Have you had the experience of driving/charging a Hybrid yet?
One place the EV plug is installed is the Whole Foods Markets. All you have to do is to pull into a parking spot marked “EV charging only” and pull your cell phone out. As you look at the Charge point Station, it has an LED display that blinks above a metal panel. It is not real obvious as to what to do next with the exception of a toll free number that is on the post. So give it a try!
A Customer Service Representative answers and asks for your name, phone number, location and e-mail. The e-mail is for identification when you call back in to end the charge. Once all of the questions are answered, you will hear a click. Just lift the panel, plug in your car, and go shopping.
Now it takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to get a full charge on the go. So if you come back early, you can certainly call, unplug and boogie.
On the Toyota Prius, a full charge is capable of traveling 13 miles at a maximum highway speed of 60 mph on lithium-ion battery power. After the 13 miles, it converts to utilizing the gas engine. So, Toyota is bragging that this car gets 50 miles per gallon. This car will be out on the market next year. Are you reserving yours yet? As you can tell, it does not matter what type of hybrid you will own, the plugs will be universal.
Once you get home, you can plug it into your standard wall plug (110 volts) and it will take 3 hours to charge. However, if you plug it into a 220 volt outlet, it takes half the time.
The cost to your electric bill will be only 33 cents if your electricity provided runs about $0.11 per kilowatt hour. This is a cost that can be absorbed by most households. Even in a week, the cost is a little more than a dollar menu item at M C Donnells.
With the Nissan Leaf, the Chevy Volt, and the Honda Fit, there are many options to choose from within your price range. Most will be at your dealership sometime in 2012.
As for the EV stations, there have been 4600 posts funded by the DOE for across the nation. They are also making sure that you can find them via online. Maybe even some of the super apps for your phone. For now, they are free to use. It seems to me that these hybrids will be pretty simple to drive, charge and/or own.
On a sadder note, my partner in crime passed away last week due to the most unfortunate circumstances that are too much to explain here. Anyway, may the good Lord take care of this most loving, humorous, intelligent and empathetic human being I have ever known and will be sorely missed! Thank you to all who have been coming by looking for a new post. Thanks to Theresa who has kept Forced Green alive while I was gone.