Nov
14

Pev And Other Tax Credits

How does the federal plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) tax credit phase-out work, and has it begun for any vehicle manufacturers? What is the status of other federal alternative fuel tax credits?

Answer: The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor VehicleTax Credit begins to phase out for a manufacturer when at least 200,000 qualifying vehicles produced by that manufacturer have been sold for use in the United States, based on sales after December 31, 2009. Many of the other federal tax credits, such as the Alternative Fuels Excise Tax Credit and the Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Tax Credit, expired at the end of 2013 and have not been extended or renewed. Additional tax credits have or will expire this year.

Federal PEV Tax Credit Phase-Out
Each manufacturer must report quarterly to the IRS on their vehicle sales. According to the IRS Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit Quarterly Sales page no manufacturers have reached the 200,000 cumulative PEV sales mark. This means all qualified vehicles are still eligible for their full credit amounts. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb
25

A Guide to the Lessons Learned from the Clean Cities Community Electric Vehicle Readiness Projects

ev guideClean Cities is proud to announce the release of A Guide to the Lessons Learned from the Clean Cities Community Electric Vehicle Readiness Projects. Synthesizing reports from the 16 Clean Cities PEV readiness projects across the country, the Guide gathers together the most important conclusions and highlights illustrative examples.

To announce the report, Clean Cities published “Ten Ways Communities Can Pave the Way for PEVs” on the EERE blog and posted below.

1. Form partnerships and gather input: Expanding a region’s PEV market requires collaboration and coordination between the private and public sector. For example, to help form their PEV readiness strategy, the City of Austin surveyed more than 1,000 people representing local and state governments, employers, PEV community groups, electricians, current PEV drivers, parking lot owners, and property owners.

2. Describe local benefits of PEVs: The American Lung Association of the Southwest in Colorado analyzed lifecycle emissions of local PEVs charged on Colorado’s electric grid. From electricity generation to tailpipe emissions, they found that, on average, PEVs in Colorado produce fewer greenhouse gases and smog-forming pollution than comparable gasoline vehicles. The study raised public awareness about the many health and environmental benefits of PEVs.

3. Analyze data to understand how the PEV market may grow: The Center for Transportation and the Environment in Atlanta found that PEV sales in Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina will grow by at least 10-fold from 2015 to 2020.

4. Decide on the best incentives: Several states offer a variety of financial incentives to PEV buyers. The Centralina Council of Governments in North Carolina found that drivers prefer up-front incentives such as eliminating sales tax, rather than traditional tax credits, which Washington, Colorado, and New Jersey already offer.

5. Identify future public charging locations: The Transportation and Climate Initiative, which led a group of 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, described the benefits and challenges of installing charging stations at nine different types of locations including central business districts, universities, and workplaces.

6. Support the installation of chargers where a variety of PEV drivers live and work: Because 41% of housing in their region is multi-unit (as opposed to single family), the South Florida Regional Planning Council conducted workshops for apartment and condo managers on how to install PEV charging stations. Installing these stations at workplaces and multi-unit housing complexes can help ensure all PEV drivers, not only those in single-family houses, have easy access to charging.

7. Examine and revise zoning policies to encourage use of PEVs: The City of Auburn Hills in Michigan encourages developers to run electrical conduit to all new developments, making it easier to install residential charging in the future. So far, developers have followed that request and some are even installing PEV charging stations on their own.

8. Streamline permitting and codes: To help cities across the country simplify their permitting processes, Clean Cities offers a model permit that can be customized as needed. Similarly, Oregon has a single state-wide permit for residential electric vehicle chargers. By simplifying the permitting process, electricians only need to familiarize themselves with one set of requirements, rather than different permits in different cities.

9. Engage electrical utilities: To better understand how PEVs could impact the electric grid, the University of Hawaii is planning a “smart grid” demonstration with 200 private drivers, car share partners, and fleet owners.

10. Inform the public: New York City and Empire Clean Cities collaborated with drugstore chain Duane Reade to help consumers understand the benefits of PEV delivery trucks. Through an online campaign, New Yorkers voted on which Duane Reade stores the company would serve with these new, sustainable trucks. Many cities also promote the Alternative Fuels Data Center and its Alternative Fueling Station Locator to help their citizens learn more about PEVs.

The next Electric Vehicle Quarterly Discussion webinar will focus on the results of the report. Join us on Wednesday, March 12 at 1:00 p.m. for the webinar. To sign in to the webinar, visit the MyMeetings website and enter conference number PW4265601 and audience passcode 2492382. Participants can also join the event directly at the webinar-specific site. To call in, call 888-807-9760 and enter the participant passcode 2492382.

Jan
06

RT: Evatran to begin shipping its Plugless electric vehicle charging system

BY PETER BACQUÉ Richmond Times-Dispatch : Monday, January 6, 2014 12:00 am LINK

Richmond’s Evatran Group Inc. will begin shipments of its Plugless electric vehicle charging system this month, the company announced today.

The system is the first wireless vehicle charger available to individual electric vehicle drivers, the company said.

“Since the beginning of our company, we have focused on bringing this convenient charging technology to individual EV drivers,” said Rebecca Hough, Evatran’s CEO and co-founder. “After years of trials with commercial and municipal partners, … we’re excited to announce that the time has come.”

Evatran is offering the first 250 buyers a 30 percent discount off the price of the Plugless system, Hough said. “We’re proud to invite our first 250 customers to join us in making history.”

Oct
21

TESLA MOTORS RIBBON CUTTING TO UNVEIL FIRST VIRGINIA SUPERCHARGER STATION

 

 

EVENT DETAILS:

What: Glen Allen Supercharger Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

When: Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 10:00AM

Where: Glen Allen Supercharger
9860 Brook Rd
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059
(Located in the parking lot between Chili’s and Men’s Wearhouse)

Please RSVP to Bea González at Bea@capresults.net

GLEN ALLEN SUPERCHARGER

  • Located in the parking lot between Chili’s and Men’s Wearhouse
  • 8 charging stalls open 24hrs/day
  • Amenities include Panera Bread, Coldstone Creamery, Barnes & Noble Café, Pizzaro Pizza and more
  • Conveniently located north of Richmond, enabling free travel from Washington DC to Raleigh, NC

ABOUT SUPERCHARGERS

Tesla Superchargers allow Model S owners to travel for free between cities along well-traveled highways in North America. The Tesla Supercharger is substantially more powerful than any charging technology to date, providing up to 120 kilowatts of power and replenishing half a charge in twenty minutes. Supercharger stations are strategically placed to allow owners to drive from station to station with minimal stops. Stations are located near amenities like roadside diners, cafes, and shopping centers so road trippers can stop for a quick meal and have their Model S charged by the time they’re done.

Oct
08

Statement from DMV on Tesla Dealership in Virginia

The Commissioner is pleased that Tesla, the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA), and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), through counsel, came to an agreement and avoided litigation regarding the operation of a Tesla dealership in Virginia. After the initial ruling, the parties to the hearing before DMV engaged in discussions and, after consideration of those discussions and additional information presented, the Commissioner could determine that Tesla may own a Tesla dealership in Northern Virginia. To operate as a dealer, Tesla must meet the statutory requirements applicable to dealers and obtain a license from the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles – October 2, 2013

 

A Tesla charges at Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond

Sep
20

What are the key terms to know when discussing electric drive vehicles and their fueling infrastructure?

Question of the Month: What are the key terms to know when discussing electric drive vehicles and their fueling infrastructure?

Answer: It is important to know how to “talk the talk” when it comes to electric drive vehicles. Becoming familiar with the terms below will help you better understand these vehicles and the associated fueling (charging) infrastructure, so that you can ask the right questions and make informed decisions:

Vehicle Types

There are two main categories of electric drive vehicles:

1. Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) are powered by an internal combustion engine or other propulsion source that runs on conventional or alternative fuel, as well as an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery. The battery is charged through regenerative braking and by the internal combustion engine, and is not plugged in to charge. Regenerative breaking is a technology by which energy normally lost during braking is captured by the electric motor and stored in the battery for extra power during acceleration. There are two different types of HEVs:

  • Mild hybrid: This type of HEV uses a battery and electric motor to help power the vehicle and can allow the engine to shut off when the vehicle stops (such as at traffic lights or in stop-and-go traffic). Mild hybrid systems cannot power the vehicle using electricity alone. Example: Chevrolet Malibu Eco
  • Full hybrid: This type of HEV generally has more powerful electric motors and larger batteries, which can drive the vehicle on just electric power for short distances and at low speeds. Example: Toyota Prius
  • HEVs can be designed in two different configurations:

  • Parallel: This configuration connects the engine and the electric motor to the wheels through mechanical coupling and allows both the electric motor and the engine to drive the wheels directly, either simultaneously or independently.
  • Series: In this configuration, only the electric motor drives the wheels. The internal combustion engine is used to generate electricity for the motor.
  • 2. Plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) refer to any on-road vehicle that can be charged through an external source of electricity. There are two different types of PEVs available:

  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV): Like HEVs, these vehicles are powered by an internal combustion engine that can run on conventional or alternative fuel, as well as an electric motor that uses energy stored in a battery. The difference is that these vehicles can be plugged into an electric power source to charge the battery. PHEVs can have a parallel or series design as well. Example: Chevy Volt
  • Electric vehicle, or all-electric vehicle (EV): These vehicles use a battery to store the electric energy that powers the motor. EV batteries are charged by plugging the vehicle into an electric power source. EVs are sometimes referred to as battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Example: Nissan Leaf
  • Neighborhood electric vehicle (NEV): These vehicles are smaller and have less battery power than traditional EVs, and are often referred to as low-speed vehicles. NEVs are confined to roads with lower speed limits and states set specific regulations regarding their use.
  • Infrastructure Terminology

    Charging equipment for PEVs is known as electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE). Charging times vary based on how depleted the battery is, how much energy it holds, the type of battery, and the type of EVSE. Before exploring types of EVSE, it’s important to first understand the basics of electricity through the following terminology:

    Current type:

  • Alternating current (AC): Movement of electric current that reverses or alternates direction. AC is the form of current normally generated and delivered by an electric utility to homes and businesses.
  • Direct current (DC): Movement of electric current that continuously flows in the same direction. DC is the form of current normally delivered through batteries and is essential to charging vehicle batteries. As certain types of EVSE only provide AC (Level 1 and Level 2 described below), all PEVs are equipped with onboard equipment to convert the current to DC.
  • Amperage: The amount of electrical current, which can be thought of as the rate of flow. Amperage is measured in amperes, commonly referred to as amps.

    Voltage: The electric potential energy per unit charge, which can be thought of as the force or pressure that drives the electric current. Voltage is measured in volts (V).
    By multiplying amperage by voltage, you can find the unit of power, otherwise known as watts (W). There are 1000 watts in a kilowatt (kW). A typical residential three-prong outlet can supply 12 amps at 120V, or 1.44 kW based on the following equation:

    12 amps x 120V = 1440 W / 1000 = 1.44 kW

    PEV battery pack energy capacity is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh). A kWh is a unit of energy that indicates the ability to provide a given amount of power for one hour. In theory, a 24 kWh battery pack would take 16.7 hours to charge using a standard 3-prong outlet based on the following equation:

    24 kWh / 1.44 kW = 16.7 hours

    EVSE Categories

    There are five different types of EVSE outlined in the table below.

    Additional information on electric drive vehicles, infrastructure, and batteries can be found on the Alternative Fuels Data Center Electricity website (http://www.afdc.energy.gov/fuels/electricity.html).

    Sep
    12

    Vehicle to Grid

    Electric vehicles have long been thought of as a mobile source for pulling electricity from the grid in off-peak time and sending it back when the power is most needed.  This Vehicle to Grid concept is

    Boulder Electric Vehicle has successfully demonstrated their Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) all electric trucks in three separate locations including Michigan, Colorado and California. The first full powered success transpired in Royal Oak, Michigan, on June 14, 2013.  With 60 kilowatts of power going in and coming out of the vehicles, Boulder EV reached a new milestone and became the first EV truck manufacturer in the world to successfully demonstrate V2G bi-directional charging. “This first success happened in the labs of our EVSE partner Coritech Services. When we finally saw the power going in and coming out at the maximum allowable amounts as per the J1772 DC Combo connector spec, we were all as giddy as school kids,” said Boulder EV CEO Carter Brown.

    http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/electric-truck-manufacturer-boulder-electric-vehicle-successfully-demonstrates-vehicle-to-grid-v2g-charging-across-the-nation-223286091.html

    Aug
    27

    Free Clean Cities Webinar

    Ever want to know where to find public alternative fuel stations in Virginia or the United States?

    A webinar on the Alternative Fueling Station Locator, http://www.afdc.energy.gov/locator/stations/, has been scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 19 beginning at 4pm ET. The webinar will last one hour and will include time at the end of the presentation for Q&A.

    Presenters will include Andrew Hudgins from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and Alexis Schayowitz from ICF International.

    During this webinar, you will learn how to use the Alternative Fuels Data Center (AFDC) Fueling Station Locator, including how to search for a station, identify stations along a route, download data, and find current and historical station counts. The presentation will also cover the Fueling Station Locator data collection methodologies, review recent changes to the tool functionality, and point out new fuel-specific fields.

    Webinar login details are noted below:

    Audio

    888-807-9760

    Participant passcode: 2112397

    Web

    URL: https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join/

    Conference number: PW7152311

    Audience passcode: 2112397

    Participants can join the event directly at:

    https://www.mymeetings.com/nc/join.php?i=PW7152311&p=2112397&t=c

    Jul
    11

    Richmond Virginia Goes Electric Video

    Richmond VA Goes Electric was produced by Dominion in cooperation with Virginia Clean Cities and is a project of the Richmond Electric Vehicle Initiative (REVi). The video tells the local story of Richmonders who are experiencing substantial benefits in efficiency, economics, dependability and driving experience associated with electric vehicles. With a variety of uses, electric vehicle provide an opportunity to be part of the solution by reducing dependence on foreign oil and helping the environment!

    Jul
    03

    Fast Charging for Electric Vehicles Presentations

    On Friday, June 28th, Virginia Clean Cities hosted an event at the Science Museum in Richmond to educate individuals about DC fast chargers. Pictures and presentations from the event are below.

    Presentations
    Alleyn Harned, Virginia Clean Cities
    Charles Tahara, Eaton
    Larry Butkovich, Fuji Electric
    Brendan Jones, Nissan

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