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Plug In West Michigan Podcast - Episode 7 - Electric Motorcycles

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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 7 Show Notes
Introduction
Host: Karl BlossBlog: www.muskegonevguy.comInstagram @muskegonevguyWest Michigan EV community:  www.facebook.com/groups/WestMichiganEV/Guest: Brad Kallio - bkallio@zynoc.com, www.zynoc.comTheme song composed by Tyler Burke

Main Topic:  Electric Motorcycles
The usual EV questions:How far can it go on a charge? Zero DS 13.0 kWh - 70-140 milesHow long does it take to charge? Depends on the charger installed9 hours on 110V standard outlet<2 hours with a J1772 Charge TankSome motorcycles will have DC quick charging capability to allow charging in 20-30 minutesHow much does it cost to charge?At $0.10 per kWh, a 13 kWh battery costs $1.30 to chargeEfficiency90-120 miles for 11 kWh = 8-11 miles/kWh, 2-3 times as efficient as an EV car At $0.10 per kWh, that's  Brands available:ZeroZero has…

Decision Time on my 2016 LEAF Lease

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The 3-year lease on my 2016 Nissan LEAF comes to an end in August.  That means I need to make a decision whether to turn it back in or buy it out.  Linked with this decision is what vehicle would replace the LEAF as our daily driver if I decide to return it to Nissan.
For the TLDR folks, here's the summary:
I already have a Tesla Model S.The 2019 LEAFs are too expensive for me.My wife and I didn't like the Bolt EV.The other 60 kWh+ EV aren't available in Michigan yet.I have 16-year-old driver in the house.I'm buying out the lease on the 2016 LEAF. The point of this essay is not to convince anyone to come to the same conclusion, but rather to walk you through the thought process of how to approach the decision-making process and hopefully help you consider what EV may work for you.  For details on the above, read on.
Rewind to 2016 When we first decided to lease the 2016 LEAF, our garage contained a 2012 LEAF with about 80% of its original 24 kWh battery capacity due to…

Plug In West Michigan Podcast - Episode 6 - Home Charging

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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 6 Show Notes
Introduction
Host: Karl BlossBlog: www.muskegonevguy.comInstagram @muskegonevguyWest Michigan EV community:  www.facebook.com/groups/WestMichiganEV/Guest: Kraig Schultz, Schultz EngineeringTheme song composed by Tyler Burke

Main Topic:  Home Charging
Home vs. public chargingFundamentally, most charging will take place at home if you have a garage or driveway where you have access to power.  Home charging is even more convenient than pumping gas; just plug in and you have a full "tank" in the morning.When you have an EV, most days you start off with a 80-100%, go about your day and plug in again at night.  This is not much different from your cell phone.  Public charging will be the exception for most drivers.MuskegonEVGuy Blog Essay: Home Charging BasicsHow power gets in the car - the chargi…

Plug In West Michigan Podcast - Episode 5 - Public Charging

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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 5 Show Notes
Introduction
Host: Karl BlossBlog: www.muskegonevguy.comInstagram @muskegonevguyWest Michigan EV community:  www.facebook.com/groups/WestMichiganEV/Guest: Tyler BurkeTheme song composed by Tyler Burke

Main Topic:  Public Charging
Why drive electric?Environmental benefits.  The grid keeps getting cleaner (see also EV news below)Cost:1,000 miles at 35 MPG (Toyota Corolla) = 28.6 gallons @$2.70/gallon = $77.001,000 miles at 4 miles/kwh = 250 kWh @ $0.15/kWh = $37.50Electricity is so cheap that you can often get free charging at hotels or restaurants.  I was just in Frankfort and Traverse City and there were plenty of free places to charge.Even without that and driving an efficient car, the savings of driving electric would be about $40 per month or $474 per year.  If you drive an SUV or minivan that gets…

115 Mile Road Trip in a 90-Mile-Range Nissan LEAF

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The opening of a brand new ChargePoint DC Quick Charger (PlugShare link) in Walker, Michigan just on the eastern outskirts of Grand Rapids lent itself for a road trip test.

On the previous day, I had taken a family member to the Grand Rapids (GRR) airport from Muskegon, which is a 50-some mile trip one way and thus over 100 miles round trip.  In my 240+ mile range Tesla, that's not even breaking a sweat, but in the Nissan LEAF I would have to charge.

Rather than do a write up, I thought I would have some fun with this and record some video footage of the same trip in my LEAF, which I then edited together with some details into this 20-minute YouTube Video

The point is to show how a short-range EV like my 2016  LEAF (it's a 30 kWh but at 87% it's original capacity according to LEAF Spy, thus 90-ish miles of range) can behave on such a trip and whether charging infrastructure can now make this trip more practical. 

Since I'm also contemplating an upgrade of that LEAF,…

Plug In West Michigan Podcast - Episode 4 - Used EVs

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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.

New!  WKTV now videotapes the recordings.  Here's the Facebook video link to this show.
Episode 4 Show Notes
Introduction
Host: Karl BlossBlog: www.muskegonevguy.comInstagram @muskegonevguyWest Michigan EV community:  www.facebook.com/groups/WestMichiganEV/Guest: Paul Pancella, Professor and Chair of Physics Department, Western Michigan University

Main Topic:  Used Electric Vehicles
Main points for buying a used EV:How will the car be used?What range do you need for daily driving?  Don’t forget about winter range loss and eventual battery degradation.Do you expect to take it on road trips?Bottom line: does it meet your driving needs?What charging ports and parameters should you look for?Size of the battery pack - translates into rangeOn-board charger - typically 3.3 - 6.6 KW; translates into miles of range per hour of …

Plug In West Michigan Podcast - Episode 3 - Tesla Model 3

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 3 Show Notes
Introduction
Host: Karl BlossBlog: www.muskegonevguy.comInstagram @muskegonevguyWest Michigan EV community:  www.facebook.com/groups/WestMichiganEV/Guest: Amy Smith

Main Topic:  Tesla Model 3
Tesla Model 3 Standard announcement:  https://www.tesla.com/blog/35000-tesla-model-3-available-nowTesla Model 3:  https://www.tesla.com/model3 Tesla Superchargers, Destination Chargers and Service Centers:  https://www.tesla.com/findus
EV News Snippets
Tesla Model Y:  https://www.tesla.com/modelyTesla Model Y - Electrek coverage: https://electrek.co/guides/tesla-model-y/Nissan LEAF ePlus - https://www.nissanusa.com/vehicles/electric-cars/leaf.htmlNissan LEAF ePlus - InsideEVs coverage:  https://insideevs.com/nissan-reveals-leaf-e-plus-ces/Solis Mobility EV Charging - https://www.solismobility.com/FastNed EV Chargin…

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

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"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 The concept of Vehicle-to-Grid or V2G has long been promote…