Archive for July, 2017
July 24, 2017
Electric Utility led EV incentive programs help grid stability, reduce emissions, manage costs, and provide greater efficiency
The United States has come to realize the benefits offered by cost-saving, emissions-limiting renewable energies such as electric vehicles (EV). EVs, indeed, are the most-tangible, fastest-growing example of renewables’ momentum, offering a multitude of benefits for consumers, businesses, utilities, and the environment. With utilities incentivizing consumers and joining states and the federal government in supporting the rise of EVs, it is important to understand[…]
July 14, 2017
Here at FleetCarma, we’ve been working with electric utilities to support peak load reduction programs by providing incentives for off-peak charging. Reducing loads at high-demand peak times means good things for the environment and your utility: taking advantage of renewable sources and enhancing grid efficiency and resiliency – making service more reliable for everyone. There are great solutions encouraging off peak charging, some tried[…]
July 12, 2017
When the City of Seattle embarked on a massive expansion of its plug-in fleet several years ago, it opted to avoid costlier charging stations (EVSE) in favor of what Green Fleet Program Manager, Andrea Pratt, called “slow and dumb” chargers. For the purposes of the overwhelming majority of plug-ins in the fleet, networked “smart” chargers, which can log charge data and schedule charging remotely, simply weren’t[…]
July 10, 2017
Battery electric cars are on the rise again and have charged ahead of plug-in hybrids for first quarter sales in 2017. As more drivers than ever before are feeling the buzz of all electric vehicles an even larger demographic have started to consider purchasing BEVs. We compare the most popular models of electric cars and answer the question; what are the reported ranges of the 2017 line-up?
July 4, 2017
A problem has surfaced with electric vehicles (EVs): The average electricity usage of a home in Ontario, Canada is 25 kilowatt hours (kWh) a day, but EVs, like the new Tesla Models S and X, have batteries that can store up to 100 kWh, or about four days’ worth of electricity. How, then, would the electrical grid handle thousands of vehicles charging at once?[…]
July 4, 2017
Electric cars and the charging stations powering them continue to improve. To get to the next level, the industry needs to overcome these obstacles.
July 3, 2017
Earlier this summer the City of Waterloo announced it will pilot a program which aims to clean city parks of dog droppings and use the waste to generate power. The idea, dubbed “poop power” by the city’s mayor, Dave Jaworsky, came from a local dog owner and construction worker who thought, ‘there must be a better way to do things’. As it turns out,[…]