DC, Maryland, Virginia 2016 Nissan Leaf GROUP BUY

Announcing the First EV Group Buy Program in Virginia.  2016 Nissan LEAF is Now Available at Discounted Prices!

Deadline Jan 31, 2017

Virginia Clean Cities is pleased announce to the first EV Group Buy Program in Virginia for the 2016 Nissan LEAF. This limited time offer leverages the power of a group of consumers to negotiate a discounted price from a car dealer.

We invite you to join us in participating in this EV Group Buy Program. This is community-wide program designed to make it easier and more affordable for residents to purchase an electric vehicle.

What is a Group Buy Program?

This program will help your pool your buying power to drive electric at a discount. We can reduce the cost and complexity of going electric, increase the number of electric vehicles in our communities, decrease the amount of air pollution in our communities, and drive progress toward our region’s climate goals.

Beginning in mid-November, Virginia Clean Cities, in partnership with neighboring communities throughout Northern Virginia, is launching an EV group-purchasing program, which allows the selected EV dealership, Priority Nissan, to be able to offer more competitive pricing will also offer additional rebates for increased savings to drivers.

How You Can Help?

Just help us spread the word! Let your friends and coworkers know about EV Group Buy. It’s an easy way to show your organization’s commitment to the health and sustainability of your community!

Pricing is as a follows:

Lease Option: 36 months, 12,000 miles per year, $0 down*

Model S: $178 per month

Model S (30kw battery): $210 per month

Model SV: $245 per month

*Federal tax credit is included in lease pricing

Purchase Option (with $7,500 federal tax credit for those who qualify) – Standard rates apply through Nissan Plus tax and title

Model S: $15,650

Model SV: $17,405

Model SL: $19,767

For more information and registration, visit the VCC events website.

This program is open to residents of Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

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Meet America’s EV Charging Corridors

As part of the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act of 2016, states were invited to designate Alternative Fuel Corridors, one type of which were EV Charging Corridors (primarily DC Fast charging along highways).  Here are the resulting corridors in the mid-Atlantic:

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Not surprisingly, the corridors follow most interstate highways.  The solid green lines are “signage-ready” meaning a useful amount of charging already exists.  Note, this is largely independent of the Tesla Supercharger Network.  The dashed orange lines are terranova, in that they need basic charging infrastructure, and are thus referred to as “signage-pending”.

You can check out GIS maps of the country and individual states here.

Major Developments in Federal and Private Workplace Charging

2016-10-25_17-16-20Department of Energy efforts meant to encourage private sector workplace charging have been bearing fruit for the past few years.  This is the Workplace Charging Challenge, a component of EV Everywhere, which coordinates the overall DOE effort on electric vehicles.

Until the adoption of the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) in Dec 2015, appropriated funds were specifically forbidden by GSA to be usable for the purchase or installation of workplace charging for employee use in their private vehicles.  The FAST Act has now removed that prohibition, meaning that workplace charging is now authorized, Continue reading

Maryland Public Service Commission Public Conference on EV Deployment in the State – July 14

The Public Service Commission of Maryland is holding Public
Conference 43 (“PC 43”) Thursday July 14, 2016 to explore the regulatory, technical, and financial barriers to the deployment of electric vehicles in the State.  It would benefit us all as EV drivers to let the Commission know of our opinions and wisdom we have gathered over the last few years.

→ They really do look forward to hearing from real EV drivers! ←

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December Meet…

Don’t forget, the December Party-Meeting is the 16th.  That’s 7:00, Tesla Rockville Service Center.  We’ll provide the food and drinks.  All you need to bring are chairs and drivers licenses for Model S test drives (including Autopilot).  Please RSVP with number of guests and if you have a folding table you can lend.  Come celebrate, and take a Tesla out for a test if you haven’t!

RSVP to Ron Kaltenbaugh rkaltenbaugh@mac.com

November 2015 Minutes

We started with Ron, mentioning Nabih’s middle school robotics competition.  Electrics of a different sort.  Rob described his Think City for sale- 30k miles.  Outside the club, Silver Spring’s Thanksgiving parade (November 28) was seeking an EV, says councilmember Tom Hucker.  It’s never too early- next year’s National Drive Electric Week will be Sep 10-18.  More recently, Chip got 1st place in the Aspen Hill car show, special interest category; Scott got 2nd.  Pat’s Volt was in the running too, and Charlie’s Porsche is converted.  Chip described the system; its battery capacity increase is huge.

In more everyday news, there’s some progress in Federal workplace charging.  We know Congress has installed and uses charging for itself; the EV-COMUTE Act would allow the GSA to decide on installations without micromanagement.  The House version of the big transportation bill passed EV-COMUTE language, the Senate version didn’t; they must reconcile.  No Maryland or Virginia senators are on the bill’s committee.

Elvia went to climate communications training in Florida, and has short and long versions to give.  Karsten sold solar panels to a former Exxon Mobil engineer.  Also in Florida, Greenshed Conversions is helping a member finish an electric Camaro.

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Re-regarding e-Biking

What if I told you there was an electric vehicle company in DC?  No, not GM’s motor winding for the Spark EV in White Marsh- the actual District.  Not Local Motors‘ site in National Harbor, either.  DC is becoming a hotbed for 21st century biking, including a surprisingly powerful electric model, and its assembly.

Washington had already been the first American city to establish modern (RFID-controlled) bikesharing, which we’ve covered.  Onstreet, point-to-point rental has since spread through New York City, to smaller markets, and now even Detroit, the “Motor City.”  The earlier problems with public bikes have been solved; a rental is so cheap compared to other modes of transportation that cities almost can’t afford not to deploy bikes and stations.  In the same manner, the early e-bikes have given way to newer, better, cheaper designs.  This includes trials in Paris and in Birmingham, Alabama to evaluate electric bikesharing.

Back here, I visited Riide‘s assembly facility in northeast.  In time for Halloween, Riide was moving to a new space, and throwing a costume party in the vacated industrial building.  The company’s Kickstarter launch was highly successful, deliveries began in late 2014, and I’ve even seen Riides on the street.  For 2016, Riide is offering a monthly $79 plan (“RiidePass”) with maintenance and insurance.  At plan’s end, the bike is owned outright, or you can convert payments to the latest model.

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