Posts Tagged ‘electric car’

“The car is going to be the cigarette of the future?”

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

IEEE Spectrum

Very insightful take on the future of cars and single occupancy vehicles in the article from IEEE Spectrum.

“Most shocking, perhaps, was the level of hostility expressed by many speakers to the automobile as such. Jaime Lerner, a former mayor of Brazil’s Curtiba, known for the work he did there introducing an integrated mass transportation system that has been copied the world over, expressed the belief that cars some day soon will be seen as noxious as tobacco is today. “The car is going to be the cigarette of the future,” Lerner said.

JSRCC hosts Richmond Electric Vehicle Rally and Screening of Revenge of the Electric Car Apr 16, 2012

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Richmond Electric Vehicle Rally and Screening of Revenge of the Electric Car
Monday, April 16, 2012, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College – Parham Road Campus
Georgiadis Hall in “The Gallery” – 1651 E. Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23288

Please join us for a special afternoon devoted to Electric Vehicles! Come learn about efforts to advance EV deployment in the Richmond Region, relax as you watch a free screening of the film Revenge of the Electric Car, and even test drive an electric vehicle! About the movie: Director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars.

2:00 PM Welcome  - Dr. Chuck Swaim, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
2:05 PM Introduction from Event Partners

  • Alleyn Harned, Virginia Clean Cities
  • Glen Besa, Sierra Club
  • Jim Wright, Sustainable Transportation Initiative of Richmond

2:20 PM  - Movie Screening: Revenge of the Electric Car
3:50 PM  - Questions
4:00 PM  - Electric Vehicle Demos; Visit Technical Partner Displays

To register for the event, please visit

What does MPGe mean?

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Nice article in the Christian Science Monitor discusses the alternative to miles-per-gallon (MPG) as people struggle to understand the comparative efficiency of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Using miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe)  as the EPA suggests really doesn’t seem like much improvement.

Instead energy-cost-per-mile or miles-per-dollar might make sense.  But that has the drawback of needing updates as energy costs change and will need some getting used to.

Museum installing electric vehicle charging station

Thursday, September 1st, 2011


Virginia Business reports that the Virginia Museum of Transportation is installing the first electric vehicle charging station in downtown Roanoke.


Beverly T. Fitzpatrick Jr., the museum’s executive director, said installation of the Eaton Level 2 Pow-R-Station is part of its efforts to highlight emerging transportation technologies and their effect on community development. “Alternative energies and fuels have an important place in the future of transportation,” Fitzpatrick said.

GM looking to reinvent the automobile with a 2-wheeled car

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

General Motors has unveiled plans for an all-electric, 2-wheel vehicle designed on Segway platform. As reported in The Blaze:

Will urban drivers be willing to take less traffic congestion over a backseat? GM thinks so. The American auto-maker, who in February reported its first full-year profit since 2004, has been in development of three two-wheeled, Segway-based, all-electric EN-Vs (Electric Networked Vehicles). The three models called the Jiao, Miao and Xiao, look to solve the problems drivers face in urban areas including traffic congestion, parking availability, air quality and affordability.

Ford Focus Electric unveiled at Richmond Ford May 6th – Press Conference

Saturday, May 7th, 2011

As reported in the Richmond Times Dispatch, Ford Motor Company unveiled their new Ford Focus Electric at Richmond Ford on Friday May 6th, 2011.  Richmond has been chosen as one of the pilot cities for the introdcution of Ford’s all-electric vehicle.  Project STIR worked with Ford, Dominion Power, the CIty of Richmond, and others to help Ford select Richmond as a pilot city.  STIR members were on hand for the press conference.

Kim Scheeler (GRCC) and Mary Doswell (Dominion)

Kim Scheeler (GRCC) and Mary Doswell (Dominion)

David Berdish (Ford)

David Berdish (Ford)

JSRCC Auto Instructors, STIR Members

JSRCC Auto Instructors, STIR Members

2011 Seoul Auto Show highlights new electrics, hybrids, and hydrogen vehicles

Monday, April 4th, 2011

An Automotive News video report from the 2011 Seoul Auto Show covers the latest from the South Korean event. New entries from Kia, Hyundai, and Chevy indicate continued progress in hybrid, electric, and hydrogen powered vehicles.

In addition, the report sites a Gartner study regarding electric car adoption and the issues of consumer reluctance in light of limited driving range between charges.  The report goes on to say that overnight, at home, charging, is the most likely workable solution and suggests that infrastructure improvements for public charging stations may not be that useful.

Dominion offers lower rates to charge your electric car

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports the Dominion Virginia Power is instituting a pilot, volunteer program that will cut the electric rates for early eclectic car adoptees.

From their recent article:

Electric car owners would get a break on charging their vehicles overnight under a test program proposed by Dominion Virginia Power.

The voluntary pilot program would use reduced rates to encourage customers to charge their vehicles at night when energy demand is lower.

Customers in the pilot project would pay as little as 33 cents to charge an electric vehicle overnight with enough electricity for a typical 40-mile commute, Dominion Virginia Power said. Under the standard residential electric rate, the cost would be up to 86 cents, the company said.

“We believe many of our customers will purchase electric vehicles and they will recharge them at home,” said Kenneth D. Barker, Dominion Virginia Power’s vice president of customer solutions and energy efficiency. “We need to be ready.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch’s 32nd Public Square discusses Electric Vehicles

Friday, November 12th, 2010

On Wednesday, November 11, 2010, the Richmond Times Dispatch held the 32nd Public Square at the newspaper’s Hanover County production to discuss whether the gas-powered car is dead.

Times Dispatch Publisher and Project STIR board member, Tom Silvestri moderated the discussion attended by about 100.

Panelists included George Hoffer, a University of Richmond transportation economist who recently retired as an economics professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Mary C. Doswell, senior vice president of alternate energy solutions for Dominion Resources Services Inc., and Oliver Kuttner, founder and CEO of Lynchburg-based Edison2. Kuttner’s Very Light Car recently won the Progressive Insurance Automotive X Prize.

Richmond Mayor announces electric vehicle pilot for city fleet

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced on Oct 28th that the city will launch an electric vehicle pilot for the city’s fleet. The announcement coincided with a visit from Ford Motor Company as part of Ford’s “Charging into the Future Electric Vehicle Tour” that began in Portland, Ore. in August. Richmond was chosen as one of 14 stops where Ford is debuting the Transit Connect Electric demo vehicle.

The following is Mayor Jones’ statement from the press conference.

“I want to thank everyone for being here today. I don’t get very many “firsts” in life anymore; but today I’ve just completed another first for me – the driving of an all-electric vehicle. It’s amazing to be standing here in front of Main Street Station – an historic railroad station originally built in 1901 – and today one can drive up in an all-electric powered vehicle. Main Street Station is a focal point for much of the city’s multi-modal transportation efforts; like bus rapid transit, the capital trail and our strategic multi-modal transportation plan. So, it is fitting that we gather you all at this site today as we look into the future.

“I’m pleased to announce the city of Richmond’s plans to conduct a test pilot of electric vehicles in our city fleet. We plan to purchase and test up to four all-electric vehicles in our city motor pool fleet. And if the pilot is successful, we may replace as many as 40 vehicles with all-electric vehicles as the fleet vehicles are scheduled for replacement over the coming years.