Showing posts from February, 2019

How To Power Your Home During A Power Outage With An Electric Vehicle

"Numerous power outages expected, likely prolonged."   ...reads the warning from the local  Google Crisis Map  warning for West Michigan as I compose this essay.  We still have power and internet at the moment, but it wasn't that way on February 7, 2019 when we lost power for nearly a full day.  The patchwork of power outages shown on the  Consumers Energy Outage Map  looked like a product of a quilting bee. With just about everything in your home needing power to operate , even the controls and ignition of my gas furnace were affected.  I noticed that the house was getting a bit chilly in the 15°F outdoor temperatures.  While our comfort and access to a hot shower was a concern to me, ironically it was the 40 lbs of Michigan blueberries in my freezer being in jeopardy of thawing out that first popped into my head. Note: if you prefer a quick video overview, I recorded this  YouTube video . Electric Vehicles to the Rescue My Nissan LEAF with a Power Invert

Plug In West Michigan Podcast - Episode 2 - Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Part of  WKTV Journal  Grand Rapids, MI Community Programming Listen Here:  Plug-In West Michigan Podcast ... or find it on your favorite podcast feed like iTunes or Spotify . Episode 2 Show Notes Introduction Host: Karl Bloss Blog: Instagram  @muskegonevguy West Michigan EV community: Guest: Josh Bourdon Main Topic:  Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles US Department of Energy:   How Do Plug-In Hybrid Electric Cars Work? US Department of Energy:   How Do Hybrid Electric Cars Work? Inside EVs:   EV Purists Take Note: A Ton Of Plug-in Hybrids Are Coming 2019 Chevrolet Volt: Looking for a Volt: search for used Chevrolet Volts 75 miles from WKTV  (Note: there are many more places to search for used cars) EV News Snippets Audi Super Bowl commercial: Budweiser Super Bowl commercial: htt