California’s North State Joining the Charge!

The Siskiyou County Economic Development Council (SCEDC) is leading a project to coordinate efforts throughout the counties of Siskiyou, Shasta and Tehema in support of the successful introduction of plug-in electric vehicles and the strategic development of charging infrastructure to support PEVs.  This region is preparing for the rollout of PEVs and to be a key participant in the expansion of the West Coast Green Highway.  A Coordinating Council of key stakeholders has been created to oversee the process of development of an infrastructure deployment plan, streamlining of the permitting and installation process for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE), efforts to accelerate PEV adoption in vehicle fleets, and development of an education and outreach program to promote PEV adoption throughout the region.

July 2, 2013 SCEDC welcomes drivers in the BC2BC Rally to stop in and say hello on the way through our region. We are eager to gain some insights from EV drivers and to check out the sweet rides. We are excited to welcome EV drivers to our region and to be developing infrastructure to make EV travel easier!

Stops in Siskiyou County:

Siskiyou County Economic Development Council
1512 S. Oregon St.
Yreka, CA 96097

OR

Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce
300 Pine Street
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067

Stop in Shasta County:

Crown Motors Nissan
300 E Cypress Ave
Redding, CA 96002

Media invited to kickoff of international electric-vehicle rally

MEDIA ADVISORY
June 26, 2013

Contacts:

  • Lars Erickson, WSDOT communications director, 360-705-7076 (Olympia)
  • Tonia Buell, WSDOT public-private partnerships, 360-705-7439 (Olympia)

Media invited to kickoff of international electric-vehicle rally

Dignitaries from Washington, British Columbia hold Golden Plug ceremony

 

OLYMPIA – The media is invited to attend a celebration at the Peace Arch State Park near the USA/Canada border, where a dozen electric-vehicle drivers will begin the journey from Canada to Mexico powered solely by electricity. Drivers will make the 1,500-mile, nine-day road trip – called the BC2BC (British Columbia to Baja California) – without using a drop of gas.

Join Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson, Parliamentary Secretary to the British Columbia Premier for Intergovernmental Affairs Norm Letnick and other dignitaries for the “Golden Plug” ceremony, which symbolically connects the electric vehicle fast-charging network along the West Coast Electric Highway.

International Golden Plug ceremony and launch of BC2BC 2013

When:   10 a.m. Saturday, June 29

Where:  Peace Arch State Park, Blaine, WA
(I-5 Exit 276 at USA/Canada border)

Speakers:        

  • Pete Kremen, Whatcom County councilmember
  • Blaine Mayor Harry Robinson
  • Don Hoch, director, Washington State Parks
  • Lynn Peterson, Washington Secretary of Transportation
  • Norm Letnick, Parliamentary Secretary to the British Columbia Premier for Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Tony Williams, BC2BC electric-vehicle rally organizer

Visuals:        

  • Several all-electric vehicles, including the Tesla Model S, Tesla Roadster, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Nissan Leaf
  • AAA roadside-assistance truck with electric-vehicle chargers
  • Displays and handouts

Opportunities:  

Reporters may test drive an electric vehicle, go for a short ride with one of the rally participants and interview EV drivers.

Directions:

Take I-5 north to Exit 276, the last exit before the Canadian border. Take second right at the roundabout on 2nd Street and follow the signs to the park. At the entrance, a parking attendant will direct you to the event.

Schedule:

  • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Public display of electric vehicles; show-and-tell with EV drivers.
  • 11 a.m.: International Golden Plug ceremony.
  • 12 p.m.: Launch of all-electric vehicle rally. Crowds wave flags and cheer EV drivers leaving every five minutes.

For more information on this event visit: www.allelectricvehiclerally.org

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HOW 2 WIN @ BC 2 BC

How does somebody win a rally like this? It’s not like there are lots of other electric vehicle rallies to compare to, particularly those with a distance of 1500 miles (2400km) to cover. The first thing to consider is that electric vehicles have a wide range of performance between models. In most rallies, the fastest car with the best driver(s) would be the only ones with a hope of winning.

The overall score in this rally is determined by a combination of the lowest time (however that time cannot exceed a 70mph / 113kmh average speed for the course) and the best poker hand derived from playing cards collected at checkpoints during the rally.

Obviously, not getting any of the playing cards would make even the fastest car not likely to win. Therefore, the drivers have to consider how much time they will sacrifice, and how many extra miles they will drive, to collect each card. Will five cards be enough? Perhaps, if those five cards represent a really, really good poker hand.

At some point, the fastest cars have to gamble that they have enough cards, and concentrate on completing the course promptly. The slower cars need to gamble that the only chance they have to win is to gather a lot of cards.

Speed isn’t every thing with electric cars, because the fastest car doesn’t necessarily have any particular advantage over the slowest car. Most importantly, the advantage will typically go to the car that can recharge the fastest.

If electric car A takes 7 hours to recharge and can then travel for 2 hours at 50 miles (80km) per hour, then the total distance traveled in 9 hours will be 100 miles (160km), or about 11.1 miles (17.8km) per hour average.

If that same car A were slowed to 25 mph (40km/h), and that speed could produce 150 miles over 6 hours, now the total time is the same 7 hours charging, plus 6 hours traveling for a grand total of 13 hours for 150 miles (240km), or 11.5 miles (18.5km) per hour average.

So, as you can see, there is not much gain in average miles gained per hour elapsed with both examples of significantly different speeds, with the 11 mph average in both of the above examples. But, there are 4 hours lost at the slower speed. Advantage goes to the higher speed. Now, lets double the recharge rate of car A.

The driver in the double speed recharging car B can cover 100 miles at 50mph in 5.5 hours, or 18.2 miles (29.3km) per hour average. That’s a gigantic uptick in overall speed. Again, slowing the car to 25 mph means that the totals are 10.5 hours for 150 miles, or 14.3 miles (23km) per hour average.

As we can see, speed over the ground is trumped by charging speed for the overall fastest average speed between car A and B in our examples. The gap widens as the charge rate increases.

Now, let’s throw in really fast chargers, “DC chargers”, that can recharge car C in 1 hour. Now that 50mph drive can cover 100 miles in 3 total hours, or 33.3 miles (53.6km) per hour. That is nearly double the average speed of the car. If we slow to 25mph, and once again get 150 miles of range in doing so, then we can travel that distance in 7 total hours at 21.4mph (34.4km/h) average speed. Again, the gap continues to get larger between faster speeds and slower speeds, favoring faster speed with the faster charge rates.

But, there will be times when it’s necessary to reduce speed because the next charging station may be too far away to reach at a faster speed. Every situation will require careful considerations as to what speed is best, from the fastest car to the slowest one, but there’s little question that the fastest car with the fastest charge speed will make those considerations much easier! Unfortunately, for those fastest cars with the longest range (Tesla Model S), there isn’t a single operational “really fast” DC charger along our course for them to use on this year’s course.

That will be entirely different next year for the Tesla Model S and maybe the Model X cars, as Tesla will have many new mega-fast DC “Superchargers” along this route by then. These will add to the growing “CHAdeMO” fast DC chargers that are currently along the West Coast Electric Highway in the Pacific Norwest USA and Pacific Southwest Canada, and used in cars like the Nissan LEAF (best selling electric car in the world, ever!) and the Mitsubishi iMiev. Cars without any DC charge port are at a severe disadvantage in this event, but the Tesla Roadster and Toyota Rav4 EV Gen II will make respectable times with big batteries and equally big “onboard” AC chargers.

The overall winner of this year’s rally will get a really nice trophy and some serious bragging rights. In addition, the top finisher Tesla Model S team will get a beautiful new Teslaccessories “Center Console Insert” (an $865 value), so I expect fun, but focused rally driving!

We’ll see you out on the road.

Tony

Terry Hershner Sets Record, First Across America on Electric Motorcycle

June 8, 2013 in Electric VehiclesEV enthusiastEV News

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Terry Hershner made it!  He rode across the United States of America.  He was the first to make the journey, coast to coast, on an electric motorcycle.  He rode an aerodynamic 18 kWh Zero Motorcycle, which had been specially modified for the trip.  The modifications to the motorcycle were done with the team at Zero Motorcycles and Mr. Craig Vetter, enabling 150 miles of range at 70 mph.

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It was an exhausting trip.  Terry went from the Santa Monica Pier in California to Jacksonville Beach, Florida, riding along the southern route, Interstate 10, stopping at mostly campgrounds to charge and catch a quick bit of sleep.  His parents and friends were there to meet him in Florida.  He did the trip in 5 ½ days, racing to beat another team, Moto Electra, that had a later start date from the opposite end of the country.  Terry said that he was trying to meet the other team before they started, but he had a mechanical problem that required fixing in Texas.  The other team easily managed to set the record for fastest time.

Apparently, somebody made the mistake of telling Terry that the other team did it faster.

So, Terry plans to do it again.  Faster!  He will set out in two to three weeks, heading back to California.  Terry said he learned a lot on this last trip, and he thinks he can beat the time set by Moto Electra.  I suggested to Terry that he set off on an around the world trip.  I think he would make a great adventure / spokesperson.  Terry said he has to get back across the country to meet up with Tony Williams, the organizer of the BC2BC All Electric Vehicle Rally.

Terry said he did have some difficulty with sleep deprivation, which was compounded by the mechanical delay.  He is a competitor, and it is tough to be sidelined when you want to win.  But, it all worked out, and he met a lot of good people along the way.  In the near-future, I will write an article on some of Terry’s experiences (in route) and ideas on the future of EV travel.  To say the least, there is more work to be done.

Terry plans to take Interstate 40 this next time.  He says it is about 200 miles further, but he is confident that he can still achieve a record time.  You can learn more about Terry Hershner by visiting: http://www.facebook.com/lifeoffthegrid.  Click Like on Terry’s page, Off The Grid, to wish him success on his next journey.

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Tesla Promises To Rapidly Expand Charging Stations

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DETROIT (AP) — Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. promises to boost the number of fast-charging stations in the U.S. and Canada to make cross-country travel by electric car possible in the next year.

The company said Thursday that by the end of next month, it will triple the number of charging stations it runs from the current eight, and the number will go to around 100 in the coming year, putting stations within reach of almost the entire populations of both countries.

The pace of construction is about twice as fast as the company had previously announced.

The expanded “supercharger” network will allow owners of Tesla’s $70,000 Model S sedans to travel from Los Angeles to New York, probably by the coming winter, as well as make other long-distance trips. The Model S can travel about 200 miles, or for about three hours, when fully charged. With the network, it can be recharged to 50 percent of its battery capacity in 20 to 30 minutes, allowing drivers to make quick stops before driving on.

The supercharging stations are about 10 times as faster than most public charging stations, Tesla said on its website.

Currently Tesla has eight supercharger stations in California and on the East Coast. It has plans to add four stations in California this summer. Stations also will be added during the summer so drivers can go from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Seattle and Portland; and from Austin, Texas, to Dallas. They also will come on-line quickly in Illinois and Colorado.

In addition, the company intends to add four stations this summer in the densely populated Eastern Seaboard, where it currently has two.

Elon Musk, who leads the company, said Thursday that the stations will always be free for owners of the large-battery version of the Model S. Owners of the brand’s smaller-battery version will have to pay for the option of using the stations.

Musk said most of Tesla’s customers don’t know about the supercharger stations, and they won’t have much of an impact on the company’s current sales rate of around 20,000 per year. But they are necessary to appeal to a wider group of more mainstream customers who want to travel between states.

“They want to know that they have that ability to do so, and on a moment’s notice, to go wherever they want,” Musk said. “I think it’s really important for accessing a broader audience.”

Tesla said by fall, it should have charging stations in most metro areas, with coast-to-coast travel available during the winter along Interstate 80. By 2014, the company expects to have charging stations within reach of 80 percent of people in the U.S. and Canada, and 98 percent by 2015, it said in the statement.

Tesla said new technology is being tested now that will allow its cars to be fully recharged in about 20 minutes. The technology will be available at stations this summer, the company said.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Welcome

Road Warriors on a mission to show the viability of EVs

From the Canadian to Mexican border EVs are driving change

A world in economic turmoil. Our dependence on oil a threat to our national and economic security. Arab springs. Summer gas prices. Global warming. Crumbling infrastructure. Unemployement.

Meet one of America’s answers to getting off foreign oil, putting the country back to work and making the earth a tad bit greener.

With the west coast of the United States as a backdrop, 12 drivers set out on a course, unveiling the new American driving experience.

The BC2BC Rally showcases electric vehicles and infrastructure on a route that highlights our country’s early investment in moving toward electric vehicle transportation. In the past year, new generations of electric vehicles have hit the showrooms and significant charging infrastructure is being installed nationwide. And today, this nation is rebuilding and renewing itself all the while the places that provide us our oil are at political tipping points. In the word’s of event creator, Tony Williams, “It’s a fantastic time to have some fun.”