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Oct

Upcoming Events Calendar

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June 13, 2015 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon.

June 14, 2015 Las Vegas Tesla Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Henderson from 11 AM to 1 PM.

July 2015

August 2015

September 2015

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

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

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

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

October 2015

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

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

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

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

November 2015

December 2015

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21

Sep

National Drive Electric Week Celebrations in Reno and Las Vegas

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National Drive Electric Week was celebrated across the country in over 150 cities nationwide from Sept. 15th – 21st. The event is organized annually during the month of September by the Electric Auto Association, Sierra Club and Plug-in America to promote the use of electric-drive vehicles. The cities of Las Vegas and Reno hosted local events in Nevada.

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In Las Vegas, a Green Alliance of Nevada luncheon on Sept. 17th at Planet Hollywood featured a panel that focused on future transportation in Nevada. Panel members included State Senators Kelvin Atkinson (Energy Committee) and Pat Spearman (Transportation Committee), as well as Chris Magee, Sustainable Facilities Manager at MGM Resorts International; Marie Steele, Electric Vehicle and Renewable Energy Manager from NV Energy; Mike Salisbury, Transportation Analyst from Southwest Energy Efficiency Project; and Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator at Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator program. The panel discussion was moderated by Rudy Garcia, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Verdek, LLC. and a Board of Directors member of Green Alliance of Nevada.

http://www.fox5vegas.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10595682

FOX5 Vegas – KVVU

Other electric car events in southern Nevada during National Drive Electric Week featured educational outreach presentations to students at the East Career & Technical Academy, an electric vehicle safety training overview to first responders at the Nevada Traffic Incident Management coalition, and an EV infrastructure presentation to SolarNV, the local Las Vegas chapter of the American Solar Energy Society.

"Electric Juice Bar Crawl" staging area at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas under a photovoltaic solar cell canopy that tracks the sun.

“Electric Juice Bar Crawl” staging area at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas under a photovoltaic solar cell canopy that tracks the sun.

Saturday, Sept. 20th featured an “Electric Juice Bar Crawl” at Springs Preserve parking lot from 10 AM to 2 PM, where two dual-port ChargePoint EV recharging stations received electricity from sunlight gathered by solar photovoltaic cell arrays mounted above the car port parking canopies. The support bars for each row of photovoltaic cell arrays can rotate horizonatlly, so that the panels track the movement of the sun and align themselves to receive the full rays as the sun moves across the sky during the day.

Tesla Motors Model S owner Rufus Perry demonstrates how to plug in at the Bridger Street Supercharger station during the "Electric Juice Bar Crawl".

Tesla Motors Model S owner Rufus Perry demonstrates how to plug in at the Bridger Street Supercharger station during the “Electric Juice Bar Crawl”.

A caravan of five electric-drive vehicles departed from the parking lot at Springs Preserve with riders aboard, to tour other recharging sites nearby – Clark County Government Center, City Hall of Las Vegas, Tesla Motors Supercharger Station at Bridger Street, and the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Last stop on the "Electric Juice Bar Crawl" at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Last stop on the “Electric Juice Bar Crawl” at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

About 120 people attended the Springs Preserve event during the day with about 20 plug-in electric cars appearing at the site during the day, including multiple Tesla Motors Models S, Chevrolet Volts, Nissan LEAFs, Ford Focus Electrics, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, BMW i3 REx, Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid, Daimler Smart ED, a Zero motorcycle, and a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback EV conversion.

Mark Larsen traveled the farthest in his Nissan LEAF from St. George, Utah, spreading his trip over three days, staying overnight in Overton along the way. He blogged about his trip and provided a photo journal:

http://bit.ly/1Dx01iG

Daryl Elliot, a writer for Clean Technica, also covered the event:

http://cleantechnica.com/2014/09/30/national-drive-electric-week-event-las-vegas/

From right to left - Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, Tesla Motors Model S, Chevrolet Volt, and Ford Focus Electric

From right to left – Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, Tesla Motors Model S, Chevrolet Volt, and Ford Focus Electric

The event was sponsored by Frank’s European Service/Hybrid Shop, Go Space, Sierra Club and Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, with special thanks to LVEVA Vice-President Evan Eskelson.

Event sponsors included Frank Scandura of Frank's European Service/Hybrid Shop; Collin Burnell of Sierra Club, and Dave Sharp of Go Space, who answered questions for Brad, a Nissan LEAF owner.

Event sponsors included Frank Scandura of Frank’s European Service/Hybrid Shop; Collin Burnell of Sierra Club, and Dave Sharp of Go Space, who answered questions for Brad, a Nissan LEAF owner.

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Tesla owner Guy Hall (l) showed the additional cargo space available in his Model S Sedan to Willow Ronska, David Gibson of the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy, and Tom Polikalas of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) at the "Drive Electric" event held at Virginia Lake in Reno on Sat., Sept. 20, 2014.

Tesla owner Guy Hall (l) showed the additional cargo space available in his Model S Sedan to Willow Ronska, David Gibson of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy, and Tom Polikalas of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) at the “Drive Electric” event held at Virginia Lake in Reno on Sat., Sept. 20, 2014.

A “Show ‘n Shine Picnic” in Reno on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 10 AM to 3 PM at Virginia Lake Park Shelter (2400 Lakeside Drive, Reno, NV). “Bring your electric vehicle, bring your family, bring your friends, bring something yummy to eat — and something to share with others (optional)! We’ll provide charcoal for the BBQ if you want to cook something and we’ll be grilling some hot dogs for everybody, as well! The event is free and open to the public – you don’t have to own an electric car to attend.”

Rudy Garcia (center) explained the features of the VERDEK EV charging station to Tom Polikalas (l), SWEEP's Nevada's representative, and David Gibson (right) of the Nevada Governor's Office of Energy

Rudy Garcia (center) explained the features of the VERDEK EV charging station to Tom Polikalas (l), SWEEP’s Nevada’s representative, and David Gibson (right) of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Energy

Press coverage by the Reno Gazette-Journal:
http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/09/20/reno-sparked-electric-car-interest-tesla/15984929/

Reno Gazette-Journal  breaking news reporter Marcella Corona (right) interview Bob Tregilus of the The Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada (EAANN), organizer of the "Drive Electric" event in Reno on Sept. 20, 2014 at Virginia Lake.   Marcella's story on the event is found at: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/09/20/reno-sparked-electric-car-interest-tesla/15984929/

Reno Gazette-Journal breaking news reporter Marcella Corona (right) interview Bob Tregilus of the The Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada (EAANN), organizer of the “Drive Electric” event in Reno on Sept. 20, 2014 at Virginia Lake. Marcella’s story on the event is found at: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/2014/09/20/reno-sparked-electric-car-interest-tesla/15984929/

During September, the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno announced that it has added two Tesla Motors High-Power EV charging stations to its West End parking lot, on the corner of Atlantis Driveway and West Virginia Street, near the existing ChargePoint SAE J1772 AC Level 2 stations already there:

http://thisisreno.com/2014/09/tesla-chargepoint-charging-stations-atlantis-casino-resort-spa/

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has added two Tesla Motors High-Power EV charging stations to its parking lot near the existing ChargePoint SAE J1772 AC Level 2 stations.

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa has added two Tesla Motors High-Power EV charging stations to its parking lot near the existing ChargePoint SAE J1772 AC Level 2 stations.

“A good time was had by all…”

Blog by NEVA Outreach Coordinator Stan Hanel

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20

Aug

Tesla Motors and EV Dealerships Contribute to State Infrastructure Growth

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Tesla Motors has been joined by several Nevada automotive dealerships to continue adding new plug-in electric cars and recharging station infrastructure to northern and southern parts of the state.

Tesla Motors continues to build SuperCharger stations that will allow owners of its vehicles to drive cross-country from the west coast to the east coast. Besides the SuperCharger station in downtown Las Vegas, a new facility is being constructed near the northern California/Nevada stateline in Truckee. Two more SuperCharger stations are planned along Highway I-80 in Nevada by the end of 2014, between Reno and Elko en route to a SuperCharger station in Nephi, Utah that is located just south of Salt Lake City on Interstate Highway I-15.

http://www.mynews4.com/news/local/story/Truckee-charging-station-could-signal-Tesla/Dc1TSkth906Fgz3gQSEU9A.cspx

The Tesla Motors website features a map of the SuperCharger network that shows both the existing installations as well as locations that are to be completed by the end of 2014 and 2015:
http://www.teslamotors.com/supercharger

Slide the white button on the blue slider bar below the map to the different dates. The map will change to where more red dots will be located, that each represent a potential SuperCharger station site.

Other interstate corridor locations leading into Nevada include Barstow, California (where the station is being upgraded to eight parking sites) and St. George, Utah along Highway I-15 to complement the SuperCharger station in downtown Las Vegas. Arizona travelers can also find a SuperCharger station near the Nevada state line at Kingman, near the intersection of Highways 93 and Interstate 40.

Tesla Motors also recently broke ground in the Tahoe Reno Industrial Park near Reno for the site of a Gigafactory that would ramp up production of lithium-ion batteries for its proposed Model 3 electric car, beginning in 2017.

A press conference was held on September 8th in Carson City to announce the decision:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7XTyJJmlyo

Nevada was in competition with four other states for the final Gigafactory build-out and operation (California, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico were also providing incentives). Nevada was the first site chosen to begin building the pad and foundation for this $5 billion factory that would begin producing both lithium-ion battery cells and integrated battery packs with Japanese partner Panasonic during 2017:

http://www.teslamotors.com/about/press/releases/panasonic-and-tesla-sign-agreement-gigafactory

Full-scale Tesla Motors production targets to build 500,000 of the Tesla Motors Model 3 production cars per year by 2020 would require the production of 500,000 battery packs that would contain more than 3 billion cells and over 20,000 tons of raw lithium material each year. At full capacity, the Gigafactory could employ 6,500 people as well as generate revenue for other supporting businesses within the state where the facility would be located:

http://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_attachments/gigafactory.pdf

The scale of this production effort would more than double the total amount of lithium battery factory capacity within the existing industry and would also double the production of the worldwide lithium mining industry from the Aldebare/Rockwood Lithium mine in Nevada.

According to Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, “This wasn’t just about the incentives. The Gigafactory is really vital for the future of Tesla in order to produce this mass-market, affordable electric car, which has been our goal from the beginning. In deciding where should we place this, we had to say: OK, where are we going to have high confidence that this factory is going to be ready on time, so that when we are ready to produce the vehicles, the factory is ready to produce the battery packs?” He continued, “What the people of Nevada have created is a state where you can be very agile, where you can do things quickly and get things done. It is a real ‘get-things-done’ state.”

Added Gov. Brian Sandoval, “This is great news for Nevada. Tesla will build the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory in Nevada, which means nearly $100 billion in economic impact to the Silver State over the next twenty years. I am grateful that Elon Musk and Tesla saw the promise in Nevada. These 21st century pioneers, fueled with innovation and desire, are emboldened by the promise of Nevada to change the world. Nevada is ready to lead.”

Other automotive manufacturing companies are also ramping up production of plug-in electric cars worldwide to compete with Tesla Motors for market share in this emerging industry.

BMW i3 can be configured as electric-only for a range of 80 to 100 miles or as a range-extended vehicle with a gasoline generator that can provide 220 miles total.

BMW i3 can be configured as electric-only for a range of 80 to 100 miles or as a range-extended vehicle with a gasoline generator that can provide 220 miles total.

BMW has already begun producing, marketing and distributing a new model i3 plug-in electric car worldwide:

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Vehicles/2014/i3/BMWi3/Features_and_Specs/Default.aspx?from=/Standard/Content/Vehicles/2014/i3/BMWi3/Features_and_Specs.aspx&return=/Standard/Content/Vehicles/2014/i3/BMWi3/Features_and_Specs.aspx

There are three BMW dealerships in Nevada that can sell and service this new electric car: Bill Pearce BMW in Reno, BMW of Las Vegas, and BMW of Henderson. Each of the Las Vegas and Henderson dealerships has also installed a dual-port ChargePoint CT4000 recharging station within their parking lots that is accessible to BMW i3 owners and other clients during business hours.
Bill Pearce Motors installed an SAE J1772 AC Level 2 station in the company’s service bay to recharge both the BMW i3 and Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid.

BMW has also partnered with the ChargePoint network to include real time information about charging station location and availability within the i3 GPS mapping system. Starting retail price is about $42,500 but can exceed $52,000 with a gasoline-powered Range Extender (REx) installed that, like the Chevy Volt, drives a generator that can continue to provide electricity for another 120 miles, for a total range of 220 miles or more. All battery-powered electric cars are still eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit.

Mercedes Benz B-Class Electric Drive employs 32 kWH battery pack for a range of 85 to 110 miles.

Mercedes Benz B-Class Electric Drive employs 32 kWH battery pack for a range of 85 to 110 miles.

Daimler began manufacturing and selling a new Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive (ED) in California during July that will be available at Fletcher-Jones Imports by the end of the year, initially by ordering through the Internet. The electric version will be the only B-Class car sold in the United States.

Daimler has been partnering with Tesla Motors, who builds the AC induction motor and battery pack for Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive. The motor is rated at 132-kilowatts and 28 kilowatt-hours respectively, producing 177 horsepower, 251 pound-feet of torque and acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 7.9 seconds.

The larger battery pack and AC motor give the Mercedes B-class ED a range of 85 to 112 miles between charges, compared to the BMW i3, Nissan LEAF and Ford Focus Electric at 80 to 100 miles of range with a 24-kilowatt-hour battery pack.

Regenerative braking is adjustable through paddles located on the steering wheel.

Starting price for the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive is at about $42,375.

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Fletcher-Jones Imports has installed an SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging station in the parking lot of their dealership that is available to its customers. The company also markets and distributes the Daimler Smart Electric Drive, an electric version of the Smart ForTwo gasoline car.

Daimler Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Vehicle employs 17.6 kWh battery pack for a range of 90 miles.

Daimler Smart ForTwo Electric Drive Vehicle employs 17.6 kWh battery pack for a range of 90 miles.

The Smart ForTwo Electric Drive employs a 17.6 kilowatt-hour battery pack and a 35 kilowatt AC motor to achieve a range of 90 miles between recharging times. The lithium-ion battery pack can be recharged in about six hours from an SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging system or about 12 hours from the 110 VAC Level 1 cordset supplied with the vehicle.

Three Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrids at Cadillac of Las Vegas.

Three Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrids at Cadillac of Las Vegas.

Cadillac of Las Vegas is selling the Cadillac ELR that also includes an SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging station installation in the price of the vehicle. The ELR is a “souped up” version of the Chevrolet Volt with stylish and sleek lines, as well as a luxury interior.

Cadillac ELR

Cadillac ELR

Gaudin Motor Company in Las Vegas and Bill Pearce Motors in Reno both represent Volkswagen Porsche and sell the Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid that can travel about 20 miles in electric-only mode before reverting back to standard hybrid mode.

Two Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid PHEVs.

Two Porsche Panamera S E-hybrid PHEVs.

Gaudin Motor Company is also one of the few dealerships in the nation to sell the Porsche 918 Spyder sports car, that is modeled after the Le Mans hybrid race car. The racing version uses a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) that employs a flywheel storage system instead of a battery pack to store energy for two front-wheel electric motors. The flywheel spins up when the vehicle is using regenerative braking and the two front-wheel electric motors become generators. The stored kinetic energy in the flywheel can then be dumped to the front-wheel electric motors for quick acceleration and to pass competing racers. The flywheel energy is then replenished on the next turn.

Price for the Porsche 918 Spyder sports car starts at $890,000.

The electric vehicle industry continues to mature by adding styling, luxury and performance to enhance customer options and choices.

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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Jul

Caesars Entertainment Installs Eight New EV Charging Sites

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New EVSE installation at the Quad on the Las Vegas Strip by Caesars Entertainment

New EVSE installation at the Quad on the Las Vegas Strip by Caesars Entertainment

July 24, 2014

Launch of New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Caesars Resorts Revs Up Sustainable Experience for Guests

Caesars Entertainment Plans to Widely Expand Vehicle Station Network Across the Country, Encouraging a Future of Green Transportation

CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION

LAS VEGAS, July 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Relax and recharge has a new meaning for visitors at Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR) resorts. While guests enjoy their stay, they can now conveniently plug in and charge their electric vehicles thanks to new EV charging stations at 13 Caesars’ resorts and casinos.

In partnership with NV Energy, nearly all of Caesars’ Northern and Southern Nevada resorts and casinos now have operational EV charging stations on site, in addition to Harrah’s Resort Southern California. A total of 48 charging ports have been installed in guest parking lots as well as valet areas, and are available for guests to use at no cost.

New EVSE installation at Harrahs Las Vegas by Caesars Entertainment

New EVSE installation at Harrahs Las Vegas by Caesars Entertainment

Caesars is working to expand the availability of EV charging at its domestic resorts, with the next round of deployment planned for the following locations:
•Harrah’s New Orleans Hotel & Casino
•Harrah’s Philadelphia
•Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City
•Horseshoe Casino Hammond

Once completed, the gaming-entertainment company will provide a wide network of charging stations spanning across the country from east to west.

Caesars’ EV charging stations are on the ChargePoint network, allowing drivers to easily check station availability and find charging spots in real time through the ChargePoint mobile app, the web and car navigation units. The Level 2 charging ports at Caesars’ stations accommodate both hybrids and all-electric models using the industry standard J1772 plug, and charge vehicles in less time compared to plugging in the average home garage. With more than 17,000 ports in North America, Europe and Australia, ChargePoint is helping to put more EVs on the road by making charging accessible wherever people go.

“We want to make it easy for our guests to continue their green habits while they stay and play at our resorts. Supporting the adoption of electrical vehicles is important to Caesars, and we are thrilled to make convenient charging another great amenity for our guests,” said Eric Dominguez, corporate director of facilities, engineering and sustainable operations at Caesars Entertainment.

As an early implementer of EV charging technology, Caesars is promoting awareness and encouraging cleaner forms of transportation, which directly ties into the company’s low carbon strategy and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A recipient of the EPA’s Climate Leadership Award, Caesars has cut greenhouse gas emissions at its domestic properties by over 12 percent from 2007 to 2013 on an absolute basis, while reducing energy intensity by 20 percent.

“As a company, we aim to not only reduce our impact on the environment, but lead other companies and inspire our communities to take environmentally-friendly actions. We look at the EV station project as an essential stride towards a future of green transportation,” said Dominguez.

The installation of EV charging stations is one of Caesars many programs to promote a low carbon economy and cleaner environment. For more information about Caesars’ Corporate Citizenship programs, visit www.caesars.com/codegreen.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation
Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world’s most diversified casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, more than 75 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and operates casinos on three continents. The company’s resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah’s® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the London Clubs International family of casinos. Caesars is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. We are committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognize the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.

SOURCE Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Editor’s Notes:

All eight site installations in southern Nevada have two Schneider Electric stations, each with two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plugs, for a total of four plugs per site or 32 new plugs altogether.

The Schneider Electric EVSE use an EVLink wireless connection that is ChargePoint-compatible and requires the use of a ChargePoint RFID card or credit card with RFID chip to access the charging station power. No cost for the electricity, once the plug is connected to the electric vehicle.

Under the NV Energy Shared Investment program, these sites will provide electricity at no cost for the next five years.

Seven of the eight new EVSE site installations are located on the Las Vegas Strip, including Caesars Palace main entrance valet parking garage, Harrah’s Las Vegas self-parking garage, Quad/Link valet parking garage, Flamingo self-parking garage, Bally’s/Paris self-parking garage, Planet Hollywood self-parking garage, and Rio valet parking garage. The eighth EVSE installation is at Harrah’s Laughlin near the Arizona border in the valet parking garage.

For more information about EV station locations and access, visit the NEVA EVSE locator map at this website: http://nevadaeva.org/evse-locator-map/

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15

Jun

Upcoming Events 2014

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November 8 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon.

November 9 Tesla Motors Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

December 2014

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

December 14 Tesla Motors Owners Group monthly meeting at Claim Jumper restaurant in Henderson from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

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15

Jun

National Fire Protection Association Conference in Las Vegas

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference & Expo was staged at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas from June 9 – 12th. The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) was invited to present about NFPA first responder training resources for plug-in electric cars as part of the Electric Vehicle Safety Showcase in the convention exhibit hall.

NEVA booth at National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas

NEVA booth at National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas

The showcase featured an ongoing training video developed by the NFPA for first responders when encountering hybrid and electric car technologies. The video was a compilation of training resources that can be found at this NFPA-sponsored website:

http://www.evsafetytraining.org/

For every model plug-in electric vehicle or hybrid car, the EV Safety Training website provides reference manuals for first responders in PDF format that can be downloaded to a personal computer, tablet or mobile phone:

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

Findlay Chevrolet provided a Chevrolet Volt and Verdek LLC provided a Tellus SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EV charging station at the Electric Vehicle Safety Showcase

Findlay Chevrolet provided a Chevrolet Volt and Verdek provided a Tellus SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EV charging station at the Electric Vehicle Safety Showcase

The NEVA program partnered with Findlay Chevrolet, Verdek LLC, and the Clark County Fire Department to provide local support for the EV Safety Showcase. Findlay Chevrolet provided a Chevrolet Volt for display, Verdek LLC provided a demonstration version of a Tellus SAE J1772 AC Level 2 charging station that plugged into the recharging port of the Chevrolet Volt. The Tellus EVSE also featured a demonstration panel of its “Grid Key” wireless network capability.

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Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator for NEVA, provided support to answer questions about electric vehicles during the Expo from a booth positioned next to the plug-in electric car display and across from the ongoing training video presentation area. Hanel also partnered with Adam Weiss, an engineer and firefighter medic from Clark County Fire Department, to present an EV 101 PowerPoint presentation, along with other first responder training materials, on Tuesday, June 10th from 2 PM to 3 PM.

Adam Weiss has developed an electric car “app” for first responders called “Extraction Zones” that can be downloaded to an Apple or Android mobile phone:

http://www.extractionzones.com/

He has sold several thousand of versions of this mobile “app” and is continuing to re-invest profits from sales into expanding the content of this training resource. The app is especially valuable to first responders who must extract an accident victim from an electrified vehicle. Simple colored diagrams specify cut zones, electrical system locations and other graphic information for many of the most common plug-in electric vehicles now on the market.

The NEVA website also features a webpage with additional training resources at:

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

The NFPA conference organizers donated the training video, used in the Electric Vehicle Safety Showcase during the national conference, to the NEVA program and it will be added to this NEVA first responder web page in the near future.

The quality of the new training video is excellent, tying together excellent graphics in an engaging and educational presentation that expands the knowledge base of resources for first responders.

It provides simple steps for first responders to follow when encountering an unknown hybrid or plug-in electric car:

1. Identify the type of propulsion system by assuming that the vehicle may still be under power and enabled, even if there is no noise coming from the engine or drive train.

2. Immobilize the vehicle by turning off power, walking any proximity keys away from the vehicle beyond 15 feet, and blocking the wheels to prevent sudden movement.

3. Disable the vehicle for towing, by disconnecting the high-voltage traction battery pack from the drive train and disabling the 12-volt auxiliary battery to prevent air bags from falsely triggering. The high-voltage battery pack usually has a service disconnect plug that can be pulled out of a socket to open up the high-voltage circuit and isolate the battery cells from the electronics system.

The automotive industry has adopted a standard convention that designates high voltage cables running to the electric motor on a hybrid or electric car with orange-colored insulation surrounding the wire cable. First responders should avoid cutting through these orange-colored cables during an extraction event, even after they have disconnected the high voltage battery pack. The electric motor speed controller has electronic capacitors that may retain some high voltage temporarily, until the capacitors have time to discharge.

Air bag systems also use capacitors with locally stored electricity to enable the quick deployment of air bags. First responders should avoid cutting into the air bag system wiring harness during an extraction event to avoid triggering any undeployed air bags, even after they have disabled the 12-volt auxiliary battery from the circuit.

Once the high voltage battery pack has been disconnected from the automotive drive train, the battery pack should still be monitored for heat or outgassing noises, to make sure that internal cells are not going into a thermal runaway condition. A thermal imaging camera can monitor the ongoing heat profile of the battery pack, giving real time measurements through multi-colored display references. If a battery pack looks like it is starting to heat up, copious amounts of water should be poured on the battery pack container area to attempt to dissipate the heat and keep the temperature of the cells at their normal operating temperature. Keeping the overall battery pack temperature stabilized allows individual cells to burn themselves out without igniting other nearby cells into thermal runaway conditions.

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Another exhibitor featured in the Electric Vehicle Safety Showcase was the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and its representatives from the organization’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP):

http://www.evitp.org/

The local NECA chapter in Las Vegas now has five qualified trainers for the EVITP program that allows electricians from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to take an extensive training course on EV and EVSE technologies, then pass a national test to become certified to NECA standards. The training classes are also open to any other interested parties besides electricians.

NEVA has partnered with the Nevada Governors Office of Energy to host four EVITP introductory workshops over the last two years, in both the northern and southern parts of the state. Attendees have included building maintenance engineers, building inspectors, architects, apprentice electricians, and the general public.

One other noteworthy exhibitor in the Electric Vehicle Safety Showcase was a company called Lithfire-X, who markets LithSafe specialized products that act as chemical suppressants for lithium-ion battery fires.

During an electric vehicle accident, firefighters are urged to respond by pouring copious amounts of water onto the traction battery pack of the vehicle drive train, to keep it cool so that the batteries have little chance of going into thermal runaway mode if any of the cells are damaged. If the battery pack does have a puncture or short, an electrical fire in one cell can be transferred to other neighboring cells if they also become heated. Although not as volatile as a gasoline tank when ruptured or punctured, if a lithium-ion cell does experience thermal runaway, the flame can burn at temperatures exceeding 4,000 degrees Farenheit and become more difficult to extinguish. Normal ABC fire extinguishers are not effective at those temperatures.

LithSafe products offer fire suppressant solutions that can address both the flame and cooling requirements for lithium-ion battery fires:

http://lithfire-x.com/

At the end of the three-day expo, the NFPA organizers expressed gratitude to NEVA and its partners for their support of the Electric Vehicle Safety Showcase. The conference organizers intend to reprise the safety training demonstrations with NEVA as a partner, when the NFPA Conference & Expo returns to Las Vegas in 2016.

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Apr

Nevada Earth Day Electric Car Events

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During the months of April and May 2014, community celebrations and educational events provided many opportunities for NEVA to showcase plug-in electric cars and EV infrastructure.

VIP Green Carpet

Greenfest 2014 featured a VIP Green Carpet event at the Springs Preserve that kicked off a three-day celebration in southern Nevada: http://www.thinkenergystar.com/greenfest/

Republic Services and the Green Alliance of Nevada organized the Greenfest celebration that included a Drive Clean Energy Las Vegas alternative-fuel vehicle procession and an alternative-fuel car display on the campus of the University of Nevada – Las Vegas from April 10th – 12th.

Greenfest 2014 DCELV Procession2

Sherry Swensk, host of a Living Green weekly video segment at KLAS-TV 8 News Now, featured a Tesla Model S and plug-in electric cars from Gaudin Ford dealership during her coverage of Greenfest 2014 events:

8 News NOW

During the VIP Green Carpet event at Springs Preserve, NEVA Outreach Coordinator Stan Hanel received a
“Rob Dorinson Environmental Hero Award” from Republic Services and the Green Alliance of Nevada for his contributions to promote plug-in electric vehicles and recharging station infrastructure throughout the state.

VIP Green Carpet4

VIP Green Carpet7

A Drive Clean Energy Las Vegas alternative-fuel vehicle procession featured over 50 vehicles, including eight Tesla Model S, five electrified vehicles from Gaudin Ford, a half-dozen Chevrolet Volts, Nissan LEAFs, a Mitsubishi i-MiEV, CODA electric sedan, a 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback EV conversion, gasoline/electric hybrid cars, electric bicycles, Trikke three-wheel electric chariots, and two commercial trucks that used compressed natural gas (CNG) as a cleaner-burning fuel from Southwest Gas and Republic Services.

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The procession began at Town Square shopping center and proceeded north on Las Vegas Blvd., past the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign that is now energized by photovoltaic solar cells. After reaching the Luxor and Excalibur resorts, the procession headed northeast on Reno Avenue to Tropicana Avenue and then due east to the campus of the University of Nevada – Las Vegas where the caravan gathered in the parking lot outside the Thomas & Mack Center for a group photo and celebration.

Drive Clean Energy Las Vegas Procession featured Tesla Motors  Owners Group commemorating Don Carrier.

Drive Clean Energy Las Vegas Procession featured Tesla Motors Owners Group commemorating Don Carrier.

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A Green Vehicle Zone on the campus of the University of Nevada – Las Vegas also included an alternative-fuel vehicle display, as well as a test drive zone during Greenfest 2014. Gaudin Ford displayed a Ford Focus Electric, Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid and a C-Max hybrid. Lexus of Las Vegas showcased two new hybrid models for 2014, a CT200h Fsport and hybrid ES.

Gaudin Ford Sales Consultant Rodney Collins demonstrates a Ford Focus Electric on the Green Vehicle Zone at Greenfest 2014.

Gaudin Ford Sales Consultant Rodney Collins demonstrates a Ford Focus Electric on the Green Vehicle Zone at Greenfest 2014.

Alternative-fuel fleet vehicles included a Chevrolet Volt from NV Energy, a Nissan LEAF from the City of Las Vegas, a CNG-powered Ford F150 pickup truck from Southwest Gas and World CNG, and a CNG-powered garbage pickup truck from Republic Services.

Energie Cycles and RedEBike featured electric bicycles that can travel up to 18 miles per hour. RedEBike conducts daily electric bicycle tours at Red Rock Canyon National Park.

Energie Cycles booth

Alternative-fuel providers included Verdek, a distributor of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) and compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations. Bombard Renewable Energy and Solar NV also showcased photovoltaic solar cell applications that can provide fuel for plug-in electric cars from residential and commercial building installations.

Rudy Garcia of Verdek discusses EVSE technology with David Sharp of GoSpace.

Rudy Garcia of Verdek discusses EVSE technology with David Sharp of GoSpace.

Earth Day is traditionally celebrated on April 22nd each year. The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator supported the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to celebrate a “Party for the Planet” in Las Vegas.

KLAS-TV and its 8 News Now video crew provided follow-up coverage of electric car infrastructure in southern Nevada, expanding the television broadcast company’s initial coverage during Greenfest 2014:

8 News NOW

On Sunday, April 27th, an Earth Day Celebration was presented by EcoNet at Idlewild Park in Reno. There were three themes this year for Earth Day: The Natural World, Many Cultures, and Green Technologies. A Tesla Motors Model S and a Nissan LEAF from Washoe County Air Quality Dept. were featured during the event: http://www.renoearthday.com/about.htm

Casey Baker and a Tesla Motors Model S at Idlewild Park during Earth Day celebrations in Reno.

Casey Baker and a Tesla Motors Model S at Idlewild Park during Earth Day celebrations in Reno.

From April 25th to May 4th, the Desert Research Institute Green Power program partnered with the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics within the Clark County School District of southern Nevada. The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) presented plug-in electric car technologies to eight different school campuses, a dozen classes and about 600 students over the duration of the event.

Automotive Instructor Terry Wolf demonstrates a hybrid drive system during the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival on the College of Southern Nevada campus.

Automotive Instructor Terry Wolf demonstrates a hybrid drive system during the Las Vegas Science and Technology Festival on the College of Southern Nevada campus.

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.

On May 22nd, NEVA visited forest rangers and support staff from the Bureau of Land Management at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to present electric car technologies, EV infrastructure, and educational resources for first responders: http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/

The BLM and the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Center are considering the installation of EVSE stations at the visitor center of Red Rock Canyon to support electric car drivers traversing a 13-mile Scenic Loop: http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Red-Rock-Trail-Map.pdf

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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Apr

Snapshot Eco-Tour of Northern Nevada EVSE Installations

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Over the last three years, NV Energy has partnered with Nevada businesses, government agencies, academic institutions and non-profit organizations throughout the state to provide a network of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) in strategic locations that can mitigate “range anxiety” and also recharge electric car battery packs at no cost to EV owners.

This infrastructure is especially needed in northern Nevada, a region that has half the population of the southern part of the state and is more spread out in rural regions, including a long stretch of interstate highway I-80 connecting to northern California.

However, electric car owners from the San Francisco Bay Area are beginning to make the trek to northern Nevada, because of a growing network of EV recharging stations along this corridor.

The Cedar House Sport Hotel in nearby Truckee, California, is a “boutique lodge with upscale dining” that also hosts EV recharging stations for its visitors.

The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee features a dual-port EV charging station for its overnight residents.

The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee features a dual-port EV charging station for its overnight residents.

Stunning Lake Tahoe resorts also encourage eco-tourists to drive electric cars as they travel the pristine roadways and scenic vistas along the way. Incline Village on the northern Nevada side of the lake hosts electric vehicle charging stations for its guests.

Incline Village EV charging stations

Incline Village EV charging stations

Diamond Peak EV recharging station

Diamond Peak EV recharging station

The stateline at South Lake Tahoe along Lincoln Highway 50 has EV recharging accommodations at both Harvey’s Lake Tahoe and Harrah’s Lake Tahoe, courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Once an electric car traveler reaches the Reno/Sparks area, there are about 20 EVSE sites that can provide free electrons while visiting the area.

Caesars Entertainment also owns Harrahs Reno. That resort hosts four dual-port ChargePoint stations for a total of eight SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plugs.
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The Atlantis Reno also hosts an EV recharging station for its visitors

Atlantis Reno

Atlantis Reno

Circus Circus Reno, owned by MGM Resorts International, provides an EVSE station at its location.

Circus Circus Reno EV charging station.

Circus Circus Reno EV charging station.

While your electric car battery pack is getting free electrons from a local juice bar, why not try another eco-friendly mode of transportation while touring the local Reno scenery? Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer, and a companion recently stretched their legs during a local bicycle trek, while their Tesla Motors Model S was recharging at the Circus Circus site earlier this year.

Steve Wozniak, Apple Computer co-founder, and companion ride bicycles while waiting for their Tesla Model S to recharge at Circus Circus Reno.

Steve Wozniak, Apple Computer co-founder, and companion ride bicycles while waiting for their Tesla Model S to recharge at Circus Circus Reno.

The City of Reno Regional Transportation Commission also recently installed an electric bus system for travelers to take local eco-friendly bus trips around town. The innovative bus system “dump charges” high power to the bus battery storage pack at each passenger station. The bus only needs to travel about a mile before being refueled quickly at each stop.
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Reno Electric Bus Dump Charge takes only a few minutes to recharge the bus battery pack to travel less than a mile to the next dump charge station.

Reno Electric Bus Dump Charge takes only a few minutes to recharge the bus battery pack to travel less than a mile to the next dump charge station.

Local Reno academic institutions also provide public charging stations for students and vistors to campuses at University of Nevada-Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College:

University of Nevada Reno campus

University of Nevada Reno campus

Truckee Meadows Community College EVSE.

Truckee Meadows Community College EVSE.

Local Reno businesses also have partnered with NV Energy to add EV infrastructure to the region to encourage shoppers to drive their electric cars to the local stores.

Meadowwood Mall EV charging stations.

Meadowwood Mall EV charging stations.

Resource Action Programs, a company promoting educational programs for eco-friendly living, has decided to “walk the walk” by providing its employees incentives to drive electric cars in the Reno/Sparks area, including providing electric car charging stations at their workplace.

Resource Action Programs workplace charging stations at the company's Reno office.

Resource Action Programs workplace charging stations at the company’s Reno office.

Carson City is the Nevada state capitol and has taken the lead to encourage the use of the electric vehicles within Nevada. One local park features an EV charging station.
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The Sierra Medical Center also provides a host EVSE site in Carson City.

Sierra Medical Plaza in Carson City.

Sierra Medical Plaza in Carson City.

Nearby Gardnerville hosts an EV charging station in town.

Gardnerville, Nevada public EV charging station.

Gardnerville, Nevada public EV charging station.

Eco-Tourism is a growing industry in northern Nevada. EV charging station infrastructure can enable travelers the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of the region while riding on quiet, non-polluting modes of transportation.

Note: Thank you to Travis Johnson, former EV Manager at NV Energy, who envisioned the benefits of electric vehicle transportation in the Silver State and worked long hours over the last four years to build up more than 120 strategic host sites for EV charging stations.

Happy trails!

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator for the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator

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13

Feb

MGM Resorts International Unveils Large-scale EVSE Rollout

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MGM Resorts International, NV Energy and ChargePoint Announce Nevada’s Largest Installation
of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations with Ceremonial Unveiling

Twenty-Seven New Stations to be Made Available on the Las Vegas Strip; Two Stations at Circus Circus Reno

On February 12, 2014 at 10:30 AM, MGM Resorts International, NV Energy, and ChargePoint held an official unveiling ceremony at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino to announce the largest installation of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations to date in Nevada.

The new EV Charging Stations are located at nine of the company’s Las Vegas resorts, in addition to MGM Resorts’ main corporate offices. Two additional stations will be available at Circus Circus Reno. The charging stations, which will be installed in guest garages and valet areas, will be available for employees and guests to use at no cost.

Drivers will be able to access real-time information about the ChargePoint CT4000 EV Charging Stations via a mobile application, which shows whether a station is open; the percentage of charge on the vehicle; when the vehicle is fully charged, and when a charging nozzle has been removed. These chargers are equipped with two Level 2 charging ports supplying up to 7.2 kW, full motion color LCD display and a robust cord retraction system. All units will have the industry standard SAE J1772 charging ports.

Verdek, LLC, a ChargePoint distributor, worked with the engineering staff of MGM Resorts International to facilitate the EVSE installations at all of the company’s sites.

The unveiling of the new ChargePoint CT4000 system was staged at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino on the first
floor of the West Parking Garage, located at 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119.

Travis Johnson of NV Energy, Chris Magee of MGM Resorts International and Dimitrios Papadagonas address the media during ChargePoint unveiling

Travis Johnson of NV Energy, Chris Magee of MGM Resorts International and Dimitrios Papadagonas address the media during ChargePoint unveiling

Chris Magee, Executive Director of Sustainable Facilities for MGM Resorts International; Travis Johnson, Manager of the NV Energy Electric Vehicle Program; and Dimitrios Papadogonas, VP of Marketing for ChargePoint, addressed the media during the unveiling ceremony.

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.

Television coverage in the local Las Vegas area was carried by KTNV Channel 13 Action News:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OwQ90lGp2KE&feature=youtube_gdata

Plug-in electric cars were provided by MGM Resorts International, NV Energy and Gaudin Ford. Vehicles included Chevrolet Volts, Ford CMax Energi and Ford Fusion Energi.

Tiffani Repucci from Gaudin Ford showcases a CMax Energi plug-in hybrid.

Tiffani Repucci from Gaudin Ford showcases a CMax Energi plug-in hybrid.

Rod Collins from Gaudin Ford demonstrates a Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid to NV Energy executives.

Rod Collins from Gaudin Ford demonstrates a Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid to NV Energy executives.

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Other EVSE site installations by MGM Resorts International along the Las Vegas Strip include:

Luxor Resort and Casino:

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.

Excalibur Resort and Casino:

Dual-port ChargePoint EV charging station at Excalibur valet parking lot.

Dual-port ChargePoint EV charging station at Excalibur valet parking lot.

MGM Corporate Campus/New York New York Self-Parking Garage:

Dual-port ChargePoint CT4000 EV charging station on the 3rd Level of self-park garage on Tropicana Avenue serves MGM Corporate Campus and New York New York resort and casino.

Dual-port ChargePoint CT4000 EV charging station on the 3rd Level of self-park garage on Tropicana Avenue serves MGM Corporate Campus and New York New York resort and casino.

Crystals Shopping Mall in CityCenter:

Crystals Mall valet parking garage at CityCenter has installed EV charging stations backed by wall-sized murals.

Crystals Mall valet parking garage at CityCenter has installed EV charging stations backed by wall-sized murals.

MGM Grand Valet Parking Garage:

MGM Grand valet parking garage hosts two dual-port ChargePoint CT4000 recharging stations.

MGM Grand valet parking garage hosts two dual-port ChargePoint CT4000 recharging stations.

MGM Mirage Valet Parking Garage:

MGM Mirage valet parking garage includes a dual-port ChargePoint CT4000 charging station and three Tesla Motors Hi-Power charging stations.

MGM Mirage valet parking garage includes a dual-port ChargePoint CT4000 charging station and three Tesla Motors Hi-Power charging stations.

Bellagio Valet Parking Garages:

Bellagio north valet parking garage with dual-port ChargePoint CT4000

Bellagio north valet parking garage with dual-port ChargePoint CT4000


Bellagio south valet parking garage hosts a Tesla Motors Hi-Power charging station.

Bellagio south valet parking garage hosts a Tesla Motors Hi-Power charging station.

MGM Signature Tower 2 Valet Parking Garage:

MGM Signature Tower 2 residential suites host a single-port Eaton AC Level 2 recharging station in its valet parking garage.

MGM Signature Tower 2 residential suites host a single-port Eaton AC Level 2 recharging station in its valet parking garage.

MGM Circus Circus Valet Parking Garage:

MGM Circus Circus and its Green Advantage program hosts a dual-port ChargePoint CT4000 charging station in its valet parking garage.

MGM Circus Circus and its Green Advantage program hosts a dual-port ChargePoint CT4000 charging station in its valet parking garage.

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Feb

Upcoming Events for 2014

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June 9 – 12 National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV:

http://www.nfpa.org/training/nfpa-conference-and-expo

NEVA will exhibit and present NFPA first-responder training references about electric cars at Booth 461 during the conference and expo in the Electric Vehicle Safety Showcase. Presentation from 2 PM to 3 PM on Tuesday, June 10th will feature NEVA EV101 PowerPoint in conjunction with “Extraction Zones” presentation by Adam Weiss, Clark County Fire Department:

http://extractionzones.com/

Wednesday nights, June 4 – 25 EV Conversion Classes at College of Southern Nevada – Summerlin Campus

Go Green! Build Your Own Electric Vehicle (EV) by Converting Your Gas Guzzler to Electric
Are you frustrated by escalating gas prices taking a larger portion of your monthly budget? This introductory course will show you how people are taking control again by building their own electric vehicles and using electricity instead of oil products. This course is designed to show you how to convert an existing gas-operated vehicle to electric without the need to be an experienced mechanic. Learn how to use an electric motor as an alternative energy source for your local driving.
You can learn how to convert your car, truck, motorcycle and even your bicycle. You don’t have to be dependent on foreign oil products for transportation. It is easier than you think, and there is no better time than today to learn how. Topics to be covered in class are:

• What is an EV? Is an EV right for you? What is the EV conversion process?
• Conversion components: motors, controllers, batteries and chargers
• Wires, switches, tools, accessories and instrumentation
• Car, truck and motorcycle projects

A materials fee of $20 is payable to instructor at first class for book. If you become a member of the Electric Car Conversion Club you will receive a $5 rebate on the text.

Class ID: 6927 Tuition: $77.00

Dates Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
6/4/2014-6/25/2014 Weekly – Wed 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Las Vegas, CSN Summerlin Center Map, 113 Evan Eskelson
Registration Closes On: June 4, 2014 11:59 PM

June 14 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon: http://www.lveva.org

June 25 Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator Webcast and Conference Call from 8 AM to 9 AM. All NEVA participants are invited to attend this quarterly statewide meeting. Announcements and agenda will be sent by email to all participants during the month of June.

July 2014

July 4 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

July 12 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

July 13 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

August 2014

August 1 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

August 9 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

August 10 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Claim Jumper Restaurant in Henderson from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

September 2014

September 5 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

September 13 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

September 14 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Claim Jumper Restaurant in Henderson from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

September 15-21 National Drive Electric Week

For 2014, the National Plug-In Day organizers have expanded the celebration to the full week from
September 15 to 21, 2014, and changed the name to make it more clear and emphasize the fun part: “drive electric” instead of “plug in.”

The web site has been moved to http://driveelectricweek.org/ and is ready to accept events for 2014.

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Feb

Don Carrier – Electric Car and Solar Power Pioneer

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Don Carrier, a strong advocate for the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator and the electric vehicle community throughout the state, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 8th. He was a former U.S. Air Force veteran, who had written for the Stars & Stripes newspaper in the Pacific during the 1960s, whle being stationed in Japan.

Don owned a gaming supply business and also published several informational websites and newsletters, including one on how to live a whole foods (vegan) lifestyle:
http://youtu.be/UJDUXWZGp6g

He was an early adopter of solar energy installations at his home through the NV Energy Solar Generations program.

Don Carrier and Matt Watson, co-founders of the Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas, showcase their Model S electric cars at a NEVA electric vehicle infrastructure training workshop under a solar-powered recharging station at NV Energy Pearson campus.

Don Carrier and Matt Watson, co-founders of the Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas, showcase their Model S electric cars at a NEVA electric vehicle infrastructure training workshop under a solar-powered recharging station at NV Energy Pearson campus.

During October 2012, Don took delivery of a burgundy-red Tesla Motors Model S Signature electric car, one of the first sold within the state of Nevada, and then co-founded the Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas with Matt Watson and Mike Lemke.

Don Carrier with Tesla

Don Carrier was an energetic advocate for educational outreach and the development of electric car infrastructure throughout the state. He showcased his Model S at many NEVA events during 2013.

Don’s organizational efforts helped make Las Vegas a Tesla Motors hub that now includes a regional service center with increased customer service and sales support, a SuperCharger station in downtown Las Vegas, and several High Power charging stations at local casinos and resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.

Two of six Supercharger stations recently installed at 701 Bridger Street in downtown Las Vegas.

Two of six Supercharger stations recently installed at 701 Bridger Street in downtown Las Vegas.

For more information about Tesla Motors support services in the Las Vegas area, contact Jessica Wilde or Eden Danaher at:

Tesla Motors
6260 West Badura Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Website: www.teslamotors.com
Tel: 702-914-6500

Don Carrier and Matt Watson, co-founders of the Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas line up the members' Model S vehicles during a monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria in Summerlin.

Don Carrier and Matt Watson, co-founders of the Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas line up the members’ Model S vehicles during a monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Summerlin.

The Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas now numbers more than 60 active members who share information through a Facebook site and regular monthly meetings at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Summerlin. More than 200 Tesla Motors Model S electric cars have been sold and delivered to southern Nevada customers since production ramped up in Fremont, California during the 4th quarter of 2012.

The EV community in southern Nevada will deeply miss Don Carrier’s gentle and graceful way of bringing people together to celebrate a sustainable lifestyle here in the Mojave Desert.

Godspeed, Don. May you rest in blissful peace.

NEVA blog written by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator.

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Feb

One Nevada Transmission Line and the Future Energy Economy

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ONE NEVADA TRANSMISSION LINE BEGINS SERVING CUSTOMERS

Press Release

LAS VEGAS – JANUARY 23, 2014 – NV Energy and Great Basin Transmission South officially dedicated the 231-mile long One Nevada Transmission Line (ON Line) today, marking the completion of a three-year project that electrically connects NV Energy’s northern and southern service areas for the first time. ON Line also enables the development of renewable energy in remote parts of Nevada.

The bulk transmission line is energized to 500,000 volts and has an initial capacity of up to 800 megawatts.

The line runs from the Harry Allen Generating Station north of Las Vegas to the new Robinson Summit Substation located just west of Ely, Nev. Eleven separate renewable energy projects are now being served by the new line, which also enhances the overall energy-sharing efficiencies of NV Energy’s 10 generating stations located throughout Nevada.

Michael Yackira, NV Energy chief executive officer, said, “The One Nevada Transmission Line plays a vital role in the development of renewable energy that will benefit our customers. This project also helps to strengthen our reliability, as well as provide important dispatch capabilities that will help our customers save on energy.”
Paul Caudill, NV Energy president, said, “The development of this important transmission asset is an indicator of NV Energy’s desire to find new and better ways to serve our customers, while preserving the environment and natural habitat that make Nevada such a special place.”

Nevada Senator Harry Reid said, “Construction of this transmission line created hundreds of jobs for Nevadans, thanks to the public-private partnership that was made possible by the Recovery Act. This vital project will deliver hundreds of megawatts of clean renewable energy to the grid. Completion of the ON Line transmission project is an important step towards unlocking Nevada’s vast clean energy potential and strengthening our state’s electric grid for the future.”

Great Basin Transmission South, an affiliate of LS Power, owns 75 percent of the line, and NV Energy owns 25 percent of an undivided ownership interest in the project. NV Energy has rights to 100 percent of the line’s initial capacity until LS Power completes other potential project phases, collectively known as the Southwest Intertie Project (SWIP).

Mike Segal, Chairman of LS Power, said, “We are proud to be a part of this important project for the State of Nevada which helps improve grid reliability, efficiency and delivery of renewable energy. We appreciate the efforts of NV Energy, the Department of Energy and the entire ON Line team in realizing this milestone.”

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provided a $343 million loan guarantee to Great Basin Transmission South to help finance the project. This is the first and only large scale transmission project in the portfolio managed by DOE’s Loan Programs Office.

Sturgeon Electric Company, a MYR Group subsidiary, provided construction services for the transmission line, and Wilson Utility Construction Co. built the new substation in White Pine County, Nev.

The project also includes a new four-mile-long intertie line that connects the new line and substation to NV Energy’s northern service territory.

NV Energy, Inc.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.

Great Basin Transmission South, LLCGreat Basin Transmission South, LLC is a single-purpose company formed to finance, construct, and own the ON Line Project. GBT South is an affiliate of LS Power, a leading independent power generation and transmission company. For more information, visit www.LSPower.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding the future performance of NV Energy, Inc. (the “Company”).

When the Company uses words such as “may,” “will,” “intend,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “project,” “estimate” or similar expressions, it is making forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. The Company’s expected results may not be achieved, and actual results may differ materially from expectations. This may be a result of various factors outside the control of the Company that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements including the risks related to future economic conditions, future or existing Nevada or federal laws or regulations affecting the electric industry, changes in environmental laws and regulations, financial market conditions and the Company’s ability to maintain access to the capital markets, and operating and maintaining an electric and natural gas system. Unless the context suggests otherwise, references herein to the “Company” include the consolidated subsidiaries of the Company, including Nevada Power Company d/b/a NV Energy and Sierra Pacific Power Company d/b/a NV Energy.

Additional cautionary statements regarding other risk factors that could have an effect on the future performance of the Company are contained in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and quarterly report on Form 10-Qs for the periods ended March 31, 2013, June 30, 2013, and September 30, 2013, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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During a breakfast meeting of the Green Alliance of Nevada on January 29, 2014, a “Future Economics of Energy in Nevada” panel convened.

Panelists included Paul Thomsen, Governor’s Energy Advisor and Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy; Tony Sanchez, Senior Vice President of Government andCommunity Strategy, NV Energy; Debra Gallo, Director of Government and State Regulatory Affairs, Southwest Gas Corp; and Dick Bartholet, Director of Research at the Bureau of Business & Economic Research/Center for Regional Studies, Nevada Small Business, University of Nevada – Reno.

A, Paul Thomsen outlined three areas of focus for the Governor’s Office of Energy:

1. Renewable Energy – As a utility, NV Energy has been mandated by the state legislature to provide 25 percent of its electricity to rate-paying customers from renewable energy sources by 2025, with a short term goal of 14 percent by 2014. The company has already exceeded this renewable portfolio standard timeline with more than 18 percent renewable energy resources now available. Tax abatement programs can help companies developing new renewable energy sources. $14 million in loans available

2. Energy Efficiency – EnergyFit of Nevada program has funding of $5 million over three years

3. Transmission/Export of Energy

During a panel discussion with the Green Alliance of Nevada last month about the “Future of Energy and Economics” in the state, both Paul Thomsen, Director of the Governor’s Office of Energy, and Tony Sanchez, Senior Vice-President for Government and Community Strategy at NV Energy, emphasized that the export and transmission of renewable energy generated within Nevada to neighboring states is a potential revenue booster and jobs creator.

The Western Governors Association is involved in regional energy growth and wants to create a “next-generation grid”.

B. Tony Sanchez spoke further about the acquisition of NV Energy by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., that will allow Nevada to export excess renewable energy production to other utilities that it owns in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and Utah. MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. employs 19,000 people and its energy portfolio includes 25 percent of energy produced from wind and solar renewable resources.

NV Energy with 2,500 employees services 93 percent of Nevada residents with a client-base of 1.3 million. There are 41 renewable energy projects active in the state now producing about 1,000 Megawatts, or 1 Gigawatt of power but eventually renewable energy will need to compete in cost without subsidy support.

Smart meter distribution has been developing throughout the statewide NV Energy grid to make it more interactive for customer service, as 1.3 million meters have been installed with only 40,000 remaining. $139 million in federal funding made this effort possible over the last three years.

C. Debra Gallo of Southwest Gas Corp. talked about her company’s purchasing, processing and transport of natural gas products and services to 1.8 million customers in Nevada, Arizona and California.

The company also works to help facilitate programs for low-income residents and also provides rebates to encourage Energy Star-certified home building. 96,000 homes in Nevada are Energy Star compliant.

Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) can be used as a replacement fuel for fleet transportation and save about $1.55 per diesel gallon equivalent. Average annual cost is about $2.09 per equivalent gallon last year. Southwest Gas partners for CNG fleet development include Clean Energy Fuels, a CNG fueling station provider with a network of stations that it is developing coast to coast. Clean Energy Fuels is partially owned by developer T. Boone Pickens.

Taxi cab and limousine provider Whittlesea-Bell uses CNG in its vehicles in southern Nevada.

D. Dick Bartholet from University of Nevada – Reno talked about the challenges for renewable energy businesses in Nevada to become self-sustainable after five to fifteen years, especially when these businesses were subsidized initially. What happens to a business when the subsidies disappear, can it stand on its own resources after the money is gone?

Bartholet cited five factors that could influence the self-sustainability of a business model:

1. Supply and Demand for the goods and services of the business
2. Risk perception of the business model by consumers and suppliers
3. National politics
4. Technology changes
5. Comparative Fossil Fuel Extraction Costs

He noted that “peak oil” is not as popular a concept as it was just a few years ago, now that North America is producing 3 million barrels of oil a day more than 2008 production levels.

A manufacturing renaissance is evolving at the same time as energy production is increasing, leading to new demands for energy.

The likelihood of a carbon tax in the next decade is still a possibility given the volatile climate that most Americans are experiencing today, as well as concerns about the oceans and our food chain.

Energy security and economic security will be influenced by the presence or lack of political stability as well as well as by population demographic changes in developing countries.

Bartholet had some policy ideas that might help strengthen Nevada’s energy economy over the next fifteen years:

A. Increase electricity consumption but reallocate “peak demand” for electricity during the day. Electric vehicles can be recharged at night during non-peak hours.
B. Reduce energy consumption
C. Reduce automobile emissions
D. Reduce water consumption

Dick Bartholet’s eight state government policy recommendations:

1. Promote efficiency in building codes by striving for a higher number of LEED-certified buildings
2. Fund Energy-Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs
3. Accelerate use of alternative fuel vehicles to promote air quality
4. Fund alternative ways to enhance utility conservation programs
5. Expand energy efficiency to the supply chain through the choice of vendors at different levels of state government.
6. Create better support tools and models for decision-making such as input/output analysis, etc.
7. Establish energy efficiency and renewable energy targets beyond the present renewable portfolio standard.
8. Provide free assistance for small business start-ups, especially in the area of helping them comply with government mandates.

He noted that one of Nevada’s greatest assets – the state is a “small community that gets things done”.

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International CES Automotive Highlights

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At International CES, automotive manufacturers displayed multiple technological innovations that included electric motor drive systems, fuel cell and solar power integration, wireless recharging stations, 4G LTE mobile connectivity, an abundance of sensors, intelligent suspension systems, lightweight composite materials, expanding apps, and autonomous vehicles.

Bosch Driverless Car Experience at CES

Induct NAVIA autonomous trolley uses GPS and lidar sensors to detect location and obstacles.

Induct NAVIA autonomous trolley uses GPS and lidar sensors to detect location and obstacles.

Induct manufactures the NAVIA autonomous trolley that is “100 percent electric 100 percent driverless” by using GPS mapping and lidar sensors to detect the distance, shape and height of any obstacles around it. The electric drive system is recharged from wireless inductive charging stations that can be installed at key points along the trolley route.

Bosch Autonomous Parking Demo3

Bosch Autonomous Parking Demo4

Volkswagen sedan automatically parks itself after driver exits.

Volkswagen sedan automatically parks itself after driver exits.

Bosch Autonomous Parking Demo5

Bosch Automotive and Valeo showcased remote autonomous parking and automatic emergency braking technologies installed on Volkswagen vehicles.

Bosch Evatran Wireless Inductive Charging Pad.

Bosch Evatran Wireless Inductive Charging Pad.

Bosch Evatran Wireless  Charging Pad Guide Arrows

Bosch Evatran Wireless Charging Pad Guide Arrows

Bosch recently bought Evatran, a company that has provides wireless recharging systems for the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF.

Formula E unveiling at Mandalay Bay Resort with Formula 1 driver Lucas di Grassi.

Formula E unveiling at Mandalay Bay Resort with Formula 1
driver Lucas di Grassi.

Qualcomm, the world leader in developing 3G and 4G LTE wireless communication technology, is also promoting the Halo wireless inductive charging system for electric cars. Qualcomm is one of the corporate sponsors for the new Formula E international electric racing series, sanctioned by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile. Formula E will kick off its inaugural season during September 2014 in Beijing, China. Ten racing teams will compete around the world, including Los Angeles and Miami. Racing team sponsors include the Andretti family, Sir Richard Branson, and Leonardo di Caprio.

The Spark-Renault Formula E racecar can exceed speeds of 150 mph and accelerate quickly from zero to 60 miles per hour in just seconds.

Ford CMax Energi Solar Cell Integration

Ford Motor Co. exhibited a unique concept for one of its C-Max Energi cars that featured solar cells embedded on top of the vehicle body.

Toyota FCV Fuel Cell Vehicle2

Toyota introduced a hydrogen fuel cell/electric-drive platform with a range of three hundred miles, a top speed of 105 miles per hour and the torque of an electric motor drive train. Toyota executives did acknowledge a current lack of hydrogen refueling station infrastructure worldwide, but are looking to California as its initial U.S. marketplace, where that state is already installing hydrogen stations at key locations.

Toyota iROAD with Active Lean Suspension

The Toyota i-ROAD is an enclosed three-wheel electric car that can seat two passengers in tandem. The little car features an “Active Lean” intelligent suspension system. The rear wheel drives and steers, while the front two wheels and vehicle suspension are actively controlled by an onboard computer that monitors three gyroscopes, accelerometers and wheel encoder sensors.

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

BMW unveiled its new 2014 model i3 electric car by shipping in 25 vehicles to International CES for testdrives by attendees at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The i3 has lots of torque and acceleration from its electric motor, with a range of 100 miles after each charge. An optional gasoline-powered range extender can supplement the battery pack to exceed 240 miles between refueling stops.

ChargePoint Booth at CES

ChargePoint, an electric vehicle supply equipment manufacturer from California is integrating a locator map service with the i3 GPS navigation system, to help the driver find nearby charging stations. If the stations are part of the ChargePoint wireless network, the service can also provide information about real time usage when a driver is choosing a nearby location site to recharge.

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Dec

Upcoming Events for 2014

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February 12th
MGM Resorts International and ChargePoint to unveil the rollout of multiple Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) charging stations at nine locations along the Las Vegas Strip.

Location of the press conference will be at the West Parking Garage at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino from 10:30 AM to noon.

March 7 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

March 8 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

March 9 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.e

March 19 Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) Kickoff Meeting from 8 AM to 9 AM. All NEVA participants are invited to attend this web conference that will showcase EV infrastructure development during 2013 and point out new projects coming online during 2014.

April 2014

April 4 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

April 5 Mini Maker Faire at Downtown Project Learning Village on East Fremont Street will include electric car display from 10 AM to 4 PM.

April 12 GreenFest 2014 at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. NEVA will be staging an alternative fuel vehicle display on the UNLV campus during this event, that is organized by the Green Alliance of Nevada: www.greenalliancenv.org
A plug-in electric vehicle caravan is planned as part of the event to lead visitors to Greenfest 2014, as well as exhibit a moving display of electric vehicle transportation.

April 12 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

April 13 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

April 20-22 Earth Day Green events and alternative fuel vehicles will be showcased throughout the state of Nevada during this weekend.

May 2014

May 2 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

May 10 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

May 11 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

May 20 – 21 Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) workshop presentations in Reno and Las Vegas. Location and times to be announced.

June 2014

June 6 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

June 8 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

June 14 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

July 2014

June 6 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

July 12 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

July 13 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

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Dec

Bill Kuehl, Nevada Electric Vehicle Pioneer

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Bill Kuehl, one of the founding members of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association and a true EV pioneer for over 30 years, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2014 in North Las Vegas.

Bill Kuehl at National Plug-in Day 2012 demonstrating his Hyundai EV conversion that was built with the help of high school students during a training class that he helped instruct.

Bill Kuehl at National Plug-in Day 2012 demonstrating his Hyundai EV conversion that was built with the help of high school students during a training class that he helped instruct.

Bill was the LVEVA’s original President, later serving as secretary/treasurer and Board of Directors member. He personally converted over 100 gasoline-powered cars in his lifetime into re-purposed electric vehicles. Bill was always willing to help new builders by unselfishly passing on his knowledge, tools and skills to others. He was the main driver of the LVEVA’s EV conversion workshops that were originally hosted at his house. Most recently, he was helping the students at Green Valley High School with their BMW EV conversion, that came out of the LVEVA EV workshop program, as well as co-teaching an introductory EV conversion class with Evan Eskelson at the CSN Summerlin campus.

Bill and his third Pontiac Fiero EV conversion that was a learning platform for LVEVA members during an EV conversion workshop.

Bill and his third Pontiac Fiero EV conversion, that was a learning platform for LVEVA members during an EV conversion workshop.

As a former Air Force jet mechanic at Nellis Air Force Base, he brought a lot of practical skills to the science and art of electric vehicle conversion:

http://www.grassrootsev.com/100club.htm

Bill Kuehl in 1985 with a rally race result ticket showing his 100.8-mile record distance with a converted Honda Civic.

Bill Kuehl in 1985 with a rally race result ticket showing his 100.8-mile record distance with a converted Honda Civic.

In 1985 Bill Kuehl drove his “73” Honda Civic conversion over 100 miles on a single charge. It had a configuration you may not see again; a 7-inch Prestolite motor and Russco controller powered by eight 12-volt deep cycle lead-acid batteries. The 6.3 mile course was set up on the streets of Santa Clara, California. Bill went 16 laps at an average speed of 25 mph and top speed of 35 mph for a total of 100.8 miles. We are honored to have him join the “100-mile-per charge” club this day in Dec 2007; let the record show that he did it before any of the other members.

Bill Kuehl with LVEVA Board of Directors members (left to right:  Lloyd Reece, Jon Hallquist, and Elwood,

Bill Kuehl with LVEVA Board of Directors members (left to right: Lloyd Reece, Jon Hallquist, and Elwood,

Posthumously, Bill still holds a National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) record with a converted Pontiac Fiero during a “Wicked Watts” competition during 2001 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on the quarter-mile drag race track. Bill and the Pontiac Fiero competed in the Modified Conversion class, Voltage Division E (144-volt nominal), abbreviated MC/E:

http://www.nedra.com/record_holders.html

http://www.nedra.com/class_rules.html

Division: Modified Conversion, Voltage Class E -144 Volts DC Nominal (132.1 – 158.4 Volts DC)
Pontiac Fiero 1985 – 144-volt Class E
Driver/Owner: William Kuehl. Las Vegas, NV
Time: 18.494 seconds
Speed 71.11 miles per hour
Las Vegas, NV
Record established on July 27, 2001

Bill’s EV conversion efforts were profiled by the Las Vegas Mercury in 2003 and the article is still available at this link:

http://www.lasvegasmercury.com/2003/MERC-Apr-10-Thu-2003/21065755.html

May he rest in perpetual peace.

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Nov

Specialty Equipment Market Association Convention Highlights

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The annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show converged at the Las Vegas Convention Center during the first week of November 2013 to showcase the latest automotive industry developments. SEMA is a trade association that is primarily composed of small businesses that add value to larger automotive manufacturers’ product lines by creating niche products and unique markets. The number of exhibit spaces expanded this year as the overall economy and automotive industry has continued to grow.

Electric-drive vehicle technologies were showcased alongside classic automotive muscle cars and performance technologies.

Don “Big Daddy” Garlits is a living legend from the world of drag racing who has won 17 world championships and established top fuel drag racing as a worldwide competitive sport over his long career. He has reached quarter-mile speeds of 270 miles per hour and was the first to exceed 200 miles per hour in one-eighth-mile timed races with his series of “Swamp Rat” dragsters.

Top view of the Swamp Rat 37 by Don Garlits

Top view of the Swamp Rat 37 by Don Garlits

Since the 1950’s, Garlits has been a pioneer of drag racing technology. Now at age 82, Garlits is working with members of the National Electric Drag Racing Association (NEDRA) who have built Swamp Rat 37 as an electric dragster. The team will be chasing a new world record for electric dragsters exceeding 200 miles per hour on sanctioned quarter-mile drag strips during National Hot Rod Association events in 2014. The electric power train was developed by Shawn Lawless of Lawless Industries, who had already teamed with Orange County Choppers to exceed 200 miles per hour on NHRA-sanctioned drag strips with an electric motorcycle driven by Larry “Spiderman” McBride. The large DC motor in Swamp Rat 37 will be powered by a lithium-ion battery pack through a “Zilla” motor-speed controller and a PFC-series charging system developed by Manzanita Micro.

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Neil Young and the LincVolt extended-range electric vehicle

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Neil Young's LincVolt extended-range electric vehicle can travel 45 miles on stored electricity before switching to an electric generator powered by cellulosic ethanol.

Neil Young’s LincVolt extended-range electric vehicle can travel 45 miles on stored electricity before switching to an electric generator powered by cellulosic ethanol.

Neil Young, musician and automotive developer, exhibited his LincVolt hybrid-electric conversion of a 1959 Lincoln Continental during the SEMA event. The LincVolt is an extended-range electric vehicle that can travel about 45 miles on lithium-ion battery power before reverting to an electric generator to continue providing power and a range of about 300 miles. After the 21 kilowatt-hours of stored electricity depletes to a certain level, the generator turns on to create electricity from a tank of cellulosic ethanol, a fuel that burns more cleanly than gasoline. Cellulosic ethanol is derived from waste plant production by farmers rather than from corn or other food products.

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This new technology provides smooth acceleration and performance for a legacy Lincoln Continental platform that has a gross vehicle weight of 6300 pounds but can still be easily accelerated to 85 miles per hour. Young and his team of developers are hoping to commercialize the lithium-ion battery pack, AC motor, generator and control electronics in the LincVolt as a packaged system that can be installed in multiple vehicle platforms.

Lithium-ion battery and electric-drive control system for the LincVolt system.

Lithium-ion battery and electric-drive control system for the LincVolt system.

The challenge for all third-party developers at SEMA is to develop technologies that can work within automotive standards guidelines created by SAE International, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and governing organizations for easier adoption by other original equipment manufacturers (OEM). For example, SAE J1772-2009 is a standard accepted by the worldwide automotive industry that details the form and function of electric vehicle supply equipment used for electric vehicle charging stations. The defined power range of the standard governs single-phase electric power systems from 110 Volts AC at 8 amperes up to 240 Volts AC at 80 amperes.

SAE J1772 connector can plug into front end of LincVolt to recharge its lithium-ion battery pack.

SAE J1772 connector can plug into front end of LincVolt to recharge its lithium-ion battery pack.

Young reached out the SEMA community to invite sponsors to help with the development of his next project – an electric hot rod he called E-Rod, that will use his team’s existing hybrid-electric vehicle technologies.

Neil Young's next project is the E-Rod, an electric hot rod.

Neil Young’s next project is the E-Rod, an electric hot rod.

Larry Gareffa and an Electric 1965 Mustang Fastback

Sparky, an electric 1965 Mustang Fastback has been converted to run on batteries and an electric motor.

Sparky, an electric 1965 Mustang Fastback has been converted to run on batteries and an electric motor.

Larry Gareffa is President of the Las Vegas Mustang and Classic Ford club and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association. Among his collection of classic Ford cars is “Sparky”, an electrified 1965 Mustang Fastback that he has converted to use batteries and an electric motor, as well as a modern LED lighting system. Gareffa exhibited his electric Mustang as part of the CoverCraft booth in the Central Exhibit Hall during the SEMA trade show.

LEDs illuminate the headlights and backlight the Mustang Pony on Gareffa's electric 1965 Mustang Fastback with CoverCraft accessories.

LEDs illuminate the headlights and backlight the Mustang Pony on Gareffa’s electric 1965 Mustang Fastback with CoverCraft accessories.

Larry Gareffa was kept busy for four days answering questions about his electric Mustang conversion during the SEMA trade show and has also been aided by sponsors, who have helped develop and commercialize his EV drive train systems.

A 1928 Buick named "Frankenstein" was converted to electric drive, complete with "electric chairs" for driver and front passenger.

A 1928 Buick named “Frankenstein” was converted to electric drive, complete with “electric chairs” for driver and front passenger.

Another eye-catching electric car conversion was found at the E-Stopp booth in the Central Exhibition Hall. A 1928 Buick had been converted to an electric car, complete with “electric chairs” for the driver and front-seat passenger. Nicknamed “Frankenstein”, the car was reminiscent of the Munstermobile from a 1960’s TV show.

"Electric Chairs" for an electric 1928 Buick conversion named "Frankenstein".

“Electric Chairs” for an electric 1928 Buick conversion named “Frankenstein”.

Electric DC motor system and battery pack inside 1928 Buick conversion.

Electric DC motor system and battery pack inside 1928 Buick conversion.

Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) showcased their Deep Orange project, a hybrid electric platform with all-wheel drive that employed an internal combustion engine on the front wheels and an electric motor/generator on the rear wheels. The electric motor/generator added regenerative braking and additional horsepower to the drive train.

Clemson University's International Center for Automotive Research unveiled their Deep Orange project - a gasoline/electric hybrid with all-wheel drive.

Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research unveiled their Deep Orange project – a gasoline/electric hybrid with all-wheel drive.

Local Motors, a startup design company for transportation products, brought a “community” approach to platform development: http://www.localmotors.com

Grand Opening of Local Motors in downtown Las Vegas

Grand Opening of Local Motors in downtown Las Vegas

Based in Chandler, Arizona, the company has developed an open, international community of over 30,000 automotive designers who freely share their design projects online, in order to gain constructive criticism and experience. Regular design contests are staged by the company for cash prizes. Winners of these competitions have been recruited by automotive companies during the past five years.

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Local Motors can fabricate the winning abstract design models into physical prototypes by working with the drawings and graphic representations from the designer. International design winners have come from South Korea (a Rally Fighter off-road vehicle), Germany (Electric Bicycles) and Portugal (Racer motorcycle). One of the next design competitions will focus the Local Motors community on developing an electric car.

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The company plans to open 100 microfactories around the U.S. over the next ten years to serve its online community by supplying the resources and tools to develop their designs. Once the design is fabricated, Local Motors can also guide a designer through marketing channels, that include presentations at the SEMA trade show and other commercial venues.

The very first microfactory opened in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 7, 2013 and was unveiled during the SEMA conference. The new site includes work bays and a company “shop” with promotional clothing accessories. The facility is located on the corner of Stewart and 6th street in downtown Las Vegas.

In addition to its fixed microfactory location in downtown Las Vegas and Chandler, AZ, Local Motors has also developed a “mobile factory” concept built within a shipping container platform. Most of the tools used at the microfactory can also be installed inside a “mobi-factory”, that can be transported and made operational at a remote site. The electrical wiring inside the mobi-factory can be plugged into an single-phase AC source that provides power to a TIG welder and other motorized tools. Four GE Wattstations can be plugged into the front of the mobi-factory, each with one SAE J1772 AC Level 2 connector plug available to recharge plug-in electric vehicles parked next to the mobile factory.

Local Motors has installed four GE Wattstations on a mobile factory, each with an SAE J1772 plug that can connect to a plug-in electric car and provide power rated at AC Level 2.

Local Motors has installed four GE Wattstations on a mobile factory, each with an SAE J1772 plug that can connect to a plug-in electric car and provide power rated at AC Level 2.

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National Plug-In Day 2013

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National Plug-in Day commenced across the country during the weekend of Sept. 28th and 29th with 98 cities staging plug-in electric car events:

http://www.pluginday.org/

Three non-profit organizations pooled their resources to stage this national event:

1. Sierra Club: http://www.sierraclub.org/
2. Electric Auto Association: http://www.electricauto.org/
3. Plug-In America: http://www.pluginamerica.org/

The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) helped stage two events in Nevada at both Reno and Las Vegas locations on Sunday, September 29th.

Thanks to the help of NV Energy interns, there were lots of commercial media coverage opportunities in northern Nevada. Social media announcements went out from the Sierra Club statewide for both northern and southern locations to 13,000 contacts on the Sierra Club public relations list. Other social media efforts statewide included Nevada Energy Star Partners – Green Alliance and Green Global, who used Facebook and member email lists.

Electric Car clubs that participated statewide included the Northern Nevada Electric Auto Association, the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association, and the Las Vegas Tesla Motors Owners’ Group.

Reno

Sierra Club and Northern Nevada Electric Auto Association member Bob Tregilus reported on the results of the Reno gathering at Idlewild Park:

“Two TV stations covered [National Plug-In Day] and one print media. We had about 125 people. The weather was pretty awful, very windy. We were spread out so it was hard to tell how many visitors came by. Nissan of Reno and NV Energy gave 30 test drives, as well.

We had fewer EV conversion cars this year, just three, but we had a bunch of Tesla Motors Models S, I lost count around six or so. We had a Fisker Karma. That was really cool. as well as Nissan LEAFs, Chevrolet Volts, Toyota Prius PHV, and a Zero electric motorcycle.”

Video coverage:

Fox 11 News:

http://foxreno.com//news/features/local/stories/fox-11-news-1-92713-local-regional-news-energy-nevada-prescribed-burns-gathered-horse-sale-423.shtml

Channel 4:

http://www.mynews4.com/news/story/Reno-charges-up-electric-vehicle-awareness-on/fCUqIBtrg0ylduqyjEXiAA.cspx

Las Vegas

National Plug In Day 2013-2

Location:
NV Energy Pearson Building
6226 W. Sahara Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV

National Plug In Day 2013-7

About 45 to 50 plug-in vehicles visited the site, including five Tesla Models S, a dozen Chevrolet Volts, eight Nissan LEAF’s, two Mitsubishi i-MiEV’s, two Toyota Prius PHV, a Toyota RAV-4 Electric, and a Ford Fusion Energi. EV conversion cars included 1989 Hyundai, Ford F-150 Pickup truck, 1966 Mustang Fastback, and a Subaru Brat. Two-wheel EVs included a Zero Motorcycle, EVI electric scooter and three motorized electric bicycles from Energie Cycles, an e-bike manufacturer located in Las Vegas.

National Plug In Day 2013-6

National Plug In Day 2013-8

Over 100 people attended the event and about 30 test rides were offered to visitors by drivers of electric cars.

Local dealerships support the effort as Findlay Chevrolet provided a Chevrolet Volt and Gaudin Ford provided a Fusion Energi, as well as a sales person to answer questions about the plug-in hybrid.

d. A photo of the Las Vegas event posted on the National Plug-In Day website was used by TechHive in an article about the current state of EV sales and infrastructure:

http://www.techhive.com/article/2050356/national-plug-in-day-gathers-electric-car-faithful-but-infrastructure-remains-sparse.html

e. Mark Larsen reprised last year’s 371-mile tour in his Nissan LEAF from St. George to Las Vegas and back. This year, he spread out his trip over three days, blogged about it, and uncovered some good charging station locations in Overton near Lake Meade and at Four Seasons RV park near the Utah border:

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

Thank you to all the organizations, plug-in electric car owners and visitors who made both events a success!

Organizers for next year’s event are planning to rename it “National Electric Drive Day” to emphasize test rides and the fun of EV ownership that comes after “plugging in”.

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Sep

Upcoming NEVA Events for 2013

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December 14 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford dealership from 10 AM to noon: www.lveva.org

Location:
Address: 6625 Roy Horn Way, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Tel:(702) 534-3094

December 25 Merry Christmas!

January 2014

January 1 Happy New Year!

January 3 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

January 7 – 10 2014 International CES at Las Vegas Convention Center and Sands Convention Center.

About 135,000 attendees gather annually to exhibit and learn about the newest consumer electronic products coming out during 2014: http://www.cesweb.org/

The event is sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association. Many international automotive manufacturers and their suppliers take this opportunity to unveil their latest electric vehicle drive systems and telematics/instrumentation innovations in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, just before the North American International Auto Show in Detroit later that same month.

January 11 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

January 12 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

February 2014

February 2 Mini Maker Faire Las Vegas: http://makerfairevegas.com/

The Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire is Saturday, February 2nd from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM. The Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association will exhibit EV conversion vehicles and homebrew EV technologies during this event.

Curious about what you might see? Take a look at our list of makers and the schedule of events!

Location:
Historic 5th Street School
401 S 4th St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Need to know how to get there and where to park? Parking is available across the street from the event for $3 all day.

February 7 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

February 8 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

February 9 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DemMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

February 12 Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) Kickoff Meeting from 8 AM to 9 AM. All NEVA participants are invited to attend this web conference that will showcase EV infrastructure development during 2013 and point out new projects coming online during 2014.

March 2014

March 7 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

March 8 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

March 9 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

April 2014

April 4 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

April 12 GreenFest 2014 at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. NEVA will be staging an alternative fuel vehicle display on the UNLV campus during this event, that is organized by the Green Alliance of Nevada: www.greenalliancenv.org
A plug-in electric vehicle caravan is planned as part of the event to lead visitors to Greenfest 2014, as well as exhibit a moving display of electric vehicle transportation.

April 12 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

April 13 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

April 20-22 Earth Day Green events and alternative fuel vehicles will be showcased throughout the state of Nevada during this weekend.

May 2014

May 2 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

May 10 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

May 11 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

May 20 – 21 Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) workshop presentations in Reno and Las Vegas. Location and times to be announced.

June 2014

June 6 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

June 8 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

June 14 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

July 2014

June 6 First Friday Street Fair in Downtown Las Vegas Arts District. NEVA to exhibit on Green Street (California Avenue) in the Arts District from 5 PM to 11 PM.

July 12 Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association monthly meeting at Gaudin Ford Dealership from 10 AM to noon.

July 13 Tesla Motors Owners Group of Las Vegas monthly meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria in Las Vegas from 11 AM to 12:30 PM.

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07

Sep

More Plug-in and Hybrid Electric Vehicles on the Road in Nevada during 2013

Author: stanhanel
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The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles released a five-year report for fiscal years 2009 through 2013 that sub-divides each year’s annual state vehicle registration totals by county and by fuel type. The report did not differentiate vehicle models or separate out plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), like the Chevrolet Volt, from the general gasoline/electric hybrid category.

As a reference, plug-in electric drive vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt and Nissan LEAF did not begin appearing at select Nevada automotive dealerships until about January 2012.

However, the report still shows some interesting trends and glimpses into the potential future for plug-in, battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) and gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles going forward, as Nevada consumers once again start making choices about the types of vehicles they wish to purchase and drive.

Fuel types from all registered vehicles within Nevada were categorized in the DMV report as:

1. Gasoline/Electric (hybrid)
2. Gasoline – Convertible
3. Diesel
4. Electric (plug-in, battery-powered)
5. Flexible Fuel
6. Gasoline
7. Ethanol Gas Only
8. Methanol Gas Only
9. Compressed Natural Gas
10. Propane
11. None (no fuel)
12. Unknown

As a reference, during fiscal year 2013, total vehicle registrations for all fuel types within each county of Nevada were as follows:

Carson City: 70,965
Churchill: 36,950
Clark: 1,707,832
Douglas: 77,388
Elko: 74,170
Esmeralda 1,764
Eureka 3,561
Humboldt 28,118
Lander 9.684
Lincoln 7,626
Lyon 75,979
Mineral 7,119
Nye 67,743
Pershing 7,679
Storey 7,927
Washoe 460,721
White Pine 15,039
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Total Automotive Vehicles (All Fuel Types) Registered in Nevada in 2013 = 2,659,905
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Looking at just the “Electric” fuel type category, plug-in/battery-powered electric car registrations showed some growth during 2012 and 2013 in populous Clark County and Washoe County, where sales more than doubled during 2013 compared to 2012:

Plug-in, Battery-Powered Electric Vehicles Registered in Nevada:

Carson City: 2009 = 2; 2010 = 3; 2011 = 6; 2012 = 6; 2013 = 12
Churchill: 2009 = 2; 2010 = 1; 2011 = 1; 2012 = 2; 2013 = 2
Clark: 2009 = 116; 2010 = 122; 2011 = 119; 2012 = 157; 2013 = 329
Douglas: 2009 = 7; 2010 = 7; 2011 = 7; 2012 = 7; 2013 = 9
Elko: 2009 = 5; 2010 = 6; 2011 = 7; 2012 = 6; 2013 = 5
Esmeralda 2009 = 0; 2010 = 0; 2011 = 0; 2012 = 1; 2013 = 1
Eureka No Plug-in, Battery-Powered Electric Vehicles Registered.
Humboldt 2009 = 1; 2010 = 0; 2011 = 0; 2012 = 1; 2013 = 2
Lander 2009 = 1; 2010 = 1; 2011 = 0; 2012 = 0; 2013 = 1
Lincoln 2009 = 1; 2010 = 1; 2011 = 0; 2012 = 3; 2013 = 2
Lyon 2009 = 1; 2010 = 2; 2011 = 1; 2012 = 2; 2013 = 4
Mineral 2009 = 0; 2010 = 0; 2011 = 0; 2012 = 0; 2013 = 1
Nye 2009 = 0; 2010 = 0; 2011 = 0; 2012 = 0; 2013 = 3
Pershing 2009 = 0; 2010 = 2; 2011 = 2; 2012 = 0; 2013 = 0
Storey No Plug-in, Battery-Powered Electric Vehicles Registered.
Washoe 2009 = 19; 2010 = 30; 2011 = 25; 2012 = 45; 2013 = 115
White Pine 2009 = 0; 2010 = 0; 2011 = 0; 2012 = 1; 2013 = 0
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Total Plug-in, Battery-Powered Electric Vehicles Registered in Nevada during 2013 = 486
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Total Automotive Vehicles (All Fuel Types) Registered in Nevada in 2013 = 2,659,905
Total Automotive Vehicles (All Fuel Types) Registered in Clark County (2013) = 1,707,832
Total Automotive Vehicles (All Fuel Types) Registered in Washoe County(2013) = 460,721
Percentage of Plug-in BEVs Compared to All Vehicles Registered in Nevada = 0.018 percent
Percentage of Plug-in BEVs Compared to All Vehicles Registered in Clark County = 0.019 percent
Percentage of Plug-in BEVs Compared to All Vehicles Registered in Washoe County = 0.025 percent

Gasoline/electric hybrid registrations increased significantly in populous Clark County and Washoe County during 2013 compared to 2012, growing by over 40 percent in Clark County and 30 percent in Washoe County.

Several smaller rural counties also saw healthy growth in gasoline/electric hybrid registrations year-over-year. These included Douglas (28%), Elko (25%), Humboldt (23%), Lyon (31%), Mineral (85%), Nye (24%), Storey (83%), and White Pine (53%).

Gasoline/Electric Hybrid Vehicles Registered in Nevada:

Carson City: 2009 = 270; 2010 = 291; 2011 = 316; 2012 = 343; 2013 = 438
Churchill: 2009 = 107; 2010 = 118; 2011 = 138; 2012 = 141; 2013 = 160
Clark: 2009 = 8534; 2010 = 9688; 2011 = 10937; 2012 = 12930; 2013 = 18311
Douglas: 2009 = 329; 2010 = 361; 2011 = 401; 2012 = 454; 2013 = 580
Elko: 2009 = 140; 2010 = 153; 2011 = 182; 2012 = 220; 2013 = 276
Esmeralda 2009 = 7; 2010 = 7; 2011 = 6; 2012 = 8; 2013 = 11
Eureka 2009 = 0; 2010 = 0; 2011 = 2; 2012 = 3; 2013 = 2
Humboldt 2009 = 23; 2010 = 35; 2011 = 41; 2012 = 56; 2013 = 69
Lander 2009 = 14; 2010 = 18; 2011 = 17; 2012 = 25; 2013 = 27
Lincoln 2009 = 13; 2010 = 16; 2011 = 22; 2012 = 29; 2013 = 31
Lyon 2009 = 199; 2010 = 236; 2011 = 256; 2012 = 288; 2013 = 377
Mineral 2009 = 9; 2010 = 8; 2011 = 12; 2012 = 13; 2013 = 24
Nye 2009 = 217; 2010 = 252; 2011 = 259; 2012 = 283; 2013 = 350
Pershing 2009 = 11; 2010 = 11; 2011 = 18; 2012 = 19; 2013 = 13
Storey 2009 = 18; 2010 = 17; 2011 = 17; 2012 = 24; 2013 = 44
Washoe 2009 = 2209; 2010 = 2425; 2011 = 2717; 2012 = 3102; 2013 = 4031
White Pine 2009 = 16; 2010 = 14; 2011 = 18; 2012 = 19; 2013 = 29
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Total Gasoline/Electric Hybrid Vehicles Registered in Nevada During 2013 = 24,773
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Total Automotive Vehicles (All Fuel Types) Registered in Nevada in 2013 = 2,659,905
Total Automotive Vehicles (All Fuel Types) Registered in Clark County (2013) = 1,707,832
Total Automotive Vehicles (All Fuel Types) Registered in Washoe County(2013) = 460,721
Gasoline/Electric Vehicles Compared to All Vehicles Registered in Nevada = 0.93 percent
Gasoline/Electric Vehicles Compared to All Vehicles Registered in Clark County = 1.07 percent
Gasoline/Electric Vehicles Compared to All Vehicles Registered in Washoe County = 0.87 percent

Gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles exceeded one percent of all vehicle registrations in Clark County during 2013 while also approaching one percent of all vehicle registrations in Washoe County (0.87%) and the rest of the state combined (0.93%).

NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

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03

Sep

Over Two Dozen Public EVSE Ports for Plug-in Electric Cars Added in Northern Nevada

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Over two dozen public electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) stations have been installed in the Northern Nevada region during the last several months.

Caesars Entertainment unveils its CodeGreen EVSE installation project on August 16th at Harrah's Reno.

Caesars Entertainment unveils its CodeGreen EVSE installation project on August 16th at Harrah’s Reno.

During August 16th, Caesars Entertainment staged a public ribbon-cutting ceremony with Lt. Gov. Brian Kolicki to commemorate the unveiling of eight new Schneider Electric EVlink stations on three of its resort properties in Reno and south Lake Tahoe. Each dual-port station is ChargePoint network-compatible, with two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 standard plugs available for a total count of 16 plugs.

Caesars Entertainment EVSE ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 16th with Lt. Governor Brian Kolicki (2nd from left) and Caesars Entertainment executives

Caesars Entertainment EVSE ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 16th with Lt. Governor Brian Kolicki (2nd from left) and Caesars Entertainment executives

All station locations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to visitors at each of the Caesars Entertainment resorts:

Chevy Volt from Champion Chevrolet at Harrah's Reno Surface Parking Lot EVSE station rated at SAE J1772 AC Level 2.

Chevrolet Volt from Champion Chevrolet dealership at Harrah’s Reno EVSE station

Harrah’s Reno Surface Parking Area
219 N. Center Street
Reno, NV 89501
Website: http://www.harrahsreno.com
Tel: 775-786-3232
(Note: Located in surface parking lot at southwest corner of N. Center Street and W. Commercial Row. Both EVSE stations are on the right hand side when driving in from the N. Center Street entrance.)

Harrah’s Reno Self-Parking Garage
219 N. Center Street
Reno, NV 89501
Website: http://www.harrahsreno.com
Tel: 775-786-3232
(Note: Both EVSE stations are located on the third level of the self-parking garage. One EVSE station is located between parking spots 369 and 370. The other EVSE station is located between parking spots 371 and 372.)

Harvey’s Lake Tahoe
18 US-50
Stateline, NV 89449
Website: http://www.harveyslaketahoe.com
Tel: 775-588-2411
(Note: Both EVSE stations are located on the third floor of the self-parking garage, on the backside of the wall facing the hotel, section 3-I.)

Harrahs CodeGreen Parking Label 2013-08-16_13-27-33_943

Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
15 US-50
Stateline, NV 89449
Website: http://www.harrrahslaketahoe.com
Tel: 775-588-6811
(Note: Both EVSE stations are located on the lowest level of the self-parking garage, near the valet parking area.)

REA250 office at 250 Bell Street in Reno

REA250 office at 250 Bell Street in Reno

REA250, the non-profit organization administrator for the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator program received a donation of a ChargePoint station through that EVSE manufacturer’s “JumpStart Program” from local distributor Verdek, LLC. The EVSE station has one SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plug and one SAE J1772 AC Level 1 outlet available at the REA250 office location on 250 Bell Street in Reno. The site is available to the general public 24 hours a day and seven days a week. A ChargePoint RFID card is normally required to activate the station, but an electric vehicle owner can also call the telephone contact number shown on the ChargePoint label to gain access to the station, as well.

Renewable Energy Accelerator at 250 Bell Street (REA250)
250 Bell Street
Reno, NV 89503
Tel: 775-329-3421
Website: http://rea250.org

Resource Action Programs is a private company that creates educational resources for energy and water conservation, with content tailored for teachers and classroom instruction. The company has two office locations in Sparks and Reno, where it has installed electric vehicle supply equipment stations from ChargePro in its parking lots. These EVSE stations are intended for use by company employees who drive plug-in electric cars, but are also available to the general public, when not being used during business hours.

The Sparks location has three dual-port EVSE stations, each with two plugs rated at SAE J1772 AC Level 2:

976 United Circle
Sparks, NV 89431
Website: http://resourceaction.com/
Tel: 888.438.9473

The Reno location has one dual-port EVSE station, with two plugs rated at SAE J1772 AC Level 2.

Four new ClipperCreek CS-40 EVSE rated at SAE J1772 AC Level 2  are located at the western edge of the Far East Building at Squaw Valley, next to the Cornice Cantina.

Four new ClipperCreek CS-40 EVSE rated at SAE J1772 AC Level 2 are located at the western edge of the Far East Building at Squaw Valley, next to the Cornice Cantina.

Squaw Valley ski resort has also installed four EVSE stations within its visitor parking lot at North Lake Tahoe, just on the other side of the California/Nevada border. The new charging stations are located at the western edge of the Far East Building at Squaw Valley, next to the Cornice Cantina. The CS-40 pedestal chargers from ClipperCreek are rated at SAE J1772 AC Level 2, each providing 240 volts AC at 30 amps.

Squaw Valley Ski Resort
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146
Website: http://www.squaw.com/
Main Tel: 800-403-0206
Secondary Tel: 530-452-4331

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