Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) set several sales records in March 2013. March was the best sales month ever for the Nissan LEAF which recorded 2236 sales. March was also the best month for the Tesla S electric vehicle with an estimated 1950 deliveries last month (Tesla do not report monthly sales figures). The Toyota Rav4 EV also saw record sales last month thanks to $10,000 pricing discounts by Toyota. This resulted in the highest number of Battery Electric vehicles sold in one month.
More people are driving electric than ever before – Click to enlarge
As one can see in the chart, the cumulative number of Continue reading
Hendersonville City Square Solar Center has recently added 8 more Blink EV charging stations to the two they already had for a grand total of 10 charging stations. The total number of EVSE’s in Hendersonville is 20, so the solar center now has half of them!! So if you are waiting on a Roma Pizza or need to visit Vandenbergh Insurance agency, you are in luck as an EV Driver. No shortage of power here. The soar center has more solar assisted stations than Continue reading
Blink Claim the Unit is here
We took a trip to Portland TN today. Portland has two EV charging stations, at the City Hall and the city Ballpark.
I dropped my wife off to get her hair cut and had half an hour to spend. I thought I’d plug in and use my iPad while I waited. I set the navigation system to drive to the closest charging station that was according to Continue reading
BP gets Quick Charge Station
When the EV Project was first announced a few years back, BP were listed as a company that would partner in the deployment of Quick Charge stations. Cracker Barrel were quick to take on the charging stations, however it seemed BP would never get off the ground. Well at last the first BP gas station to offer quick charging for Electric Cars became operational this week. BP is not the first gas station to get a Quick Charge unit, that accolade goes to the Murphy Express station in Chattanooga which was the site of the very first quick charging station in Tennessee. The BP station is located at Bell Road in Antioch just off I-24. Interestingly BP are not shown as an EV Project partner., which may explain the lack of installations in the last 18 months.
I visited the site two weeks ago when I noticed that the charging station had appeared on the EV charging maps. At that time the unit was turned off, but the installation did look complete, presumably waiting on utility activation or planning inspection. The addition of this unit now means that 6 quick charge stations are within easy reach of my home allowing me to go further without having to wait for hours to recharge. All three interstates now have at least one quick charging station, I-24 has three of the six .
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The quick charge stations are to the south and east of Nashville but there are no stations to the west or north of Nashville. I would really like to see one to the west of Nashville to make a return journey to Dickson TN convenient. I-40 at the intersection with the newly opened stretch of I-840 would be a great choice.
Nissan have promised to install 600 quick charge units in the US in the not too distant future. Some at partners, some at their dealerships. One place I’d like to see the next QC unit is in the center of Nashville, the BP on West End would be just fine
Plugshare website shows the BP QC unit is online and available
Posted in Blink, Electric Car, Level 3 EV Charger, Nissan LEAF
Tagged BP, bp gas station, bp station, Cracker Barrel, EV project, I-24, I-40, I-65, I-840
MyNissanLEAF forum blocked.
Sometime during Tuesday afternoon a third party Nissan LEAF forum, mynissanleaf.com got placed on a blacklist for malicious websites. Both Firefox and Google Chrome are advising against visiting the website. Visiting the website using Internet Explorer is NOT blocked, however after arriving at the site Windows asks for permission to install software, lending credence to the possibility that the LEAF forum has been infected with malware. Whatever you do do not install software from this website until the owners have had time to deal with the issue.
Request to install software after visiting mynissanleaf,.com – Don’t do it!!
Update 2013-01-16: The website was cleared of malware later the same day. Apparently it was a victim of the Java cross-site vulnerability. Update your Java to the latest version.
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Last year Blink Waived membership Fees for their services. It was assumed by many (including myself) that 2013 would see fees being charged for membership. I just received a fee waiver for 2013 Plus Membership. So what does that get me? 50% off charging at Blink Stations, so I pay $1 an hour instead of the $2 per hour for non-members.
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Sign-up now while they are giving membership away for free!!!
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Tagged Free, Membership