04Jul/17

Streetlight Equals Charger Potential

At Park to Spark® we believe the ubiquitous nature of electricity here in the USA makes EV’s a great personal transport option. Power is all around us. Our lives center around the availability of electricity. The existing electricity infrastructure means there is a potential EV fuel source nearby quite often.

So, why not use streetlights to fuel our EV’s? It turns out it isn’t that simple. But, maybe it isn’t that difficult either. German firm eluminocity is providing streetlight solutions that could make every streetlight an EV charge spot.

Courtesy eluminocity.com

Charged Electric Vehicle Magazine reports (click here) that a California City is installing 5 streetlight chargers. We are excited to follow the progress of this solution.

Please contact Park to Spark® to discuss how easily accessible electricity may help turn your workplace into EV charge spots for your employees and visitors.

04Jul/17

Volt 2.OHHHH

Our 2012 Volt was amazing. Over 106,000 miles in 5 years. We drove it like it was “just a car”. But, it was so much more. We thought we would keep it for another year or two. It was comfortable, in great shape, and still performed magnificently.And then… We had the “old” Volt at our Chevy dealer for a rare visit to the mechanic. We also had another car to trade in (long story). For fun, we (okay, my wife) decided it was time test drive Volt 2.OHHHH.

Well, we now own a new 2017 Volt.

And, it appears to be even more amazing than our “old” Volt. The added range already came in handy when we drove 53 miles (the exact EPA EV range estimate) on a round-trip to a wedding over the first weekend. All electric. But, we knew we had the gasoline engine just in case. It really is a near perfect blend of almost-always-electric and just a car.

Please contact us to learn more about our Volt 2.OHHHH experience. We’ll be happy to help you understand how workplace charging can allow you to drive a car like ours and use gasoline only when you need it.

16Jun/17

Public Chargers Hit 16,000 in USA

Source: Coming to a corner near you. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Quartz reports that we now have 16,000 public EV charging spots with 43,000 “plugs” in the USA (CLICK HERE). That’s a small number of locations when compared to the 112,000 public gas stations (each with many pumps/hoses). But, it is great progress since virtually all of the public charging spots have been installed since 2009.

We believe the best point in the article is:

“The number of public EV charging stations in the US may not outnumber fossil fuel outlets for decades, mostly because they will be unnecessary. ‘Refilling’ will be a chore only for EV owners without garages or for those making long distance drives along highways. The future of the fill-up is probably plugging in at home or work.”

Home and workplace charging are two of the keys to mass EV adoption. Please contact us at Park to Spark® so that we may help you with your workplace EV charging strategy.