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Currently there are over 230,000 plug-in EVs and Plug-in Hybrid cars in the United States, thanks to federal rebates of up to $7,500 and various State and local incentives.
The popular Nissan Leaf gets an equivalent of over 150 miles per gallon, and can go up to ninety miles on a charge. The high end Tesla EV has a range of over 200 miles.
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Portland Press Herald, Posted June 4, July 2016 Barry Woods is all charged up about electric vehicles in Maine ReVision Energy's Barry Woods sees the future – and it's battery-driven. But in a largely rural state with long distances between work and home, 'range anxiety' remains a high hurdle.
Electric Vehicle Charger installed in South Paris, July 2016
On Saturday September 10, 2016 from 9am to 1pm, The Center for an Ecology Based Economy will host an electric vehicle expo at the South Paris town office, as part of National Drive Electric Week. The event will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly installed EV charger at the South Paris Police station, guest speakers, and test drives of electric cars such as a VW e-Golf, Nissan Leaf, Kia Soul EV, and others.
One of our featured speakers will be Brian Kent. Brian took his 100% electric Nissan Leaf on the ultimate road trip and toured all the lower 48 states, planting trees along the way. He traveled over 43,000 miles over the course of about 8 months, in a car with about an 80 mile range.
National Drive Electric Week, September 10-18, 2016, is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. They are fun to drive, are less expensive and more convenient to fuel than gasoline vehicles, are better for the environment, promote local jobs, and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Are you considering going electric? Come talk to owners who have successfully done so.
Started in 2011 as National Plug In Day with the simple idea to hold simultaneous events across the country on the same day, by popular demand they have expanded to an entire week of events and changed the name to emphasize the thing we all want to do: drive electric. We expect National Drive Electric Week 2016 will again grow to include more events in more cities with more drivers reaching out to share the many advantages of driving electric with the public.
Our EV EXPO event in South Paris will also feature local food vendors, music, and test rides of electric bikes. FMI, please contact the CEBE Transportation Working Group 207-739-2101
Portland Press Herald, Posted July 19, 2017 Novel solar tracker in South Paris will fuel electric cars – and hopes for inspiring students Installing the moveable array of panels along a well-traveled road on the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School campus will teach students about renewable energy and generate a higher profile.
Electric Vehicle Charger installed at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris, July 2016
The solar tracker will hold 20 panels on a single pole. The design is called a dual-axis tracker, because it uses a motor and GPS technology to move the panels from east to west, as well as up and down. By maintaining an optimal position to the changing position of the sun, the charging station is expected to produce more power than a comparable, fixed array.
The output is rated at 6.3 kilowatts and the system is expected to generate 10,000 kilowatt hours annually, which is almost twice what a typical home uses. The system is tied to the grid through the school, so the chargers will work all the time and excess power generated in the summer can offset the district electric bill.
Fred Garbo's Nissan Leaf and solar tracker, Norway, Maine
New EV Charging Station coming to the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School
EV Charging Station at Longley Park in Norway, Maine
EV Charging Station at South Paris Police Department
EV Charging Station at Paris Autobarn in South Paris, Maine
EV Charging Station at Bessey Motors in South Paris, Maine
EV Charging Station at Goodwin Chevrolet in Oxford, Maine
Electric Vehicle Charger installed in Norway, July 2014
In what might be the first municipal electric vehicle (EV) charger in the state, the town of Norway has installed an EV charging station behind the information kiosk on Main Street. The charger was donated to the Center for an Ecology-Based Economy (CEBE) by Revision Energy and was installed by CEBE Advisory Board member Fred Garbo and Dennis Yates, Norway’s Electrical Inspector. Electricity is provided by the town of Norway with the agreement that if it proves too costly for the town, CEBE will install solar power to offset the cost.
Garbo, along with Zizi Vlaun of CEBE painted the parking space with a custom stencil indicating the charger location and to deter non-electric vehicles from using the parking spot. Signage is also posted, both at the site and on Main Street to direct EV users to the station.
By installing the charger in downtown Norway it will encourage EV users from Portland, Bethel, Conway or anywhere within a 50-60 mile radius to visit Norway and be able to top up their batteries for the return trip while enjoying the amenities of downtown. The charger location is identified on the online Chargepoint and Plugshare maps that are frequently referenced by EV users nationwide.
Electric vehicles are becoming more popular each year as charging infrastructure improves and battery technology becomes more efficient and affordable. Currently there are over 230,000 plug-in EVs and Plug-in Hybrid cars in the United States, thanks to federal rebates of up to $7,500 and various State and local incentives. Maine does not offer EV incentives at this time.
The popular Nissan Leaf gets an equivalent of over 150 miles per gallon, and can go up to ninety miles on a charge. The high end Tesla EV has a range of over 200 miles. Combined with renewable electricity, such as solar or wind, electric vehicles represent a viable clean transportation option unheard of just a few years ago, especially for commuters and others who make many short trips.
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