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Downtown Melbourne EV Fast Charger Getting Plenty of Use

 

5-8-14 Its a Beautiful Thing

The new downtown Melbourne, FL CHAdeMO DC fast charger for electric vehicles is getting a lot of use!  Out of the first 16 days of it being put into service since Earth Day 2014 it has been used 14 times.  Now that we know there’s plenty of demand for charging stations we just need to know where we should put in the next charging station.  Leave us a comment on where you would like to see the next charger and what EV you drive.

First Monthly Electric Vehicle Meetup

Men standing next to their electric vehicles
SCEV Drivers with their cars
SCEV driver members sitting in their cars
SCEV Drivers at the L3 charger

First, we would like to thank everyone who made it to the first Space Coast Electric Vehicle Drivers monthly meet up. It was a perfect day to park our cars at the level 3 charger in downtown Melbourne, Fl and walk over to Meg O’Malleys for a late lunch.

We love the idea that the cars are parked together and are easy to view so people walking by can see electric vehicles of all types in their town. It is a great way to show the town we are here, we are using the newly installed infrastructure, and we will make a point to gather in locations that add electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) such as the new CHAdeMO charging station. (Especially when they are located in truly convenient areas of town with easy access to amenities.)

So now we are sure you are asking yourself “what did I miss?” As if the opportunity to dine on some of Melbourne’s most delicious French onion soup wasn’t enough here are the details.  We spent the time discussing our cars, talking about upcoming events, discussing outreach opportunities, what we all do for work, how good the crab cake appetizer is, how we ended up in Melbourne, strange or fun experiences you have had interacting with the public in regards to your electric vehicle, how good this half a rack of ribs is, lots of talk about flying planes (commercial and private), and much, much more.

Couldn’t make it this month? No problem, there is always next month. So save the date for the first Sunday in June which happens to be June 1st at Squid Lips in Melbourne. Be sure to check the website. We look forward to seeing you at the next meet up.

 

 

Jay Leno Reviews the Via Motors VTrux

vtrux-2-300x209Watch Jay Leno take a look at the new VIA Motors VTrux – and love them!  If you’ve been wanting a gas saving SUV or pickup truck this is the best of all possible worlds.  It uses the same idea that makes the Chevrolet Volt save so much gas and even adds a power export option so you can run power tools or your house with the batteries and onboard, range-extender generator.  Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments.

Downtown Melbourne EV Fast Charger Ribbon Cutting

Here’s a sneak peek at the ribbon cutting event that took place at downtown Melbourne’s newest EV charging station.  The first DC fast charger in Brevard County, FL.  The Space Coast EV Drivers were invited to do Q & A with attendees at the ribbon cutting. Stay tuned for photos and videos from the event. Lots of electric vehicle drivers were on hand to celebrate the unveiling.

Recharge your EV with a Volcano!?

http://www.carswithcords.com/nissan-leaf-recharged-volcano/

Here’s a neat article about a Nissan Leaf owner in Hawaii that used up most of his car’s battery climbing the long winding road up a dormant volcano mountain then had a full battery again when he got back down.  Thanks to the regenerative braking that all electric cars, plug in hybrids, and regular hybrids have he was able to recharge the battery coming back down the mountain.  This is something you can only do with electric cars!

 

 

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