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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/