Positive Predictions of EV Future

Bloomberg Business Week revealed their latest report predicting significant adoption of Electric Vehicles soon.

The Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecast (CLICK HERE) says adoption of emission-free vehicles will happen more quickly than previously estimated because the cost of building cars is falling so fast. The seismic shift will see cars with a plug account for a third of the global auto fleet by 2040 and displace about 8 million barrels a day of oil production—more than the 7 million barrels Saudi Arabia exports today.

Park to Spark® will help you with your strategy to handle all of these EV’s at your workplace. Contact us to learn more.


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.


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.