12Jul/17

EV Charging Hardware Vendor Lists Charge Times

Clipper Creek, one of many brands we consider when helping you decide your EV charging strategy, has published their latest list of EV charge times. CLICK HEREElectric vehicle charging times depend on a couple factors:

  • What EV is being charged? Electric vehicles have various sizes of battery pack sizes; the battery pack size determines the amount of energy stored in the vehicle.
  • The power going into the EV: Different electric vehicles have different power acceptance rates. Electric vehicle charging stations have various max power delivery ratings.

If the EVSE (the hardware that is like a gas pump) offers less power than the vehicle’s maximum acceptance rate, the EVSE is the limiting factor in charge time. If the vehicle’s acceptance rate is lower than the EVSE’s maximum output rate, the vehicle is the limiting factor.

Please contact Park to Spark® so that we can help you understand how the charge time fits into your EV hosting strategy.

06Jul/17

Volt Versus Prius Carbon Dioxide Race

HybridCars.com reports that the EPA’s estimate of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for a Chevy Volt and a Plug-in Prius is very close. The headline reads: “The US EPA Says The Chevrolet Volt is Barely Greener than The Toyota Prius” (Click Here).

The headline is accurate. But, we can’t help but sense that the headline is a bit of a punch at the Volt. FULL DISCLOSURE: We own our second Volt and find it to be the most amazing vehicle we’ve driven. The headline is provocative. It will catch the eye of those that are, to put it mildly, “not fans” of the Volt.

As EV advocates, we at Park to Spark® suggest this headline instead:

“Volt and Prius Hybrid Both Save About 50% of CO2 Emissions When Compared to the Average American Car”

Yes, the Volt gives off 230 all-in grams/mile of CO2 in Coal Country. The EPA states the average new vehicle in the USA gives off 430 grams/mile of CO2. The Volt (based on EPA’s assumptions for driving miles/style) creates 53.5% of the CO2 spewed by the average new car EVEN IN COAL COUNTRY.

Both the Prius and the Volt also consume less oil while spewing less CO2. According to EPA , the average Prius consumes 5.9 barrels of oil per year. The average Volt consumes 2.0 barrels per year. The average Ford Fusion (25 MPG) consumes 13.2 barrels per year. The Volt and the Prius both seem to be win/win vehicles to us.

See FuelEconomy.gov for tons of great calculators to help determine the benefit of EVs.

Please contact us to learn more about your vehicle strategy and how workplace charging for EVs will help with both CO2 emissions and saving barrels of oil.

 

05Jul/17

Volvo Adding Electrification to All Vehicles Soon

Several news outlets reported today that Volvo is electrifying all of its cars soon. Using a battery to support an internal combustion engine (ICE) improves fuel economy with minimal performance impact. This savings makes sense ECOnomically (both ecologically and economically).

Adding a plug to the car (either partial electric or all electric) helps even more.

Please contact us at Park to Spark ® so that we may help you with workplace EV charging solutions for your new Volvo which will help make it even more ECOnomical.