Category: electric cars

Super Discount on Brand New Nissan All Electric Leaf!

EarthKind Energy has been working with Sustainable Westchester to create a Clean Transportation Project, and has now partnered with Nissan on the All-Electric Leaf.

We have been able to expand the discount program to ALL Central Hudson customers.

Any Central Hudson customers can now purchase a new 2017 Nissan Leaf for about ½ price (less than $15,000).

The Leaf gets 107 mile per charge, and is a great vehicle for the 90% of American’s trips that are less than 30 miles.

While they are going fast and there is a limited quantity – there are still Leaf’s available at Kingston Nissan.

Great editorial from the NY times – “The electric car has left the garage”!

 

There is simply no credible way to address climate change without changing the way we get from here to there, meaning cars, trucks, planes and any other gas-guzzling forms of transportation. That is why it is so heartening to see electric cars, considered curios for the rich or eccentric or both not that long ago, now entering the mainstream.

A slew of recent announcements by researchers, auto companies and world leaders offer real promise. First up, a forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance said that electric cars would become cheaper than conventional cars without government subsidies between 2025 and 2030. At the same time, auto companies like Tesla, General Motors and Volvo are planning a slate of new models that they say will be not only more affordable but also more practical than earlier versions. And officials in such countries as France, India and Norway have set aggressive targets for putting these vehicles to use and phasing out emission-spewing gasoline and diesel cars.

Skeptics may see these announcements as wishful thinking. After all, just 1.1 percent of all cars sold globally in 2016 were electrics or plug-in hybrids. And many popular models still cost much more than comparable fossil-fuel cars.

The skeptics, however, have consistently been overly pessimistic about this technology. Electric cars face challenges, yet they have caught on much faster than was thought likely just a few years ago. There were two million of them on the world’s roads last year, up 60 percent from 2015, according to the International Energy Agency. The cost of batteries, the single most expensive component of the cars, fell by more than half between 2012 and 2016, according to the Department of Energy. Tesla has indicated that it can produce batteries for about $125 per kilowatt-hour. Researchers say the cost of electric cars will be at parity with conventional vehicles when battery prices reach $100 per kilowatt-hour, which experts say is just a few years away. Electric cars are more efficient, of course, but they also require less maintenance, which should make them cheaper to own over time.

The potential environmental benefits of electric vehicles are huge. The transportation sector accounts for 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and 27 percent of emissions in the United States. Moreover, countries have found it much more difficult to reduce planet-warming gases from transportation than from power plants. In America, for example, transportation emissions again regularly exceed those from the electricity sector for the first time since the late 1970s. The switch to electric cars is good for the climate because petroleum vehicles produce more greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy than power plants fueled by natural gas, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Proponents say the growth of electric cars, when combined with the surge in renewable energy sources, like solar and wind, could lead to big reductions in emissions over time. These forces should also help reduce local air pollution in countries like China and India, which is why their leaders are getting behind these technologies in a big way. Government incentives have turned China into the biggest market for electric vehicles. And an Indian governmentminister says his country wants all cars sold there by 2030 to be electric. France says it wants to end sales of new diesel and gasoline cars by 2040, while Norway’s goal is 2025.

Government support could prove as crucial to the future of the technology as technical advances. If countries, states and localities encourage the spread of public charging stations, through tax breaks, other incentives or public spending, more people will take the plunge and convert. If the United States and other governments continue to spend money on research to help drive down battery costs, their economies and consumers will benefit.

Some parts of the fossil fuel industry will no doubt try to sabotage the electric car revolution. In the United States, the industry is lobbying statesto eliminate subsidies for the vehicles. And many analysts expect the industry to seek similar changes at the federal level from President Trump and Republican leaders in Congress, who have already made clear that they do not see climate change as a major threat. They should know, though, that the most they can do is slow down the process. The electric car has already left the garage.

EarthKind Developing Electric Vehicle Program in Westchester County, NY

Ron presented on the Sustainable Westchester Clean Transportation Project, Electric Vehicles (EV), and EV Charging Stations to the Town of Ossining Board meeting on March 21st.

The Board voted to approve the Town’s $48,000 grant application for 3 new Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, plus another $5,000 grant that will cover the entire first year’s cost for a new leased EV. The Municipal Lease that EarthKind arranged for will result in spreading the dramatically discounted price of $22,000 for a new Nissan Leaf over 5 years – at zero interest!


Ron starts at 1.46.41, and his presentation is here.

Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg’s blog on Ron’s work is here.

$10 Billion Purchase for 110,000 Electric Vehicles

While the federal government is backing away from the fuel economy standards that were driving a transition to Electric Vehicles (EVs) – local municipalities are now joining together to lead the way. EarthKind is honored to be the Clean Transportation Project director for Sustainable Westchester’s EV program (http://sustainablewestchester.org/2016/08/electric-vehicles/). Nationally, we will be joining villages, towns, cities and counties who are creating $10+ Billion of demand.

Energy is the new internet: The Enernet is coming – with massive economic opportunity ahead!

Energy is on a similar path to the emergence of the internet in the 1990s.
We are on the verge of another

massive societal transformation, with the
“Enernet” emerging as a “dynamic, distributed, redundant and
multi-participant energy network built around clean energy generation,
storage and delivery – and serving as the foundation for smart cities.”

Nanogrids, microgrids, distributed energy resources, virtual power plants,
intelligent building materials, battery storage, smart lighting, new
networks and intelligence are driving down energy costs and improving
services. “From the enernet evolution will come smart cities that are an
order-of-magnitude smarter, healthier and safer. The new network will also
present quantum leaps in energy security and emergency resilience that can
stand in the face of superstorms or cyberattacks.”

It’s going to be an incredible ride…

Electric Vehicle Week

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Electric Vehicles are coming. 90% of American’s trips are shorter than 30 miles, so we could all use EV’s most of the time. If you pay 12c per kilowatt hour for electricity (from your utility, or via a reasonable Solar Power Purchase Agreement) – driving an electric vehicle is equivalent to paying $1.00 per gallon for gas. Plus there is less maintenance (no oil changes) – and zero emissions. While Tesla is leading, virtually every car manufacturer has electric vehicles. And, with plug-in hybrids, you don’t have to worry about not finding a charging station, as your engine switches over to gas when you need it for longer distances.

September 10-18th is National Drive Electric Week – “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.” https://driveelectricweek.org/

In the Hudson Valley, there are 2 events where you can find out about – and even test drive – electric vehicles this weekend:

Ulster County
DATE: Sat., Sept. 17th
TIME: 11AM – 3PM
LOCATION: Ulster County Office Building, 244 Fair Street, Lot 2
EVENT LINK: https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=837

Dutchess County
DATE: Sun., Sept 18th
TIME: 12 Noon – 4PM
LOCATION: Galleria Mall, Poughkeepsie, Dick’s Sporting Goods Parking Lot
EVENT LINK: https://driveelectricweek.org/event.php?eventid=538