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Install of EV Home Charging Station

EVLink Charging station
Install of new EVLink at home charging station

After a short wait we are happy to say that our new EV home charging station is installed! The cost was around $350, the same cost as running a new dryer plug, wire, and breaker.

It took a good two hours to install but most of that time was spent running a new wire up and over the garage ceiling to get it to the side we wanted it on.  It took about 20 seconds to actually connect the three wires inside the EVLink charging station and tighten down the set screws. While we didn’t want a portable Level 2 charger at home we did verify that if we were to ever move we could take this with us by turning off the breaker, unscrewing those three set screws, removing the wires, and capping them off with wire nuts and electrical tape.

EVLINK L2 at home charger
EVLINK L2 at home charger

The difference in charging speed between a 110v outlet at 12 amps vs. a 240v outlet at 30 amps is night and day! The 110v outlet would put back between 4 and 5 miles of range into our electric vehicle every hour it was plugged in. This new 240v “Level 2” charger gives a charge of 10-12 miles every hour! The difference is amazing for at home charging of EVs.

This is extremely helpful for those days when you take the car out for work/errands then come home for an hour or so and head 20140708_172917out again. Only now with a Level 2 home charger there will be lots of extra EV only miles to play with. In the short time we have had the Level 2 charger at home it has made a world of difference. If you are considering buying an EV home charging station we have to say it is totally worth it. It took a while for us to decide we wanted an EV home charging station and you can read an earlier post regarding our decision to finally purchase a Level 2 home charger here. For now there will be a lot more “sport mode” going on without worrying too much about running out of EV only miles and using the gasoline backup because while we have the option, we hate to use it if we don’t have to.

 

What is it like owning a Tesla Model S?

MagicSpaceCarIf you’ve ever wondered about or had questions about exactly what it might be like to own the all electric Tesla Model S this comic from The Oatmeal will explain everything you need to know from the point of view of an actual owner.  Except this owner is a hilarious web cartoonist.  And he explains things in a very funny but serious way.  You’ll have your questions answered and you’ll also be left in stiches from all the laughing!  Read all about his “magical space car” and how the seven months he’s owned has worked out so far.  Leave a comment and tell us what you think.

 

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/tesla_model_s

 

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.

UPDATE: 3D Printed J1772 Inlet In Use

20140503_12502620140503_125054The 3D printed J1772 inlet is now in use.  We simply bolted it to the block wall in the garage with some concrete anchor screws.  Now there’s a place to put the plug to keep it clean, dry and out of harm’s way.  Instead of draping the plug over the charger or hanging it loosely it can stay in its perfectly shaped home similar to a public charging station.  What do you think?

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!

 

 

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