Bedford 2020 has been leading sustainability efforts for years. On February 3rd, they are holding the “2018 Climate Action Summit”.
As we all strive to move toward zero emission communities, the Chinese city of Shenzhen is leading the world with 16,000 electric buses! (90% of the buses are by BYD – who is now manufacturing in the US and bringing their cost-saving, fossil-free heavy duty bus & truck technology to New York).
However, these efforts pale in comparison to what’s going on in Shenzhen. The Chinese megacity of 12 million, which has been adding electric buses to its fleet for years, has now announced that it has completely electrified its fleet, with some 16,359 e-buses in operation.
The city has built 8,000 charge points at 510 bus charging stations, and can charge roughly half the fleet at any given time. The electric buses are saving an estimated 345,000 tons of fuel per year, and 1.35 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
Shenzhen also has a plan in place to update its taxi fleet to EVs. A reported 63 percent of the city’s 12,000 taxis already run on electricity.
“We will gradually replace the existing fuel-powered cabs with electricity-powered ones and complete the target by 2020, or even ahead of schedule,” said Zheng Jingyu, head of Shenzhen’s public transport department.
A new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists found that EV drivers save almost $800 a year, depending on where, when, and how they charge.
The savings aren’t evenly dispersed throughout the United States. In Houston, Texas, annual savings using the standard electric rate is $443; in Denver, $772; and in New York, $1,061. This is due to geographical variations in fuel prices (gas is much cheaper in Houston than in New York, thanks to Texas’ low gas taxes and close proximity to oil infrastructure) and electricity costs. Nationwide, however, electricity costs are much less volatile than gas prices: In 15 years, electricity has been priced between the equivalent of $.88 to $1.17 per gallon over 15 years, while gasoline has varied from $2.00 to $4.50 per gallon in the same time period.
Cities were compared based on the standard rate electricity providers bill for power, but customers who recharge in home garages are able to decide between a variety of rate plans from their electricity companies. To maximize savings, it matters which they choose.
For individuals, it’s easy to switch your billing plan. “Changing to time-of-use rates for a lot of people is just a matter of calling up the electric company, or going to the website of your provider,” said Reichmuth. Some states are drafting policy to mandate that switch. In 2015, California announced all public utility companies would change their default rates to TOU by 2019.
Right now, 80 percent of EV charging happens in-house. But public charging stations on highways and in parking garages are proliferating, especially in EV-friendly California cities, and using them changes the cost equation. Public chargers come in two flavors, slower 240-volt Level 2 chargers and quicker, more expensive DC Fast ones. Level 2 chargers are more ubiquitous, especially in states with high EV sales, while DC Fast Chargers are concentrated on the coasts and in urban areas.
A case study of San Francisco showed that there, using the often necessary combination of home and public charging results in slightly lower cost savings. “If 20 percent of EV charging happens at Level 2 public chargers,” and the other 80 at home, “average fuel costs could increase from $0.78 per gallon equivalent to $1.05 per gallon,” reads the report. Time is money: Those costs go up further if using DC Fast chargers. Both methods are still cheaper than San Francisco’s average gasoline price in September 2017, however, which was $3.30 per gallon.
What about maintenance costs? EVs win again. Battery-powered cars don’t need regular oil changes, fresh fuel filters, new spark plugs, or other typical replacement items. Electric motors are comparatively maintenance-free, compared to internal combustion engines. Braking pads last longer in EVs, too, because they’re equipped with regenerative braking systems that lessen friction.
Elon Musk unveiled Tesla’s latest: the All-Electric Semi cargo truck.
“500 miles per charge – good for 80% of all truck delivery routes.
Fill up while your loading, then at your destination while you’re unloading.
Faster, Safer, Cleaner. Cheaper to Own, Operate & Maintain.”
Now Tesla needs to deliver. Or, as Thomas Edison said:
“A dream is something you could do;
a vision is something you must do.
But a vision without execution is just an hallucination”.
We’re looking forward to seeing the vision become reality.
Meanwhile – the race is on, as Daimler, Bosch, BYD, and others are working on trucks & buses that will leave diesel in fossil dust.
EarthKind Energy, in partnership with Sustainable Westchester, has secured a special offer for a $10,000 discount on the 2017 all-electric Nissan Leaf.
This program is available to all who live, work, or do business in Sustainable Westchester communities, including students or employees of Westchester colleges who live outside the county.
The Sustainable Westchester Board also voted to extend their Fleet Discount to ALL New York State college students and employees, and all employees of New York municipal governments.
Combined with state and Federal tax credits, the total discount comes to over $19,000.
$10,000 off MSRP* (Sustainable Westchester discount)
+$1,700 New York State rebate
+$7,500 Federal Tax Credit
= $19,200 Total discount on a NEW 2017 Nissan Leaf
How to participate:
1) Go to www.sustainablewestchester.org.
2) Click on “Electric Vehicles”
3) Fill out the contact form
4. Download the discount flyer
5) Bring the discount flyer to one of the participating dealers.
It’s easiest if you live in Westchester, as you can just bring the flyer and your utility bill to Nissan New Rochelle.
College students & employees, and employees of NYS municipalities outside of Westchester must show their college or municipal ID to one of the 3 participating dealers (New Rochelle, Kingston, Rochester). Your Leaf can be delivered to your home or workplace.
The program ends when the remaining ~400 Leafs in New York State are sold
The 2017 Leaf gets 107 miles per charge, which is “only” good for 90% of most commuter & local travel.
The All Electric Vehicle saves you 50% to 70% on “fuel” compared to a gas vehicle. You plug it in at night, and every morning you have a full charge.
Or, for the first 2 years, use the manufacturer’s card for 2 years of free charging.
If you’re in ConEd utility territory, you can earn up to $400 per year by charging at night.
The all-electric Leaf lets you skip gas stations and periodic oil or transmission fluid changes. It comes with an 8 year, 100,000 mile battery warranty, and of course you will have the satisfaction of driving a clean, zero emissions vehicle.
If you have any questions, contact Ron Kamen @ 845-266-3723. Ron@EarthKindEnergy.com.
Or call Sustainable Westchester at (914) 242-4725.
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Volvo’s dramatically announced the end of its combustion engine era on July 5th, with a goal to sell 1M electric or hybrid cars globally by 2025.
While they are the only major automaker other than Tesla to make the 100% EV commitment – the trend is becoming clearer…
New York’s first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program Westchester Power, founded by Sustainable Westchester, reached its first year anniversary and was covered in this excellent article: https://westfaironline.com/90137/one-year-in-westchester-power-pushes-a-new-era-of-clean-energy/ EarthKind Energy is proud to be the Clean Transportation Project director for Sustainable Westchester, leading ground-breaking efforts to move toward emission free Electric Vehicles.
As the solar industry matures, we are beginning to see the emergence of new partnership models. The latest announcement is between National Grid – who owns an electric distribution utility in Massachusetts & upstate New York – and SunRun, one of the leading funders of residential solar installations in the country. As the article notes: “The partnership will also include research on how distributed energy resources can be aggregated to balance and optimize the grid, a service which is currently provided by centralized generators.” Read Here.
Through this Season’s Longest Night, We Remember that
Every Candle Illuminates the Deepest Darkness
And Each Day’s New Dawn Heralds the Return of the Light…
As Solar, Wind, Water, & Biomass Renewable Energy
continue to become the least cost sources of energy,
We wish You & All of Yours a Bright & Hopeful New Year –
Filled with Good Health, Peace, Joy, and Abundance.
The Wall Street Journal has recently done a in depth study of our nations electric grid system. The bottom line is our electric grid is not safe. Not at all. Billions of dollars would need to be poured into the system to make it safe. Are micro grids an alternative to pouring more tax payer dollars into an already archaic system? Read about the article here. There is also a video about the report you can access here on our Facebook page.