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November 2015

Dear Wheego Enthusiast:
In This Issue:
  • Carpool-Lane Access: Very Important For Electric-Car Adoption, It Turns Out
  • Green Festival Expo Visits Portland, Oregon
  • Leviton Introduces Evr-Green Portable Mini Charger·     
  • New Report Outlines Policy Pathway For Northeast & Mid-Atlantic States To Get More EVs On The Road 

Carpool-Lane Access: Very Important For Electric-Car Adoption, It Turns Out
From an article in Green Car Reports

Depending on where they live, electric-car owners can enjoy a variety of perks associated with the vehicle they drive. That's especially true in California, which grants rebates for new plug-in car purchases, as well as access to carpool lanes for solo drivers in plug-in hybrids and electric cars. And that latter benefit may be having an even greater impact on sales than previously thought, a new study says.

A study by UCLA's Luskin Center for Innovation found that carpool-lane access helped boost electric-car sales in four major California metropolitan areas. The study is the first to look specifically at the effect of carpool-lane access on sales, according to The Los Angeles Times. Researchers looked at sales data from Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco, and found that solo carpool-lane access prompted the purchase of more than 24,000 plug-in electric cars and hybrids between 2010 and 2013. Read more at Green Car Reports.

Green Festival Expo Visits Portland, Oregon 
Green Festival Expo will be in Portland, Oregon on December 11-13. From the event website: 
“Green Festival Expo is the largest and longest-running sustainability event in the United States, now in our 14th year. Our mission is to bring together the world’s most trusted companies, innovative speakers, national and local innovative businesses, conscious consumers and pioneering thinkers like yourself, in one place to promote the best in sustainability and green living. Join the Green Festival Marketplace by exploring over 250 exhibitors, learning from over 50 inspirational speakers, indulging in some delicious vegan or vegetarian food and learning all you need to know to live a more sustainable lifestyle! Don’t forget to check out our newest addition to the expo, the local marketplace!” 
Upcoming Green Festivals in 2016 include New York City April 16-17, and Washington, D.C. May 7-8.

Leviton Introduces Evr-Green Portable Mini Charger
Excerpted from a Leviton press release. 

Leviton unveiled the Evr-Green Mini Level 2 electric vehicle charging station, the latest edition to the Evr-Green line of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). The Evr-Green Mini comes standard with a 12-foot and optional 18-foot cable, and works with 30 amp circuits commonly used with electrical dryers found in residential garages. The Evr-Green Mini enclosure is rated for temporary submersion and can withstand extreme weather environments. The new station features a ground monitor interrupter circuit and over temperature protection.
“As part of our partnerships with many of the leading national automakers, we’ve learned that more than 80 percent of our residential customers have electrical panels near where they park. The Evr-Green Mini was designed to deliver a lower total cost for Level 2 charging, which includes the product, installation and permitting,” said Manoj Karwa, Senior Director for Leviton’s Commercial & Industrial Business Unit. “The Evr-Green Mini delivers an improved charging time that is nearly five times faster than standard cordsets, the enclosure weighs about two pounds, and is compact enough to easily fit in your hand, all at a total installed price of about $500.” For more information, visit the Leviton website.

New Report Outlines Policy Pathway For Northeast & Mid-Atlantic States To Get More EVs On The Road
From an EVObsession article by James Ayre 
A new joint report from the Conservation Law Foundation, the Sierra Club, and Acadia Center — titled Charging Up — has detailed a policy pathway for governments in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions to spur faster adoption of electric vehicles there, and thereby cut greenhouse gas emissions to some notable degree.
The new report also expounds on the significant gap that currently exists between official state goals and the actual current rate (and trajectory) of electric vehicle (EV) adoption. 
As far as the policy pathway, the various actions that would (or will) need to be taken by the various utility companies, auto manufacturers, and state governments are all detailed.
The report, which will be shared with lawmakers and industry leaders, analyzes the progress of such policies on a state-by-state basis. The report shows Massachusetts and Maryland leading the way in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region, but notes that all states need to significantly ramp up action.
“Making electric vehicles more affordable and accessible is a win-win-win,” stated Jenny Rushlow, staff attorney at the Conservation Law Foundation, and co-author of the new report. “It helps combat climate change by lowering our carbon footprint, it protects communities from the harmful health impacts of increasing air pollution, and it boosts our economy by promoting energy independence and alternatives to costly gasoline and oil. For our region to lead the nation in these efforts, stakeholders need to work together to adopt the right policies, and this report provides the blueprint to get it done.”
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