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We’ll be at Melbourne Beach Founders Day

Our next event will be at the Melbourne Beach Founders Day.  We’ll be setting up our tent and table and banner as part of the car show on Ocean Avenue.  Drop on by and ask real electric vehicle owners any question you have about driving electric!  Go here for more information and the whole day’s schedule: http://www.melbournebeachfl.org/Pages/MelbourneBeachFL_News/01CE537B-000F8513

When

Saturday, May 3, 2014
We’ll set up at 9:30 am as part of the car show that will be 10 am to 3 pm.

Where

Town of Melbourne Beach, Florida
Ryckman Park and Ocean Park

Ribbon Cutting for New Electric Car Charging Station at City Hall

We’ll be at the ribbon cutting for the new CHAdeMO charging station installed at the Melbourne City Hall in front of the parking garage.  You should see our tent and table and banner set up for the public to ask any questions they may have about EVs and even take a test ride or two.  We’ll have information and other print outs to give away to help decide which EV is right for you.

WHEN:
April 22, 2014 (Earth Day)
5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE:
Melbourne City Hall, 901 E. Strawbridge Ave., Melbourne, FL 32901

The event will take place in the front parking lot. Attendees may park in the garage.

WHAT:

The public is invited to attend the opening of the City of Melbourne’s newest electric car charging station. The new station is a Level 3, 480 Volt direct current fast charger. Several electric vehicles are capable of accepting the Level 3 CHAdeMO charge including: Nissan LEAF, Mitsubishi i-MiEV and Tesla (with adapter). The cost to charge will be $0.13 per kWh,* and the station will be accessible and open to the public 7 days a week/24 hours a day.

WHO:

The mayor will deliver opening remarks, and a Melbourne resident will be the first to “plug in” his electric vehicle. City engineering and sustainability staff will be on hand for questions.

WHY:

The City of Melbourne is staying ahead of the curve by installing the infrastructure to support and encourage the use of alternative fuel vehicles. This is the second charging station to be installed by the city. The first was installed in April 2013 in front of the Eau Gallie Library. Our goal is to add one station each year. The City will continue to seek funding from granting organizations and other sources. Future stations will also be located near activities of interest so that drivers using the stations will be able to enjoy city amenities while charging their vehicles.

The new CHAdeMO charging station is still in testing mode.
The CHAdeMO fast charger will be ready very soon.

 

Every US Volvo could get plug-in hybrid option

This looks promising! The higher-ups at Volvo are hinting at having a plug in hybrid (similar to the Chevy Volt) option for every model they sell. This mean you could get the gas only version and be stuck paying whatever price they set for gasoline or you can pay a little extra up front and have the option for electric with gasoline as a secondary fuel for those rare, longer trips. Take a look: http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/17/every-us-volvo-could-get-plug-in-hybrid-model/

Volvo XC Coupe Concept PHEV