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Leviton response to EVSE Cord and Plug Controversy

Leviton response to EVSE Cord and Plug Controversy

In response to NEMA's eiXtra: January 11, 2011 Feature Article entitled EVSE Making Waves Across the Industries Leviton would like to clarify the comment that,  “There is some controversy surrounding the non-permanent EVSE installations right now, and whether or not they are allowable under code, but it appears that Ford is confident in Leviton's reading of the code.” Leviton Manufacturing’s Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment complies with applicable requirements Read more [...]
News Roundup

News Roundup

Reading news is one of my favorite hobbies (it even probably ranks higher than watching TV). Below are some recent items related to the electrical industry that I found interesting. Captain Planet would approve: USA Today says that Oregon is getting the first U.S. commercial wave energy farm. I was surprised by the size of the buoys; the first one will be 150’ x 40’ and 200 tons. The expectation is that it will harness enough power for 400 homes. I’m curious to see the results Read more [...]
Electric Car Roundup

Electric Car Roundup

It’s been an exciting couple of weeks for news about electric cars. Of course, as a news junkie, I might have a skewed sense of what counts as exciting. Below are some of my favorites. An interesting way to get the Christmas tree home: A man in the U.K. towed a 50-foot Christmas tree home using a G-Wiz electric car and a trailer. The pictures are wild! It makes my holiday decorations look lame in comparison. Making sense of acronyms: Autoblog Green has a helpful guide to acronyms related Read more [...]
Storing the Energy of the Future

Storing the Energy of the Future

Today, DOE announced $104.7 million in funding for projects at seven DOE National Laboratories, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. One of the project types is for Advanced Battery Prototype Fabrication and Testing Facilities. In the press release, energy storage technologies are described as “critical enabling technologies for developing advanced, fuel-efficient vehicles and meeting the administration’s goal of putting one Read more [...]
Where Do You Plug-in Your Electric Vehicle?

Where Do You Plug-in Your Electric Vehicle?

Plug-in vehicles, either hybrid or all electrical, are just around the corner.  The big question is how are they going to be recharged? The answer depends a lot on who you are asking.  In the US the most significant effort is made by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International).  A number of standards are in the works to cover vehicles charging.  That, by the way, includes a vehicle-to-grid option (V2G) that could become an interesting Smart Grid option in a not too Read more [...]
Fact Versus Fiction on Energy Storage Systems

Fact Versus Fiction on Energy Storage Systems

Often, important emerging technologies get caught up in misconstrued facts and misunderstandings of capacities and roles in an already technology-driven and confusing world. An example of this can be found in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, "Getting Real on Wind and Solar" by James Schlesinger and Robert Hirsch. It's great they included a reference to energy storage systems (ESS) as a necessary component of the smart grid architecture for renewable energy. And they're right Read more [...]
PHEV’s Can’t Plug In if There’s No Place To Plug Them!

PHEV’s Can’t Plug In if There’s No Place To Plug Them!

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) among other hybrid technologies are being portrayed as the “product du jour” for solving the high-priced gasoline problem internationally and now nationally with our current energy crisis situation at large. Already Toyota, GM, Ford and VW have announced their intent to release PHEVs in the near future. And why not? According to claims, they “just plug into your home outlet.” And, "they can go 40 miles on a Read more [...]
Fast Car, Slow Battery (or why we need a better plug)

Fast Car, Slow Battery (or why we need a better plug)

With apologies to Wyclef and Lupe, the answer to "Are you ready to ride?" may be "yeah, maybe sometime tomorrow." Blogs Engadget and AutoBlogGreen have picked up a back-of-the-envelope calculation estimating the charge time on the all-electric Tesla roadster to be 30+ hours from a standard wall outlet. While a regular WD 5-15 provides 15 amps at 125 volts, Tesla's estimate of a 4-hour charge time is based on 80 amps at 220 volts. In addition, many older homes have circuit Read more [...]