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Total Number of Plug-In Vehicles on American Roads Doubles in a Year
EDTA recently released sales data for the U.S. electric drive market, showing that the total number of plug-in vehicles on the road has doubled since this time last year.
California Ups HOV Green Sticker Program By 15,000 to 55,000 Total
California Governor Jerry Brown has recently signed SB853 – a budget trailer bill, that includes a unexpected addition of more green stickers for PHEV drivers. The bill would increase the number of those identifiers that the DMV is authorized to issue to 55,000.
Consumer Reports TurboCord Review: Affordable cable makes juicing up electric cars fast and easy.
“In response to garage tinkerers in electric car clubs, who began modifying the 110-volt (Level 1) charge cords that come with electric cars so they could be plugged into standard 220-volt electric clothes-dryer outlets, AeroVironment has introduced the TurboCord. It’s the same concept, only certified for sale and meeting all legal safety requirements.”
Over 211,000 Plug-ins Sold
Since market rollout at the end of 2010, there have been 211,097 new plug-in vehicles sold as of May 2014.
Ready, Set, Charge! Mt. Hood National Forest Welcomes First Electric Vehicle Charging Station
Oregon, home to the nation’s first border-to-border electric highway, continues its emergence as the ultimate travel destination for electric vehicle (EV) drivers. The Forest Service, the Oregon Department of Transportation and their partners recently unveiled America’s first EV fast-charger installed on U.S. Forest Service land and at a ski resort.
NY Times: New Cord for Electric Vehicles Offers Charge-Anywhere Versatility
Range anxiety and limited charging infrastructure are among the reasons some consumers don’t consider buying an electric vehicle. Those two concerns are related, because if there’s no place to charge an E.V., that affects the distance a driver can travel.
AeroVironment, which builds electric-vehicle charging equipment, announced last week the release of a new type of charging cord that will allow E.V. users to recharge anywhere. With a dual-voltage setting, 120 volts and 240 volts AC, the cord could broaden E.V. charging options from the current charging stations equipped with those funny-looking plugs that connect to E.V. charging ports.
ABC7 News: Features TurboCord™ EV Charger
There is a new charger hitting the market for plug-in hybrids and electric cars giving drivers some charging flexibility.
AeroVironment Transforms EV Charging with New, Easy and Convenient TurboCord
• Portable plug-in charger increases range confidence, reduces costs to drivers, workplaces, businesses and governments
• Fits in palm of hand; plugs directly into electrical socket; no charger installation required; weighs less than five pounds, including 20-foot cord
• Operates on 120 or 240 volts; at 240 volts it charges nearly three times faster than standard cordsets – less than three hours for plug-in hybrids and less than six hours for full battery electrics
• UL listed with state-of-the-art safety features, including indoor and outdoor use, highest waterproof NEMA 6P ratings, and thermal sensors
MONROVIA, Calif., Jan. 30, 2014 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AVAV), a leader in electric vehicle charging and the preferred home charging solution supplier for five global automakers, today unveiled TurboCord™ – a compact, UL-listed, dual mode 240-volt/16-amperage and 120-volt portable charging cordset (MSRP $649) that sets a new standard for EV charging. TurboCord is also available in a 240-volt only version (MSRP $599).
Charged EV’s: DC Fast Charging Billing Models
An increasing number of drivers are depending on public charging to extend the useful range of their vehicles.
Nissan LEAF® Owner Surpasses 100,000 Miles
Today, state of Washington resident Steve Marsh officially became the first Nissan LEAF owner in the US to surpass 100,000 miles. Amazingly, it took Marsh only 31 months to achieve this feat. In celebration of the odometer clicking over to show 100,000, Marsh met in Tumwater, Washington with representatives from Nissan, Washington Governor Jay Inslee, State Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson and other EV drivers in the area who showed up to congratulate him.
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