[Oeva-list] EV convoy to John Day in 2011.

Ray Blackburn oeva_treas at yahoo.com
Tue Jul 27 08:56:50 PDT 2010

Thank you,  John P. Christian.

The organizers of the Solwest event in John Day realy would appreciate having a 
Leaf there next year.  I told them I would try and get some one to bring there 
Leaf.  Even if there are no charging stations where we are going, the organizers 
of the event will reach out to the small cities we will be traveling through and 
find us places to charge.  The Leaf will need a few more places than my car but 
we will make sure every place we stop has the correct connection a month before 
the trip.  They want the Leaf there, so they will find volunteers that will 
allow us to charge on their property where we need to.  It will just take a bit 
of planning.  More Leafs would be even better on the trip.  We could have a EV 
convoy.  We may have to stagger our EV's so we don't clog up charging 
places/stations with many EV's.  Thanks again John, if it is just you and I we 
will have great fun.  By the way my math was wrong with the return trip I was 
only paying myself half of $7.14, $3.57 is correct, I would need gas to go to $6 
per gallon to get paid  the $7.14 per hour waiting to charge (or faster 
charging), that would ordinarily go to the oil economy.

 Ray Blackburn OEVA Treasurer. 

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  1. Re: PSU EV charging considerations (Rick Durst)
  2. Re: 650 EV miles in 4 days (Christian, John P)


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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 06:04:33 -0700
From: Rick Durst <Rick.Durst at pgn.com>
Subject: Re: [Oeva-list] PSU EV charging considerations
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As far as PSU is concerned, this isn't true, I am involved with a PSU project 
that is aimed at establishing the best access and siting locations on campus for 
Electric Vehicle Service Equipment (EVSE) and plans are being finalized with the 
parties involved.

Many organizations are also reconsidering Public EV charging locations, as a 
result of ARRA grants. Payment mechanisms will be available from most 
manufacturers, so places won't be giving away electricity.

Many of these outdated concerns are going away, now that EVs are on a comeback.

By this time next year, there will be over 1000 publicly available EVSE 
locations around Oregon.
More than 1 for every 2 EVs on the road.


Rick Durst, Program Manager
Portland General Electric
Energy Information Services and Electric Vehicles
503-464-7631 phone
503-464-2284 fax

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Sent: Mon Jul 26 20:19:49 2010
Subject: Re: [Oeva-list] EV charging considerations

stevel at fern.com<mailto:stevel at fern.com> writes:
>my employer has already decided that they aren't willing to install charging 
>stations, due to liability concerns.

This is not an uncommon problem. In fact, it seems to be standard operating 
procedure. I think that the expectation that charging can be done at workplaces 
is wildly over optimistic as long as it is optional; from what I?ve seen most 
employers are highly resistant to workplace charging. PCC refuses to install 
chargers, PSU refuses to install chargers, even the BPA, which stands to gain 
from EVs, refuses to install charging stations. If employers that stand to gain 
from EVs, like the BPA, or that are nationally renowned for their 
sustainability, like PSU, won?t allow workplace charging stations, what does 
that tell us about the rest of the employers in the city?

Portland State University, nationally renowned for their sustainability and 
actively researching EVs, refuses to install charging stations for faculty and 
students, because they claim the reserved spaces would be used less often than 
the rest of the spaces in the garage, causing them to lose money, as much as 
$300 a month per EV space. For an institution whose annual budget is in the 
hundreds of millions, and that just spent nearly half a million dollars to plant 
twelve trees in the urban center plaza, $300 a month is a pretty poor excuse. 
Further, that the spaces they?ve already reserved for PSU?s Xebras, Plug-In 
Prius, and RAV4 EVs sit empty half the time, and so could theoretically be made 
available to students during the day, is apparently irrelevant.

The Bonneville Power Administration refuses to install charging stations because 
they claim it would be an illegal use of government resources, akin to using 
public money to buy gas for a private car (although BPA does exactly that all 
the time, in addition to giving away free bus passes.) Portland Community 
College, which offers EV technician training in their automotive program, 
basically said the same thing. That other government entities like ODOT, OHSU, 
Multnomah County, and the Cities of Portland, Hillsboro, Gresham, etc. have 
established legal precedent to the contrary is apparently irrelevant.

I suspect the bottom line is not that employers are unable to provide charging 
for legal or liability reasons, it?s simply that they don?t want to, no way, no 
how; Thus my belief that the expectation that charging can be done at workplaces 
is wildly over optimistic so long as it is optional. In this case, perhaps what 
is needed is a change to the building codes to require EV charging for buildings 
over a certain size, much as handicapped and bicycle parking are required, not 
optional. The city of Vancouver, BC now requires 10% of spaces in new 
residential parking garages to support EV charging; perhaps we could convince 
the City of Portland to adopt similar codes.

The Portland city council recently passed a resolution to support electric 
vehicles, (Available here: 
http://www.portlandonline.com/shared/cfm/image.cfm?id=309915 ) and an amendment 
to the building codes requiring EV charging on new construction would be a 
straightforward way for the council to put that resolution into action. Of 
course, lobbying for code changes might conflict with our non-profit status, so 
it may require some creativity.

>I wonder.. Will AAA tow a EV with a dead battery to a charging station?

Yes. If AAA will tow a bicycle with a flat tire, why wouldn?t they tow an EV? 
Remember, AAA wants to make money, and providing customers with needed services 
is the way you make money. They may even eventually develop an emergency charge 
(EmergiCharge?) truck with a built in fast-charger, running off of batteries or 
a gas generator. It wouldn?t have to recharge you fully, or even to 80%; just 
enough to get to a real charging station under your own power, and two or three 
minutes of fast-charge would give you several miles of range with which to do 
so. Sort of like how they don?t fill the tank if you run out of gas, just a 
gallon or two to get you to a gas station. Of course, ultimately the plan is to 
populate the entire world with charging stations, so you?d never be more than, 
say, a half-mile from one, but that won?t be realized for a while yet, and in 
the meantime AAA can make some money.

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Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2010 08:06:37 -0700
From: "Christian, John P" <john.p.christian at intel.com>
Subject: Re: [Oeva-list] 650 EV miles in 4 days
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Hey Ray,

This is fantastic and I applaud your efforts. I should have my Leaf by this time 
next year and I will make that same trip with you then. It should be even easier 
as there is the higher risk of seeing more infrastructure in place by then. We 
need to start shifting our focus on finding some fun ways to enjoy our EVs while 
continuing the education efforts like this one. As we move into the next phase 
of EV evolution let's keep it interesting.

Thanks so much.

John P. Christian
OEVA Chair
* +1(503) 704-2155 -Mobile
P please consider the environment...

From: oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org [mailto:oeva-list-bounces at oeva.org] On Behalf 
Of Ray Blackburn
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2010 7:53 PM
To: oeva-list at oeva.org
Subject: [Oeva-list] 650 EV miles in 4 days

I did not make it to the NEDRA drag races this year.  I took my EV to John Day 
OR from Portland OR.  By the way has any of those Tesla drivers learned how to 
cut a light on the tree off the line yet?  Last year, they could not cut  a 
light to save their lives.

Say what you want about EV's and that they must be kept in town.  I could have 
taken either of the V8's I own to John Day and towed my EV but I look at it this 
way.  I paid my self a 100 dollars instead of the oil economy.  Yes, I spent 
approx 14 hours on the road waiting for my EV to charge so I could go on.  I 
paid myself  $7.14 per hour to wait for my batteries to fill with electrons, I 
would much rather have the $7.14 per hour to spend on things here in America 
than contribute to the oil economy.  When/if gas goes to 4-5 dollars and beyond 
people may reevaluate what is convenient and what is not.  It may just be more 
convenient to take the EV on the road trip and pocket the cash you would other 
wise use to support the oil economy.  I went to John Day to promote EV's at a 
energy fair, their were many people interested in EV's there and they were 
surprized mine made it on it's own power that far.  My question is?  Will there 
be any Leafs making the trip next year?  I expec
t it is to much trouble for most?

My trip:  Left Thurs July 22 at 8:30 Am, went 30 miles up the Gorge and turned 
around and came back.  Charge two hours, left again with my clothes bag at 
approx 12 - 12:30 PM.  Arrived in The Dalles at approx 3:00 PM  Charge 6 hours 
at The Dalles, left The Dalles at 9:30 PM, arrived in Fossil at 12:30 AM.  The 
receptacle that was installed was incorrect.  Waited/slept and  ate, then met a 
electrician at the receptacle at 8:30 AM on Friday morning, instead of changing 
the receptacle we hack sawed my plug, now it fits two different receptacles a 
14-50P and one other.  Started charging in Fossil approx 8:30 AM Friday 
morning.  I wanted a full charge because from Fossil to John Day is approx 104 
miles.  Left Fossil approx 2:30 PM, arrived at John Day at approx 6:00 PM with 
40 miles range left, during this last leg of the trip I did stop to swim in the 
John Day river and went off the highway to look at a fossil bed and wound up 
talking to a Forest Ranger for a half hour about EV's
.  The return trip was much easier as I knew the places to charge and my plug 
was modified to fit all receptacles immediately.  A link to the event here. 
650 EV miles in 4 days and it was actually fun, I learned much about the towns I 
spent 6 - 7 hours charging in and exposed many people in those towns to EV's.

Ray Blackburn OEVA Treasurer.

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