Dear Wheego Enthusiast,
In This Issue:
National Drive Electric Week
National Drive Electric Week
- National Drive Electric Week
- Self-Racing Cars
- What Can We Learn From EV Owners in Norway (More Than 100k of Them)?
- Alexa, Charge My Car
is here! This year’s celebration will be held September 10-18, 2016. Over 212 communities have something fun planned - click here
to find an event near you. Many areas hold an EV parade or demonstrations along with a local Farmer’s Market, party or festival. This is a great time to learn more about EVs and meet others who are interested. National Drive Electric Week started in 2011 as a way to raise awareness of EV’s, and is now the largest Electric Vehicle event, celebrated across the United States and internationally. If you’re already driving a Wheego, take it to an event near you and share your experience!
For our Wheego drivers in Oklahoma City – your local event
will be held Saturday September 10th
beside the Wheeler District Ferris Wheel, recently moved to OKC from the Santa Monica Pier. Enjoy rides on the Ferris Wheel and show off your Wheego!
As we shared last month, Wheego is working with Comma.ai on autonomous vehicle technology. Here is a video
from our debut at Thunderhill Raceway’s first Self-Racing Cars event. Stay tuned!
Thanks to a combination of government incentives and public enthusiasm, electric cars make up a higher portion of new-car sales in Norway than in any other country. As of May, there were more than 105,000 plug-in electric cars registered in the Scandinavian country of 5 million people. That makes Norway possibly the best place in the world to study the habits and preferences of electric-car owners.
Some interesting insights were indeed gleaned by a recent survey of around 8,000 vehicle owners in Norway conducted by the country's Institute of Transport Economics
(via Charged EVs
Of the electric-car owners surveyed, 71 percent also owned a gasoline or diesel car, 4 percent also owned a plug-in hybrid, and 4 percent owned a second electric car.
The survey also found that owners of all-electric cars and plug-in hybrids had different transportation needs, although both were at least somewhat motivated by economic and environmental considerations.
In addition, electric-car owners value the incentives and perks—such as exemption from road tolls—that come with those vehicles, according to the survey. They also tend to be younger, have more children, and own more cars than owners of other vehicle types.
Despite continuing concerns over range anxiety in most markets, the survey also showed that electric-car drivers actually travel slightly more per year than owners of plug-in hybrid, gasoline, or diesel cars.
Finally, when it comes time to buy a new car, it seems the majority of Norway's electric-car drivers are happy to stick with plug-ins. Only about 2 percent of plug-in hybrid buyers said they would not buy a plug-in car again, while the attrition rate or all-electric cars was less than 1 percent.
Alexa, Charge My Car
eMotorWerks, manufacturer of intelligent and connected smart grid charging solutions for electric vehicles announced the integration of Amazon's voice-controlled Alexa home automation technology into their JuiceNet electric car charging offerings.
JuiceBox charging stations maximize charging efficiency & speed while providing EV owners intuitive control and visibility. By shifting when and how much electricity JuiceNet-enabled stations draw from the grid, eMotorWerks helps utilities and grid operators reduce electricity costs, ease grid congestion, and absorb additional solar and wind power. eMotorWerks is paid by grid operators for those services and shares back a portion of proceeds to EV drivers via ongoing rewards for smart-grid charging. Read the full announcement here
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