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.
The 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?
Watch 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.
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.
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!
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/
Do you use the portable 110V charger for your Chevy Volt or other EV as your main charger? Do you ever wonder where to put the plug after you’ve removed it from the car? Do you just drape it over the charger box or just set it on a nearby shelf? Do you wish there was a nice spot you could just put the plug in like at a public charging station? Wish no more! With the advent of 3D printers you can now simply download this plug holder and print it out in hard plastic. Then just bolt it to the wall near the charger and you can plug it in just like you’ve always wanted. Take a look at the pictures to see it in action. Leave us a comment if you wanted one of these and/or would use one. And if you have a 3D printer this is the link to the file I used to print it: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:153449