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December 2015

Dear Wheego Enthusiast:
               Happy Holidays from the Wheego team!
In This Issue:
  • Traveling? Find a Charger
  • Noisy EVs Delayed
  • Investing in EV Chargers for the Workplace is a No-Brainer
Traveling? Find a Charger 
In unfamiliar territory for the holidays? Here are some resources to help locate a charging station. All of these have both websites and mobile phone apps:
  • PlugShare lists public and private stations, and shows whether they are in use. Updated by drivers.
  • ChargePoint is a pay-to-use network of over 25,000 charging stations.
  • The Department of Energy offers an Alternative Fuels Data Center that lets you search for a charging station near a location.
  • OpenCharge lists over 50,000 public and private locations, with information updated by drivers.
  • PlugInCars has compiled a comparison of private pay-to-use networks.

Noisy EVs Delayed
From an article by Stephen Edelstein in Green Car Reports

Federal regulations that would require hybrids and electric cars to emit pedestrian-warning noises have been delayed, yet again. Because these cars operate near-silently on electric power, there has been concern among regulators that they constitute a greater safety risk to pedestrians than noisier internal-combustion cars. That led Congress to pass a law in 2010 directing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue regulations requiring these "quiet cars" to make more noise. But these "quiet car" rules now won't be finalized until at least March, according to Reuters.
NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said in July that the agency would finalize rules by November, but it apparently wasn't able to meet that target. The deadline for these rules was originally set for January 31, 2014. An initial proposal was made in 2013. That proposal called for vehicles to produce sounds above background noises, at speeds up to 18.6 mph. These rules would apply to all hybrid and electric cars, along with other quiet vehicles that don't emit powertrain noises. It's understood that carmakers would have some leeway in choosing sounds, although certain minimum requirements will be put in place. Each vehicle of the same make and model would reportedly have to emit the same sound or sounds. Regulators believe minimal noise levels are necessary to alert pedestrians--particularly those that are visually impaired--to the presence of a vehicle.
Investing in EV Chargers for the Workplace Is a No-Brainer
From an article by Indran Ratnathicam for GreenTech Media
Recent reports suggest that electric-vehicle users are frustrated by the disproportionate car-to-charging-station ratio. With one charging station for every 10 electric vehicles, electric-vehicle (EV) drivers are often trapped in vicious competition, vying for the highly coveted spaces. Nowhere is the competitive tension felt more intensely than in company lots, where EV drivers often remain parked much longer than needed to fully charge, or worse, where gas-powered car drivers accidentally take the precious plug-in spots.
To accommodate the booming market and EV-driving employees, many companies are considering adding more charging stations to their lots. While this may sound like a hassle, it’s truly imperative in today’s increasingly energy-conscious world, and it entails an easier transition that many might expect.Participating companies will not only enhance their corporate sustainability efforts, contribute to a building’s LEED Certification, and reduce emissions from employee commutes, but they can also leverage EV-charging stations to recruit and retain top talent. EV-charging stations may signal to prospective employees a company’s innovation and dedication to employees, thereby attracting a wider pool of candidates.  
Based on analysis of utility meter data, FirstFuel recently found that the cost to maintain 10 electric-vehicle charging stations per year accounts for less than 4 percent of an average 100,000-square-foot commercial office building’s annual energy bill. The cost is so nominal that it does not even stand out when looking at a company’s energy bill.  For those worried about the less than 4 percent increase in energy costs, they should also consider that the same average office building in the FirstFuel database is already wasting about twice that amount based on poor operations. A few low-cost lighting controls and tighter building HVAC start-stop times and set-point controls added to the EV charger setup expense could turn this investment into both a crowd-pleaser and a net financial gain in a matter of months. 
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