Portland's Electric Avenue Relocates, Adds DC Fast Chargers

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It’s already been four years since Portland really charged ahead in its commitment to electric cars with Electric Avenue, a project that designated a city block of parking spots plug-in-only, peppered the block with a variety of charger hardware, and let EV owners have at it.

Nissan trialing eNV200 in Portland

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Nissan is working in collaboration with Portland (Oregon) General Electric (PGE) on a six-week trial to help determine the viability of an electric commercial vehicle in the US market. This year, Nissan is deploying two e-NV200 prototypes with companies such as PGE and FedEx in top US EV markets including California, Georgia, Oregon and Washington, DC to determine how businesses could use an all-electric cargo van to meet their day-to-day requirements.

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BMW i and EVgo expanding ChargeNow DC Fast program; 500 more fast chargers in US; no-cost DC and Level 2 for BMW i3 drivers

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At the Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW of North America announced, in cooperation with NRG EVgo, the expansion of the ChargeNow DC Fast program. As part of its ongoing commitment to the growth of a robust public DC Fast charging infrastructure, BMW is supporting EVgo’s installation of an incremental 500 DC Fast Combo chargers, to benefit BMW i3 customers and all EV drivers in the US with DC Fast Combo charging capability. ChargeNow DC Fast markets include: Atlanta, GA.

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car2go opening in Washington DC

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car2go North America, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, launches its car-sharing service in Washington DC this weekend. Beginning 24 March, car2go will begin to deploy 200 smart fortwo cars in Washington DC, distributing them throughout the entire District. In March 2012, car2go will launch in Washington D.C. and Portland, Oregon.

VW, BMW and ChargePoint partner to create SAE Combo DC fast charging corridors on the East and West Coasts

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In the initial phase, the aim is to install nearly 100 DC Fast charging ports across both coasts, with plans to expand the program to increase access to fast charging across the country. DC charging the BMW i3 (left) and Volkswagen e-Golf (right).

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car2go pulls plug on car-sharing service in San Diego, Minneapolis/St. Paul

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Those locations include: New York City, Portland, Columbus, Seattle, Denver, Austin, Washington DC, Calgary, Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver. Daimler’s car-sharing service car2go is suspending its operations in San Diego, California and in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. In San Diego, car2go faced a lack of use, the company said. In the Twin Cities, the issue is the high state car rental taxation rates.

Preliminary survey results show 27% believe they will be using autonomous car by 2020, 49% a single mobility app

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A final sample size of n=2,320 was achieved across 23 cities between the 6-22 September 2016: London (109); Melbourne (100); Sydney (100); Singapore City (101); Austin (100); Los Angeles (100); New York (100); Philadelphia (100); Portland (100); San Francisco (100); Washington DC (100); Kuala Lumpur (100); Amsterdam (100); Milan (100); Paris (104); Madrid (100); Brussels (101); Montréal (100); Toronto (104); México City (100); Santiago (101); Lima (100) and Frankfurt (100).

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Kia prepping Washington and Oregon for Soul EV launch; dealers and charging network w/ fast-chargers

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In addition to each being equipped with two Level-2 chargers (40 total in the PNW region), 10 of the dealers will also be up-fitted with 50kW Signet FC50K-CC-S DC fast chargers, increasing Kia’s overall network of fast-charging stations.

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ChargePoint ranks US metro areas for EV friendliness; SF Bay Area still on top

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Austin fell to the number-six ranking after having held the number-four spot on the 2013 list; Washington, DC and Boston, MA fell from the ninth and tenth spots, respectively, while EV infrastructure growth and registrations propelled Atlanta and Denver into the top 10. Portland, OR. Washington, DC. Portland, OR.

BMW, Volkswagen and ChargePoint complete EV express charging corridors on the East and West Coasts

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Electric vehicle (EV) drivers can now travel the most heavily-trafficked corridors on the East and West Coasts of the United States with the installation of 95 new DC Fast charging stations as part of the Express Charging Corridors Initiative—a collaboration of BMW of North America, Volkswagen of America, Inc. and along Interstate 5 and Highway 101 on the West Coast, connecting metropolitan areas from Portland, Ore.,

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BMW’s ReachNow installing Light & Charge locations in Seattle; 100 chargers at 20 new public sites

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In Seattle, each Light & Charge site will include one ChargePoint DC Fast Charger and two to four AC, Level II chargers. This investment will add up to 20 publicly accessible EV charging locations and 100 chargers—including both DC Fast Chargers and Level II chargers—to the city.

Taking a Day off to see the EV Show

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I took the day off to walk around Portland to the farmers market and EV awareness day with Krista. He built the DC version of the Electro Automotive kit awhile back and challenged me to a drag duel at Nedra next week.

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Electrify America to install 2,800 charging stations at workplaces and multi-unit dwellings across US

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Workplace and multi-unit dwelling charging stations will be installed in six California metropolitan areas—Fresno, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose—as well as in Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, Raleigh, Seattle and Washington, DC.

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First $300M tranche of VW National ZEV investment targets charging infrastructure; 150kW+ fast charging on highway network

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published the plan for the first tranche of Volkswagen’s National Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Investment spending, directed at 11 cities nationwide—New York, Washington, D.C.,

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Siemens installing Sitras supercap-based stationary energy storage unit for TriMet light right substation

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Siemens is currently installing the first Sitras SES (stationary energy storage) Energy Storage Unit with supercapacitor technology in the US on the new TriMet Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Line. Sitras SES. Click to enlarge.

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Shelling out Real Money

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I also bit the bullet and decided to try out the Belktronix system for the controller, charger, battery-managment and DC-DC. One person in Longview was gracious enough to take my vehicle back home to Portland on a trailer so I didn't have to sleep in the charging station parking lot to get a charge. I've started to order parts over the past few days since lead times are getting larger these days with the demand. I ordered a Warp9 motor from Carlo at EV-supply in Seattle.

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Top 15 Nissan LEAF markets in US in 2013

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Another three are on the West Coast and in Hawaii: Seattle (4), Portland (5), and Honolulu (6). Portland. Washington D.C. Additionally, for the greater D.C. Top 15 LEAF market year-to-date in 2013. Source: Nissan Click to enlarge.

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Nissan expanding “No Charge to Charge” program; all-access EZ-Charge card

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No Charge to Charge” will launch using the EZ-Charge card on 1 July 2014, in 10 of the top markets for Nissan LEAF sales, including San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Seattle, Portland, Ore., Worth, Houston and Washington, DC. Nissan is expanding its successful “No Charge to Charge” promotion, which will provide two years of no-cost public charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF.

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Notes Back to Barbara per Comment

Spirit of DC - PHEV3A

Cheers Barbara, The "Spirit of DC" has visited the Electric Auto Association (EAA) Chapters in the Great Pacific Northwest: Seattle Electric Vehicle Association; Vancouver EVA; and Oregon EVA in Portland. Google: FunRunintheSun and notes about the "Spirit" which may be the Lead Vehicle for the 3-wheel X-Treme BugEV's coast-to-coast run from DC to LA.

Hanging out with NEDRA

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Summer events have held me back from working on the 914EV, so I headed out to Portland International Raceway to get a boost of inspiration from NEDRA (National Electric Drag Racing Association) to continue the project. Here's Otmar's DC powered 914, controlled by his Zilla1K controller.

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Zipcar to expand Zipvan cargo van service across North America

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Zipcar is launching the Zipvan service in Seattle, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Portland, Oregon today, and will roll out the service to its remaining metro markets in North America over the next 12 months. The service was expanded to North America as a pilot program in November 2011, and has been well received by Zipcar members in the pilot markets of San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Toronto and Washington, DC, with over 12,000 Zipvan trips taken to date.

Boeing using Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint Network for workplace electric vehicle charging in four states

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Portland, Ore., Charge Northwest provides consulting, site analysis, sales of Level I, Level II and DC charging station equipment, installations through its network of certified pacific northwest based electricians and software integration and ongoing network monitoring and operations. Coulomb Technologies announced that The Boeing Company has installed Coulomb’s ChargePoint stations for electric vehicles (EV) on four campuses; Bellevue, Wash., El Segundo, Calif. and Mesa, Ariz.

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RelayRides launches US-wide peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace; car2go car-sharing expands to new cities

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Separately, Daimler car-sharing subsidiary car2go car2go North America, LLC, announced it will launch in two new cities: in Washington, DC beginning 24 March and in Portland, Oregon beginning 31 March. Peer-to-peer car sharing service RelayRides is expanding and is now available to car owners and renters nationwide. RelayRides’ model is based on neighbors renting out their cars to fellow neighbors, instead of one that requires ownership and maintenance of a car fleet.

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Columbus, Ohio wins $40M DOT Smart City Challenge; $10M more from Vulcan, $90M from private partners

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cloud partner Amazon Web Services, NXP Semiconductors, Mobileye, Autodesk, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs, AT&T, DC Solar and Continental Automotive.

Nissan Announces Dates for US LEAF EV Tour

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Portland, Ore.: Washington, D.C.: The Nissan LEAF all-electric car will make its North American debut in Los Angeles on 13 Nov. The Los Angeles showing will be the first time people in the United States will be able to see the five-passenger, five-door, gasoline-free car, which is embarking on a nationwide tour.

Chatting with other EV folks

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

John Benson (aka JRAB) brought his functioning 914 DC EV conversion (originally from Electro Automotive) too. Brad Hippert, the president of Porteon (www.porteon.net), and I chatted about production of NEVs (neighborhood electric vehicles) in Portland soon. Last night was the monthly OEVA meeting. There were many electric vehicles there to ponder and I got a chance to chat with a bunch of people. I'm kicking myself a bit for not bringing my digital camera, but that's life.

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Alaska Airlines to be Gevo’s commercial launch partner for renewable alcohol-based jet fuel

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The carrier flew 75 flights between Seattle and Washington, D.C. and Seattle and Portland in November 2011. Gevo has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Alaska Airlines to purchase Gevo’s renewable jet fuel and fly the first commercial flight on alcohol-to-jet fuel (ATJ). Earlier post.). The single demonstration flight is expected to occur after Gevo receives ASTM International certification for its fuel, sometime in mid- to late-2015.

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My 2007 Dream Project

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

Since I live in Portland, Oregon, I went to a meeting with the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association and found out about several companies that provided drop-in electric conversion kits for existing cars. Electro Auto sent me a conversion manual for their earlier DC motor kit and I've been following the preparations in that booklet for when the kit shows up.

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Ford names first markets for the Focus Electric

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Portland, Ore.; Seattle; and Washington, DC. Ford Motor Company has named the first markets that will sell the Focus Electric, Ford’s all-electric passenger car: Atlanta; Austin and Houston, Texas; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Los Angeles; San Francisco; San Diego; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Raleigh Durham, N.C.; Richmond, Va.;

Tesla expanding Supercharger network; boosting charging to 120 kW

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The expansion of the Supercharger network builds upon the initial deployment of the network in California and Nevada on the west coast and the Washington, DC to Boston region on the east coast. Tesla’s vision of the Supercharger network in 2015. Click to enlarge. Tesla Motors announced an accelerated rollout of its Tesla Supercharger network, which delivers quick charging for Tesla Model S drivers over long distances (i.e., city-to-city travel), for free.

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Fall Preview and Theatrical Launch

Revenge of the Electric Car

Portland. Washington, DC. This summer has been a wild ride of festivals, terrific opening press and special event screenings across the country.

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Ford opens limited reservations for 2012 Focus Electric; starting at $39,995

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Portland, Ore.; Seattle, and Washington, DC. Ford has opened reservations for the 2012 Focus Electric, with a starting price of $39,995, including $795 in destination charges but before state and federal incentives. Buyers can configure a Ford Focus Electric and place orders with a Certified Electric Vehicle (EV) dealer via a dedicated website. A limited number of Focus Electrics will first be available in California and the New York/New Jersey regions.

Two Week Commuting Report

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

The DC-DC converter is still working fine, so the car is actually quite convenient to drive. Apparently Dan is the only guy in the Portland area that has a flywheel balancer with a small enough mandrill to fit the 914 flywheel hole (1/2 inch or so). Since I don't work Fridays, this is the end of my second week commuting to work fifteen miles each way. Two things have definitely made the car more fun to drive.

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APTA reports record public transportation usage in US in 2013; growth outpacing population and VMT growth

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The following five commuter rail systems saw double digit increases in 2013: Austin, TX (37.3%); Harrisburg-Philadelphia, PA (33.9%); Anchorage, AK (30.0%); Lewisville, TX (23.0%); Stockton, CA (19.9%); Minneapolis, MN (12.5%); and Portland, OR (10.3%).

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Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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Portland General Electric. On another front, DOE will partner with industry, the National Laboratories, and other stakeholders to develop a study that will examine the vehicle, battery, infrastructure, and economic implications of direct current (DC) fast charging of up to 350 kW, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. This includes research and development investments, site identification, smart city deployments and DC fast charger corridors.

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Smart Move

Revenge of the Electric Car

Smart will be launching a test fleet of 250 electric cars in selected areas, including: Portland, San Jose, Indianapolis, Orlando, and the Washington, D.C. Smart will lease a fleet of 250 electric cars to businesses, organizations and select people, in Portland, Ore.; and the Washington, D.C.-Boston – Boston Corridor. Read more in the article: Smart to Launch Test Fleet of Electric Cars. By Mike Ramsey for the Wall Street Journal.

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THINK Releases US EV-Ready Cities Index

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San Diego, Portland and Sacramento were rated fifth, sixth and seventh putting four cities in California in the top-15 index. The remaining cities included Denver, Boston, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Phoenix. Portland. Washington DC. Electric vehicle maker THINK released its first US EV-Ready Cities Index. The top four cities included first-ranked Los Angeles and second-ranked San Francisco with Chicago and New York tied for third.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car Adds 5,000 Hybrids to Nationwide Fleet

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Markets include California (Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Fresno); Colorado (Denver); Florida (Orlando, Tampa); New York (Albany, Ithaca, New York City, Rochester); Oregon (Eugene, Portland); Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston); Atlanta; Boston; Detroit; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; St. Louis; Seattle; and Washington, DC.

Underwriters Laboratories Named Exclusive Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory for The EV Project

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The vehicles will be powered by 11,210 UL-Listed charging stations in homes, and commercial and public locations in five US states: Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson), Washington (Seattle), Oregon (Portland, Salem, Corvallis and Eugene), California (San Diego) and Tennessee (Chattanooga, Knoxville and Nashville).

Bailouts and Beemers

Plugs and Cars

Hoping the broader crisis would provide cover for the effects of years of bad management and undesirable product, the over-compensated execs from Detroit flew in separate private jets to DC seeking a handout. Portland's electric utility has already begun installing charging insfrastructure. The deck of cards, some might say house of cards, that is the American economy is being shuffled.

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