Go Forth Electric Vehicle Showcase in Portland: lessons learned

Green Car Reports

One of the challenges in getting car shoppers to consider plug-in electric vehicles is the education required. Tesla attacked this problem head on, opening its stores in malls and other sites where potential future buyers could dip their toes in and start to learn about electric cars without being pressured to sign on the line. sales portland plug-in cars education Oregon

Portland, Oregon: Why Is It A Leading Electric Vehicle Market?

All Cars Electric

No question about it, Portland, Oregon, is an early-adopter market for electric vehicles, and one of the leading EV markets in the U.S. The Rose City, as it's nicknamed, is already home to the first—and only, with the Vacaville, California charger down—publicly accessible Level 3 quick-charging station in the U.S., allowing more than

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Ford to prepare electric vehicles for Portland

Green Cars News

The city of Portland in Oregon will soon reap the rewards of a new collaboration between one of its leading utilities and the Ford Motor Company. The car manufacturer has teamed up with Portland General Electric to prepare the city for the operation of electric vehicles. The two companies will work together to share information [.].

Portland approves electric-vehicle friendly plan

National Green Transportation

The Portland Oregon city council voted yesterday to approve policies meant to speed up electric vehicle adoption. This adopts proposals in a report titled "Electric Vehicles: The Portland Way". Oregon is a hotbed of electric

Daimler Trucks North America unveils two Freightliner electric vehicle models and Electric Innovation Fleet

Green Car Congress

Freightliner Trucks premiered two fully electrified commercial vehicles—a Freightliner eCascadia heavy-duty truck and a Freightliner eM2 106 medium-duty truck—during the Daimler Trucks Capital Market and Technology Day in Portland. Electric (Battery) Heavy-duty

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Portland's Electric Avenue Charger Project Aims To Take It Higher

Green Car Reports

In what we see as a shrewd move to help keep Portland, Oregon at the forefront of the electric-car movement, the city has dedicated a full city block, called Electric Avenue, to electric vehicle charging. At a ceremony yesterday, Portland mayor Sam Adams plugged in the first car and dedicated a street lined with chargers, in the company of

Navistar First Launching eStar All-Electric Truck Sales in Portland, Oregon

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Portland, Oregon will be the initial launch market for Navistar’s new eStar electric truck. The eStar all-electric truck is the first medium-duty commercial vehicle to receive US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification as a clean fuel fleet vehicle as well as California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification as a zero-emissions vehicle. Sales of the eStar all-electric vehicle are conducted through a wholly owned Navistar affiliate.

Mitsubishi Confirms i MiEV headed for US; Oregon and Portland General Electric Join Partnership Program

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Fleet sales of the electric vehicle begin this July in Japan. Kurihara also announced that the State of Oregon and Portland General Electric (PGE) are joining Mitsubishi in the i MiEV partnership program. PGE is rolling out a network of charging stations across its service territory in Oregon and the addition of i MiEVs further facilitates its support of next-generation electric vehicles.

What Comes First, The Car Or The Charger? Portland, Oregon Answers

All Cars Electric

Are electric cars being held back by a lack of convenient charging points? Or do more electric cars need to be produced in order for a demand for electric vehicle charging points to be large enough to justify installing them? And should charging stations be ones offering a 240V, 30A top-off charge, or should they be fast chargers offering an 80

Rechargeable Zinc-Air Battery Company Approved to Receive $6.8M in Loans and Tax Credits from the State of Oregon and City of Portland

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ReVolt Technology, LLC, a company that is developing rechargeable zinc-air batteries ( earlier post ), has been approved to receive a package of loans and tax credits from Oregon and Portland authorities totaling approximately $6.8 Upon final closing, the SELP funding and incentives will further enhance ReVolt’s research and development work in a public-private partnership producing advanced battery systems for electric vehicles.

Electric-Car Incentive Considered In Oregon: $3,000 "Cash On The Hood"

Green Car Reports

Oregon has quite the reputation for being electric-vehicle friendly. Incentives and Rebates Oregon portland That reputation holds true if you already own an EV—the state’s a wonderland in terms of charging infrastructure—but for those who want to replace the fossil-fuel burner, the state hasn’t helped make the path to EV ownership any easier. WATCH: Energica Ego.

Toyota chooses Prius Plug-in demonstration venue

Green Cars News

Oregon has been keenly competing with California for the title of America’s greenest state and now it has been rewarded for its efforts as it has been chosen as one the sites for Toyota’s Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle programme. The Japanese manufacturer will place 10 of its vehicles, equipped with lithium-ion batteries, in Oregon this spring [.].

Ten Percent Electric Vehicles By 2020? No Sweat, Utility CEO Says

Green Car Reports

Portland, Oregon wants to be a hub for electric vehicles and early electric-car adopters. With the city focused on attracting companies and making the region a center for electric-vehicle launches, test fleets, and even EV tourism, it begs the question: how many people in the Portland area, how soon, could be driving electric vehicles before it

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

Green Car Congress

Coulomb Technologies announced that The Boeing Company has installed Coulomb’s ChargePoint stations for electric vehicles (EV) on four campuses; Bellevue, Wash., Portland, Ore., Charge Northwest is an advisory company in electric vehicle public charging station infrastructure. El Segundo, Calif. and Mesa, Ariz.

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Car Companies Standardize Plug for Electric Vehicles : Gas 2.0

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Car Companies Standardize Plug for Electric Vehicles Written by Jerry James Stone Published on April 19th, 2009 34 Comments Posted in Electric Cars (EVs) , Plug-in hybrid EVs Just a few hours after General Motors called for a standardized EV plug , one has been created!

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car to Begin Offering Electric Vehicles in US

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car will begin a phased introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) at select offices throughout its neighborhood network of more than 5,000 US locations. In addition to the LEAFs, the company will offer customers electric vehicles from other manufacturers as they become available. San Diego; Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.;

President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

Green Car Congress

President Obama announced 48 new advanced battery and electric drive projects that will receive $2.4 These projects, selected through a highly competitive process by the Department of Energy (DOE), are intended to accelerate the development of US manufacturing capacity for batteries and electric drive components as well as the deployment of electric drive vehicles. Production of manganese oxide cathode / graphite lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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Going to the Electrathon/HPV Event at PIR

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Last weekend, I took the Civic-EV to Portland International Raceway to show it off at the Electrathon/Human-Powered Vehicles event there.

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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. There were probably twenty electric vehicles at EV awareness day. The electrically augmented bicycle. Here are some cool looking Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs).

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Getting a 914 platform

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

This is a picture of the yellow 914 that I'm going to be purchasing from Camp914 near Portland as a base platform for the electric vehicle conversion.

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Weighing and Cleaning the Car

Open Source Civic EV Kit

It was a bit intimidating waiting in line with several semi-trucks, sort of like landing on the main runway of Portland International Airport with an ultralight airplane. I'm happy that the engine compartment is clean enough to live up to its purpose as a clean-energy vehicle.

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ICCT paper assesses leading regional EV markets in US and policies behind them

Green Car Congress

A new white paper from the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) assesses which policy actions are behind the regional leading markets in the US for electric vehicles. Colorado has the highest incentive: as much as $5,000 per vehicle.

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PSU, Partners to Evaluate Toyota Prius PHEV

Green Car Congress

Portland State University (PSU) and its Oregon partners, including Portland General Electric, have been selected by Toyota as one of six groups nationally to demonstrate and evaluate the next-generation Prius Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle (PHV). Portland State University will administer the program regionally. PSU and PGE are also working to bolster the region’s growing electric vehicle manufacturing, charging and supplier industry.

EV Awareness Day, Synkro faults

Open Source Civic EV Kit

We held it at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. After talking about electric vehicles to people all day in the sun, I was rather fried at the end of the day. Yesterday was our local EV organization's big annual event called EV Awareness Day.

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80-Foot Long Electric Bus Concept From Poland: Uses Fuel Cells Too

Green Car Reports

Aggressive promotion by carmakers is slowly getting the public used to the idea of electric vehicles, but probably not ones like this. This massive plug-in electric bus concept comes from Polish bus-maker Solaris--and it uses fuel cells too. DON''T MISS: Portland Tests BYD K9 All-Electric Passenger Bus: Quick Ride The 24-meter (78.7

Getting a Baseline on 0-60 times

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I consider this a good baseline for comparison with the final electric vehicle. He might be willing to show his vehicle at the OEVA EV-awareness day coming up in Portland on July 5th. My friend Jonathan was in town this weekend, so we took some time on a traffic free Sunday morning to get some 0-60 times from the original Civic. The first run took 12.70 seconds, but we agreed that I wasn't pushing the car much. The second run was goofed by slow traffic.

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Making Fake Batteries

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Today was a slow day for the Civic, since I'm preparing for EV awareness day tomorrow with the Oregon Electric Vehicle Association. Tomorrow: Standing all day in Pioneer Square in Portland, answering the same questions over and over.

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Chatting with other EV folks

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

There were many electric vehicles there to ponder and I got a chance to chat with a bunch of people. Brad Hippert, the president of Porteon (www.porteon.net), and I chatted about production of NEVs (neighborhood electric vehicles) in Portland soon. I had only intended to go for 30-40 minutes to see all the electric vehicles, but ended up being one of the last people there at 10:30pm talking with all these great EV pioneers.

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Daimler Trucks launches E-Mobility Group; single global electric architecture

Green Car Congress

Daimler Trucks has launched an E-Mobility Group (EMG) comprising all of its electric activities. The Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has already delivered the first models of its fully-electric FUSO eCanter to selected customers in the USA, Europe and Japan.

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Shelling out Real Money

Open Source Civic EV Kit

I still haven't found a donor vehicle, but I've been swamped with preparing for EV-awareness day since I'm the chairperson of the Oregon Electric Vehicle Club. 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.

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

Green Car Congress

The initiative is part of Electrify America’s $2-billion investment in electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and education in the United States over the next 10 years. Level 2 charging will provide for a charging speed up to 20-25 miles of driving range per hour, which would allow drivers to fully charge their electric vehicles at their home or workplace. Electric (Battery) Infrastructure

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ICCT study assesses EV promotion and uptake in top 25 metropolitan areas in US

Green Car Congress

EV promotion actions, charging infrastructure, and EV share of new vehicles in 2014 in the 25 most populous US metropolitan areas. San Francisco exhibits the most electric vehicle promotion actions and the highest share of new vehicles that are plug-in electric.

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My 2007 Dream Project

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

After seeing the movie Who Killed The Electric Car , I got the nutty idea earlier this year to purchase an all-electric vehicle to commute to work. 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.

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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. Read more in the article: Smart to Launch Test Fleet of Electric Cars. Smart also is joining a growing group of auto makers betting on electric vehicles. is the most ambitious, with plans to sell as many as 150,000 electric cars in the U.S. Smart To Launch Test Fleet of Electric Cars.

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Shifting Fixed and Charger Outlet Installed

Porsche 914 EV Conversion

I just sent an e-mail to a local guy who has helped a few folks out with mechanical issues on their electric vehicles. In preparation for EV awareness day in Portland this coming weekend, I plan to label all the components so I can better explain things to interested people.

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

Green Car Congress

ChargePoint—the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network—released a list of the top 10 friendliest metropolitan areas in the US for EV drivers. Portland, OR. Portland, OR. The San Francisco Bay Area (including San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose) led the nation, followed by Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego and Honolulu.

Visiting Synkromotive and Learning about Deka 9A31s

Open Source Civic EV Kit

Northwest Battery here in portland highly recommended Discover EV31a-a and FullRiver group 31 batteries over the Dekas as well, but they also cost more. While I'm still sticking with group-31 batteries, I'm going to have to re-open the battery decision since I don't want to invest $2000 every 12 months in the electric vehicle. I visted Synkromotive two days ago to look into becoming a Beta tester of their new motor controller.

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Super FET working Comments on Sykro Controller

Open Source Civic EV Kit

We're showing off 30 electric vehicles in Downtown Portland and Mayor Adams is also showing up at our press event to endorse our group. Last week I was mostly on vacation, so I didn't get a chance to really charge the car at full amperage many times. This week was back to work, so I was able to give the charge detector a more reasonable test. In short, the three huge FETs with heat-sinks seem to work just fine (I should hope so.).

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Letter from Copenhagen

Revenge of the Electric Car

Sure, an electric car would be nice, but that would have been last Sunday, when the nearly 80 electric vehicles in a “CO2 Race&# combed the streets of Copenhagen. So were the electric Teslas, Nissans, Renaults, Betterplace vehicles, and Danish cars of the “International Mayor’s EV Parade,&# a couple days later. My real issue that night was an age old problem for all wheeled vehicles: a flat tire.

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7 finalists announced for USDOT Smart City Challenge; Amazon Web Services new partner

Green Car Congress

The finalists are: Austin, TX; Columbus, OH; Denver, CO; Kansas City, MO; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; and San Francisco, CA. announced its intent to award up to $10 million to the winning city to support electric vehicle deployment and other carbon emission reduction strategies.

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