An Atlanta Wheego all decked out for the EV Parade at Inman Park
Earth Day 2015
Earth Day was a global success!
One of this year’s goals was the planting of one billion trees and seeds to “give back” to Planet Earth. Visit the organization’s Facebook page
to see how we did.
National Drive Electric Week
Mark your calendars! The date is set for National Drive Electric Week: September 12-20, 2015. Events across the country are led by local plug-in drivers and advocates and typically include some combination of EV parades, ride-and-drives, electric tailgate parties, press conferences, award ceremonies, informational booths, and more. Plug In America
, Sierra Club
, and the Electric Auto Association
serve as the national support team. If you’d like to sponsor or volunteer at an event, visit the National Drive Electric website
Electric Car “Do Not Unplug” Notices
Excerpted from an article by Stephen Edelstein for Green Car Reports.
The arrival of modern electric cars and public charging infrastructure has brought a whole range of etiquette issues to the fore. Electric cars’ long charging times, and the limited availability of parking spaces with access to charging stations, can sometimes create a bit of tension.
It's not unheard of for drivers to unplug other cars when they can't find a charging station of their own--whether those cars are done charging or not. There's been much discussion about what to do in these situations, but now there's a simple solution. A hanger sign marked "Do Not Unplug" on one side and "OK To Unplug" on the other is now available through Take Charge and Go
The signs are shaped like the "Do Not Disturb" signs you'll find in hotels, and they slip over a standard J1772 charging connector.
There's even space on the "Do Not Unplug" side in which the driver can write the time when a car will be finished charging, along with a phone number.
Bloomberg Article Highlights Growth of EV Sales,
Predicts Decline of Big Oil
Charged EV Magazine’s Charles Morris reviews the Bloomberg report on EV growth. Read the full article here, and the Bloomberg report here.
We’ve become used to the mainstream press insisting that EVs aren’t selling, and that cheap gas will be the final nail in the electric coffin. Bloomberg, however, has long presented a more pro-EV picture. A recent article, Big Oil Is About to Lose Control of the Auto Industry
, highlights a few facts that are seldom mentioned outside the EV media:
- Oil consumption has been flat for a decade – demand peaked in 2004 and has been falling ever since.
- Plug-in sales have quintupled in the last four years – global sales were 288,500 units in 2014 – and manufacturers are steadily introducing new models.
- EV battery costs have fallen 60 percent since 2010, and analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) expect them to keep declining at the same pace, bringing plug-in prices in line with those of legacy vehicles within a decade.
- Investment in biofuels, Big Oil’s preferred “clean” solution, has plunged 90 percent since peaking at $29.8 billion in 2007.
Bloomberg finds that all of these factors are converging to “weaken the link between oil and driving,” and predicts that the transportation system of the future “will look a lot different than what the major oil companies are fueling now.”
“Where we are is in an age of plenty,” said BNEF founder Michael Liebreich. “We have cheap oil, cheap gas, cheap renewables. You do have an abundance of supply in a way you haven’t had for decades. We also are in an age of competition.”