Welcome to one of the newest EAA chapters, the Western Maryland Electric Vehicle Association.
Its focus is the Frederick and Hagerstown area, as well as Allegheny and Garrett counties. You can read more here.
The City of Alexandria is seeking input on forming a plan to size, site and possibly built EV infrastructure. No matter where you live, if you are an EV driver, you can offer valuable lessons and advice. Help Alexandria do things the right way! Comments are due by May 22.
1. Start here, watch the introductory video (it's factually very solid).
2. Read the survey questions here.
3. Think about what the most effective way forward is for the city, in terms of workplace charging, public charging, multi-family homes, how low to moderate families can charge at home, charging for homes with on-street parking, historical/aesthetic issues, and whatever else you think is important.
4. Return to the survey and complete it before Friday May 22.
"Your electric car runs on coal, so you're not reducing carbon emissions at all"
Well, not quite. In fact, in January 2020, the market share of coal in power generation in the US had dropped to 20%. There were even 38 days in 2019 when generation from renewables (solar, wind and hydro) exceeded generation from coal1.
January and February 2020 began with a growing proportion of renewable-dominant days, and now, due to the greater cost of operating coal plants compared with fuel-cost-free wind and solar2, made more so by current reduced demand, a big part of March and all of April have been dominated by renewable power.
This was forecast to happen3 sometime in 2021, and to be virtually certain in 2022, but has occurred earlier.
So, the old saw about how "EV's run on coal", just ain't so. Rest assured, an EV will get cleaner as the grid gets cleaner, and the grid is getting cleaner all the time.
PS: A handy tool to compare the carbon emission of vehicles by zip code can be found at evtool.ucsusa.org
I just discovered a cool new series on the MotorTrend cable channel called Vintage Voltage.
Its four episodes in to the first season. It chronicles Electric Classic Cars in the UK, which converts classics to electric drive. The owner Moggy also had a segment on Fully Charged, and they have a small YouTube channel. It's about time that EV conversions had a dedicated show on TV, and here it is.
Similar American EV converters that come too mind are EV West, EVTV, Moment Motors. Any local ones?
Funny piece on a used Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell sedan you can pick up...in New Jersey. https://jalopnik.com/behold-the-most-mysterious-used-car-for-sale-in-americ-1837933507
BTW, here it is on Car Gurus:
A primarily robotic assembly line builds Audi electric motors in Hungary. Fascinating, and somewhat relaxing to watch.
Maryland PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid EV) owners may inadvertently receive the wrong HOV stickers from the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles. If you are the owner of a:
* BMW 330e iPerformance PHEV
* BMW 740e iPerformance PHEV
* BMW i8
* BMW X5 xDrive40e
* Chevy Volt
* Chrysler Pacifica PHEV
* 2018 CT6 Plug-in Cadillac
* Ford C-Max Energi
* Ford Fusion Energi
* 2018 Honda Clarity PHEV
* 2017 Hyundai Sonata PHEV
* 2018 Hyundai Ioniq PHEV
* 2018 Karma Revero
* 2018 Kia Niro PHEV
* 2018 Kia Optima PHEV
* Mercedes C 350E PHEV
* 2018 MINI Cooper SE Countryman All4 PHEV
* Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
* 2017 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
* Toyota Prius Prime
* 2018 Volvo XC90 AWD T8 PHEV
. . . or any other PHEV, you may receive a yellow HOV sticker in the mail that limits you to the HOV lane on MD Route 50 only. This is the wrong sticker. The Route 50 limitation applies to non-plug-in hybrids only. Instead, Maryland PHEV owners should receive a white sticker with a green border that simply reads, "MARYLAND PLUG-IN VEHICLE, HOV" with a serial number below. This entitles PHEV drivers to drive in any HOV lane regardless of the number of passengers.
According to a Maryland DMV official , the problem is caused by auto dealerships that list their sold or leased PHEVs simply as "Hybrid" on the VR-335 HOV application form, without including the words "Plug-in". This creates confusion at the DMV, which cannot distinguish between PHEVs and non-plug-in HEVs, often causing the wrong stickers to be mailed out.
If you are a PHEV owner and receive the wrong sticker in the mail, simply call MD DMV Customer Service at 410-768-7000 from 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday thru Friday, and explain that you are a "Plug-in vehicle" owner and should have received the white sticker. They may transfer you to "Window 22 (?)" in Glen Burnie, where you will have to patiently explain the situation again, but they will mail you the correct sticker.
Happy HOV'ing! As an EV or PHEV owner, you deserve it.
Rich Hartnett, Sergeant with the Hyattsville Police Department, and EVADC member, was the subject of an article in Chevy New Roads Magazine. This exciting first-of-a-kind police-trim Chevy Bolt has also been featured in Green Car Reports, Electrek, and Police Magazine. It’s a great example of an upgrade to a municipal fleet that is cost-saving for taxpayers and better at accomplishing its job.
Rich has also been the main motivation behind Hyattsville getting several L2 and DC fast chargers installed for city residents. Come out to Hyattsville’s National Drive Electric Week event Sept 8 from 11-4 and get a close-up look at the fist Chevy Bolt police car in the nation.
Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington DC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, P.O. Box 93, Laurel, MD 20725