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May 2014
  

Dear Wheego Enthusiast:

In this issue: 
  • Charging Station Locators
  • How Regenerative Braking Works
  • Father’s Day – Get your Wheego Gear!
 
 
 
Charging Station Locators

The list of websites and apps available to help you locate an EV charging station continues to grow! Here are a few favorites:

-Open Charge Map is a not-for-profit site showing 17,881 public and private charging station locations around the world. Drivers can add information about charging stations, such as “out of order.”
-The US Department of Energy’s Alternative Fuels Data Center maintains a list of public charging stations in the US.                     
-ChargePoint offers a mobile app to chart available charging stations, including their own network of pay-to-use stations. If you join the ChargePoint network, you’ll get a card to use at the 15,000+ charging stations in the US.
-PlugShare encourages residents to share their home charging station (or 120V outlet) by adding their information to the PlugShare network.
 
 How Regenerative Braking Works
The Wheego LiFe uses regenerative braking to extend its range. Christopher Lampton at HowStuffWorks.com provides an explanation of how this technology works in an EV:

Every time you step on your car's brakes, you're wasting energy. Physics tells us that energy cannot be destroyed. So when your car slows down, the kinetic energy that was propelling it forward has to go somewhere. Most of it simply dissipates as heat and becomes useless. That energy, which could have been used to do work, is essentially wasted.
Is there anything that you, the driver, can do to stop wasting this energy? Not really. In most cars it's the inevitable byproduct of braking and there's no way you can drive a car without occasionally hitting the brakes. But automotive engineers have given this problem a lot of thought and have come up with a kind of braking system that can recapture much of the car's kinetic energy and convert it into electricity, so that it can be used to recharge the car's batteries. This system is called regenerative braking. In a tr­aditional braking system, brake pads produce friction with the brake rotors to slow or stop the vehicle. Additional friction is produced between the slowed wheels and the surface of the road. This friction is what turns the car's kinetic energy into heat. With regenerative brakes, on the other hand, the system that drives the vehicle does the majority of the braking. When the driver steps on the brake pedal of an electric or hybrid vehicle, these types of brakes put the vehicle's electric motor into reverse mode, causing it to run backwards, thus slowing the car's wheels. While running backwards, the motor also acts as an electric generator, producing electricity that's then fed into the vehicle's batteries. These types of brakes work better at certain speeds than at others. In fact, they're most effective in stop-and-go driving situations. However, hybrids and fully electric cars also have friction brakes, as a kind of back-up system in situations where regenerative braking simply won't supply enough stopping power. 

For more information, read the full article at HowStuffWorks.com.
 
Father’s Day – Get Your Wheego Gear!
Visit Cafepress.com to order a Wheego wardrobe for Dad!


Ready to test drive a Wheego LiFe? Visit a Wheego dealer near you!

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As always, we thank you for your support. Please email your questions and suggestions to info@wheego.net.
  
Best Regards,
 
The Wheego Team
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