14Apr/19

Electric SUVs Finally

US auto sales have been driven by anything-not-a-sedans for years. Low gas prices and high profit margins have lead vehicle manufacturers to create desire for non-sedan vehicles. We car buyers have taken the bait-hook line and sinker. Car and Driver reports (LINK HERE) that the top 25 cars sold in the USA in 2018 were dominated by non-sedans.

Can ICE automakers take their success from convincing us that we all NEED an SUV/Pickup Truck/CUV/All Wheel Drive into even more profitable Electric SUVs?

Maybe. After all, getting more than 30 miles per gallon could be a fresh piece of bait for the gullible fish that have been happily swallowing the non-sedan hook for years.

Audi is throwing the first hook in the water. And, we LOVE the Ad.

Please Contact Us when you need help figuring out how to build an EV charging strategy at your workplace. Perhaps EV charging will be the right bait on your hook to make employees and customers happy.

07Apr/19

EMs Are Like EVs

The Park to Spark HQ is home to even more “head scratchers” than our two Plug In Hybrid Electric Vehicles. We call our PHEVs “head scrtactchers” because people that see our vehicles plugged in when they pass our garage, well, scratch their heads. It’s as if we can read their minds as they scratch their heads and say to themselves (and sometimes out load): “Why would you drive an electric car? I would never have one of those.”

The head scratching continues when they look out in our yard to find that we use two EMs instead of ICE lawn mowers. That’s right, we use Electric Mowers. One is a robot named “Sheary” which is, in essence, a Self Driving Electric Mower. The other is a battery powered push mower.

EMs: Operate quietly; Use no gasoline; Have a kind of range anxiety since the battery may run out at inopportune times; Are fueled by 120 volt power outlets and charge over night while we sleep; and Require virtually no maintenance (never any oil change, spark plug, “tune up”). The Self Driving EM is smart enough to run by itself every day (or night) and to park itself when it is done with it’s chore.

Sound familiar?

Our neighbors don’t just own ICE push mowers to manicure their 1/3 acre middle-class yards. Some own ICE riding mowers. Complete with sheds in which they park the riding mowers-because their pickup truck and/or SUV fill the garage leaving no room for the mower. They are convinced that an ICE mower is necessary-even though an EM would be sufficient 95% of the time. And, much like the over-sized pickup trucks and SUV’s they drive, they are convinced a riding ICE mower is needed when a simple push mower would probably meet their needs.

Who’s turn is to “head scratch” now?

Contact us at Park to Spark if you think EVs and EV infrastructure strategies make you scratch your head.

07Apr/19

Go Duke

It may be shocking that Duke University’s men’s basketball squad did not make it very far (by their standards) in the 2019 NCAA championship tournament. But, that doesn’t mean “Duke” won’t be electrifying in the Carolinas this year. In fact, Duke Energy announced on April 1 that they are proposing to invest in a “$76 million initiative to spur EV adoption across the state (of North Carolina).”

The initiative in North Carolina follows ongoing Duke Energy initiatives in South Carolina and Florida. Duke Energy also has a great educational web site to learn more about EV’s including a great savings tool (CLICK HERE).

We congratulate Duke Energy for their interest in EV’s. After all, electrification of transportation is a huge opportunity for power providers. We believe this is generally missed revenue for power providers that don’t seem to realize that they could be the source of fuel for vehicles at homes and workplaces where they already provide fuel for virtually everything else.

And, much of that “fuel” could be provided without one dime of infrastructure investment using Level 1 EV charging from a standard 120 volt wall outlet.

Please contact us at Park to Spark so that we may help you learn something the power companies (excluding Duke Energy of course) don’t seem to know. We’ll show you how to create an EV strategy that fuels vehicles at your workplace.