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Stations Casinos Add Charging Stations. October Events.

16 Oct

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Friday Street Faire in downtown Las Vegas

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

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

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

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First Responder Training at Clark County Fire Station 21

New Fire Engine at Clark County Fire Station 21

New Fire Engine at Clark County Fire Station 21

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Electric Vehicle Factory To Open in Sparks, Nevada

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blog by Stan Hanel, NEVA Outreach Coordinator

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