Tag: EV

Electric Vehicles Really are Better for the Climate

The average electric vehicle produces less than half the carbon pollution of a gas-powered vehicle, so don’t get fooled by any myths to the contrary. Daisy Simmons reports in Yale Climate Connections on November 6, 2022 You may have heard the myth that electric… Continue Reading “Electric Vehicles Really are Better for the Climate”

Hybrid HVAC with Solar Energy and an EV

Our home electric and gas utility bills arrived in late October. Total: $38.67 Image: Electric bills for 12 month period = $290.44$24.20 average per month includes EV charging It’s been over a year since we upgraded our home heating and cooling system from an… Continue Reading “Hybrid HVAC with Solar Energy and an EV”

News Updates: Electric Vehicles

Recent News Headlines about EV’s 100% Electric Vehicles = 13% Of New Vehicle Sales Globally!Global plugin vehicle registrations were up 51% in September 2022 compared to September 2021, reaching a record 1,040,000 units. This is the first time ever the world reaches one million plugin vehicle… Continue Reading “News Updates: Electric Vehicles”

EU Bans Sale of New Gasoline and Diesel Cars

EU negotiators agreed on a deal for “zero-emission road mobility by 2035″ “The days of the carbon spewing, pollution belching combustion engine are finally numbered.” Julia Poliscanova, T&E’s senior director for vehicles and e-mobility Anmar Frangoul’s CNBC report on October 28, 2022 shares these… Continue Reading “EU Bans Sale of New Gasoline and Diesel Cars”

Move Over Tesla: Here Comes General Motors

DETROIT – October 11, 2022 – General Motors today announced the introduction of Ultium Home and Ultium Commercial, which in combination with the existing Ultium Charge 360, create a holistic ecosystem of energy management products and services that will be housed under a new business unit… Continue Reading “Move Over Tesla: Here Comes General Motors”

Worried About Electric Vehicle Battery Fires?

Chris Teague of AutoWeek points out some interesting facts about vehicle fires. A better way of looking at electric vehicle fires is to compare the number of fires per 100,000 vehicles sold… hybrid vehicles had the most fires per 100,000 sales at 3,474.5 while… Continue Reading “Worried About Electric Vehicle Battery Fires?”

PA Bills Establish Incentives for Fossil-Fuel Vehicles While Eliminating Hybrids and EVs

Senator Gene Yaw of northeastern PA is at it again! Promoting climate changing fossil fuels, while kneecapping renewables. He’s joined by another political shill for the Oil & Gas industry from western PA, Senator Camera Bartolotta. Here’s the latest: Bills Establishing Incentives for Using… Continue Reading “PA Bills Establish Incentives for Fossil-Fuel Vehicles While Eliminating Hybrids and EVs”

Solar September: Another 6-Dollar Monthly Electric Bill

$6.57 to be exact, which also included home EV charging and 1,067 kWh left ‘in the bank’ for future months. We also generated another SREC to sell for $40. Meantime, a neighbor in the same size ranch home got a bill for $197. Other… Continue Reading “Solar September: Another 6-Dollar Monthly Electric Bill”

EV Titles Get Changed to Reflect Fuel Type in PA

Looks like the first step in paying more to drive an Electric Vehicle (EV) in Pennsylvania. The current $39 registration fee could be a thing of the past. The Official Notice, along with a new Title, arrived in the mail Friday: Pennsylvania needs help… Continue Reading “EV Titles Get Changed to Reflect Fuel Type in PA”

PA DCNR Announces All Electricity Used by Agency from Renewables by 2030

On September 21, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced DCNR will produce or purchase 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 21, 2022 (Note: Images… Continue Reading “PA DCNR Announces All Electricity Used by Agency from Renewables by 2030”

Off-grid Solar EV Charger

California-based solar-powered EV charger company Paired Power has just debuted a modular, off-grid electric vehicle charger that is powered by a solar canopy. Michelle Lewis writes in a September 13, 2022 story in electrek about this new offering, with deliveries expected to begin in the 2nd… Continue Reading “Off-grid Solar EV Charger”

New Allegheny County PA Sustainability Report Provides Overview of Efforts Since 2009

Expanded report also provides a historical overview of efforts since 2009 when the first Sustainability Manager was hired By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | September 1, 2022 On August 31, the Allegheny County Office of Sustainability issued the 2022 Allegheny… Continue Reading “New Allegheny County PA Sustainability Report Provides Overview of Efforts Since 2009”

Electric Car Batteries Lasting Longer Than Predicted

Battery Longevity Delays Need for Recycling Programs An August 1, 2022 story in Forbes by Carlton Reid sported that headline along with this opening: “Electric cars have sophisticated battery management systems that guard the long-term health of their batteries. Most manufacturers offer battery warranties… Continue Reading “Electric Car Batteries Lasting Longer Than Predicted”

What Does the New Inflation Reduction Act (HR5376) Say About Electric Vehicles?

Here’s some of the verbiage concerning electric vehicles as the US moves forward to address climate change PART 4—CLEAN VEHICLES SEC. 13401. CLEAN VEHICLE CREDIT. (a) PER VEHICLE DOLLAR LIMITATION.—Section 30D(b) is amended by striking paragraphs (2) and (3) and inserting the following:‘‘(2) CRITICAL… Continue Reading “What Does the New Inflation Reduction Act (HR5376) Say About Electric Vehicles?”

Congress Gives Final Approval to Climate, Energy, Healthcare Bill Sending it to President Biden

By David E. Hess | PA Environment Digest Blog | August 12, 2022 On August 12, the U.S. House passed compromise legislation that would make the largest federal investment– $375 billion– in climate change fighting strategies, including investments in renewable energy production, tax rebates… Continue Reading “Congress Gives Final Approval to Climate, Energy, Healthcare Bill Sending it to President Biden”

Electric Vehicle Savings by the Hundreds

Looking at the latest monthly report from GM on our BOLT EV, we see that it saved us $122 to $290 on fuel over the past 30 days, depending on the comparison… and that’s not counting the free energy from the sun that our… Continue Reading “Electric Vehicle Savings by the Hundreds”

GOOD NEWS: U.S. Action on Climate Change is Close

In this latest episode of ‘shock and awe’ we learn that West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III has changed his mind. The $369 billion climate and tax package forged in a surprise deal by Senate Democrats on Wednesday would be the most ambitious action ever taken… Continue Reading “GOOD NEWS: U.S. Action on Climate Change is Close”

Mail Trucks: An Ideal Use for Electric Vehicles

Mail trucks spend so much time starting, stopping and idling, that building a new mail truck fleet of EV’s makes perfect sense in over 90-percent of the cases. Right now, only 20-percent are planned to be built as EV’s. The old mail trucks still… Continue Reading “Mail Trucks: An Ideal Use for Electric Vehicles”

Solar for Schools

It was somewhat of a shock, and definitely a disappointment, when I learned that our new $95 million high school didn’t include any plans for solar energy. One of the Peters Township high school students shared her disappointment with me as well, saying her… Continue Reading “Solar for Schools”

Solar and EV Update

SOLAR ENERGY PRODUCTION: During the month of April, with our share of clouds and precipitation just south of Pittsburgh, PA, our rooftop solar panel system (8.97 kW) produced 894.5 kWh of energy. SOLAR PRODUCTION EXCEEDED USAGE:During the same month, our home electricity usage and… Continue Reading “Solar and EV Update”

Goodbye Gas Stations!

One of the beauties of driving an electric vehicle (EV) is driving past gas stations without stopping, and filling up with electricity at home! Since I just got my Energy Efficiency report from MyChevy on our 2019 Bolt, I thought it would be a… Continue Reading “Goodbye Gas Stations!”

All Charged Up

Winter cold will reduce an EV’s maximum charge level, on a lithium-ion battery, by as much as 15-percent. Screen shots above: BOLT FULL CHARGE LEVELS(left) Warmer December 22, 2021 232 miles vs. (right) Colder January 12, 2022 199 miles Lessons Learned driving an electric… Continue Reading “All Charged Up”

Savings and Savings

A recent blog by Barry Kresch, of the EV Club of Connecticut, had this catchy headline: “Tesla Police Vehicle Saves Westport Tens of Thousands of Dollars.” Big Oil doesn’t want to read this story! According to a detailed analysis, the Tesla Model 3 not… Continue Reading “Savings and Savings”