Category Archives: Electric Vehicles

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.

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.


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

The Auto Industry Can’t Ignore The Electric Vehicle Revolution Any Longer

By Jack Perkowski, Forbes

As automakers gather at the Frankfurt Auto Show next Thursday, an unprecedented transformation of the $1.8 trillion auto industry is already underway, whether it has been fully embraced by the industry or not. In addition to the new models and concept cars that will be on display at the show, the proverbial elephant will also be in the room, or convention hall, as you like. At Frankfurt this year, the impending threat of electric vehicles (EVs) to the internal combustion engine (ICE) will be on everyone’s mind. Continue reading.

Photo: Nissan unveiled its new Leaf model, the next evolution of the zero-emission electric vehicle, on September 6, 2017 as it seeks to battle off competitors in a sector it once pioneered. Credit: Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP / Getty Images


State’s Low-Income Community Solar Demo Serves As A National Model

By Joseph Bebon, Solar Industry Magazine

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives Colorado have announced the completion of a two‐year partnership focused on demonstrating the benefits of community solar for low‐income communities across the state. In 2015, CEO granted GRID $1.2 million to work with rural electric cooperatives and municipal utilities to develop accessible, affordable community solar models that provide meaningful bill savings to subscribed customers and reduce household energy burden.

In Colorado, approximately 30% of households – many located in rural areas – are considered energy burdened, meaning they pay more than 4% of their income on utility bills. Of that 30% in Colorado, 11% are considered energy impoverished, paying more than 10% of their income on utility bills. Continue reading.

Photo Credit: GRID Alternatives

The Good Life: Electric car does the driving, and talking, for climate change message around state

By Paul Hammel, Omaha World-Herald

[Senator Ken] Haar, who was known for his advocacy of wind energy while in the Legislature, is making the rounds of Nebraska these days giving presentations on climate change. The star of the show is the Tesla, an all-electric car fitted with an auto pilot, eight cameras, 12 ultrasonic sensors and forward-looking radar. He offers free rides in the luxury vehicle. Read more here.

Photo: The self-driving Tesla, the star of the show as former State Senator Ken Haar drives – or does he?  — to climate change presentations. Credit: Sarah Hoffman / The World-Herald

Find out more about electric cars at this event this Saturday!

The Guardian view on electric cars: they’ll change the world

The end of the age of the internal combustion engine is in sight. There are small signs everywhere: the shift to hybrid vehicles is already under way among manufacturers. Volvo has announced it will make no purely petrol-engined cars after 2019; the British government expects the all-electric future to arrive by 2040; and Tesla has just started selling its first electric car aimed squarely at the middle classes: the Tesla 3 sells for $35,000 in the US, and 400,000 people have put down a small, refundable deposit towards one. Continue reading here.

Photo: South Sioux City senior code official Kent Zimmerman demonstrates the electric-car charging station in front of City Hall. Credit: Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

Nebraska Charging Stations – SolvingEV.Com

SolvingEV is a resource dedicated to the expansion and adoption of cleaner vehicles. By providing vehicle charging station details and maps, users can quickly locate and engage with stations near them.

Click here for a list of all zip codes within Nebraska where you can see their EV charging stations report.

Search Charging Stations by State


Nebraska Towns Charge Ahead To Support Electric Vehicles

By Arianna Brocious, NET News

Only a few hundred cars in Nebraska are fully electric, but the number is on the rise—along with the number of places those cars can charge up. Some Nebraska towns are hoping that makes it easier for electric car drivers to leave town. Click here to read more.

Don Cox, Tesla enthusiast who teaches an electric vehicle class at UNL. More than 370,000 orders have already been placed for Tesla’s next car, the more affordable Model 3, which won’t even hit the road until late this year.


Anne McCollister, co-founder of the nonprofit Nebraska Community Energy Alliance. With funding from the Nebraska Environmental Trust, McCollister’s group has helped 27 communities and partners around the state install electric car charging stations.

Credit for both photos: Arianna Brocious
Included with the article: Tesla map of Nebraska charging stations
Nebraska Community Energy Alliance’s Website