23Aug/17

Picking on GM

Full disclosure: We drive a second generation Chevy Volt (Volt 2.Ohhh) and we loved our 2012 Volt for all 107,000 of its miles. And, my Dad drove a Buick for a million years. So, we don’t “hate” General Motors. The truth is, we give GM credit for bringing the Volt to market way back in 2010ish. And, for turning the Bolt into a reality in a pretty short time frame.

Green Car Reports has an article which calls out the shortcomings of the Bolt all electric GM car (CLICK HERE). The article is very fair. And, we agree with most of the assertions. In short: 1) No “fast” charging network; 2) Highly variable dealer experience; 3) Hatchback vs crossover.

“All of these hurdles can be overcome, but the experiences of Bolt EV owners attempting longer-distance travels suggest that the Bolt EV’s maker needs to figure out its response to very clear desire for a Tesla-like fast-charging network”

The Bolt is not perfect. But, man, it is a pretty great car that is highly acclaimed by car experts (Award, Award, Award, Award, Award,…). Yet, a read of the comments that follow the Green Car Reports article would leave you to believe that the Bolt is a Chevy Vega CLICK HERE ( if you don’t know what a Vega was).

Our take: The Bolt could work for the vast majority of drivers for work commutes and typical other trips. Really, 230+ miles is a lot to drive in one day for most of us.

Consider a Bolt IF you have: 1) A power outlet near where you park your car while you sleep; 2)A power outlet at your workplace; and 3)A 2nd car or other option for your rare long trips. And, of course, you don’t mind a smaller car.

Contact us after you get your Bolt. Park to Spark© will help you with implementing a workplace charging strategy that makes sense for you and your employer.

10Aug/17

Great Fuel Savings Calculator

Nissan has a great calculator that helps to estimate the cost savings you may have by driving a 2017 Leaf instead of your current vehicle. CLICK HERE

We like the simplicity of the calculator. Be sure to click on the “Not Sure” link on the MPG page if you are like most of us and have no idea of what your MPG is in your current car. Nissan’s list of car MPG’s is very robust.

Please contact Park to Spark® so that we may help you figure out the best way to charge your new EV at your workplace or elsewhere.

04Aug/17

Plug-In Electric Hybrid Benefit Calculator

We spend a lot of time in the “EV World” and often hear even EV advocates highlighting flaws of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs). Typical complaints:

  • They only go a few miles on electric (No Range)
  • They use too much gasoline (Bad for the environment)
  • They charge too slowly
  • They are not a real EV

The detractors are correct. All of those statements are true-at least to an extent.

But, what about the upside?

PHEV’s are Electric Most of the Time. And, A PHEV is JUST A CAR When Not Electric.

The U.S. Department of Energy web site FuelEconomy.gov has a great calculator to help drivers estimate how much fuel a PHEV will consume. The detailed calculator (CLICK HERE) allows users to input weekly driving habits and even how many long trips the user will make in a year’s time. The calculator then provides expected annual cost for operating that PHEV model. It even estimates how many trips will be made to the gas station.

The Park to Spark® Volt 2.Ohhh will only go to the gas station 4 times in a year since we have home and workplace charging. And, we’ll spend about $587 to fuel the car.

The average driver that travels our 14,112 miles in a 25 MPG car would buy 564.48 gallons of gasoline. At $2.35 per gallon, they would spend $1,326. So, Volt 2.Ohhh saves us about $739 per year compared to an average car. And, avoids about 530 gallons of gasoline consumption.

So, a PHEV is pretty good.

Contact Us to learn more about PHEVs or BEVs or even cost calculators. Then, we’ll help you with implementing your workplace charging strategy to make the most of your new car.