05Sep/18

Honda PHEV Is Here

The Honda Clarity PHEV is here. By that we mean literally 2 miles from the Park to Spark HQ in western Pennsylvania. We have not seen it yet in person. But, it appears to be a great car that should appeal to people that wish to drive electric most of the time and then just drive the rest of the time.

The Clarity PHEV has 47 miles of EV range before being “just a car” that gets 42 MPG when using gas. Those that have access to a 120 volt power outlet at the place where they sleep will wake up with a full battery on any day they can charge for 12 hours. 90% of American trips in 2017 were less than 20 miles one way. So, most drivers (understatement?) would drive on 100% Electric on most days.

Please Contact us so we can help your firm with a workplace EV charging strategy to help your employees with their Clarity PHEV and other great cars with a plug.

 

13Aug/18

Plug into the Present

Electrify America-which was a result of the VW dieselgate scandal-has begun to fulfill one of its penalties/mandates: TV ads promoting EVs. The first one is pretty fun.

VW’s loss is EV proponents’ gain. We’ll see $2 Billion worth of EV investment from Electrify America which should help promote electrification.

Please contact us here at Park to Spark® so we can help create your firm’s EV adoption strategy.

12Aug/18

Short Range PHEVs Not So Bad

Longer range all-electric vehicles seem to get the hype. Model 3… Bolt… The 200+ mile range Battery Electric Vehicle is the future—–for some drivers.

However, a better solution may be a simple Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle or PHEV. Examples of these include:

  • Chevy Volt (53 Electric Miles  Range/Then 350 Miles of gas Range)
  • Honda Clarity PHEV (47 Electric Miles Range/Then 293 Miles of gas Range)
  • Toyota Prius Prime (25 Electric Miles Range/Then 615 Miles of gas Range)
  • Chrysler Pacifica (33 Electric Miles Range/Then 537 Miles of gas Range)
  • Kia Niro (26 Electric Miles Range/Then 524 Miles gas Range)
  • Ford Fusion Energi (21 Electric Miles Range/Then 590 Miles gas Range)

PHEVs are electric MOST of the time. They are just a car when the electric is depleted. This combination means the driver need only worry about running out of fuel if a gas station isn’t available.

How often would a PHEV listed above run on Electric only?

Nearly 77% of all household vehicle trips were 10 miles or less in 2017

Source Energy.gov

Even the Ford Fusion Energi with 21 miles of EV range would allow 77% of round trips to be ALL ELECTRIC with no fear of running out of fuel. Other PHEVs with more EV range are even better.

Adding workplace charging could raise the ALL ELECTRIC trips to 90% on work days even with the Fusion Energi. Contact us at Park to Spark® so we may help you with your EV charging strategy so your employees can drive electric most of the time too.