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The 11th Annual AltCar Expo will be held Sept 16-17 in Santa Monica

Posted 07-26-2016 in News by Editor

The 11th Annual AltCar Expo Showcases Latest Technology Available in Alternative Fuel Vehicles.

AltCar Expo is free to the public and has the largest collection of alternative technology vehicles currently on the market. Cars and two wheel vehicles are available for free test drives.



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Global EEE Launches Energy and Environmental Education Fundraiser - Grand prize is BMW i3

Posted 07-19-2016 in News by Editor

Global EEE has launched a fundraiser to support student competitions that promote Education, Energy efficiency, and Environmental consciousness. Student teams apply math, science, and engineering to construct and race electric, hybrid-electric, and solar powered cars.

The fundraiser and will draw a ticket the first day of each month beginning August 1 for a $2,000 Riide Electric Bike, and the Grand Prize drawing plus 5 additional Riides on December 3. The Grand prize is a BMW i3 electric car (or $40,000 cash).

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Electric Personal Transportation Devices

Posted 07-26-2016 in Articles by Editor

When self-balancing electric personal transportation (PT) devices were introduced in 2001, they were enthusiastically heralded as the next big thing in personal transportation. While predictions of fundamentally changing human locomotion have fallen short, there continues to be a growing number of new PT devices that fill a niche no other type of vehicle can.

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Net Metering: A consumer incentive that poses potential problems for utilities

Posted 07-26-2016 in Articles by Editor

For residential solar systems, the majority of power is produced when people are not home to use it. From approximately 11 am – to 3 pm daylight savings time, the photovoltaic (PV) panels mounted on homes are producing their highest output. This middle-of-the-day time period is usually the time most people are out of the house and don't use a lot of energy. So when the system is producing the maximum output, customers aren't able to take advantage of the available production.

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Evatran Plugless

Posted 06-28-2016 in Reviews by Editor

The Plugless system takes the convenience of not having to fill up at a gas station to the next level. Never mess with a wet or dirty charging cable. Don't worry about accidentally running over and damaging the plug. Even the most forgetful EV owner can come out to a fully-charged car in the morning. Plugless offers 3.3kW wireless charging for Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt and Cadillac ELR models. A series of lighted arrows guides drivers to ensure they are parked properly over the floor pad.



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EMW JuiceBox Pro 40

Posted 06-28-2016 in Reviews by Editor

The JuiceBox Pro 40 is the flagship charging station by Electric Motor Werks (EMW). The 10kW 40A EVSE features energy metering, Wi-Fi connectivity, scheduling, notifications, and a smartphone app, which can be used to configure the unit remotely. The JuiceBox can be configured to send up to 10 different notifications, including charge start, time in use, and end of charge. The JuiceBox Pro 40 can even alert owners via the app if they forgot to plug in their car by a particular time.




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ChargePoint Home 25

Posted 06-02-2016 in Reviews by Editor

ChargePoint has been a leader in the public and commercial charging business since the modern reintroduction of electric cars. With the introduction of their Home 12 and Home 25 products, ChargePoint brings the sophisticated connectivity and 24-hour customer service the company is know for to the residential EVSE market. The smart appliance allows users to use the ChargePoint mobile app to remote start, schedule and set charging reminders for their home charger. The app allows them to see how much energy is used and the number of miles added based on their car model. ChargePoint Home chargers update automatically with the latest software upgrades over WiFi. The residential charger integrates with the entire ChargePoint network allowing users to see all the residential, public and workplace charging done with their ChargePoint account and consolidate electricity usage information. It also works with Nest brand smart home thermostats allowing users to track usage and energy costs through integration with Nest and Nest energy reports. Plus, Home identifies the local utility provider and recommends the best time to charge.

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GS Battery

Posted 06-29-2016 in Reviews by Editor

GS Battery boasts that their top-of-the-line ECO R SLR1000-2 is rated for 5,000 cycles at a 70% depth-of-discharge. Pretty impressive numbers for a valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery. Introduced in the summer of 2015, this battery's cycle numbers put it squarely in the realm of lithium-ion battery cycles.



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Q Lite Electric Kick Scooters

Posted 06-29-2016 in Reviews by Editor

An electric kick scooter can be a perfect solution as a last mile mode of transportation or for low speed recreation. They are smaller than electric bikes and more stable than electric skateboards. They are not just for kids, either. Built with sturdy frames, using lithium batteries and reaching speeds of 15 MPH, these scooters can carry up to 250 pounds 15 miles.



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Segway i2 and X2 SE

Posted 06-28-2016 in Reviews by Editor

With almost 15 years of product development, Segway continues to improve their self-balancing transporter. A simplified handle removal procedure makes removing it easier than on previous models. Just unscrew two bolts and the handle detaches for storage or transportation. The streamlined foot bed features a charging plug port that has been beef up, recessed a little and given a sturdier cover that closes when not in use.







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