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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.

NEVA blog posted by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator

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09

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.

Green Street and SEMA 071

Neil Young and the LincVolt extended-range electric vehicle

Green Street and SEMA 037

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.

Green Street and SEMA 041

Green Street and SEMA 040

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.

Green Street and SEMA 084

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.

Green Street and SEMA 083

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.

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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08

Oct

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”.

Blog post by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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07

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

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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.)

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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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Aug

Ride The Future!

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On Sunday, August 4th, a caravan of electric vehicles and dedicated road warriors stopped in Las Vegas, Nevada after traveling over 3,000 miles on just electrons. A Nissan LEAF electric car was accompanied by a Zero electric motorcycle, two Xenon electric motor scooters and two Metro motorized electric-assist bicycles.

The Ride The Future Tour was organized by Susan Jones, owner of Xenon Motor Scooters, as a summer roadtrip that would call attention to world climate change and the use of alternative forms of electric vehicle transportation to mitigate this problem:

http://ridethefuturetour.com

The tour began on July 4th in Charleston, South Carolina to set out across the country towards its final destination at Google corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California. The motorized electric bicycles and electric scooters had a cruising speed of about 20 per hour, so the caravan stretched out their roadtrip in order to cover just 100 miles per day, but over a period of seven weeks.

After completing their planned route, the group hopes to establish a Guinness World Record for largest number of mixed electric vehicles making a cross-country roadtrip together at one time.

Teammates volunteered to join Susan Jones’ trek from across the United States and from around the world. Ben Hopkins flew in from the United Kingdom to represent Metro motorized electric bicycles. Dominique Arciero set aside her singing career with Nashville’s Lunabelles all-girl band, to ride in the tour across country. Ben Rich took a summer vacation from teaching physics in New Jersey to ride his Zero electric motorcycle on the tour. Rachel McCarthy flew in from Australia to ride a motor scooter with the caravan and handle public relations efforts along the way. Duane Leffel came out of retirement to drive the Nissan LEAF and provide logistical support. A student from Hawaii took the summer off from his college studies at Northeastern to drive a U-Haul truck as a support vehicle.

The team was challenged to work together to make sure that all the vehicles traveled safely over some tough terrain, challenging traffic, and unexpected weather changes. They developed strategies of using the larger vehicles to escort the smaller ones when necessary but also worked through terrain and recharging issues as they arose.

All the vehicles used lithium-ion batteries to store power for their electric propulsion systems. The Nissan LEAF and Zero electric motorcycle could travel about 100 miles between recharging sessions. The Xenon electric motorscooters could travel about 50 miles per charge and the Metro motorized electric-assist bicycles had a range of about 25 miles if the rider continued to pedal along the way. However the shorter range vehicles had the advantage of using multiple quick-swap battery packs that had been recharged the night before and stored in the trunk of the Nissan LEAF. This allowed the Xenon motor scooters and Metro electric-assist bicycles to quickly swap the battery packs with just five minutes downtime and then get back on the road again to keep up with the other vehicles.

Ride The Future Tour stops for lunch and visit to Hoover Dam.

Ride The Future Tour stops for lunch and visit to Hoover Dam.

On Sunday, August 4th, the travelers left Kingman, Arizona about 6 AM and crossed the border on Highway 93 into Nevada, stopping for lunch at Hoover Dam. The air temperature was approaching 105 degrees Farenheit after lunch and the highway asphalt temperature was even hotter. After departing Hoover Dam, one of the motorized bicycle tires began having problems with its inner tube along the highway, the rubber blistering from the excessive asphalt heat. After replacing the inner tube at the Hacienda casino and stopping to regroup, the team resumed its journey through Boulder City, then down Boulder Highway before swinging West on Sunset Blvd to the Las Vegas Strip and up Spring Mountain Road to their stopover destination at Las Vegas Cyclery and the Element Las Vegas Summerlin hotel.

Despite the heat and final climb up the western grade of the Las Vegas valley to Summerlin, the team pulled together to support each other and reach their destination amid the applause and cheers of awaiting welcomers.

Besides Las Vegas Cyclery and the Element Las Vegas Summerlin hotel, the team was also sponsored by Verdek, LLC, a distributor for the ChargePoint stations installed at both locations that replaced the electrons in the vehicles’ battery packs.

The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator also provided logistical support and escorted the team from Hoover Dam with the help of a Chevrolet Volt from Findlay Chevrolet. Other members from the local renewable energy community included Matt Watson and Don Carrier of the Tesla Motors Model S Owners’ Group, Claus Schmidt of Las Vegas Electrified with his Zero electric motorcycle, Annette Bubak from Nevada Energy Star Partners – Green Alliance, and Dan Klein of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association who brought his family to the event.

Local media coverage was extensive, represented by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Las Vegas Sun, KTNV, and KSNV.

Archived videos, JPEG images and news coverage can be found at these links:

http://www.lasvegassun.com/photos/galleries/2013/aug/04/0804EVTour/#/4

http://www.reviewjournal.com/autos/drive/summit-tour-aim-energize-tomorrow

http://www.ktnv.com/news/local/Ride-the-Future-Tour-rolls-through-Las-Vegas-this-weekend-218453491.html

http://www.mynews3.com/content/video/ondemand/news3LiveinPrime/default.aspx

Social media coverage also spread the word about the RTFT’s arrival on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/RideTheFutureTour

After settling in at Las Vegas, the travelers still had the energy to participate in a reception, then return to the Las Vegas Strip for a little night life.

Ben Rich celebrates  at Las Vegas Cyclery, after traveling 3000 miles on a Zero electric motorcycle.

Ben Rich celebrates at Las Vegas Cyclery, after traveling 3000 miles on a Zero electric motorcycle.

It has been a remarkable journey and a testament to the patience, hard work, perseverance, tenacity and teamwork of all the RTFT members. Looking forward to their arrival on the Google campus in Mountain View, California on August 16th after traveling up the coast of California.

Happy Trails!

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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16

Jul

Interim EV and EVSE Parking Sign Standards Proposed by US DOT/FHWA

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“Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. Blocking out the scenery, breaking my mind. Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?” –5 Man Electric Band

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The colors, shapes, legends and wording of electric vehicle parking and charging station signs are still evolving nationwide, leading to confusion as to the proper formats and procedures that a government official or local business owner should adopt when installing EV supply equipment or parking spaces in a public location.

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One of the NEVA stakeholders from the southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission sent in a memo written during June 2013 by Jeffrey A. Lindley, Associate Administrator for Operations at the U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration. The memo addresses standards gaps regarding uniform adoption of EV and EVSE parking sign standards nationwide (published in PDF format):

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“A number of agencies are installing electric vehicle charging facilities at on-street parking locations as electric vehicles become more prevalent in the vehicle fleet. Due to variations in local regulations, and the lack of standard signing for such a condition in the current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD), there are extreme variations in the legends and formats of the official traffic signs being installed.

While signs with word legends not currently in the MUTCD are allowed to be developed by transportation agencies without the need for official experimentation under the MUTCD provisions, this Policy is intended to promote a level of uniformity among the regulatory signing for on-street electric vehicle charging and parking sites. The Federal Highway Administration intends to include standard regulatory signing for this purpose in the next Notice of Proposed Amendment to the MUTCD. Until such time as a proposal is published, the signs and optional plaques detailed in the attached [PDF file] are recommended for use at on-street electric vehicle charging and parking sites. The optional plaques address variations in local regulations where posting of these regulations is required.

To date, no symbol has been developed that can effectively convey regulations associated with electric vehicle charging or parking facilities, including the Electric Vehicle Charging symbols specified for use on a General Service directional sign found in the MUTCD and the Interim Approval dated April 1, 2012. Symbols that have not been adopted in the MUTCD for use in a specific application cannot be used in untested applications without approved official experimentation that includes the requisite human factors evaluation for comprehension and legibility. Accordingly, regulatory signs for electric vehicles and vehicle charging facilities display only word legends to convey the specific requirements or restrictions.

Please share this information with State and local transportation agencies. For more information or questions regarding this matter, contact Mr. Kevin Sylvester, Office of Transportation Operations, at:
Kevin.Sylvester@dot.gov”

A link to the U.S. DOT/FHWA website referencing the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways (MUTCD) can be found at:

http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/

The latest revision of the MUTCD, dated May 2, 2012, can be downloaded in PDF format from this webpage:

http://mutcd.fhwa.dot.gov/kno_2009r1r2.htm

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

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Jul

Upcoming Events for 2013

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September 6th Green Street Exhibit at First Friday Downtown Las Vegas event.
NEVA and the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association will be exhibiting electric cars on Green Street during the monthly First Friday street faire in downtown Las Vegas from 6 PM to 11 PM. For more information, contact Ruth White at Green Global: www.greenglobal.org

September 14th 5K Fun Run at Town Square in Las Vegas. NEVA and the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association will be staging an electric car display in the parking lot near Miller’s Las Vegas Ale House during this event.

September 25th NEVA Web Conference – EV Community update and preparation for National Plug-in Day in Reno and Las Vegas locations.

September 29th NATIONAL PLUG-IN DAY

National Plug-in Day is an event staged across the country by members of the Sierra Club, Electric Auto Association, and Plug-in America. During 2012, over fifty cities hosted local events to celebrate plug-in electric cars and EV infrastructure. This year, the organizers are reaching out to 100 cities to host events over the weekend of September 28th and 29th. Two Nevada events are being organized in Reno and Las Vegas locations on Sunday, September 29th.

The Reno event will be located at Idlewild Park on Sunday, September 29th from 8 AM to 5 PM

The Las Vegas event will be located at the NV Energy corporate office parking lot at 6226 W. Sahara from 10 AM to 4 PM, where a photovoltaic solar canopy provides electric power to eight ChargePoint stations with 13 SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plugs and four NEMA 5-20 AC Level 1 outlets.

Plug-in electric car owners in both these regions are encouraged to bring their vehicles to celebrate and show support for the national EV community.

October 2013

October 5th Solarbration
Solarbration will support a national Solar Home Tour event in southern Nevada sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society and its local chapter, Solar NV at:
www.solarnv.org
Solarbration will be staged from 3 PM to 7 PM at the end of the Solar Home Tour and will include electric vehicles provided by NEVA.

October 5th and 6th 2013 Green Expo: Resilient Communities
2013 Green Expo: Resilient Communities in Boulder City will be held on October 5 & 6th, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Smith Center, 700 Wyoming Street, in downtown Boulder City, Nevada.

What makes a community resilient? While “green” has come to be almost synonymous with recycling; zero energy; and wind and solar power, The 2013 Green Expo: Resilient Communities in Boulder City will look at the bigger question: How do we create the communities that will be clean, healthy and prosperous for the next generation?

As in previous years, the 2013 Green Expo: Resilient Communities will host a seminar with leaders from science, industry, nonprofits and government as well as exhibition space for green businesses and nonprofits. Expo organizers hope to expand and localize on the discussion that starts each year at the National Clean Energy Summit, hosted by Senator Harry Reid. “NCES is always so energizing and inspiring,” says Goya, “but then we wait a year. Our Expo allows us to continue the discussion

The 2013 Green Expo: Resilient Communities in Boulder City will be held the same weekend as and immediately adjacent to Art in the Park, an annual event that attracts over 100,000 visitors and benefits the Boulder City Hospital.

Anyone wishing to participate in or find out more information about the 2013 Green Expo: Resilient Communities may contact Alexander Goya at 281-8689 or at alexandergoya@gmail.com

October 17th Solar NV Monthly Meeting

NEVA will be featured with an EV 101 PowerPoint presentation and electric vehicle display during the monthly meeting of Solar NV.

Solar NV is the southern Nevada chapter of the American Solar Energy Society at:
www.solarnv.org

Solar NV monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8 PM.

November 2013

November 12 to 13 – NEVA “Face to Face” Meetings, featuring Safety Training – North and South (First Responders and Electric Cars)

December 2013

December 11– End of the Year Web Conference with PowerPoint Summary of Participant Plans

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21

Jun

Tesla Motors to Add Battery Swapping Stations to SuperCharger Sites

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During October 2007, Project Better Place launched a startup company and a bold idea to enable battery swapping stations for electric cars that would refuel these vehicles faster than the time it took to fill a gasoline tank in a conventional vehicle:

www.betterplace.com

Better Place was founded by former SAP CEO Shai Agassi, with the intention to pioneer and test this technology in the state of Israel, as well as in Denmark, Japan, Australia, Hawaii, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The idea to swap battery packs in electric cars in order to quickly refuel them is nothing new. It was first proposed during the late 19th century for the emerging electric vehicle industry of that time.

In New York’s garment district, where miles of conveyor belts moved extensive clothing production lines, DC power was available in every factory to recharge mobile battery packs. Electric delivery vans used battery swapping technology to make their daily deliveries to nearby Manhattan retail stores.

All children familiar with toy electric remote-control cars are accustomed to quickly swapping pre-charged battery packs to keep their cars racing competitively.

The first Better Place pilot battery swap project was initiated in December 2008 in Tel Aviv. Agassi convinced Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn to partner with Better Place, with a goal to produce 100,000 electric cars that would be compatible with the battery swapping stations. Renault complied with the Fluence Zero Emission vehicle (Z.E.) that was engineered so that the vehicle battery pack could drop out of the bottom of the car to a conveyor belt while a new battery was brought in and raised up by a robotic lift, to be connected back into the vehicle chassis within two minutes, less time than it would take to fill the tank of a conventional gasoline car.

After raising $700 million of capital by 2011, Better Place invested in its battery switching stations and proposed a battery pack leasing model for consumers based on miles traveled. This business model would ideally bring down the cost of an electric car by eliminating the battery pack cost from the original “upfront” purchase price of an electric car.

Unfortunately, there were problems with the execution of the business model in multiple locations. Though the concept was proven, the task of building a business around this technology became more costly to the company than was originally planned. Standardization of this technology model by all automakers worldwide was also seen as a challenge to universal adoption, given the existing challenges to establish uniform DC Quick Charging standards worldwide.

Agassi resigned as CEO from the company in October 2012. After two successive CEOs tried to keep the company afloat, Better Place finally filed for bankruptcy protection on May 26, 2013. By that time only about 1,000 Fluence Z.E. cars were on the road in Israel and about 400 in Denmark, while the Australia rollout was canceled and pilot demonstration projects were still underway in other locations.

The collapse of the Better Place business model was seen as the end to any chance for implementation of this technology…

…Until Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk made a surprising announcement on Thursday, June 20, 2013:

During a Tesla Motors Model S demonstration, the company showed a video of a visit to the local gas station by an Audi sedan to fill its gas tank to 23 gallons. At 10 gallons a minute, it took about 4 minutes for the driver to stop at the gasoline station, exit the car, interface with the gasoline pump control panel, insert the pump nozzle into the fuel tank, wait for the fueling to finish, replace the gasoline fuel cap, get the printed receipt, sit behind the wheel of the car again and start back onto the road. The cost of the premium fuel was almost $100 at California gas prices.

While this video was running, Musk showcased a battery swapping station on a prepared stage with a “stopwatch” display counted the time it took the Audi gasoline-powered sedan to refuel its 24-gallon tank. A Tesla Motors Model S was driven over the battery pack swapping station. Robotic automation used in the Tesla factory was adapted to the station, along with some “festive” lighting effects. An electronic music soundtrack riff played in the background. The robotic technology was quiet and efficient as an 85-kilowatt-hour battery pack was dropped out of the vehicle floorboard and a new one inserted. Automated “nut runners” torqued the hold-down nuts to just the right tightness specification after the battery pack was aligned and electronically connected into the chassis. The total battery swap time took about 90 seconds and the driver never had to exit the vehicle. During the demo, two Model S were able to do a battery swap of an 85 kilowatt-hour pack at the station during the same time that the Audi was refueling during the video presentation.

A closer look at the battery swap robotics system is shown in this YouTube video:

The cost of the Supercharger recharging station electricity is free to all Tesla Motors Model S owners for the lifetime of their vehicle. There will be a cost to use the battery swapping station at the Tesla refueling station site. However, Musk wanted to emphasize that Model S owners will have refueling choices of “faster or free” in comparison to gasoline vehicle refueling times and costs.

Tesla Motors continues to add innovative features to its vehicles and recharging infrastructure while building on proven technologies from the past.

Blog posted by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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Jun

Car Clubs Drive Electric Vehicle Educational Outreach

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Summer is quickly approaching and several car clubs in the state are becoming more active by showcasing the use of plug-in electric drive vehicles at local events.

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

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

Larry Gareffa is the President of the Mustang and Classic Ford Club in Las Vegas, Nevada:

http://www.mustangsoflv.org

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The Gareffa family has successfully converted a 1965 Mustang Fastback, affectionately named “Sparky”, into a battery-powered electric car with lots of modern bells and whistles. Some of these new features include power-efficient LED headlights and a trunk-mounted video screen that runs off the electric car battery system.

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

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

The cost of the EV conversion was supplemented by several industry sponsors, including Odyssey Battery Company, that provided ten 12-volt deep cycle rechargeable lead-acid batteries as the power source for the electric motor drive train. Sherwin Williams also donated the paint for the bright blue finish coat over the body of the vehicle.

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The Gareffa family recently exhibited the 1965 Mustang Fastback electric car on Green Street during the First Fridays street faire in downtown Las Vegas on June 7th.

Findlay Chevrolet in Las Vegas loaned NEVA a Chevrolet Volt wrapped with UNLV logo and Rebel mascot for Green Street display.

Findlay Chevrolet in Las Vegas loaned NEVA a Chevrolet Volt wrapped with UNLV logo and Rebel mascot for Green Street display.

The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator also participated in the Green Street electric car display thanks to the loan of a Chevrolet Volt from the Findlay Chevrolet dealership in Las Vegas.

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Ford Focus Electric exhibited by Gaudin Ford while hosting LVEVA monthly car club meeting.

Ford Focus Electric exhibited by Gaudin Ford while hosting LVEVA monthly car club meeting.

The Electric Auto Association is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of electric drive vehicles throughout the world:

http://www.electricauto.org

Nevada is home to two local chapters of the Electric Auto Association, who hold monthly educational meetings, workshops and electric car presentations within their communities.

The Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada (EAANN) is administered by Bob Tregilus at:

http://electricnevada.org/

The Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association (LVEVA) is administered by officers Lloyd Reece, Bill Kuehl and Jon Hallquist at:

http://www.lveva.org

2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle at Gaudin Ford during June LVEVA meeting.

2013 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid electric vehicle at Gaudin Ford during June LVEVA meeting.

The most recent meeting of the LVEVA was staged on June 8th at the Gaudin Ford dealership in Las Vegas, where members exchanged news and were treated to a firsthand look at the new Ford Focus Electric, as well as plug-in hybrids like the Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi.

Ford F-150 custom electric truck conversion by member of Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association.

Ford F-150 custom electric truck conversion by member of Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association.

To customize his Ford F-150 electric truck conversion, this LVEVA member added custom "Electric" and "EV" 3D lettering to the stock F-150 pickup truck lettering.

To customize his Ford F-150 electric truck conversion, this LVEVA member added custom “Electric” and “EV” 3D lettering to the stock F-150 pickup truck lettering.

The LVEVA also hosts monthly “hands on” workshops that allow members to assist with the conversion of a former gasoline vehicle into an electric one. During the LVEVA meeting, one of the members displayed a Ford F-150 pickup truck that he has successfully converted and customized, even adding 3D lettering to the vehicle body showcasing its electric features.

An electro-hydraulic lift raises the bed of the Ford F-150 electric truck so that the traction battery pack can be serviced.

An electro-hydraulic lift raises the bed of the Ford F-150 electric truck so that the traction battery pack can be serviced.

The Ford F-150 electric truck uses 20 six-volt flooded lead acid batteries to drive its DC electric motor through a motor speed controller that are tucked under the bed and in the front engine compartment. The batteries also provide power to an electro-hydraulic lift mechanism that allows the driver to raise the bed off the frame so that the batteries can be serviced.
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Tesla Motors Model S owners in southern Nevada convene at Dom DeMarco's Pizzeria and Bar to share their experiences with their new electric cars.

Tesla Motors Model S owners in southern Nevada convene at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria and Bar to share their experiences with their new electric cars.

On Sunday, June 8th, several new owners of Tesla Motors Model S electric cars in southern Nevada convened their first car club meeting at Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria and Bar. Don Carrier and Matt Watson had organized a Las Vegas Tesla Model S Owners’ Facebook Group online. They then staged the first “face to face” meeting, that will become a regularly scheduled monthly event. Ten Tesla Model S owners brought their electric cars to the car club meeting to compare paint colors and customization features, as well as share the latest news about a new Tesla Motors service center that will be opening at 6260 Badura Avenue, near South Jones and the Highway 215 beltway, by the end of the month.

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New friendships were formed and helpful support information was exchanged about EV charging station locations, free parking decals for metered sites in downtown Las Vegas, and third party add-on products. After an enthusiastic sharing of new owner experiences and company developments, the new car club members adjourned and returned home to their daily activities.

Tesla Motors Model S

Tesla Motors Model S

During July 2013, Henderson resident and Tesla Model S owner Frank Blaha attended the first national TESLIVE gathering of Model S owners from across the country. The event included a town hall meeting with Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk that was posted on YouTube:

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May

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program May 21st and 22nd

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On May 21st and 22nd, the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator joined with NV Energy and the Nevada State Office of Energy to host two workshops about the Electric Vechicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) developed by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). One workshop was held at an NV Energy office in Reno on May 21st while a second workshop was presented at NV Energy facilities in Las Vegas on May 22nd.

Travis Johnson conducts EV 101 training during first hour of EVITP workshop

Travis Johnson conducts EV 101 training during first hour of EVITP workshop

Travis Johnson, Electric Vehicles and Emerging Technologies Manager at NV Energy, presented an overview of electric vehicles and their effect on the NV Energy utility grid at both locations. Because of underutilized capacity at night, the arrival of more electric vehicles that could recharge their battery packs during late night hours would not necessarily result in the need for NV Energy to build more electricity generation infrastructure. By increasing usage at night with normally unused capacity, the basic cost for using existing capacity among more customers would not change much, resulting in greater efficiency to the grid and possibly lowering of costs to individual customers as the grid was more fully utilized by a greater amount of subscribers.

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

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

Robert Buntjer and Dennis Happle, certified instructors for the EVITP training program, presented an overview of EV supply equipment technologies and categories, as well as building code and site evaluation requirements for installation at commercial and residential properties.

North Las Vegas City Hall installation. Note that bollard conduit is routed through dirt to cemented pedestal to avoid cutting through concrete.

North Las Vegas City Hall installation. Note that bollard conduit is routed through dirt to cemented pedestal to avoid cutting through concrete.

Rudy Garcia, National Sales Manager at Verdek, also presented his experiences with a site evaluation at North Las Vegas City Hall in southern Nevada. Site evaluations include more than just a load calculation to insure that there is enough panel power and wiring capacity to accommodate the installation of EV supply equipment. The surrounding environment, such as trees, shade and seasonal weather should be evaluated.

Electric cars sip from the NV Energy juice bar at 6226 W. Sahara Blvd., Las Vegas

Electric cars sip from the NV Energy juice bar at 6226 W. Sahara Blvd., Las Vegas

Building codes, particularly National Electrical Code Section 625, are guidelines for safe installation of EVSE and also require the use of proper signage and vehicle barriers.

Vehicle barrier curbs and posts protect ChargePoint EVSE from accidental bumping by electric cars.

Vehicle barrier curbs and posts protect ChargePoint EVSE from accidental bumping by electric cars.

Location of AC line power sources with respect to the EVSE installation sites should always be considered for best cost. Routing of conduit through an irrigation dirt channel vs. cutting through a concrete sidewalk have comparative labor and equipment costs that should be estimated. The size of the carrier conduit and wire gauge capacity of the conductors are also important considerations when surveying a site for potential EVSE installation.

Another view of cement barrier and post installation to prevent EVSE bumping by electric car.

Another view of cement barrier and post installation to prevent EVSE bumping by electric car.

American Disability Act compliance is now a necessary design consideration, in order to allow wheelchair access to EVSE that should be placed at a reachable height and have effective EVSE cable management for a sitting person to be able to utilize.

Dennis Happle presented a sample load calculation evaluation that listed different appliances and their typical power requirements. He also cited the different building codes that applied to each line item in the load calculation checklist and showed how to evaluate total power usage for a residential home. A rule of thumb was to apply a “125 percent” multiplier to the total calculated appliance load, to ensure that there was still enough existing electrical service capacity for the installation of an SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EVSE system into a home. If not, then an extra service panel would need to be installed by the electric utility company.

Two Tesla Model S, Ford Fusion Energi, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Focus Electric and Chevrolet Volt await test rides for attendees of EVITP training in Las Vegas.

Two Tesla Model S, Ford Fusion Energi, Ford C-Max Energi, Ford Focus Electric and Chevrolet Volt await test rides for attendees of EVITP training in Las Vegas.

At the end of each presentation, workshop attendees were invited to ride in, test drive and experience some of the commercially available plug-in electric drive vehicles now on the market.

These included the Tesla Motors Model S, Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF, Ford Focus Electric, Ford Fusion Energi, Ford C-Max Energi and homebrew EV conversion cars, as well.

Both NV Energy training facilities were equipped with ChargePoint charging stations where attendees could get “hands on” experience as to how these stations are used to recharge electric cars at public charging sites. Verdek sales manager Rudy Garcia provided free ChargePoint RFID cards to attendees, to allow them to register with the ChargePoint website, in order to access wireless networked ChargePoint systems throughout the state.

ChargePoint SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plugged into Tesla Motors Model S through adapter plug.  Chevrolet Volt plugged in behind it.

ChargePoint SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plugged into Tesla Motors Model S through adapter plug. Chevrolet Volt plugged in behind it.

Garcia emphasized that Nevada is starting to move beyond the initial stage of early adopters for electric drive transportation and EVSE stations. More consumers, automotive dealerships and building contractors have become familiar and comfortable with these new technologies as they continue to appear and develop. Popular acceptance and even a desire for the benefits of new electric drive automotive technologies is starting to grow, as total accumulated sales of plug-in electric drive cars and trucks in the U.S. during the last few years has now exceeded 100,000 vehicles during May 2013.

EVITP Tesla Model S Front View 5-22-2013

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May

Upcoming Events Calendar

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July 17th – NEVA Web Conference Call for all NEVA participants from 8 AM to 9 AM. All NEVA stakeholders and participants are invited to attend.

August 2013

August 13th NATIONAL CLEAN ENERGY SUMMIT 6.0: “ENERGIZING TOMORROW”

Press Release:

Las Vegas, NV — In its sixth year, The National Clean Energy Summit returns to Las Vegas on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino to focus on the future of clean energy with “National Clean Energy Summit 6.0: Energizing Tomorrow.” The nation’s foremost clean energy conversation, this year’s event will discuss the importance of making clean energy choices that will have a positive effect on the future. The first group of confirmed participants includes newly appointed Cabinet members Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz as keynote speakers.

The annual conference is hosted by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Center for American Progress , the Clean Energy Project, MGM Resorts International and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Clean energy visionaries, business leaders, students and a bipartisan panel of politicians from state and local governments will convene this year to discuss how smart, clean energy choices made by individuals, governments, and businesses can save consumers money, grow the economy, create jobs and protect public health by reducing pollution.

“I am so pleased to be hosting the National Clean Energy Summit 6.0 on August 13th in Las Vegas,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “Nevada is the ideal location to host this summit because our state is a leader in developing wind, solar and geothermal resources. Each year our speakers illuminate the challenges and solutions facing our nation’s effort to reduce our dependence on dirty fossil fuels and invest in clean energy. I look forward to continuing to make progress on clean energy and hope you can join us.”

“Energizing tomorrow will require collaboration between the government and clean energy innovators and entrepreneurs,” said John Podesta, Chair of the Center for American Progress. “The government can support the shift to clean energy by putting a price on the carbon pollution responsible for climate change. This would make emerging clean energy technologies more competitive in the market. In addition, public-private partnerships can help communities improve their infrastructure so that it is more resilient to future extreme weather events, which we will discuss in one of the panels at this year’s summit.”

Participants will have access to a range of panels featuring policymakers and industry leaders, presenting energy options that Americans can choose in order to stay competitive in the estimated $2 trillion global clean energy market. The panel topics this year include:
•• Clean Energy Solutions in States – What are states doing today and what can they do better to create a good business environment for investments in renewable energy, distributed generation, clean fuels, and clean energy infrastructure?
•• Resilience to Extreme Weather – How can clean energy and investment in our critical infrastructure make communities more resilient to the growing incidence of extreme weather?
•• Breaking Through Gridlock on Energy Policy – How can decision makers become more effective at advancing energy policies to modernize our electricity grid, increase energy efficiency, invest in new technologies, create jobs, make our nation more secure and independent, and reduce pollution?
•• 21st Century Energy Market – What can be done to improve regional collaboration in electricity markets in order to facilitate clean energy development, reduce electricity prices for consumers and businesses, and improve grid reliability and access?
•• From Innovation to Deployment – What approaches have been most effective at transforming innovative clean energy ideas to commercially available technologies? What are the finance mechanisms available to accelerate investment in innovation and deployment of transformative clean energy technologies?

An annual event with a history for driving the clean energy conversation forward, the summit attracts clean energy leaders, public officials, business executives, energy policy experts, entrepreneurs, investors, citizens and students to discuss how to empower the public with the tools to promote clean energy, increase energy independence, and create jobs.

“This annual summit serves as a springboard for our nation’s clean energy leaders to come together and discuss our clean energy issues and solutions,” said Rose McKinney-James, Board Chair of the Clean Energy Project. “For the last five years, the National Clean Energy Summit has supplied a productive environment for creative and innovative collaboration, allowing great minds to develop even greater ideas for the future of clean energy.”

WHO: “National Clean Energy Summit 6.0: Energizing Tomorrow” confirmed speakers include:
•• Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Majority Leader
•• John Podesta, Chair, Center for American Progress
•• Secretary Dr. Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy
•• Secretary Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior
•• Senator Byron Dorgan, Former Senator, North Dakota and Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center
•• Senator Trent Lott, Former Senator, Mississippi and Senior Fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center
•• Senator Timothy Wirth, Former Senator, Colorado and Vice Chair of the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Fund.
•• Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce, Oceans and Atmosphere and Acting Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
•• Patricia Mulroy, General Manager, Southern Nevada Water Authority
•• Michael Peevey, President, California Public Utilities Commission
•• Phyllis Cuttino, Director, Clean Energy Program, PEW Charitable Trusts
•• Matthew Nordan , Vice President, Venrock (Venture Capital Firm)
•• Ethan Zindler,, Head of Policy Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)
•• Chris Taylor, Executive Director, West Coast Infrastructure Exchange
•• Dr. Neal Smatresk, President, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

More speakers to be announced soon.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 13, 2013
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, 3050 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109

REGISTER: To register for Summit 6.0, read more information about the panels and panelists, or view periodic updates and notices, please visit cleanenergysummit.org.

September 2013

September 18th NEVA Web Conference – Preparation for National Plug-in Day in Reno and Las Vegas locations.

September 29th — National Plug-in Day Reno and Las Vegas locations

October 2013

October 5th Solarbration
Solarbration will support a national Solar Home Tour event in southern Nevada sponsored by the American Solar Energy Society and its local chapter, Solar NV at:
www.solarnv.org
Solarbration will be staged from 3 PM to 7 PM at the end of the Solar Home Tour and will include electric vehicles provided by NEVA.

October 5th and 6th Green Expo: “Resilient Communities”
NEVA will present an electric car display in support of this two-day conference that will focus on ways make the communities in Clark County even more resilient through the use of renewable energy and alternative fuel vehicles.

October 15 to 16 – NEVA “Face to Face” Meetings, featuring Safety Training – North and South (First Responders and Electric Cars)

November 2013

December 2013

December 11– End of the Year Web Conference with PowerPoint Summary of Participant Plans

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May

New EVs and Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment in Nevada

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Automotive dealerships, the City of Las Vegas and southern Nevada businesses have continued to expand the region’s capacity to support plug-in electric drive vehicles that automotive manufacturers are now producing.

Latest Ford electrified models from left to right - Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, Focus Electric, and C-Max hybrid at Ford Country in Henderson.

Latest Ford electrified models from left to right – Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, Focus Electric, and C-Max hybrid at Ford Country in Henderson.

Ford Motor Company has joined GM, Nissan, Mitsubishi and Toyota to offer several new plug-in electric drive vehicle models. The Ford Energi product line adds plug-in capability to existing Fusion and C-Max hybrids. Both the Fusion Energi and C-Max Energi have an onboard lithium-ion battery pack that can drive the electric motor of the car up to 21 miles before reverting back to standard gasoline/electric hybrid operation. In hybrid mode alone, each vehicle can exceed 40 miles per gallon in fuel efficiency. Coupled with a plug-in port for electric-only driving, effective gasoline usage can exceed 100 miles per gallon equivalent.

Ford Focus Electric with SAE J1772 recharging port just in front of driver's front door.

Ford Focus Electric with SAE J1772 recharging port just in front of driver’s front door.

Ford has also rolled out the Focus Electric as a competitor to the Nissan LEAF. The Focus Electric does not use gasoline. Its 23-kwH lithium-ion battery pack can power its electric motor about 100 miles before the battery cells needs to be recharged.

New Leviton SAE J1772 AC Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installed at Team Ford Lincoln dealership in northwest Las Vegas.

New Leviton SAE J1772 AC Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) installed at Team Ford Lincoln dealership in northwest Las Vegas.

Local southern Nevada dealerships have recently installed SAE J1772 AC Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) on their parking lots to accommodate Ford customers who purchase plug-in electric drive vehicles.

Ford Focus Electric parked near Leviton SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EVSE at Gaudin Ford

Ford Focus Electric parked near Leviton SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EVSE at Gaudin Ford

Gaudin Ford, Ford Country and Team Ford Lincoln have all added at least one Leviton SAE J1772 AC Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) station to their dealership parking lots to meet the needs of their customers. Their sales people and service technicians were also certified by Ford corporate training staff to be able to support these new product lines.

Voltec SAE J1772 AC Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment station at Henderson Chevrolet

Voltec SAE J1772 AC Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment station at Henderson Chevrolet

Findlay Chevrolet, Ed Bozarth Chevrolet, Fairway Chevrolet and Henderson Chevrolet have also undergone dealership upgrades to their properties over the last year. Some dealerships have included the addition of solar cell arrays that can provide power to Voltec SAE J1772 Level 2 EVSE on their dealership parking lots in Las Vegas and Henderson. All four dealerships have been successfully selling the Chevrolet Volt to southern Nevada customers over the last year. The new 2013 models now have more range at a lower cost than the 2012 version.

Henderson Chevrolet dealership parking lot with white metal enclosures housing two Voltec EVSE charging stations for Chevy Volt customers.

Henderson Chevrolet dealership parking lot with white metal enclosures housing two Voltec EVSE charging stations for Chevy Volt customers.

Ed Bozarth Chevrolet where a Chevy Volt recharges from a Voltec AC Level 2 EVSE station drawing power from a photovoltaic solar cell canopy above.

Ed Bozarth Chevrolet where a Chevy Volt recharges from a Voltec AC Level 2 EVSE station drawing power from a photovoltaic solar cell canopy above.

In between the Henderson Chevrolet and Ford Country dealerships in the Valley Automall, Courtesy Imports has also provided free electricity to its customers who purchase a Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric car.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV at Courtesy Mitsubishi Henderson

Mitsubishi i-MiEV at Courtesy Mitsubishi Henderson

Eaton SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EVSE at Courtesy Mitsubishi Henderson

Eaton SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EVSE at Courtesy Mitsubishi Henderson

United Nissan, Planet Nissan, Desert Nissan and Henderson Nissan have also provided public EVSE stations to their customers who purchase a Nissan LEAF.

Nissan LEAF plugs into Aerovironment AC Level 2 EVSE at Henderson Nissan.

Nissan LEAF plugs into Aerovironment AC Level 2 EVSE at Henderson Nissan.

Two Aerovironment AC Level 2 EVSE at Henderson Nissan

Two Aerovironment AC Level 2 EVSE at Henderson Nissan

Front SAE J1772 charging port for a Nissan LEAF with optional ChadeMo DC Quick Charge port on the left.

Front SAE J1772 charging port for a Nissan LEAF with optional ChadeMo DC Quick Charge port on the left.

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A Tesla Motors Model S recharges at Whiskey Pete's Hotel and Casino in Primm, located on the California/Nevada border on interstate highway I-15.

A Tesla Motors Model S recharges at Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino in Primm, located on the California/Nevada border on interstate highway I-15.

Affinity Gaming owns Whiskey Pete’s Hotel and Casino in Primm, located on the Nevada side of the California/Nevada state border along interstate highway I-15. The company recently installed a ChargePoint EVSE system in the parking lot near the entrance to the resort. The ChargePoint station will be a welcome sight for electric car drivers on their way to or from Baker, California. The ChargePoint station includes two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plugs, capable of delivering 240 VAC at 30 Amps.
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Las Vegas Cyclery Sign displaying the Renewable Energy room of the business where electrons are harvested from the sun and the wind.

Las Vegas Cyclery Sign displaying the Renewable Energy room of the business where electrons are harvested from the sun and the wind.

Las Vegas Cyclery – Escape Adventures may be the first net zero energy business in southern Nevada. The building is highly energy-efficient and generates electricity by using roof-mounted photovoltaic solar panels in conjunction with a wind generator. The business is also the first on the west side of Las Vegas to install a ChargePoint EVSE station with an SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plug and provide dedicated parking spaces for hybrid and plug-in electric drive vehicles.

Rooftop photovoltaic solar panels help make Las Vegas Cyclery a net zero energy business.

Rooftop photovoltaic solar panels help make Las Vegas Cyclery a net zero energy business.

Entrance to Las Vegas Cyclery - Escape Adventures in Summerlin

Entrance to Las Vegas Cyclery – Escape Adventures in Summerlin

ChargePoint station at Las Vegas Cyclery has one SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plug, providing power rated at 240 Volts AC and 30 Amps.

ChargePoint station at Las Vegas Cyclery has one SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plug, providing power rated at 240 Volts AC and 30 Amps.

Las Vegas Cyclery also sells battery-powered e-bikes that use hub motors to complement a bike rider’s pedaling efforts. In addition to the ChargePoint station, there are four NEMA 5-20 outlets available in two service boxes mounted on the same post, to recharge the battery packs of the electric bicycles, as well.

NEMA 5-20 outlets available next to ChargePoint SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EVSE station.

NEMA 5-20 outlets available next to ChargePoint SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EVSE station.


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Photovoltaic solar cell arrays mounted on the Mirabelli community center parking lot provide power to two Bosch AC Level 2 charging stations.

Photovoltaic solar cell arrays mounted on the Mirabelli community center parking lot provide power to two Bosch AC Level 2 charging stations.

Bosch SAE J1772 AC Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment used by City of Las Vegas at local community centers and government buildings.

Bosch SAE J1772 AC Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment used by City of Las Vegas at local community centers and government buildings.

The City of Las Vegas is leading efforts to become one of the most sustainable cities in the nation by installing over one million watts of photovoltaic solar cell arrays on 32 city government buildings and carports.

Centennial Hills Community Center near the Active Adult Center parking lot. A solar cell parking canopy provides power for two Bosch AC Level 2 EVSE.

Centennial Hills Community Center near the Active Adult Center parking lot. A solar cell parking canopy provides power for two Bosch AC Level 2 EVSE.

The city is striving to meet U.S. Green Building Council standards established through a groundbreaking program called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Development (LEED). LEED certification compliance points can be earned by the city each time it installs electric vehicle supply equipment in government building parking lots.

Las Vegas City Hall Parking Garage with four Bosch AC Level 2 EVSE stations.

Las Vegas City Hall Parking Garage with four Bosch AC Level 2 EVSE stations.

The city of Las Vegas offers four EVSE stations at the parking garage across from City Hall that are partially powered by photovoltaic solar cell tree sculptures decorating the front of City Hall. In addition, four community centers have been equipped with solar cell carports that provide energy for SAE J1772 AC Level 2 recharging stations at each center – Stupak, Mirabelli, Veterans Memorial, and Centennial Hills.

Stupak Community Center on Boston Avenue near Industrial Road provides one SAE J1772 Level 2 EVSE at its parking site.

Stupak Community Center on Boston Avenue near Industrial Road provides one SAE J1772 Level 2 EVSE at its parking site.

Veterans Memorial Community Center in Summerlin with two Bosch AC Level 2 EVSE powered by a photovoltaic solar carport.

Veterans Memorial Community Center in Summerlin with two Bosch AC Level 2 EVSE powered by a photovoltaic solar carport.

One more public EVSE charging station is planned for the Development Services Center building. DSC is already equipped with four Bosch SAE J1772 AC Level 2 EVSE stations in its parking garage for city fleet electric vehicles. Continued sustainability development by government leaders may someday allow Las Vegas to fully realize their stated goal – to become the first net zero energy city in the nation.

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May

Tesla Motors Model S, Project 100, and Green Street

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Nevada drivers are catching up to neighboring states regarding the adoption of plug-in electric drive vehicles for daily transportation. One press release that generated international media attention last month was the announcement by the Downtown Project of Las Vegas that the organization had placed a $500,000 deposit towards the purchase of 100 Tesla Motors Models S:

http://goproject100.com/

April 2, 2013

“Downtown Project is launching Project 100, the code name for a complete transportation system designed to let you get rid of your car and be more connected to your neighborhood — all for less than the monthly cost of traditional car ownership. The effort is part of Downtown Project’s goal to help revitalize downtown Las Vegas; transforming it into the most community-focused and connected city in the world.

On March 29, 2013, Project 100 inked a deal for the largest single US reservation in Tesla’s history: 100 Tesla Model S vehicles.

“We are excited to be partnering with Downtown Project and Project 100,” said Elon Musk, founder and CEO of Tesla Motors. “I am a big fan of their innovative efforts to help revitalize and transform downtown Vegas.”

Project 100 will launch a mobile application during its invite-only beta program in the coming months. Our official roll out will bring together the ultimate in collaborative consumption: 100+ on-demand drivers, 100+ shared cars, 100+ shared bikes, and 100+ shared shuttle bus stops — all under one single monthly membership.

Stay updated on our progress at goproject100.com.”

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Tesla Motors also announced that it will be opening a technical service center near Highway 215 and South Jones Blvd. this month, that can meet the needs of its customers in southern Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and southern California:

http://www.teslamotors.com/service/lasvegas

First Fridays Green Street celebration on May 3rd featured a Tesla Motors Model S, NV Energy Chevy Volt fleet vehicle and a Subaru Brat conversion by the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association

First Fridays Green Street celebration on May 3rd featured a Tesla Motors Model S, NV Energy Chevy Volt fleet vehicle and a Subaru Brat conversion by the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association

On May 3rd, NEVA supported the Downtown Project by staging an electric vehicle display as part of a Green Street exhibit during the monthly First Fridays street faire in downtown Las Vegas. Part of California Street was blocked off to exhibit sustainable enterprises within the southern Nevada area.

Tesla Motors Model S

Tesla Motors Model S

A Tesla Model S was on display in the center of Green Street followed by a Chevy Volt fleet vehicle wrapped in an NV Energy logo.

NV Energy Chevrolet Volt fleet vehicle with SAE J1772 AC Level 1 EVSE and NEVA poster board display.

NV Energy Chevrolet Volt fleet vehicle with SAE J1772 AC Level 1 EVSE and NEVA poster board display.

Sunset on Green Street with Stratosphere in background.

Sunset on Green Street with Stratosphere in background.

The Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association also provided a Subaru Brat that had been converted to electric drive operation as part of the group’s bi-weekly educational workshops.

Jon Hallquist, Vice President of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association exhibits a Subaru Brat EV conversion.

Jon Hallquist, Vice President of the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association exhibits a Subaru Brat EV conversion.

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Apr

Earth Day 2013 Events

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Earth Day 2013 events were celebrated by NEVA participants around the state who exhibited their electric vehicles during the following events:

April 13th Party for the Planet at Mandalay Bay Shark Reef Aquarium
The Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay, part of MGM Resorts International, celebrated Earth Day by reminding attendees that the earth actually contains more water than land, teeming with its own unique species and habitats. The aquarium hosts an annual event during April each year that it calls “Party for the Planet”. The organizers invite local eco-friendly organizations to exhibit during the day from 11 AM to 4 PM. An Eco-Scavenger hunt is encouraged, with questions by attendees for each participating booth. Visitors get a list of questions and are pointed to an exhibitor, where they can ask their question, then get background information that helps them answer it. Once completed, their question sheet is stamped, and participants are eligible for a discount ticket to visit the aquarium.

The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) joined with the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association to exhibit a Chevy Volt, as well as three gasoline model cars that had been converted to electric drive vehicles by the LVEVA during its bi-monthly workshops. These included a Subaru Brat, Hyundai sedan, and Mitsubishi pickup truck.

April 18th Green Carpet VIP Event at Las Vegas Springs Preserve

http://www.unlv.edu/event/greenfest-vip-green-carpet-mixer?delta=0

This event was a fundraiser in conjunction with GreenFest 2013 in Las Vegas to support the UNLV Solar Decathlon Team with a “Green Mixer” and silent auction. NEVA members also drove their electric cars to the evening event. A Chevrolet Volt and a DeLorean DMC, converted by Bob Brandys and family into an electric time machine, were staged under the solar-covered parking lot near the entrance to the event.

Back To The Future with the Brandys family's DeLorean DMC.

Back To The Future with the Brandys family’s DeLorean DMC.

NEVA also had a booth inside the event to “meet and greet” visitors, as well as answer questions about electric vehicles.

April 19th – 21st “Sustainable – A 3-Day Guide to Living Green In Las Vegas”

http://www.mytownsquarelasvegas.com/events/details/741-sustainable.html

Town Square shopping district in Las Vegas hosted an exhibit highlighting sustainable and eco-friendly lifestyle choices – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Beginning on April 19th, from 3 PM to 7 PM, NEVA joined with the Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Association to display electric vehicles and answer questions about EV infrastructure.

Exhibitors included Findlay Chevrolet with three Chevy Volts during the event. Local EV community members also participated during the exhibit to provide vehicles and answer questions. Jon Hallquist, Vice-President of the LVEVA provided a Subaru Brat EV conversion, Larry Gareffa, President of the Las Vegas Ford Mustang & Classic Cars organization, showcased his Mustang Fastback EV conversion as part of the event. Eric Morgansen provided a Tesla Motors Model S, a Tesla Roadster and Brammo electric motorcycle during Saturday, April 20th.

Gaudin Ford Exhibits Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid at GreenFest 2013

Gaudin Ford Exhibits Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid at GreenFest 2013

April 20th GreenFest 2013 at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas

http://www.thinkenergystar.com/greenfest/

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GreenFest 2013 was held in conjunction with the Festival of Communities at the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas to also support the UNLV Solar Decathlon Team. NEVA helped stage a Green Vehicle & Tech Zone that featured both electric and CNG-powered vehicles from local dealerships, utilities and private owners.

Don Carrier demonstrates his Tesla Motors Model S

Don Carrier demonstrates his Tesla Motors Model S

Don Carrier volunteered to show his Tesla Motors Model S. Gaudin Ford displayed both a hybrid C-Max and a Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. NV Energy displayed a Nissan LEAF. Henderson Chevrolet showcased a Chevy Volt.

Nissan LEAF fleet vehicle from NV Energy

Nissan LEAF fleet vehicle from NV Energy

Verdek/ChargePoint EVSE plugs into Chevy Volt from Henderson Chevrolet

Verdek/ChargePoint EVSE plugs into Chevy Volt from Henderson Chevrolet

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Three exhibitors also brought vehicles that could be refueled from compressed natural gas, or methane. Findlay Honda displayed a Civic CNG vehicle. Southwest Gas displayed a Chevrolet utility truck that can be refueled from compressed natural gas. Republic Services displayed its hi-tech trash collection truck that also housed a compressed natural gas storage tank the roof of the vehicle.

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April 21st Reno Earth Day

http://renoearthday.webs.com/

Idlewild Park Earth Day 2013 photo_3

Reno Earth Day was staged at Idlewild Park on Sunday, April 21st, from 10 AM to 6 PM. About two to three thousand people attended the scenic park location to celebrate. NEVA participated in the “Future of Transportation” exhibition with NV Energy and showcased a Tesla Motors Model S:

http://www.renoearthday.com/future-of-transportation

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Mar

NEVA Kickoff Meetings in Reno and Las Vegas

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The Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) held two 2013 kickoff meetings at NV Energy corporate offices in Reno and Las Vegas from February 25th to 26th. All NEVA participants were invited to attend in person and meet other members, while also help plan events for the upcoming year.

Meeting Agenda and Summary at Reno NV Energy Office on February 25th

1. Participants were given an update on High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access by electric vehicles, starting with changes defined in AB 511, signed into law during the 2011 state legislative section: HOV access for electric cars may not be enacted for another year or more . Plans by John Terry, NDOT director, are to phase in the electric vehicle occupancy after construction upgrades around the state, including Project NEON in southern Nevada.

2. Incentivizing and implementing the installation of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) in multi-family dwelling units is a new objective for this year. NEVA organizers hope to achieve results through outreach and education to home owners associations (HOA) and apartment community owners, including emphasis about a 30 percent federal tax credit that is now available through 2013. 30% of EVSE installation costs are covered up to a cap of $30,000 for a commercial site and $1,000 for each residential site. Federal tax form 8911 can be used to claim this credit for “Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property” if any EVSE were installed during the 2012 tax year, as well.
Other potential monetary support initiatives are being proposed at the state level and the results of these efforts will be announced by the end of March 2013.

3. Reno attendees studied and answered questions to complete a Department of Energy EV Readiness Assessment document for northern Nevada. The document includes questions, like a scorecard, that make it a useful tool for any community or region to study what resources are needed to enable the rollout of EV infrastructure. The assessment is available in PDF form at the DOE Alternative Fuels Data Center website. First-time visitors will need to create a secure account using their email and a password:

https://www.afdc.energy.gov/pev-readiness/categories

4. Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) workshops are planned for May 21st and 22nd, in Reno and Las Vegas respectively. NEVA and the Nevda State Office of Energy (NSOE) supported these workshops during May 2011. Content of the workshops will include presentation about applicable building codes and appliance load calculations when installing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at both residential and commercial locations. Feedback and suggestions to improve and streamline the workshops to 3-hour presentations were requested by Travis Johnson, who will work with trainer Robert Buntjer to tailor the curriculum to the needs of NEVA participants. These workshops are available to all interested parties, including electrical and building contractors, permitting agencies, building inspectors, architects, city planners, and building owners, engineering maintenance staff and other personnel involved with the design and installation of EVSE at residential and commercial sites.

6. NEVA partnership efforts with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and Atkins Global, a civil engineering firm, to provide more first responder training about electric cars in traffic accident situations. The Nevada Traffic Incident Management (TIM) coalition has been sponsored by NDOT in the past to help first responders coordinate team efforts when they engage an accident scene. The goal is to work together effectively to clear a congested traffic scene as quickly as possible. There are three Nevada TIM coalitions, one in Reno, one in Las Vegas, and the third covering the rural areas of the state. In the rural areas, volunteer fire departments may stand in for fulltime emergency personnel. Many of these agencies throughout the state are requesting training sessions about how to respond to an electric car during a traffic accident or during a fire scenario.

NEVA staged its first cooperative training session in Las Vegas with the southern Nevada TIM coalition during January and pulled together several reference resources that are available through the NEVA website at:

http://nevadaeva.org/first-responder-training-with-traffic-incident-management-coalition.

On Tuesday, March 19th from 9 AM to noon, the Northern Nevada TIM coalition will gather at the Nevada Highway Patrol building on Kietzke lane in Reno. Patrice Echola of the Regional Transportation Commission is a member of the Reno area TIM coalition. Travis Johnson of NV Energy will coordinate an EV saftety training session for first responders during the March 19th meeting of the TIM coalition.

7. Fleet management outreach is one of the cornerstones of the NEVA mission statement. NEVA participant David Gonzales, Manager of Equipment Services for Washoe County, is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Fleet Management Association for northern Nevada. NEVA would like to expand its educational outreach efforts to fleet management organizations and local fleet managers during 2013. Attendees discussed the creation of a working group to develop financing strategies for fleet purchases of EVs, including third party financing to take advantage of tax credits, rebates, etc.

8. EVSE Installation Announcements. REA250 provides administrative support for NEVA and will be receiving an EVSE installation sponsored by Siemens at 250 Bell Street. Travis Johnson also noted that local casinos may be making EVSE installation announcements within the next few months.

9. Peter Fletcher from Nissan of Reno demonstrated a new 2013 model Nissan LEAF and offered test drives. Peter also handed out 2013 Nissan LEAF brochures that are now available.

Meeting Agenda and Summary at Las Vegas NV Energy Office on February 26th

1. Attendees were given an update about High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane access by electric vehicles changes as defined in AB 511 signed into law during the 2011 state legislative section: HOV access for electric cars may not be enacted for another year or more. Plans by John Terry, NDOT director, are to phase in the electric vehicle occupancy after construction upgrades around the state, including Project NEON in southern Nevada.

2. Incentivizing and implementing the installation of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) in multi-family dwelling units is a new objective for NEVA during the upcoming year. NEVA organizers are planning to achieve results through outreach and education to home owners associations (HOA) and apartment community owners, including emphasis about a 30 percent federal tax credit that is now available through 2013. 30% of EVSE installation costs are covered up to a cap of $30,000 for a commercial site and $1,000 for each residential site. Federal tax form 8911 can be used to claim this credit for “Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property” if any EVSE were installed during the 2012 tax year, as well. Other potential monetary support initiatives are being proposed at the state level and the results of these efforts will be announced by the end of March 2013.

3. Las Vegas attendees were given a Department of Energy EV Readiness Assessment document for northern Nevada. The document includes questions, like a scorecard, that makes it a useful tool for any community or region to study what resources are needed to enable the rollout of EV infrastructure. The assessment is available in PDF form at the DOE Alternative Fuels Data Center website. First-time visitors will need to create a secure account using their email and a password:

https://www.afdc.energy.gov/pev-readiness/categories

4. Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) workshops are planned for May 21st and 22nd, in Reno and Las Vegas respectively. NEVA and the Nevda State Office of Energy (NSOE) supported these workshops during May 2011. Content of the workshops will include presentation about applicable building codes and appliance load calculations when installing electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at both residential and commercial locations. Travis Johnson will work with trainer Robert Buntjer to tailor the curriculum to the needs of NEVA participants for 3-hour training sessions. Feedback and suggestions to improve the workshops to 3-hour are welcome. These workshops are available to all interested parties, including electrical and building contractors, permitting agencies, building inspectors, architects, city planners, and building owners, engineering maintenance staff and other personnel involved with the design and installation of EVSE at residential and commercial sites.

5. Southern Nevada Strong is an initiative by the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Commission, in conjunction with a grant from the federal agency of Housing and Urban Development, to study the better integration of regional communities and transportations systems. The Southern Nevada Strong project is staffed by employees from the City of Henderson who held a kickoff meeting for the project in January 2013. Over the next three years, the project will form working groups within the southern Nevada region to study specific problems. Raymond Hess of RTC, as well as Daniel Sinagra and Shane Ammerman of the Clark County Planning Department, will be involved in the regional planning effort. Raymond Hess talked about the RTC vision for “Complete Streets” that includes the creation of multiple use travel corridors that have room for cars, bicycles, public transportation and pedestrians. Travis Johnson offered to provide NV Energy support for any working groups that are integrating electric vehicle supply equipment infrastructure as part of the multi-use corridors.

6. NEVA partnership efforts with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) and Atkins Global, a civil engineering firm, to provide more first responder training about electric cars in traffic accident situations. The Nevada Traffic Incident Management (TIM) coalition has been sponsored by NDOT in the past to help first responders coordinate team efforts when they engage an accident scene. The goal is to work together effectively to clear a congested traffic accident scene as quickly as possible. There are three Nevada TIM coalitions, one in Reno, one in Las Vegas, and the third is for the more rural areas of the state. In the rural areas, volunteer fire departments may stand in for fulltime emergency personnel. Many of these agencies throughout the state are requesting training sessions about how to respond to an electric car during a traffic accident or during a fire scenario.

NEVA staged its first cooperative training session in Las Vegas with the southern Nevada TIM coalition during January and pulled together several reference resources that are available through the NEVA website at:

http://nevadaeva.org/first-responder-training-with-traffic-incident-management-coalition/

NEVA also helped stage a video training presentation of first responder techniques for electric cars by fire department personnel at Clark County Firehouse 18 during January and will be cooperating with Clark County Fire Department engineer Adam Weiss to update an online “app” that can be downloaded to mobile phones and hardened tablets employed by county fire department personnel in the future.

The next meeting of the Southern Nevada TIM coalition is scheduled for March 21st at the Regional Transportation Coalition (RTC) office in Las Vegas to learn more about traffic camera monitoring by the RTC Freeway and Arterial System of Transportion (FAST).

7. Fleet management outreach is one of the cornerstones of the NEVA mission statement. NEVA would like to expand its educational outreach for electric vehicles and EVSE infrastructure to Nevada fleet organizations and local fleet managers during 2013. The Southern Nevada Fleet Association (SNFA) has been formed under the Las Vegas Regional Clean Cities Coalition. Joe Pelissier, Fleet Manager for NV Energy, is also President of SNFA this year. The next meeting of the organization is scheduled for March 13th, from 10:30 AM to 2 PM at the Northwest Career and Technical Academy on 8200 W. Tropical Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89149. More information can be found at the SNFA website at:

http://www.snfa.org

8. Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) installations continue to grow in southern Nevada. Travis Johnson demonstrated the new solar-powered ChargePoint EVSE station at the NV Energy Pearson building. Three different types of photovoltaic and inverter arrays provide some of the power used by five ChargePoint bollards, each with two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plugs on retractable cords. A ChargePoint RFID card or ChargePoint mobile phone “app” is needed to activate these stations after registering at ChargePoint.net:

https://na.chargepoint.com/register

The NV Energy campus also has three other ChargePoint EVSE bollards, each with a single SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plug in a drive-through area near the building lobby entrance for employee use.

Other recent ChargePoint installations were at the training classroom for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers on Leigon Way, the offices of Mojave Electric on West Hacienda, and the Palazzo self-parking garage, Level P2.

The City of Las Vegas is getting closer to finishing the installation of four public EVSE station sites announced during the December NEVA web conference at Mirabelli Community Center, Veterans Memorial Community Center, Centennial Hills Community Center and the Development Services Center Building.

Chris Magee from MGM Resorts International and Eric Dominguez from Caesars International both announced that they are planning more EVSE installations on their properties with announcements to be made in the near future.

Jeff Kegley, Chief Security Officer at U.S. Micro Corporation, announced that his company is considering installation of a second public EVSE station at the U.S. Micro Corporation parking lot.

9. Air Quality Attainment Requirements for Clark County: Dawn Leaper of Clark County Air Quality Department led a discussion with Travis Johnson and other meeting attendees about the importance of the attainment of air quality compliance to federal EPA standards in Clark County. Dust, carbon monoxide and other gasoline-powered automotive byproducts are close to falling out of compliance with federal EPA standards, providing potential health risks to southern Nevada residents as well as slowing the types of industry and companies that can move into Nevada to expand the region’s economy. Cleaner emission vehicles can help the region attain compliance as tourist and resident populations start to grow again.

10. Electric Car Presentations: Brad Blomquist from Fletcher Jones Toyota Scion brought a Prius Plug-in hybrid to demonstrate. Several NEVA meeting attendees drove their electric cars to the meeting and plugged in at the NV Energy “juice bar”, including Chevy Volt owners Raymond Hess and Ed Malkiewicz, Nissan LEAF owner Jeff Kegley, and Jon Hallquist of the LVEVA driving a converted Subaru BRAT.

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Mar

New EV Infrastructure Installations in Nevada for 2013

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The first quarter of 2013 has seen a surge of electric vehicle supply equipment installations around the Las Vegas valley due to efforts by NV Energy, the City of Las Vegas, the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Center and EVSE vendor ChargePoint.

NV Energy just completed installing five EVSE stations, each with two SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plugs, for a total of ten sources. This installation is part of the ChargePoint network and ChargePass RFID card will be needed to activate station. These cards are available through the ChargePoint company’s website at:

www.chargepoint.net

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The NV Energy facility is located on the NV Energy Pearson building campus at 6226 West Sahara Blvd.
The EVSE installation is meant to encourage NV Energy employees to drive electric cars, but is also part of a test program that employs a car port with three different types of photovoltaic arrays installed.

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This split array design allows NV Energy to compare different solar power generation technologies side by side, gathering seasonal performance data over time that can be shared with other organizations throughout Nevada.

The three different types of arrays include:

1. Standard array of photovoltaic cells connected to a standard inverter that converts DC power to AC power that is compatible with the electrical grid.

2. An array of photovoltaic cells that includes embedded micro-inverters within sections of the array. This design is more costly but prevents the array from being loaded down in all sections if just part of the array is shaded. However, micro-inverters may also be susceptible to thermal problems when exposed to the hot Las Vegas sun during the summer.

3. Standard array of photovoltaic cells connected to a DC-optimized inverter system.

A Chevrolet Volt from Findlay Automotive parked under a photovoltaic solar canopy that provides power for two SPX J1772 AC Level 2 charging stations at Mirabelli Community Center

A Chevrolet Volt from Findlay Automotive parked under a photovoltaic solar canopy that provides power for two SPX J1772 AC Level 2 charging stations at Mirabelli Community Center

The City of Las Vegas has completed EVSE installations at three community centers and the Development Services Center building on North Rancho Blvd. The three community centers include Mirabelli, Veterans Memorial, and Centennial Hills.

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The Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Program has received and installed a free ChargePoint EVSE station courtesy of the ChargePoint Jumpstart program that will be installed in the parking lot of the classroom training building for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers at 620 Leigon Way. The same classroom parking lot also features a wind turbine generator demonstration project. The ChargePoint bollard has one SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plug and one AC Level 1 outlet.

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Mojave Electric also installed a ChargePoint system for use by its employees and visitors to its corporate office location.

The city of Henderson will also be receiving a free ChargePoint EVSE station through the Jumpstart program but will initially install it in the fleet motorpool where it will be used to recharge a Chevy Volt and a Ford Focus Electric car.

The Palazzo on the Las Vegas Strip also installed a ChargePoint system in its self-parking garage on Level P2, section 2g around the corner from the elevator entrance. The bollard has one SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plug and one AC Level 1 outlet.

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The Ford Country dealership at 280 North Gibson Road in Henderson, at the Valley Automall, has installed one Leviton EVSE with an SAE J1772 AC Level 2 plug for its customers to use. The company is preparing for the rollout of the Ford Energi plug-in hybrid product lines this year, including the C-Max Energi and Fusion Energi. Ford also sells a Focus Electric car in California that may become available in Nevada during 2014.

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21

Jan

First Responder Training with Traffic Incident Management Coalition

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TIM Coalition first responder members listen to presentation by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator, in conjunction with firefighters Charles Howell and Michael Brennan from Clark County Fire Department

TIM Coalition first responder members listen to presentation by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator, in conjunction with firefighters Charles Howell and Michael Brennan from Clark County Fire Department


On January 17th, the Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator (NEVA) was invited by the southern Nevada Traffic Incident Management (TIM) coalition to participate in training for first responders about how to handle electric cars and their high voltage battery packs after an automotive accident. The website for the Nevada TIM coalition is at:

http://www.nevadatim.com/

The roads and highways around Las Vegas are the arteries that pump the lifeblood of the southern Nevada economy to this region. The Nevada Highway Patrol, Metropolitan Police, Clark County Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, the Regional Transportation Commission, the Nevada Department of Transportation, highway construction firms, hazardous materials (hazmat) service companies, towing service companies and even the Clark County Coroner’s office must communicate everyday to ensure the safe passage of 35 million visitors to and from the Las Vegas Valley region each year. Each day there are also about two million full time residents in southern Nevada who use these roadways to commute to work. At the same time, tractor trailers and delivery trucks use interstate highways I-15 and I-95 for commercial shipping between California, the rest of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. Any bottlenecks in traffic during the day or night can have significant economic effects on the region.

The national Traffic Incident Management (TIM) coalition is an initiative sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to encourage teamwork and coordination among first responders who react quickly when there is a traffic incident in the community. Public and private agencies must work together effectively to clear the scene of a traffic incident in order to bring back an orderly traffic flow as soon as possible. The TIM coalition chapter in southern Nevada was formed in 2008.

The Freeway and Arterial System of Transportation (FAST) was also formed by the southern Nevada Regional Transportation Commission to provide video camera views of ongoing traffic from strategic locations by constantly monitoring traffic flows as they happen, second-by-second.

http://www.nvfast.org/trafficcameras.html

The video cameras are mounted at strategic intersections and highway locations shown on the link above. A full-time staff is employed by the RTC FAST traffic division for two labor shifts at seven days a week, to monitor these traffic flows and anticipate potential congestion problems. The traffic monitors are able to witness automotive accidents or traffic bottlenecks as they happen, then alert appropriate first responders as quickly as possible.

Ingrid Birenbaum, P.E. from Atkins Engineering coordinates meeting of Southern Nevada TIM Coalition

Ingrid Birenbaum, P.E. from Atkins Engineering coordinates meeting of Southern Nevada TIM Coalition

Atkins Engineering is the local administrator for the southern Nevada TIM coalition that holds bi-monthly meetings with representatives of the TIM community to talk about strategies for alleviating potential traffic bottlenecks as well as how to effectively react to potential traffic accidents after they occur. Meeting locations rotate to different membership agencies that host the event and arrange speakers about current topics. During the January meeting, the TIM coalition gathered at Double Barrel Environmental Services at 595 Corinthian Way in Las Vegas, to talk about how to handle new electric cars, hybrids, and advanced lithium-ion battery pack technologies when they are involved in an automotive accident.

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Double Barrel Environmental Services Hazmat Truck Gear

Gasoline is a volatile and combustible fuel that can ignite during an automotive accident if a spark or flame is generated. Although safer automobile designs have diminished automotive fires during the last decade, there are still about 200,000 automobile fires each year that cause an average of 500 deaths.

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Although electric vehicles comprise only about one percent of the automotive traffic on Nevada roads and highways at this time, more alternative fuel vehicles will be coming over the next few years as automotive manufacturers seek to comply with increasing corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards. Richard Brenner, Clark County Fire Department Hazmat Coordinator, emphasized that automotive manufacturers will also be building more vehicles that use compressed natural gas (CNG) as well as trucks and tractor-trailers that will run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). Each of these technologies have potential hazardous effects to the public if their energy storage systems are damaged during a traffic accident. He emphasized the need to understand these new technologies and be prepared for them, as they pass through the southern Nevada transportation system.

Clark County Fire Department Hazmat Coordinator, Richard Brenner, leads training for TIM Coalition First Responders

Clark County Fire Department Hazmat Coordinator, Richard Brenner, leads training for TIM Coalition First Responders

The TIM Coalition meeting agenda was particularly timely as the daily news media were reporting about the grounding of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft flights at several airports because of two recent fires this month centered around lithium-ion battery cells manufactured by GS Yuasa Company in Japan. Some media reports were comparing the Dreamliner aircraft technology to the lithium-ion battery packs used in electric cars, even though the internal chemistries use different materials and were manufactured for different applications. Airline regulators in Japan are investigating the cause of the fires to determine whether it was the battery cells, the battery management system electronics, wiring harness, or charging system that was the source of the problem.

Electric vehicles that use hybrid, plug-in hybrid or battery-powered drive trains are now using either nickel-metal hydride or lithium-ion battery storage pack chemistries to diminish the amount of gasoline consumed by each vehicle on the road.

Findlay Automotive and NV Energy supplied two Chevy Volts and a Toyota Prius Hybrid for first responder training

Findlay Automotive and NV Energy supplied two Chevy Volts and a Toyota Prius Hybrid for first responder training

A high-voltage traction battery pack in today’s electric cars can be rated anywhere from 2 to 85 kilowatt-hours of energy capacity, enough electric power to supply the needs of a house for several days. Although the chance of an electrical fire is much rarer in an electric vehicle battery storage pack than a more combustible gasoline storage tank, there is an additional potential for electric shock and chemical electrolyte irritation after a vehicle accident. Most commercial electric-drive vehicles on the road today have passed extensive crash testing by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and have scored higher than comparable gasoline-powered vehicles, usually with five-star safety ratings.

Firefighters Charles Howell and Michael Brennan instruct TIM Coalition about 12-volt auxiliary battery disconnect procedure for Chevy Volt.

Firefighters Charles Howell and Michael Brennan instruct TIM Coalition about 12-volt auxiliary battery disconnect procedure for Chevy Volt.

Two firefighters from the Clark County Fire Department, Charles Howell and Michael Brennan, conducted a first response demonstration of how they would approach an electric-drive vehicle during an traffic accident. They emphasized that an accident scene is dynamic and constantly changing, requiring them to think on their feet and improvise solutions to problems as they proceed.

On January 24th, NEVA and Findlay Chevrolet again teamed up with Clark County Fire Department firehouse #18 to record a video presentation about first response techniques for the Chevy Volt. About a dozen firefighters, as well as a CCFD camera crew, attended the event to create a video that could be used for training at other facilities. The Findlay Chevrolet dealership also allowed the first responders to keep the Volt for several days to drive it and become more familiar with its components and interior controls.

NEVA also partnered with an engineer at Clark County Fire Department, Adam Weiss, who is developing an “App” about alternative fuel vehicles that will be available to other fire departments to download to a mobile phone or tablet computer.

Here were some of the general guidelines proposed for first responders by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):

1. Because an electric motor drive train is inherently quiet, while also generating a lot of torque to the wheels of a car, first responders need to approach an electric-drive vehicle with caution, while being prepared for unexpected surges of the drive wheels. Blocking the drive wheels off the ground so that they can spin without moving the vehicle is an important early step that also prepares the vehicle for towing. If available, wear insulated gloves and boots when approaching an electric-drive vehicle.

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2. Another important early step by first responders is to always assume that the electric car might still be under power. Approach the vehicle dashboard to look inside for a green “ready” icon (usually in the shape of car) that will show if the vehicle power is still active. Make sure the vehicle is in “Park” mode, press the “on/off” button until the green “ready” icon goes off, the vehicle display goes through shut down mode, and the vehicle powers down.

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3. If there is a proximity key fob visible inside the vehicle, remove it and walk it away from the vehicle at least twenty feet to deactivate the proximity enable switch and remote lock controls.

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4. The next step is to disconnect the high-voltage traction battery pack and the 12-volt auxiliary battery pack from the rest of the electronic circuitry in the car. Each type and model of vehicle has different methods to do this. Fire trucks carry an EV reference guide and firefighters have pocket information manuals that outline these differences, as developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These resources and instructions can also be found online in PDF file format, through a smart phone, tablet or laptop browser at:

http://www.evsafetytraining.org

Generally, there are several guidelines:

a. In hybrid vehicles with smaller traction battery packs (2 to 4 kilowatt-hours), disconnection of both the traction and auxiliary battery packs is usually done from the central fuse box. When in doubt about which fuse corresponds to each battery pack, it is recommended to just pull out all of the fuses and tape off the fuse box with electrical tape to avoid potential short circuits.

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b. Plug-in hybrid or battery-powered electric vehicles employ much larger traction battery packs (16 to 85 kilowatt-hours) as well as a much larger disconnect plug in order to disconnect the traction battery high-voltage pack from the rest of the electronic circuitry and motor in the electric drive train. Although all worldwide manufacturers are required to install these safety disconnect plugs in their automobiles, usually near the center console by the driver, the type of plug and its access location are not yet standardized throughout the automotive industry. There are tradeoffs between designs for the security of quick disconnect systems vs. ease of access during emergency situations.

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For example, the Chevrolet Volt disconnect plug is located under the right arm rest that also serves as an accessory tray. The disconnect plug is found by lifting the arm rest and then lifting out the accessory tray to expose the orange plug. Releasing the hold-down latch and then pulling up the plug allows the first responder to break the electric drive train circuit.

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By contrast, the Nissan LEAF also has a disconnect plug near the center console by the driver, but the first responder will need to lift up a section of carpet, have a 10mm box wrench available to remove three bolts, then lift out a triangular metal cover before being able to reach in and pull out the disconnect plug for the electric drive train.

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5. These industry safety components and design practices should become more standardized over time, as well as the practice of using universal picture icons of a fire helmet, cutting pliers and other pictures to represent where to cut and disconnect components. First responders also need to know what parts of the vehicle wiring to avoid cutting. On the Chevrolet Volt, the orange high-voltage wires should not be cut, yet the black cable at the rear of the Volt in a special access panel should be cut in order to disconnect the 12-volt auxiliary battery. The area of the cable to be cut is labeled with yellow tape and some universal icons that fire fighters and first responders will recognize. When cutting a cable, the first responder should make two cuts and remove at least one-half inch of the conductive cable from the car in order to avoid the cut cable ends accidentally re-connecting while a car is being moved or towed.

6. When extracting a passenger or driver from a crumpled vehicle, the first responders may need to cut into the metal frame of the vehicle to make an exit hole. Firemen are now trained to cut at door hinges and to avoid cable routing areas. This procedure limits the potential for electrical short circuits, even after the batteries have been disconnected.

Double Barrel Environmental Services Hazmat truck and extinguisher gear

Double Barrel Environmental Services Hazmat truck and extinguisher gear

7. If a battery pack does catch fire, a normal ABC-type extinguisher will not extinguish a chemical fire of this nature. Copious amounts of water can help cool the battery pack and control a fire so that the internal cells burn themselves out. Special extinguishing agents like LITH-X (powdered graphite) or copper powder can be used, if available. If not, sand, dry ground dolomite, soda ash or dirt can be used to smother an electrical fire.

Firefighters should wear self-contained breathing apparatus for larger fires. Larger burning lithium-ion batteries can produce toxic fumes of hydrogen fluoride, as well as oxides of carbon, aluminum, lithium, copper and cobalt.

8. If a plug-in electric vehicle is connected to electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) that is recharging the battery pack at the time the vehicle catches fire, try to first unplug the SAE J1772 connector from the vehicle charging port. If the J1772 plug is not accessible due to fire or other blockage, cut off power to the EVSE at the building’s circuit breaker panel.

Automotive manufacturers have been continuing to offer online support to new car buyers that can help alert first responders and even activate vehicle electronics remotely to save lives. These remote vehicle monitoring services like GM OnStar, Ford Sync, and Nissan CarWings have been included in the price of electric-drive automobiles, so that the automotive manufacturer can accrue data about the progress of these new technologies over time, as well as protect their customers.

Automobile accidents WILL continue to happen, no matter what kind of man-made technology is available, even self-driving cars with multiple sensors and automatic safety response systems. Technology can diminish the potential for severe automotive accidents but things will still go wrong, components will still fail, and lives will be lost.

“Murphy’s Law” and its variations have been noted throughout history since the beginning of the industrial revolution – “whatever can go wrong will eventually go wrong” due to operator error, faulty installation, or component defect.

First responders who understand today’s emerging automotive technologies, and have been trained to adjust to their potential weaknesses, can more effectively protect themselves and the public from emergency traffic situations when they inevitably happen.

Update (3/19/2013): Northern Nevada TIM Coalition Training

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On March 19, NEVA, NV Energy, NDOT and Atkins North America teamed up to provide first responder training for the northern Nevada region at the Reno NHP office. Travis Johnson, EV and Emerging Technologies Manager at NV Energy, provided training to first responders on the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan LEAF and Tesla Motors Model S.

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Reference Training Videos:

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National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in conjunction with National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA):

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This very informative and descriptive video, “Emergency Response to Electric Vehicles” was created by Brock Archer and Ron Moore in conjunction with Tesla Motors and the Fremont, CA fire department:

http://youtu.be/ntK3rvVl2Qw

Blog post by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator

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06

Jan

International CES Highlights in Las Vegas

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Ever seen an electric stretch Nissan LEAF limousine before? Only in Las Vegas during the International CES trade show this month. Austrian sensor manufacturer AMS utilized these custom stretch electric limousines, wrapped them in their company logo and hired drivers to chauffeur company executives around town during the convention. Kudos to AMS for leaving a low carbon footprint while they visited Las Vegas!

The company also charged up their fleet of Nissan LEAF limousines at the new solar-powered charging station site at the NV Energy Pearson building in the corporate office parking lot where five EVSE stations with ten J1772 AC Level 2 plugs are now available for the NV Energy fleet and the general public. Each station is connected to the ChargePoint wireless network, so users will need a ChargePass RFID card to activate the station. This NV Energy site just became active after the beginning of this year.

The International CES trade show is the largest convention each year in Las Vegas. About 150,000 attendees from the international technology community come together to see the latest and greatest new products in the consumer electronics and software industry. Smart phones and tablets are the hot sellers in 2013.

But automobiles have also become the ultimate mobile social media platform. Factory sales of automotive electronics were projected by the Consumer Electronics Association to grow by 11% in 2013, for an increase of over $1 billion. Representing the automotive industry this year, a record number of exhibitors were on hand at International CES – General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Audi, Toyota/Lexus, Subaru, Hyundai, and Kia. Tesla Motors also exhibited the Model S sedan at the booth of Nvidia, its partner in the design of the 17-inch center touch screen console used by the vehicle.

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GM showcased its new 2014 Chevy Spark EV that will be available in the California and Oregon markets a year from now, but may find its way to Nevada by 2015. The Chevy Spark EV is a subcompact battery-powered electric car that is smaller and lighter than the Nissan LEAF, but still has four doors and a hatchback. The door handles on the rear passenger doors are located next to the windows.

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The Chevy Spark EV is also the first electric car to have the new Combined Charging System (CCS) port that has been approved by SAE International in October 2012 and adopted by U.S. and European automotive manufacturers. The CCS connector port can accept SAE J1772 AC Level 1, AC Level 2 and DC Level 2 quick charge inputs.

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For AC Level 1 and AC Level 2 EVSE sources, plugs use the upper five-pin connector while the orange cover secures the bottom two pins. For an SAE J1772 DC Level 2 quick charge EVSE station, the plug will have the same footprint in the circular part of the connector as the AC standard plugs, but will also have an additional two pins that will mate with the two pins covered by the orange protector on the Chevy Spark EV port.

The Chevy Spark EV employs a 20 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack with 336 prismatic cells that can be recharged by AC Level 1 EVSE in about 10 to 12 hours, by AC Level 2 EVSE in under seven hours, and by DC Level 2 quick charge EVSE to about 80 percent capacity in 20 minutes. The range of the vehicle is comparable to the larger Nissan LEAF that employs a 24-kilowatt-hour battery pack. However, the range of the Chevy Spark EV has not yet been rated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The subcompact car will employ a powerful coaxial drive train design. A 110-kilowatt AC electric motor can generate 130 horsepower with about 400 lb.-feet of torque for quick acceleration.

On the telematics side, the Chevy Spark EV will integrate the popular “Siri” voice recognition and voice synthesis interface popularized by the Apple iPhone. The vehicle will also come with three years of OnStar service as a standard feature.

The Spark EV can interface to a personal mobile phone and the internet through the Chevy “MyLink” apps. Base price of the Chevy Spark EV is $32,500 less a $7,500 federal tax credit for an adjusted total of about $25,000.

January 7, 2013

Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, announced a donation of $50,000 to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors’ Authority (LVCVA) to install two electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) stations at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Rossi Ralenkotter, President/CEO of LVCVA and former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman accepted the donation on behalf of the LVCVA. Ralenkotter added that the final installation will include eight EV charging sources. The installation would be completed by the next time the International CES returns to Las Vegas in January 2014.

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Ford exhibited its branded Energi plug-in hybrid cars, the Fusion Energi and the C-Max Energi. Both vehicles can travel about ten to 15 miles in electric-only mode before reverting back to standard hybrid operations mode. The Ford Focus Electric was not displayed in the Ford booth this year, as it was during International CES 2011 and 2012 but is selling in California at this time.

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Audi AG exhibited its R18 e-tron quattro, a four-wheel-drive hybrid racing platform that uses a diesel engine to drive its rear wheels, while employing two electric motor/generators in the front wheels. Instead of a battery storage system, the R18 uses a flywheel accumulator storage system to provide burst passing power to the front wheels of the R18 e-tron quattro. As the racing platform goes into a turn, the front wheels are spinning and the motor/generators are creating electricity from the kinetic energy of the wheels that is used to spin up a carbon-fiber flywheel sealed in a vacuum container. The rapidly-spinning flywheel stores kinetic energy until it is needed. When the driver needs a burst of electric power to the front wheels for quick acceleration, the kinetic energy from the spinning flywheel is connected through another generator that dumps electricity back to the two front motor/generators.

Audi entered two R18 e-tron quattro racing platforms into the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race during 2012, where the racing team finished first and second. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro was the first hybrid to win the overall title for the 24 Hours of Le Mans event during its 80-year history.

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Toyota Motor Company emphasized using automotive electronics to study advanced automotive safety by exhibiting their version of an autonomous, self-driving Lexus LS. Nevada was the first state in the U.S. to allow autonomous vehicles to be licensed on its roads and highways, as long as one of the passengers was still seated behind the steering wheel, just in case human intervention is required.

Buffalo Bill’s resort in Primm, on the southern state border with California, was also the staging ground for a successful autonomous vehicle off-road race convened by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) during 2005. The DARPA Challenge awarded multi-million dollar prizes to research teams that could advance the technology of self-driving, autonomous vehicles. Stanford University and Carnegie-Mellon University battled for the prize, with Stanford winning the first match-up during 2005. Carnegie-Mellon came back to win the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007.

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Velodyne Acoustics also exhibited a Lexus RX to showcase their Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) sensor turret, the same one used by the Lexus LS autonomous vehicle and the Google-X autonomous vehicle research program. The LIDAR turret is constantly spinning 360 degrees while emitting a vertical array of pulsed laser light that bounces off objects around the vehicle and is reflected back to detectors on the spinning turret. The sensor can detect both distance and height of the objects around it, while it is traveling.

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The ChargePoint Network also had a booth in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The company displayed several integrated SAE J1772 AC Level 2 electric vehicle supply equipment stations with its vendor partners. These included Eaton and a new partner, DBT USA, a subsidiary of DBT-CEV from France.

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Fuji Electric also exhibited a TEPCO ChadeMo DC Quick Charge station that could be sourced from a three-phase, 208 Volt AC input ( requiring source power capacity of 28kVA) rather than a traditional three-phase, 480 Volt AC source (requiring source power capacity of 75kVA). Fuji Model FRCA25C is rated as a 25kW DC Quick Charge System and uses less power than traditional 50kW DC Quick Charge Systems, making it easier to install at public sites where higher power sources might not be available. The DC Quick Charge output voltage ranges from 50 VDC up to 500 VDC. DC Quick Charge output current is inversely adjustable from DC62 Amps at 50 Volts DC to DC0 Amps at 500 VDC.

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DBT USA also exhibited its line of GNS EVSE at its own booth near the ChargePoint site, with another DC Quick Charge offering that featured dual DC Quick Charge standard plugs on one EVSE station.

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The TEPCO ChadeMo standard originated in Japan and is already in use throughout Asia, the U.S. and other worldwide locations to recharge the battery pack of the Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and other Asian electric cars to 80 percent capacity in less than 30 minutes.

However, SAE International recently proposed a standard Combined Charging System (CCS) based on the SAE J1772 protocol. This new standard was pushed by U.S. and European automotive manufacturers, so there will now be a standards shakeout in this space during the next few years. As noted earlier, the GM 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV will come equipped with the CCS standard that will accommodate SAE J1772 AC Level 1, AC Level 2, and DC Level 2 inputs.

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Delphi Automotive exhibited a wireless EV charging solution consisting of a base pad that would induce an AC current in a receiver unit mounted under the vehicle that would align when parking. Front and rear units could be installed on vehicles as an option.

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There were also several novel modes of personal transportation on display, from an electrified skateboard to a self-balancing motorized wheel platform manufacured by Inventist. The motorized wheel weighs about 25 pounds, costs $699, and has the capability of traveling about 10 miles on a charge at a top speed of 10 miles per hour.

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The future of the automotive industry was on display at International CES this last week. It was inspiring and it is coming…

Blog post by Stan Hanel, Outreach Coordinator, Nevada Electric Vehicle Accelerator

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