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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Maryland Electric Vehicle Owners’ Survey

As many of you are aware, I have the pleasure of representing one of many viewpoints of EV drivers on the Maryland Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Council.  Also on the Council is Dr. Z Andrew Farkas, Director and Professor for the National Transportation Center at Morgan State University.  The Center has put out a brief survey, gathering basic information about plug-in drivers, such as the reasons for getting a plug-in, if you charge at home, what sort of charging you do, and interfacing plug-in driving with rail commuting.  It’s purely informational and anonymous.   He mentioned that he was looking for plug-in drivers, so I thought it only natural to solicit the participation of the plug-in owner/drivers of EVADC. What follows is a brief introduction, and the link for the survey.  I’ve taken it, and is is indeed about five minutes 🙂

Thanks!

-Scott

 

The National Transportation Center at Morgan State University, a Maryland transportation research organization, is conducting a study of electric vehicles, and is asking you, an owner of an electric vehicle, to participate in a five-minute online survey on your EV purchase, commuting, and preferred safety technologies.

Participation in this survey is voluntary; you are free to discontinue the online survey at any time. Survey participants must be at least 18 years old and own/lease a plug-in hybrid or plug-in battery electric vehicle registered in the State of Maryland.

All information gathered in this survey will be anonymous and confidential. Only the National Transportation Center at Morgan State University will collect the survey responses, aggregate the data and analyze results. The individual survey responses can not be identified.

If you are willing to participate, please go to http://tinyurl.com/ndp5rxp or use the QR code below:

Morgan State QR

 

 

 

 

Dr. Z. Andrew Farkas

Director and Professor

National Transportation Center, CBEIS 327

Morgan State University

1700 E. Cold Spring Lane

Baltimore, MD 21251

443-885-3761

http://www.morgan.edu/soe/ntc

https://www.facebook.com/morganntc

 

UMD Solar Charging

UMD logoSpeaking of the University of Maryland… The College Park Campus, already well-represented in the area’s charging count, just won’t stop.  Three parking structures will not only install more EVSEs, but solar canopies to power those charging spaces.  The campus as a whole already runs a solar “farm” nearby, as well as buying solar and wind credits.  Then in late 2016, the Terrapin Trail, Regents Drive, and Mowatt Lane Garages will be powered by solar roofs.  The coverage won’t just shade vehicles and provide EV power; the three canopies will send surplus power to other campus buildings.

This is all in addition to American University and GWU producing or buying a majority of their electricity from new solar ventures, and Catholic University’s onsite arrays.  UMD has more charging, but theirs is a suburban campus of course.  American and GWU have their own Metro stops and bikeshare racks, and each still has a token EVSE.

Feb 18 EVADC Meeting at Rockville Memorial Library

The Feb meeting of EVADC will be at the Rockville Memorial Library:

Our meeting room is on the ground floor.  Walk in the front door by the skating rink, and the room is to your immediate right.

As for parking, there are meters on the street, a shopping center parking lot north of Beall Ave (free, but signed as shopping center use only, use at your own risk), or paid parking garages A and B.

The 240V charger is in Garage A (so labeled on Plugshare http://api.plugshare.com/view/location/6412  This is the green garage.  If you’re not charging, use either green garage A or red garage B.  There is one J1772 in garage A and two marked spaces, so people may possibly switch the charger between cars during the meeting.  It’s only a 60 second walk to the garages from the Library.

The main meeting officially goes from 7 to 9.  People usually start gathering about 6:30 and hang around till 9:30.  The garage is $4 for up to 3 hours, unless you get validated, in which case it’s $2.  To get validated, walk into the front door of the library, and continue into the main library.  To the left before you get to the circulation desk is the validation machine.  You must get validated before 9pm when the main library closes.  It’s probably best to do before you enter our meeting room.

There are also two nearby eVgo DC fast chargers.  Darcars Nissan has one:
http://api.plugshare.com/view/location/1915 .  This is an official eVgo site.  The other site is at Woodley Gardens shopping center http://api.plugshare.com/view/location/40035 .  This place has dining, so you could eat either before or after the meeting, while charging.

Washington DC Auto Show Sign Up

 

The Washington Auto Show is here, Jan 23 – Feb 1.  See details at www.washingtonautoshow.com

  • Volunteer to guide the public through the exciting world of vehicles you plug in.
  • Answer questions from curious folks who may have thought about EV’s but have more questions.
  • Help to put more electrically driven metal on the road.

Sign up here.