News & Articles on Electric Vehicles

We’ve made great strides in moving the electricity sector toward renewable energy. However, transportation remains a major source of air pollution and global warming gases. If we are to make a transition to renewable energy, we will need to electrify as much of the economy as we can, including transportation. Electrified rail is one means, electric vehicles (EVs) are another. The focus here is mostly on our experience driving EVs. We’ve been driving electric since the fall of 2014.

DC Fast Charging for EVs along California Transportation Corridors

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T.p. Greene

The CEC document CEC-600-2014-002 reveals some locations of the planned DCFCs along I-5 and Highway 99. The US Green Vehicle Council and Cleantech Institute have proposed the build-out of a complete DCFC network along those highways (and also a cross-country route).

Petition the California Energy Commission to install a network of DC fast chargers to enable long-distance EV travel in California this year

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T.p. Greene

Deploying a network of DC fast charging (DCFC) stations along long-distance transportation corridors will enable long-distance EV travel in California. . . This network is also needed to make EVs practical for residents of the Central Valley and rural areas who require frequent long-distance travel.

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Level 2 Charge Station Coming to Tehachapi this Summer

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Paul Gipe

The City of Tehachapi plans to install a Level 2 commercial charge station near City Hall sometime this summer, says Chris Kirk, assistant city manager. When installed, the station will double the number of charge locations in Tehachapi.

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EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Glenville

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Paul Gipe

It was a beautiful day and there was a report of abundant wildflowers on the road to Woody. Glenville is beyond Woody and we thought we’d test our Leaf’s range once again in the foothills east of Bakersfield.

Google Route Map From Ev Trip Planner: 45 Miles And More Than 4,000 Feet Of Elevation Gain.

EV Trip Report: Bakersfield to Tehachapi

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Paul Gipe

On Sunday Nancy & I drove our car to Tehachapi from Bakersfield, California. That in itself isn’t significant. Thousands of cars and trucks climb the 4,000 feet from the San Joaquin Valley to the Tehachapi Pass everyday. What is unusual is that we drove the 45 miles in our 2015 Nissan Leaf, an electric car.

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Charging an EV at Tehachapi’s Mountain Valley RV Park

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Paul Gipe

Recreational Vehicle (RV) parks with NEMA 14-50 receptacles are popular with drivers of Electric Vehicles (EVs) where no EV-specific chargers exist—as is the case between Bakersfield and Mojave, California. These outlets provide 240 volts at up to 40 amps of continuous current, equivalent to that from EV-specific chargers.