Category Archives: Electric Vehicles

OPPD EV pilot focuses on system impact, customer education

By Bob Matyi, American Public Power Association

Omaha Public Power District is launching a pilot program in June to educate its 374,000 customers about the benefits of electric vehicles, while providing incentives for their potential use. Throughout the pilot and beyond, OPPD will be tracking and monitoring impacts to its distribution system for use in grid planning and will also develop a plan for managing those impacts. Read more here.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

OPPD: New EV program will measure impact on system

By Jodi Baker, The Wire, OPPD Blog

OPPD and the Nebraska Community Energy Alliance (NCEA) will co-fund and distribute $500 grants to customers who purchase Charge Point EV chargers for their home via OPPD. A website link for purchases will be available when the pilot gets underway. In addition, OPPD will work to educate customers on financial incentives available when they purchase a new EV. These are expected to include:

  • $3,000 rebate at participating Nissan dealerships towards the purchase of a new Nissan Leaf
  • $4,000 grant from NCEA after the purchase of a new EV (only available in Douglas County)
  • Up to $7,500 federal tax credit (depending on the manufacturer)

The initiative team is presenting its findings and plans to OPPD’s Board of Directors during their May committee meetings. Read more here.

Photo Credit: 123rf.com

NPPD’S EV Charging Station Incentive Pilot Program

  • ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
    EV Strategy: OPPD Board Committee Presentation, Aaron Smith, Director – Operations
  • News Release: EV Research Strategy Presented To OPPD Board
    During this week’s committee meetings for the OPPD Board of Directors, the Integrated Energy Marketplace team presented its latest EV research, including plans to announce a pilot next month. The pilot, as part of the district’s EV Strategy and Process Initiative, will include EV education for customers. It will also connect customers to financial incentives available for the purchase of certain EVs, as well as certain EV chargers, among other areas.

AMERICAN PUBLIC POWER ASSOCIATION

  • Electric vehicles are here: are utilities ready to charge forward?
    Navigant Research said in a report, prepared for the American Public Power Association, that by 2021 it conservatively projects new EV (battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) sales of more than 700,000 units in the U.S. annually. Markets saw a 37 percent increase in sales of plug-in electric vehicles in 2016 and Navigant Research expects 50 percent growth in market sales in 2017 and 2018, largely due to Tesla’s Model 3 and other longer-range, low cost battery electric vehicles coming to the market, as well as more vehicle options becoming available for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
  • Multi-faceted EV approaches getting closer look from states: report
    Among the top electric vehicle policy trends in the first quarter of 2018 were states considering multi-faceted approaches to EVs and related infrastructure, the North Carolina Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) said in a recently released report. 

Ford shifts gears, invests $11 billion in future of electric car production

By Keith Naughton, Ryan Beene and Gabrielle Coppola / Bloomberg News
Published by The Omaha World-Herald

Ford Motor Co. will more than double its spending on electric vehicles, amplifying its investment in a segment that the auto industry sees growing from what’s now just a fraction of the market.
The carmaker will shell out $11 billion to bring 40 electric vehicles to market by 2022, Jim Farley, president of global markets, said during a presentation at the Detroit auto show. That’s up from the $4.5 billion that Ford said in late 2015 it would invest through the end of the decade.
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ALSO OF POTENTIAL INTEREST
NPPD’s pilot EV charging station incentive program
Nebraska Public Power District, in partnership with its wholesale utility customers, has a need to understand the future impact of electric vehicle charging on the electric distribution system. Electrification of the transportation sector is expected to grow and have a substantial impact on the electricity delivery system. By collecting data on individual charging stations, the utilities can better implement strategies to maintain and improve utility infrastructure. In order to collect this information, the utility is offering an incentive to eligible customers with qualifying equipment. A $200 EnergyWise incentive for the installation of a residential vehicle charging station is available for a limited time from Nebraska Public Power District and your local public power utility.

NPPD launches pilot EV charging station incentive program

Nebraska Public Power District, in partnership with its wholesale utility customers, has a need to understand the future impact of electric vehicle charging on the electric distribution system. Electrification of the transportation sector is expected to grow and have a substantial impact on the electricity delivery system. By collecting data on individual charging stations, the utilities can better implement strategies to maintain and improve utility infrastructure. In order to collect this information, the utility is offering an incentive to eligible customers with qualifying equipment.

A $200 EnergyWise incentive for the installation of a residential vehicle charging station is available for a limited time from Nebraska Public Power District and your local public power utility. This incentive is for customers living in the service area of NPPD or its wholesale customers who purchase an electric vehicle and choose to install a ChargePoint 32 amp WI-FI enabled station. Other charging stations may be incented but must pass pre-approval criteria. To qualify for the pilot incentive program, the installation location of the charging station must have internet wireless connectivity.

Additional details about the program are available here.

Billions from VW settlement boost push to clean vehicles: Iowa, other states deciding how to spend their share of funds

 By Martha T. Moore, The Gazette

South Carolina wants to replace aging school buses. Colorado plans to electrify Denver’s bus system. And Washington wants electric ferryboats for Puget Sound . . . States can spend as much as 15 percent of their payout to subsidize construction of public charging stations for electric cars. Most states are likely to spend the full amount, said Nick Nigro of Atlas Public Policy, a transportation electrification consulting firm: 17 states have already said they will do so. (Under a separate part of its court settlement, Volkswagen is spending $2 billion to build electric car charging stations and $10 billion to buy back diesel cars from consumers.) Clean-energy advocates say public transit and school buses are likely targets for state programs for diesel replacement. Parents like the idea of getting rid of diesel fumes at the school bus stop. And the VW funds are arriving at a time when transit systems around the country are increasingly trying out electric and hybrid buses. Click here to read the entire article. 

Photo: Volkswagen cars are loaded in a delivery tower at the plant of German carmaker in Wolfsburg, Germany. Credit: Reuters / Fabrizio Bensch

IN NEBRASKA

Tesla’s electric semi truck: Elon Musk unveils his new freight vehicle

By Umair Irfan, Vox

The semi is a fully electric Class 8 truck, a category of freight vehicles that weigh more than 33,000 pounds, including tractor-trailer rigs that form the backbone of commercial road freight. This one, Musk said, can haul 80,000 pounds.Tesla’s offering has a range of 500 miles at maximum weight at highways speeds, much higher than early spec reports of a range of 300 miles. Read more here.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
Tesla Roadster: Elon Musk unveils ‘fastest production car ever’ in shock announcement, The Telegraph

Registration Open for “Introduction to Electric Vehicles” Class at UNO

January 8 – May 4, 2018
Tuesdays from 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
Peter Kiewit Institute – Room 259
1110 S 67th Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68182

Registration Information
Electrical & Computer Engineering (ECEN) 4980
Class Number: 28219
Maximum Class Enrollment: 10
Credit Hours: 1
Class Link

Instructor: Don Cox

After retiring from Stanford University, where he taught engineering courses and supervised graduate research, and where he had earned his Ph.D., Don Cox took a position at UNL as an adjunct professor in the College of Engineering. He is a UNL alum, with an M.S. degree in electrical engineering. His avocation is electric vehicles, and in addition to the EV class currently offered at UNO, he teaches a similar course at UNL.

Owner of four Teslas, Cox is known to generously offer demo rides to other EV enthusiasts, including UNL students and colleagues, as well as attendees at various community events, including Nebraska Sierra Club’s Drive Electric Week event in Omaha on September 9th.

Cox shares his Model S Tesla with former State Senator Ken Haar, who in his “retirement” is giving presentations on climate change all around Nebraska, including “gatherings in homes, churches and even Knights of Columbus meetings.” See Omaha World-Herald article written by Paul Hammel, The Good Life: Electric car does the driving, and talking, for climate change message around state.

 As noted above, UNO’s EV class enrollment is limited to 10.

Top photo credit: UNO, Peter Kiewit Institute. Photo by NET of Professor Cox and his Model S Tesla

Tesla updates Supercharger network with new upcoming stations enabling new routes and city charging

By Fred Lambert, Electrek 

Following the launch of Tesla’s new “urban” Supercharger stations [yesterday], the automaker updated its new “upcoming stations” on its map and it now features the expected locations of hundreds of new stations coming next year. Tesla updated the map earlier this year with its plan to reach 10,000 Superchargers by the end of 2017. The automaker just now reached 900 Supercharger stations with 6,000 Supercharger stalls toward that goal and it has a just as ambitious goal to have 18,000 Superchargers in its network in 2018. Read more here.

ALSO IN THE NEWS

National Drive Electric Week kicked off with car show, forum in Omaha

Chinh Doan, KETV

OMAHA, Neb. — Once considered the cars of the future, electric vehicles are now more affordable and commonly seen on the road. Saturday’s inaugural event in Omaha made up of a showcase of electric vehicles and a forum in Omaha kicked off National Drive Electric Week.

Read the entire KETV transcript or watch the video here.

An infrastructure for charging electric vehicles takes shape

The Economist

A NEW phrase, “range anxiety”—the fear that an electric vehicle (EV) will run out of power before it reaches a charging-point—entered the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013. At the time a Nissan LEAF, the world’s best-selling EV, could travel only 120km between charges. A car with a full tank of fuel will travel 650-800km between refills. A motorist relying on batteries has to find a public charger, a rare sight in 2013, or plug in at home to cover the same distance. Range anxiety has not gone away as EVs have advanced. But the problem now feels much more soluble. Read more here.

Illustration by Claudio Munoz