted their drag racing performance records when they got hold of some new lithium-ion batteries, by taking out the cells from Black & Decker power tools and carefully welding hundreds of them together into high-performance battery packs.

During the new millennium, Bill Dube’s Killacycle reached record speeds at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway drag strip for an electric motorcycle. Dennis Berube’s Current Eliminator electric dragster won bracket racing titles against gasoline-powered dragsters by being able to dial in his 1/4-mile times precisely with a tuneable electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack.

Several of the NEDRA racers began attending the Burning Man gathering each year in northern Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. They popularized the use of electric “art cars” to convey their friends quietly and cleanly over the playa.

During February 2011, the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Readiness Task Force (EVIRTF) was formed by NV Energy, NDOT, and REA250 with support from the Nevada State Office of Energy. Invitations were sent out, recruiting participants from all levels of government, universities, businesses and other non-profit organizations to meet at the offices of the Desert Research Institute in northern and southern Nevada. Their goal was to prepare the state of Nevada for electric cars by emphasizing the development of recharging station infrastructure, educational outreach, codes and standards compliance, and the propagation of fleet and consumer information.

Rudy Garcia of VERDEK LLC (center) led EV charging station infrastructure efforts for the NV Energy shared investment program. Also in picture are Tom Polikalas (left), SWEEP's Nevada representative, and David Gibson (right) of the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy

Rudy Garcia of VERDEK LLC (center) led EV charging station infrastructure efforts for the NV Energy shared investment program. Also in picture are Tom Polikalas (left), SWEEP’s Nevada representative, and David Gibson (right) of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy

After initial meetings online and and in person over the next three years, over 150 participants were invited to join. The group was later renamed the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) program in 2012, with an objective to promote a shared investment project sponsored by NV Energy and the Nevada State Office of Energy, to establish a preliminary network of public charging stations around the Las Vegas valley and in the Reno-Carson City areas of the state.

A Fisker Karma plugs in at a Gaudin Motorworks dealership in southern Nevada.

A Fisker Karma plugs in at a Gaudin Motorworks dealership in southern Nevada.

Local automotive dealerships owned by third-generation families named Ackerman, Heinrich and Findlay responded positively to NEVA outreach efforts to help promote electric cars. Gary Ackerman had opened a Fisker Karma dealership, based on his association with Henrik Fisker. Local southern Nevada dealerships promoted the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, BMW i8, Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid, Porsche Cayenne e-Hybrid, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Ford Focus EV, Ford Fusion Energi, Ford C-Max Energi, and other new plug-in electric cars as they became available.

Findlay Chevrolet promoted a 2011 Chevrolet Volt by featuring UNLV logos including the Rebel mascot while plugging into a ChargePoint station at North Las Vegas City Hall.

Findlay Chevrolet promoted a 2011 Chevrolet Volt by featuring UNLV logos including the Rebel mascot while plugging into a ChargePoint station at North Las Vegas City Hall.

BMW shipped in 25 BMW i3 electric cars to provide test drives to CES attendees.

BMW shipped in 25 BMW i3 electric cars to provide test drives to CES attendees.

Gaudin Ford Sales Representative Tim Duncan showcases a Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid car during the Las Vegas Science & Technology festival.

Gaudin Ford Sales Representative Tim Duncan showcases a Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid car during the Las Vegas Science & Technology festival.

The first Tesla Motors service facility opened in Las Vegas during 2013 and began supporting the new Model S sedan.

Prospective buyers for a Tesla Motors Model 3 line up outside the Tesla Motors service facility during 2016 in Las Vegas to place a $1000 deposit to buy a 2018 Model 3 electric car.

Prospective buyers for a Tesla Motors Model 3 line up outside the Tesla Motors service facility during 2016 in Las Vegas to place a $1000 deposit to buy a 2018 Model 3 electric car.

A local Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group was formed by Don Carrier, Matt Watson and Michael Lemke. After three years, the organization now has 180 members on its mailing list, who hold monthly luncheon meetings in Henderson and Las Vegas Summerlin communities.

Las Vegas Tesla Owners gather for a monthly luncheon meeting.

Las Vegas Tesla Owners gather for a monthly luncheon meeting.

The first Tesla Motors Supercharger station outside California was installed in Downtown Las Vegas on the corner of Bridger and Eighth Street, in conjunction with an electric car-share program being developed by the Downtown Project.

Tesla Motors Supercharger station in Barstow, CA provides fast recharging site for Tesla Motors owners driving between LA and Las Vegas.

Tesla Motors Supercharger station in Barstow, CA provides fast recharging site for Tesla Motors owners driving between LA and Las Vegas.

It became a right of passage for new Model S owners in southern California to test the Supercharger network by making an interstate run between LA to Las Vegas and back, usually spending time at a Strip resort overnight that also included a charging station in its guest parking lot, thanks to the efforts of the shared investment program.

ChargePoint dual-port CT4000 with two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plugs at Luxor Valet parking lot.

ChargePoint dual-port CT4000 with two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plugs at Luxor Valet parking lot.

MGM Resorts International, Caesars Entertainment, Wynn Resorts Limited, Cosmopolitan, Four Seasons Hotel and Las Vegas Sands Corporation collaborated with Tesla Motors to provide high-power fast charge stations for Tesla vehicles, as well.

Travis Johnson of NV Energy plugs the Mandalay Bay ChargePoint station.into a Chevrolet Volt for the first time.

Travis Johnson of NV Energy plugs the Mandalay Bay ChargePoint station.into a Chevrolet Volt for the first time.

Other NEVA participants included the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 357, whose Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee under Madison Burnett and Robert Buntjer helped train electricians to install and service EV supply equipment statewide. Buntjer studied with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) in Chicago to became a “Trainer of Trainers” for the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP)instituted by the non-profit organization nationwide.

EVITP trainer Robert Buntjer and NEVA Outreach Coordinator kick off workshop in Las Vegas.

EVITP trainer Robert Buntjer and NEVA Outreach Coordinator kick off workshop in Las Vegas.

NEVA funded one-day EVITP workshops in both the northern and southern parts of the state that were open to building inspectors, architects, EV drivers, and any other interested parties during 2012 and 2013.

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

NEVA also teamed with the Clark County Fire Department, Nevada State Firefighters Association, the Nevada Traffic Incident Management organization, and the National Fire Protection Association to develop safety training procedures and classes for first responders coming upon a damaged electric car after a traffic accident. Clark County EV safety training efforts were led by Richard Brenner of the Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning Department.

During 2015, a Nevada Electric Highway project was announced by NV Energy and the Governor’s Office of Energy, with a goal to connect Las Vegas to Reno by locating DC Fast Charge stations every 100 miles along US Highway 95. The Beatty station is up and running at this time, with stations at Tonopah, Hawthorne and Fallon expected to come online by the end of this year.

Beatty Supercharger Installation now active on US Highway 95.

Beatty Supercharger Installation now active on US Highway 95.

Tesla Motors has also established proprietary SuperCharger stations along US Highway 95 in downtown Las Vegas, Tonopah, Beatty, Hawthorne and at the Atlantis Resort & Casino in Reno. These SuperCharger stations complement other existing SuperCharger stations at the Tesla Motors Gigafactory and also along other sites on US interstate highways I-80 and I-15 in Nevada.

The Governor’s Office of Energy is seeking funding and planning more DC Fast Charge stations along other rural state highways, as electric car manufacturing within the state, consumer EV purchases, and visits by green ecotourists continue to grow.

Terrible Herbst has installed a dozen NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge stations at service stations and convenience stores in the Las Vegas valley.

Terrible Herbst has installed a dozen NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge stations at service stations and convenience stores in the Las Vegas valley.

Terrible Herbst service stations and convenience stores have installed a dozen DC Fast Charge stations, co-located with gasoline refueling pumps, at strategic recharging locations around the Las Vegas Valley. The NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge stations were donated by Nissan and BMW as part of a “No Charge to Charge” program that offers two years of free electric vehicle charging with an “EZ Charge” credit card to buyers of a new Nissan LEAF or BMW i3. The DC Fast Charge stations are equipped with both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo plugs for both Asian and US/European DC Fast Charge standards. Electricity can be purchased by any owner of an electric car equipped with a DC Fast Charge port at $5.95 for a hookup fee and 20 cents a minute for the service by inserting a traditional credit card into a card reader port.

The buyer can also enter their phone number to receive a texted receipt of the purchase information, including charging time, kilowatt-hours consumed, and final dollar amount.

Green Alliance of Nevada, Green Chips, Clean Energy Project, Sierra Club, Downtown Project, First Friday, SYN Shop MakerSpace and other organizations have supported educational outreach for electric cars.

Larry Gareffa with his custom EV conversion of a 1965 Mustang Fastback.

Larry Gareffa with his custom EV conversion of a 1965 Mustang Fastback.

LVEVA members presented EV conversions that featured an electric DeLorean DMC customized by the Brandys family, a 1965 Mustang Fastback developed by Larry Gareffa and family, as well as a Pontiac Fiero, Subaru Brat, Ford F150 pickup, and many other specialty vehicles built by LVEVA members at community events. Their educational efforts continue to spread the word about electric car technologies.

Bob Brandys shows his DeLorean DMC EV conversion during Mini Maker Faire in Las Vegas.

Bob Brandys shows his DeLorean DMC EV conversion during Mini Maker Faire in Las Vegas.

Green Alliance of Nevada includes a Drive Clean Energy Las Vegas committee led by Annette Bubak and Rudy Garcia, who staged an alternative-fuel vehicle caravan during their annual GreenFest Earth Day celebrations.

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2016 marked the fifth year in a row that Las Vegas was one of over 200 cities participating in the National Drive Electric Week program, founded by the Electric Auto Association, Sierra Club, and Plug-in America.

National Drive Electric Week event at NV Energy Pearson campus "Juice Bar" during 2012.

National Drive Electric Week event at NV Energy Pearson campus “Juice Bar” during 2012.

Over 30 electric cars usually turn out for the rally during the day with more than 100 attendees overall. An Electric Juice Bar Crawl event allows visitors to ride in a caravan of different electric cars and tour local public charging facilities at Clark County Government Center, City of Las Vegas, City of North Las Vegas and the NV Energy campus to see how accessible these stations are throughout the area.

Ready to Roll! Michelle Abbate of Local Motors drives out 3D-printed electric car, built during SEMA trade show in 2014.

Ready to Roll! Michelle Abbate of Local Motors drives out 3D-printed electric car, built during SEMA trade show in 2014.

Local Motors and Xtreme Green Electric Vehicles established electric car development and manufacturing facilities in southern Nevada.

Xtreme Green Vehicles manufactures three-wheel, electric security vehicles as well as electric ATVs.

Xtreme Green Vehicles manufactures three-wheel, electric security vehicles as well as electric ATVs.

The Tesla Motors Gigafactory staged an open house in Storey Country during 2016 to showcase the first operational part of its lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility, while smaller automotive factories also set down Nevada roots after the Great Recession.

The first section of the Tesla Motors Gigafactory in Storey County is completed and unveiled to the public during 2016.

The first section of the Tesla Motors Gigafactory in Storey County is completed and unveiled to the public during 2016.

During September 2016, Faraday Future began moving earth and grading the land at Apex Industrial Park in North Las Vegas for its electric car manufacturing facility, that the company plans to complete by 2018.

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.

Over the last forty years, electric car pioneers have brought passion, fun, and joy to Nevada while continuing to contribute to the growth of electric car infrastructure throughout the state.

NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

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07

Aug

Tesla Motors Gigafactory Unveiling in Storey County, NV

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Tesla Motors staged its first public unveiling of the company’s Gigafactory, a lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Park in Storey County, Nevada on July 29, 2016.

Chairman of the Board and CEO Elon Musk, accompanied by Chief Technical Officer J.B. Straubel, addressed the visitors during the opening ceremonies:

https://www.tesla.com/videos/tesla-gigafactory-grand-opening

The completed gigafactory will have a footprint of 6 million square feet. Tesla Motors claims it will become the building with the largest footprint in the world. The factory construction is now 14 percent completed and already producing Power Wall and Power Pack battery storage products for the Tesla Energy division of Tesla Motors.

When fully built out by 2018, the gigafactory should produce about 50 GigaWatt-hours of lithium-ion battery storage per year, enough energy modules to build 500,000 Tesla Motors Model 3 cars each year. Full capacity is estimated at 150 Gigawatt-hours, or enough battery cells to complete battery packs for 1.5 million Tesla Motors Model 3 cars per year.

Raw materials like lithium carbonate powder, solvent, rolls of raw metal components, and other ingredients are brought into the the factory and rapidly processed by robots and automated machinery working with skilled human technicians to produce battery cells.

After assembly, the cells are formed and aged by the application of electric current to their internal chemistry. Quality of each cell is monitored by automated test equipment and supervised by human test engineers.

Final pack assembly includes integration of battery management electronics and cooling systems within the module of interconnected cells

By consolidating all processes for the manufacture and testing of the lithium-ion battery cells and storage packs under one roof, while also scaling up the volume of production to billions of cells per year, Tesla Motors hopes to drive down the cost per kilowatt-hour of its battery packs by at least 30% to $100 per kilowatt-hour.

The Tesla Model 3 electric car will have a battery pack of 60 kilowatt-hours, so the cost of each pack will need to be $6000, in order to make a profit on a vehicle that will have a base sales price of $35,000.

Musk emphasized that the gigafactory should be conceived as a giant machine that would create many other machines, so the efficiency and speed of the factory, as well as its flow of input supply chain materials and components, are even more important than the design of the final product.

Lithium-ion battery materials can also be recycled once a battery pack has reached end of life, so efficient recycling processes will also help diminish raw material costs over time at the gigafactory.

The facility will also have a low carbon footprint, harnessing a large-scale photovoltaic solar farm on the roof of the factory, coupled with lithium-ion battery storage systems to offset factory energy consumption. Water will also be conserved as pneumatic air plumbing and other efficiency features should minimize water usage.

Musk noted that Tesla Motors now has a building construction division with construction engineers and development teams that are focused on building efficient factories and other commercial structures.

This industry expansion aligns with a recent announcement that Tesla Motors is planning to purchase SolarCity for $2.6 billion in stock, pending approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The integration of photovoltaic rooftop panels, lithium-ion battery storage systems, and electric vehicles creates a combined energy and transportation company that can realize even more efficiency for its customers.

Elon Musk announced that Tesla Motors will develop its own smart inverter systems for commercial buildings that convert DC power from photovoltaic solar panels and lithium-ion storage batteries into a continuous flow of AC power to a commercial building or residential home.

The smart inverter technology is based on the inverter electronics systems that are used to drive the AC electric motor in Tesla Motors cars from the lithium-ion DC battery power pack under the floorboard in its vehicles.

Tesla Motors Supercharger Station Unveiling in Reno, NV

While visitors were touring the new gigafactory in Storey County, another group of people gathered in Reno, NV at the Atlantis Resort and Casino to unveil the latest Tesla Motors Supercharger station in that nearby city.

Tesla Motors continues to build out its Supercharger network across the country and recently added more sites in Nevada along US Highway 95 in Beatty, Tonopah, and Hawthorne.

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Beatty Supercharger Installation now active on US Highway 95.

Beatty Supercharger Installation now active on US Highway 95.

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Supercharger sites along interstate highway I-80 also include Lovelock, Winnemucca, Elko, and West Wendover.

Supercharger sites along interstate highway I-50 have also begun with the first installation in Gardnerville.

Supercharger sites along interstate highway I-15 include Primm at the California/Nevada stateline and downtown Las Vegas at Bridger Street and Eighth Street.

A map of Supercharger locations across the country and in Nevada can be found at this company webpage:

https://www.tesla.com/supercharger

This network of high-power recharging stations will allow Tesla Model S and Model X owners to travel more quickly between Las Vegas and Reno, as well as to California. A Supercharger can replenish a Tesla Model S or Model X 85 kilowatt-hour battery pack with 240 miles of range in about one hour.

The new Tesla Motors Model 3 will also be equipped to use the Supercharger network, but owners may have to pay for this amenity due to the electric vehicle’s reduced purchase cost.

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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19

Jul

Public Utility Commission of Nevada EV Workshop on Aug. 23rd

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The Public Utility Commission of Nevada will hold an Electric Vehicle Workshop on Tuesday August 23, 2016 at 10 AM within their offices in Las Vegas and Carson City, in conjunction with a Notice of Investigation Regarding Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure (Docket No. 16-010180):

The PUCN released an EV investigatory docket on 7/15/2016. Members of the Nevada EV community are invited to attend to learn and contribute to the proceedings.

Interested persons may file comments on or before Monday, August 8, 2016 at 2pm addressing the following investigative questions by the PUCN:

http://pucweb1.state.nv.us/PDF/AxImages/DOCKETS_2015_THRU_PRESENT/2016-1/13360.pdf

1. How should the Commission regulate the purchase of power from charging stations for new customers and customers that meet their obligations under the NV Energy Charging Station Shared Investment Program?

2. How should the Commission address demand charges from high-amperage electric vehicles?

3. Do existing tariffs enable the efficient use of a charging station in conjunction with other programs?

4. How should EV charger deployment occur statewide and should there be a focus on workplace charging?

5. Have and/or should studies be conducted that evaluate the effect of EV penetration on the grid?

The public workshop will be staged in Hearing Room A within each location of the offices for the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada. Address and contact information for both sites are:

Southern Nevada Address: 9075 W Diablo Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89148 Phone: (702) 486-2600
Northern Nevada Address: 1150 E. William Street, Carson City, NV 89701 Phone: (775) 684-6101
Website: http://puc.nv.gov/About/About/

In summary, demand charges are used by a utility to help pay for grid transmission and distribution infrastructure maintenance by the clients who draw the most power from it and also stress the grid infrastructure components the most (transmission lines, transformers, etc).

Demand charges are incurred by a DC Fast Charge (DCFC) station host site whenever the demand for kilowatts pulled from the grid at any given charging session exceeds the rate schedule established between the host site and the utility. One excessive demand session can result in a higher demand charge levied for the whole month billing cycle, rather than spread out over total kilowatt-hour usage by the host site for that same month.

From New York State whitepaper study (web link shown below):

“The earlier monthly demand charge example of a 50-kW average peak demand at $10/kW results in a $500 monthly demand charge.

As a point of comparison, Car Charging Group charges $6.99 for a single DCFC session on its Blink network. It would take 72 DCFC charge sessions per month just to cover the station’s demand charge cost in this example. This cost does not cover all of the other costs such as: the energy cost, the land lease/rental, any charging network fees, etc.

AeroVironment said that a positive DCFC business model does not exist with low charger utilization (rural, corridor stations), even in the Pacific Northwest with a high EV population. Even when all DCFC equipment (hardware and installation) was grant-funded (mainly through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating EconomicRecovery program), the DCFC station income currently only covers roughly one-third of the operating costs, absent outside incentive programs (i.e., from automotive original equipment manufacturers [OEMs]).

So, eliminating demand charges improves the business case, but does not make it economically viable. Improving the business case requires increased utilization. DCFCs are essentially part of a chicken and egg scenario with EV adoption and DCFC use.”

For large corporate customers who already are paying demand charges on their rate schedules, the added demand by a DC Fast Charge station would not change their monthly utility bill noticeably.

However, smaller “Mom and Pop” convenience stores that put DC Fast Charge stations along isolated areas on rural Nevada highways would be affected significantly by an unexpected demand charge from the utility on a monthly utility bill.

Small companies that want to encourage WorkPlace Charging programs by the U.S. Department of Energy would also be affected by a peak demand charge “spike” on their monthly bills.

To solve this problem, many EVSE vendors like ChargePoint and NRG eVgo are requesting that rate schedules for host sites be averaged over each monthly billing cycle on a kilowatt-hour basis to allow for volumetric measurement of demand, rather than a peak demand charge “spike” measurement.

Another solution proposed by other states is to establish a special “DC Fast Charge Tariff”, that would create a special rate schedule relationship with a utility to mitigate or substitute for the intermittent demand charges imposed on existing rate schedule relationships.

Another consideration is how demand charges would affect infrastructure build-out and EV penetration within the state of Nevada, given that there are still less than one percent of electric vehicles on state roadways at this time compared to gasoline-powered vehicles.

Should there be a moratorium on host site EVSE demand charges until EV penetration reaches five percent of the vehicles on the road or some other threshold?

The federal government recently announced incentives being offered to states to help build out a national DC Fast Charge network, including loan guarantees to host sites to allow for better financing and other incentives.

References for each of these issues can be found at these website links:

1. Latest EV announcement from the White House around the electrification of the transportation sector:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/07/21/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-federal-and-private-sector

2. What is the role of state utilities in promoting EV’s? (which also justifies the need for a demand charge requirement by the utility if they are administering these programs):

http://www.swenergy.org/data/sites/1/media/documents/publications/documents/How_Leading_Utilities_Are_Embracing_EVs_Feb-2016.pdf

3. Workplace Charging program administered by U.S. Department of Energy:

http://energy.gov/eere/vehicles/ev-everywhere-workplace-charging-challenge

4. New York State whitepaper evaluation:

https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/-/media/Files/Publications/Research/Transportation/Electricity-Rate-Tariff-Options.pdf

Public written comments should be submitted directly to the PUC of Nevada before the August 8th deadline.

NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

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30

Jun

12 DC Fast Charge Stations Added to Terrible Herbst Locations

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Terrible Herbst Oil Company administers over 100 service stations and convenience stores that dispense gasoline through pump stations around the Las Vegas Valley.

NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge Station with both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo connector plugs

NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge Station with both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo connector plugs

The company recently partnered with NRG eVgo, GoSpace, Nissan and BMW to add a dozen DC Fast Charge stations at strategic locations in southern Nevada.

A map of the 12 Freedom Stations can be found at the NRG eVgo website, after zooming in on the Las Vegas area, at: https://www.nrgevgo.com/charging-locations

For electric car owners living in an apartment, condominium, or multi-family dwelling where their vehicle cannot be plugged in overnight to recharge, the NRG eVgo stations make refueling an electric car as easy and convenient as refueling a gasoline vehicle.

Each charging session on a local NRG eVgo Freedom Station costs $5.95 with a standard credit card, in addition to an incremental cost of 20 cents per minute for the fast charge service. Thirty minutes of charge time would cost a total of $11.95 to provide a new 2016 Nissan LEAF model SV or SL with a range of about 107 miles. The BMW i3, as well as older models of the Nissan LEAF, could recharge their battery packs in just 20 minutes for a range of about 80 miles at a total cost of $9.95.

Each DC Fast Charge station must be connected to an industrial grid power source that normally provides three phases of alternating current at 480 Volts from utility grid power lines. Polyphase AC current is converted to DC current inside the DC Fast Charge station before it is sent through the output power connector to the electric car charging port.
High-voltage DC power can be more quickly transfered to the DC battery pack inside each electric vehicle.

Tesla Motors owns and administers its proprietary SuperCharger network of charging stations across the country and around the world that can refuel a Tesla Motors vehicle battery pack to more than 200 miles of range in just one hour. Access to the electricity at SuperCharger stations for Tesla Model S and Model X owners is included in the purchase price, provided at no cost for the lifetime of their purchased vehicle. Buyers of the next-generation Tesla Model 3 mass-market electric car may have to pay for SuperCharger access as a tradeoff for a more affordable vehicle.

In Japan, the Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, developed a CHAdeMO protocol and connector plug for DC Fast Charging more than five years ago, that is an accepted industry standard in Asia and the US.

CHAdeMO connector plug on NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge station

CHAdeMO connector plug on NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge station

A Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV or Kia Soul EV will have a separate CHAdeMO DC Fast Charge connector port on the car, in addition to the standard SAE J1772 AC connector required on all cars sold into the US market.

SAE International, the standards body that developed the SAE J1772 AC protocol and power connector used around the world, has created its own version of a DC Fast Charge standard by adding two big connector pins to its existing five-pin connector standard. The new DC Fast Charge protocol proposed by SAE International is known as the Combined Charging System, or “SAE Combo”.

Automotive manufacturers in the US and Europe have voted to adopt this standard worldwide, actively competing against the established Japanese CHAdeMO standard. Look for this new DC Combo standard connector port on the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt electric car, as well as the BMW i3. The Chevrolet Bolt will have a larger battery pack, with a range of over 200 miles, that can be refilled by a DC Fast Charge station in about an hour.

SAE Combined Charging System connector plug on NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge station

SAE Combined Charging System connector plug on NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge station

SAE International believes this new standard to be more efficient, as only one connector is required to accept Level 1 and Level 2 AC sources, as well as a “Level 3” DC Fast Charge source.

NRG eVgo DC Fast Charge stations comply with both CHAdeMO and SAE Combo industry standards by providing both types of connectors. The matching connector is selected by the EV owner when initiating a charging session. Tesla Motors vehicle owners can purchase an optional $200 adapter that interfaces with the CHAdeMO plug connector standard from each Freedom Station, as well.

Nissan has also initiated a “No Charge to Charge” program that bundles Nissan LEAF sales with the NRG eVgo network. Purchase a Nissan LEAF model S, SV or SL with the DC Fast Charge package and Nissan will provide an E-Z Charge card that entitles the owner to two years worth of free DC Fast Charge system access.

BMW is also offering a similar “Charge Now DC Fast” program that entitles a BMW i3 owner to daily 30-minute sessions on the NRG eVgo network of DC Fast Chargers for two years.

After the customer chooses the appropriate connector plug from a diagram on the main menu of the DC Fast Charge Station, the next NRG eVgo menu requested a phone number during the initial menu interaction in order to send a text message to the user’s cell phone with the total purchase price that was deducted from the customer’s debit or credit card account.

Terrible Herbst Oil Company has modernized a dozen of its service stations in Nevada for the 21st century by offering gasoline, diesel and electricity to their customers at each of these sites.

NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

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Jun

NEVA Exhibit at NFPA 2016 Alternative Fuel Vehicle Showcase

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) returned to Las Vegas for its annual 2016 Conference and Expo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center from June 13th – 16th. This year, the non-profit organization featured an Alternative Fuel Vehicle Showcase to educate first-responders about new vehicle propulsion technologies that aren’t fueled by gasoline or diesel.

NFPA 2016 featured an Alternative Fuel Vehicle Showcase that included a Tesla Motors Model S, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Honda Civic NGV.

NFPA 2016 featured an Alternative Fuel Vehicle Showcase that included a Tesla Motors Model S, Chevrolet Volt, Ford Fusion Hybrid and Honda Civic NGV.

The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) program worked with NFPA training staff to organize demonstration exhibits within the Expo.

NEVA booth exhibit within Alternative Fuel Vehicle Showcase at NFPA 2016 in Las Vegas

NEVA booth exhibit within Alternative Fuel Vehicle Showcase at NFPA 2016 in Las Vegas

An Alternative Fuel Vehicle Showcase Theater featured videos that showed “best practices” for first-responders when encountering traffic accidents that involve electric cars with lithium-ion battery packs or hydrogen-powered fuel cells.

NEVA display table included demo ChargePoint CT4020 station provided by Verdek, LLC.

NEVA display table included demo ChargePoint CT4020 station provided by Verdek, LLC.

NEVA partnered with Findlay Chevrolet and Verdek, LLC to stage a booth that featured a 2011 Chevrolet Volt and a ChargePoint CT4020 demonstration EVSE station. The CT4020 station had two SAE J1772 plugs and a wireless modem that can be activated with a ChargePoint RFID card.

A printed notebook of safety diagrams and relevant information for first-responders was available for the 2011 Chevy Volt, as well as printed product information from ChargePoint regarding the CT4020 model and RFID activation card.

A Honda Civic NVG was provided by Clark County fleet service to demonstrate a vehicle powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

A Honda Civic NVG was provided by Clark County fleet service to demonstrate a vehicle powered by compressed natural gas (CNG).

The NFPA staff staged a separate booth across from the NEVA booth that included a Tesla Motors Model S electric car, as well as a Honda Civic NVG fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG), and a Ford Fusion gasoline/electric hybrid. The Honda and Ford automobiles were provided by the Clark County fleet service.

The NFPA exhibit featured the latest Emergency Field Guide (2015 Edition) in printed hardcopy format that could be ordered from the non-profit organization at no cost to members of the fire service:

http://catalog.nfpa.org/Emergency-Field-Guide-2015-Edition-P13872.aspx

From the NFPA online catalog web page description:

“NFPA, the fire and life safety leader, presents the 2015 edition of its Emergency Field Guide, your source for the latest facts on safe response to alternative fueled trucks, buses, commercial fleet and passenger vehicle incidents involving damaged high voltage batteries, battery fires, extrication challenges, submersion, and charging stations. This one-stop guide covers the vital aspects of electric, hybrid, fuel cell, and gaseous fuel hazard awareness and procedures — including information from related NFPA codes, OEMs and new consistent Moditech Rescue Solutions® vehicle diagrams.

Featuring gaseous fuel vehicle safety information including; bio-diesel, Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), and Propane (LPG); added to the 2015 Edition, direct from the auto manufacturers.

Procedures and full-color graphics are specific to each vehicle, with new vehicle renderings developed by Moditech Rescue Solutions, the world leader in extrication diagrams. Coverage includes:

Identification/Initial Response
Immobilization/Disabling
Spill Hazards
Submersion Safety
Fire/Re-ignition Safety Tactics
Crash/Extrication Diagrams & Manufacturer Information
High Voltage battery vehicle safety information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Fire Protection Research Foundation
Charging/Refueling Station Response
Vehicle immobilization. Disabling procedures for high-voltage and SRS systems. Conducting safe extrication cuts with new Moditech Rescue Solutions diagrams. Executing vehicle recovery and disposal…

…There are presently over 15 million alternative fuel vehicles on American roadways today. Damaged batteries, silent operation, high strength steel and fires involving these types of vehicles pose the highest degree of potential danger to both response teams and vehicle occupants — including toxic fumes, high voltage, and delayed fire hazards. NFPA’s Emergency Field Guide, 2015 Edition is essential for first responders. (344 Pages, Volume 4)”

The NFPA has expanded its Alternative Fuel Vehicles Safety Training Program into a sustainable and fully-funded entity that now includes two full-time staff members and several on-call instructors who are also full-time firefighters.

Four NFPA instructors and staff members were on hand to talk with attendees to the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Showcase exhibit area during NFPA 2016.

The 2016 Tesla Model S was also accompanied by a product manager from the local Las Vegas Tesla Motors service center, who helped answer questions about the electric car for attendees while the NFPA staff pointed out safety procedures and traffic accident response guidelines.

Many more automotive safety resources for plug-in electric cars can be found at a specialty training website established by the NFPA at EVSafetyTraining.org: http://www.evsafetytraining.org

The website includes online vehicle training videos with certification tests for first-responder teams, as well as a “Resources” web page that includes links to specific information from all worldwide automotive manufacturers for each model of their electric cars at: http://www.evsafetytraining.org/resources.aspx

Just click on the automotive manufacturer to link to a secondary web page with downloadable PDF brochures written by each automotive manufacturer that describe an overview of the vehicle technology, cut zones for passenger extraction, as well as the locations of high-voltage wiring, air bags, electric motor(s), and battery disconnection points.

The traction battery packs in each different model of electric vehicle usually have a large electrical release plug that can be disconnected to isolate the battery pack from the rest of the electric drive train by opening the circuit.

12-volt DC auxiliary batteries can also be disconnected at their terminals or by cutting the “positive” power cable in two places, to make a one-inch gap between the two contacting ends of the cable, so that the cut cable can’t accidentally re-connect while the vehicle is being towed.

Standardized icons have also been developed by an NFPA advisory committee to create universal graphic indicators for first-responders, that are visible at key locations inside the car. Recognizable symbols are usually printed on stickers that are affixed to the vehicle chassis under the front hood every car. These iconic symbols usually include a red fireman’s helmet, cutting pliers, lightning bolts for high voltage, and yellow tags to flag where to cut into a cable to disable power, if required.

A circular saw icon shows where cut zones are located on the vehicle body for passenger extraction.

High-voltage wires are color-coded with orange insulation and should be avoided when cutting into a vehicle.

Jason Emery, NFPA instructor and firefighter, shows battery disconnection points on a Tesla Motors Model S P90D

Jason Emery, NFPA instructor and firefighter, shows battery disconnection points on a Tesla Motors Model S P90D

On Day 2 of the NFPA 2016 Conference and Expo, two of the NFPA instructors at the conference premiered a daylong safety seminar about alternative-fuel vehicles to a class of 45 Nevada firefighters. Safety training included eight hours of classroom time and one hour of “hands-on” demonstrations that used the vehicles displayed in the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Showcase.

Nevada firefighters receive hands-on demonstration of Tesla Motors Model S P90D from NFPA instructor Jason Emery and Tesla product manager Christian Marin.

Nevada firefighters receive hands-on demonstration of Tesla Motors Model S P90D from NFPA instructor Jason Emery and Tesla product manager Christian Marin.

This first class to Nevada firefighters was a kick-off training event that will go on the road to visit 20 other states across the country over the remaining six months of 2016. The NFPA team has funding to conduct statewide training about alternative-fuel vehicles to first-responders in all regions of the USA over the next year.

For additional information and procedures regarding training resources about electric-drive vehicles, please visit the NEVA web page at:

http://nevadaeva.org/first-responder-training-resources/

NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

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05

Jun

Larry Gareffa EV Pioneer

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Larry Gareffa, an EV pioneer promoting electric cars in southern Nevada, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016 after complications from a stroke he suffered two weeks before.

Sparkey, an electric 1965 Mustang Fastback at SEMA car show, has been converted to run on batteries and an electric motor.

Sparkey, an electric 1965 Mustang Fastback at SEMA car show, has been converted to run on batteries and an electric motor.

Larry was a real “car guy” as past President of the Las Vegas Mustang and Classic Ford Club for seven years, but he was also a creative innovator on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, a local chapter of the international Electric Auto Association.

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.

He was the main driver behind a series of EV conversion workshops that he hosted in his garage over the last two years on behalf of the LVEVA. His three-car garage shop included an electro-hydraulic lift, welding equipment, plasma cutter, power tools, soldering station, grinder, 240-Volt AC EVSE charging station, and a complete set of automotive hand tools.

1965 Mustang Fastback converted to an electric vehicle by Larry Gareffa and family.

1965 Mustang Fastback converted to an electric vehicle by Larry Gareffa and family.

Larry’s understanding of electronics began as a product tester for Underwriters’ Laboratory in Chicago, but during most of his career, he worked for AT&T as a field service technician, handling large accounts like ARCO Atlantic Richfield Company.

His service experience at AT&T included understanding the inner workings of the DEC PDP-11 computer. He later went on to “wire-wrap” his own personal computer in his garage, based on an Intel 8080 microprocessor and continued building personal electronics projects throughout his career. He was also fascinated with cars, especially vintage Ford Mustangs.

1965 Mustang Fastback converted to an electric car by Larry Gareffa and family.

1965 Mustang Fastback converted to an electric car by Larry Gareffa and family.

After retiring from AT&T, Larry combined both of his interests into fabricating “Sparkey”, a classic 1965 Mustang Fastback that he converted into an electric showcase car, that combined the best of old and new technologies to give a glimpse of the future.

The fifty-year old classic Mustang Fastback body and chassis were rescued and rebuilt to run on electrons stored in a 120-volt DC battery pack donated by Odyssey Battery Company. Sherwin Williams was also a sponsor, who donated an “electric blue” paint finish to the project.

Larry installed an electric DC motor, Kelly speed controller, charging system, and DC-to-DC conversion system from a kit he purchased. He continually improved on the conversion design by integrating custom computer technology into the dashboard of the vehicle, re-welding battery storage boxes out of angle-iron to get the best battery weight distribution, and even installing a computer display screen in the trunk for showing presentation videos during car shows.

Inside view of Sparkey retro-modern dashboard

Inside view of Sparkey retro-modern dashboard

He customized “Sparkey” with modern LED headlights, a mirrored panel under the hood, and other lighting features to give the 1965 Mustang Fastback a retro-modern look that attracted many people at car shows to consider the future of electric motor propulsion.

Larry had an amazing ability to take apart components and find the most simple and elegant way to integrate them back together in a beautiful display that combined the best of both art and science. He understood automotive wiring and was amazingly quick at solving wiring harness problems for other EV car projects that many people brought to his garage.

He was also restoring a vintage 1999 Ford Ranger EV pickup truck as part of the EV conversion workshop.

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

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

Larry was always generous about donating his time to educational outreach projects initiated by the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator program. “Sparkey” was shown at hundreds of mainstream car shows over the last four years, including the Motor Trend Car Show and the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) Conference and Expo, both staged at the Las Vegas Convention Center each year.

A video screen can be mounted on the rear trunk area of the Mustang Fastback with a DVD player for car show presentations.

A video screen can be mounted on the rear trunk area of the Mustang Fastback with a DVD player for car show presentations.

The electric 1965 Mustang Fastback conversion was also profiled in numerous magazine articles and online through the Internet. Just Google “Electric 1965 Mustang Fastback” to see lots of publications and images.

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Larry and “Sparkey” also participated in local renewable energy events like the Green Street exhibit at the First Friday street fair each month for over a year, National Drive Electric Week, an electric car charging display during the NASCAR Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this year, and most recently during GreenFest 2016 at Downtown Summerlin on April 23rd.

Larry Gareffa (in white hat) recharges Sparkey, the 1965 Mustang Fastback EV Conversion from solar-powered ChargePoint station provided by DC Solar and Las Vegas Motor Speedway during GreenFest 2016.

Larry Gareffa (in white hat) recharges Sparkey, the 1965 Mustang Fastback EV Conversion from solar-powered ChargePoint station provided by DC Solar and Las Vegas Motor Speedway during GreenFest 2016.

GreenFest celebrates Earth Day in the Las Vegas community each year around its official commemoration day of April 22nd, that is also Larry Gareffa’s birthday.

Godspeed.

Thank you, Larry.

Rest in peace.

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

Note: Thank you to Barbara Schwartz-Belkoff for sharing lead-off picture of Larry Gareffa.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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http://www.ktvn.com/category/170899/video-landing-page?clipId=11853288&autostart=true

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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03

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.

NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Technical Consultant

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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.

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA consultant

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