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Cost to Power an Electric Car?

November 18, 2018

How much DOES it cost to charge an Electric Vehicle? The short answer is that EVs are very cheap to operate, only a few cents per mile. For the longer answer, we’ll have to make a few assumptions, and do some math. The common unit of energy for electricity is the “kilo-Watt-hour” or kWh. It’s […]

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Ikea Solar and EV Charging

May 17, 2018

Yesterday was the Grand Opening of the Ikea Store in Oak Creek! Was I there for flat pack furniture or meatballs? Nope! Although I did try the meatballs… I was there to show support for their EV Charging stations, and nearly 5,000 solar panels on the roof of the store! This store is not particularly […]

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Spinning the PowerMeter Backwards

April 29, 2018

Spring has returned to Wisconsin. Although we had a blizzard last week, we are finally in clear skies and warming weather. In fact, it’s been almost ideal weather in my area for solar power production lately. My garage has 24 solar panels, each paired with an Enphase brand micro-inverter which can output up to 225 […]

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Amazing-E EVSE Review and Opening

September 2, 2017

A few days ago, I purchased an Amazing-E EVSE. I already had a Level 2 (240V) EVSE permanently mounted in my garage, but I was really looking for a portable 240V electric car charging cord. Ideally, that portable EVSE could run on 120V as well. The Amazing-E appears identical to the Gen. 2 Chevy Volt […]

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Bye-Bye, iMiEV

July 30, 2017

Towing electric tractors, smashing my car, solar-charging Teslas, and saying good-bye to the Purple iMiEV… all just part of a typical electric car weekend at my place.

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Counterpoint: Why EV drivers should gladly pay for public charging

June 21, 2016

This is a guest post brought to you by EV enthusiast and fellow electric motorcycle builder Ned Funnell. He’s an engineer-turned-missionary who appreciates the simplicity and efficiency of electric drive, and doesn’t mind cleaner air for his 9-month-old.  Demystifying the Slow Growth of the Fast Charging Network- or, Why EV drivers should gladly pay for public […]

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You Charge WHAT!?$

June 7, 2016

I was pretty excited to see that there will be some new DC Fast Chargers coming to my area! In fact, just yesterday, three new chargers were commissioned; one in the Madison area, and two in the Milwaukee area. I was working in Milwaukee today, and thought I would stop in to check out one […]

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EVSE Repair

May 7, 2016

Well, it was bound to happen. Somebody drove the car away WHILE it was plugged in! OK, technically, that’s not right. A major safety feature of the SAE J1772 is that it DOESN’T allow you to activate an electric car when it’s plugged in. However, if you manage to THINK the car is on, put […]

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Adventures in Charging

May 7, 2016

Yesterday, I got to have some more adventures in charging my Electric Vehicle. I was working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at a location about 37 miles from my house. The car I’m driving is a Mitsubishi iMiEV – the least expensive, most efficient*, smallest battery pack electric car in the United States. It also has an […]

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The iMiEV is back!

December 30, 2015

I got my car back yesterday! The dealer had my car for 20 days! I was told that much of that was waiting for parts, and then “well it’s the holidays…”. I originally took the car to the dealer to get some open recalls taken care of: vacuum pump, impact sensors, and underbody corrosion prevention. […]

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