Skip to comments.Charging stations for hybrids coming
Posted on 10/10/2011 5:38:01 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB
The city is promoting two new plug-in hybrid electric cars available for use by members of the Hourcar vehicle-sharing organization in St. Paul and Minneapolis. This fall and next spring, St. Paul will install 20 public stations where drivers can charge the vehicles.
The two new hybrid cars were bought with a $30,000 contribution from Xcel Energy. Hourcar is run by the Neighborhood Energy Connection, a St. Paul nonprofit.
The vehicles are in the Lawson and Lowertown parking ramps in downtown St. Paul. There are 13 Hourcars at nine locations throughout the city.
Charging station locations, rates and details can be found at stpaul.gov/EVchargingstations.
The stations were funded by a federal stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.
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How many charging stations were lost when Costco removed theirs?
I guess they will set one up every 30 miles. Every 10 miles in northern states due to the cold.
Really! I went there a couple of times at Christmas and it hit 30 below both times. What do electric vehicles use for heat?
As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the City of Saint Paul received $286,000 of Energy Efficient and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) funding for the purchase and installation of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The funding is being used for:
Gap financing to purchase three plug-in electric fleet vehicles.
Purchase and installation of charging stations around the city.
Like everything, their batteries or maybe the itty bitty engines that the hybrids have. Electric only cars that promise to get you 90 miles will get you 10-15 in northern climates in the winter. And it will take twice as long to recharge.....16 hours or so.
Hot and cold weather SEVERELY diminish battery performance (and life).
so does this mean that the poor, the elderly, the cripple, (the homeowner/taxpayer) susidizes the rich, the wealthy, those who can afford the hybrids?
Bingo, we have a winner!
..Not to mention: 36.6kWh of gasoline, also called a gallon, cost $3.70 now (artificially high) compared to the nominal cost of 32.6 KWh for electicity is $5.00 an hour ($10.00 in Hawaii)
“......when Costco removed theirs?”
Now we know who they sold them too! The goverment buy back. n/s
and a couple of inches of snow to push through should make it worse.
So how does this work? A 30-minute stop and $20 worth of electricity? Will they have a Starbucks handy at each rest stop?
yes, it’a also a tacit admission by the green weenie lobby that given the option, even green weenies prefer the option of using a “car” over mass transit and light rail.
ask them abotu the carbon footprint of that battery in there...