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Electric Vehicles are everywhere. All major car manufacturers, from the highest-end performance brands to the lowest-end utilitarian family wagons, are working to produce an EV option for the marketplace. Battery capacity breakthroughs and concept cars shrouded in secrecy dominate the news. Here in America, public charging infrastructure is popping up… in big cities where consumers are realizing they can electrify their commute and save 70% on fuel costs. But what about small-town America? Ben Jones, an electrical engineer for an distribution cooperative in southeastern Kentucky believes so. He’s been exposed to EVs and charging infrastructure projects for his utility. Ben believes that EVs need to be in every town and the right combination of battery range and charging options make electric cars very attractive to rural inhabitants. But that was not always the case. The EV Diaries chronicle Ben’s conversion from skeptic to being a self-appointed EV ambassador. He talks about h

Electric Vehicles are everywhere. All major car manufacturers, from the highest-end performance brands to the lowest-end utilitarian family wagons, are working to produce an EV option for the marketplace. Battery capacity breakthroughs and concept cars shrouded in secrecy dominate the news. Here in America, public charging infrastructure is popping up… in big cities where consumers are realizing they can electrify their commute and save 70% on fuel costs. But what about small-town America? Ben Jones, an electrical engineer for an distribution cooperative in southeastern Kentucky believes so. He’s been exposed to EVs and charging infrastructure projects for his utility. Ben believes that EVs need to be in every town and the right combination of battery range and charging options make electric cars very attractive to rural inhabitants. But that was not always the case. The EV Diaries chronicle Ben’s conversion from skeptic to being a self-appointed EV ambassador. He talks about h
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Electric Vehicles are everywhere. All major car manufacturers, from the highest-end performance brands to the lowest-end utilitarian family wagons, are working to produce an EV option for the marketplace. Battery capacity breakthroughs and concept cars shrouded in secrecy dominate the news. Here in America, public charging infrastructure is popping up… in big cities where consumers are realizing they can electrify their commute and save 70% on fuel costs. But what about small-town America? Ben Jones, an electrical engineer for an distribution cooperative in southeastern Kentucky believes so. He’s been exposed to EVs and charging infrastructure projects for his utility. Ben believes that EVs need to be in every town and the right combination of battery range and charging options make electric cars very attractive to rural inhabitants. But that was not always the case. The EV Diaries chronicle Ben’s conversion from skeptic to being a self-appointed EV ambassador. He talks about h

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Episodes

So, Which Is It?

12/9/2019
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GM and Toyota, both, seem to be telling two different stories.

Duration:00:09:29

Melting the ICE

12/7/2019
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A listener, Becky, got ICEed out at Walt Disney World… but not the way you’re thinking. Sit back and enjoy this “tale as old a time” and remember “we are all connected to each other in a circle, in a hoop that never ends“. Becky’s Disney Photo Memories

Duration:00:09:11

Thanksgiving Charge Station Update

12/6/2019
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An email from a friend prompted me to look at the usage on our system stations – 3 Level 2 ChargePoint stations and 6 Tesla Superchargers. The results surprised me.

Duration:00:07:57

Exporing the Ioniq…sphere

12/5/2019
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A listener asked me my opinion on the Hyundai Ioniq. I’ve never considered it, so I began some cursory research. It seems like a fine car and they offer three platforms; hybrid, PHEV and BEV. I was more than happy to look at the options. Bottom line: this car doesn’t fit my needs, but if … Continue reading "Exporing the Ioniq…sphere"

Duration:00:11:36

Buying Considerations

12/3/2019
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Is an EV a good choice for you? I can’t answer that for you- only you. Buying an EV isn’t any different than buying a traditional car if you ask the right questions. I can offer some things to ask when making your decision.

Duration:00:15:33

Mourning the i3 REx

11/29/2019
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BMW is killing the i3 REx because the i3 battery range makes the range extender unneeded… or does it? I think the i3 REx had more potential, especially in small-town America, than BMW gave credit. I hate to see it go.

Duration:00:08:16

2017 Chevy Volt Update

11/28/2019
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Thank goodness! Our Volt got a much needed (and appreciated) facelift. I think now we will see more use on this PHEV. I found it a good opportunity to review the driving log and see how we are doing.

Duration:00:08:47

Articles Detrimental to The Cause

11/27/2019
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Another high-up official at an automobile company has voiced his opinion about the future of EVs in an Op-Ed at CNN.com. Although nothing he says is inaccurate, I think viewpoints, such as his, are hindering EV adoption, especially in small-town America. Read the CNN article here.

Duration:00:09:26

Want to Take a Test Drive?

11/26/2019
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If you live in small-town America, it may be a hassle to find one. I looked to see where the closest Chevy Bolt and Nissan Leaf was to my home town. I would have to travel at least an hour just to sit behind the wheel of an EV. Dealerships would sell more if they … Continue reading "Want to Take a Test Drive?"

Duration:00:09:10

How Long Should A Battery Last

11/25/2019
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Most manufacturers warranty their batteries for 100,000 miles or to maintain 60-70% capacity for 8-10 years. Is this enough for small-town America where things are spread out?

Duration:00:10:32

First Impressions: Tesla Cybertruck

11/22/2019
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Telsa revealed their Cybertruck last night at the LA Auto Show. To say the least, it is different. In this episode, I just give my first-take opinions. You can check out the unveiling on YouTube . I think the Cybertruck is cool as crap, but I don’t know if all the good ol’ boys around … Continue reading "First Impressions: Tesla Cybertruck"

Duration:00:09:15

Friday Fun: TRON

11/22/2019
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I subscribed to Disney+ last week and started reliving part of my childhood. I saw the original TRON in 1982 as an 11 year old kid. Of course, that had to be the first thing I watched. It suddenly occurred to me, about half-way through, that TRON, the movie, is one of the influences that … Continue reading "Friday Fun: TRON"

Duration:00:10:07

Full of Monroney

11/21/2019
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In 2013, the rating MPGe starting appearing in the EPA Fuel Economy Estimates block on BEV and PHEV window stickers. We know it means Miles Per Gallon gasoline equivalent and was to be a comparison tool for consumers comparing EVs to ICE, but how is this value calculated and what can it tell us? I … Continue reading "Full of Monroney"

Duration:00:11:53

Incentivized

11/19/2019
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California is dropping or reducing their clean vehicle rebates on certain vehicles for certain folks. If I understand it correctly, BEVs, PHEVs and fuel cell vehicle incentives are dropping $500 for most. Cars with a $60K price tag or a PHEV with less than 35 miles of range will no longer qualify for a rebate. … Continue reading "Incentivized"

Duration:00:09:30

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

11/18/2019
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Okay, that title may be a bit over used, however we’ve had our first bout of cold weather and the first snow in southeastern Kentucky and it’s only early November. I decided this was a perfect opportunity to look at what happens to an EV in the cold. We know that range drops, but what … Continue reading "Baby, It’s Cold Outside"

Duration:00:10:20

Will America Ever Give Up Gas?

11/17/2019
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In the wake of several European countries planning to ban ICE vehicles, what will America do with EVs? Honda’s CEO doesn’t think EVs will be mainstream, anywhere, much less America. Given our spirit of freedom and a love affair with SUVs and Pickup Trucks, is he right? I know a lot of automobile manufacturers are … Continue reading "Will America Ever Give Up Gas?"

Duration:00:17:07

Timing Is Everything

11/15/2019
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In the last episode, I mentioned “beneficial electrification” and how driving an EV could positively impact your utility allowing them to keep rates as low as possible. But that is only half the story… Did you know when you use electricity can positively or negatively impact you? If you have a Time-of-Use (TOU) rate or … Continue reading "Timing Is Everything"

Duration:00:10:05

Why EVs Matter In Small-Town America

11/13/2019
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Have you ever challenged your belief system? During my commute this morning, I began questioning things including the message behind this podcast. The result is this episode. My thoughts on this may be more clear than ever. Owning an EV, especially in small-town America, is possibly win-win-win for everyone. It a win for the EV … Continue reading "Why EVs Matter In Small-Town America"

Duration:00:15:01

Decisions, Decisions…

11/11/2019
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The Mini Cooper S Electric is available in March 2020. The $3K rebate from Touchstone Energy on a Nissan Leaf expires at the end of the year. I need to replace my 2005 Cooper S, so what is a guy to do? It’s Veterans Day 2019 in America. Thank you to all the service men … Continue reading "Decisions, Decisions…"

Duration:00:12:53

Interview With Scott Drake with EKPC

11/9/2019
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In my first EV Diaries interview, I sat down with Scott Drake, Manager of Corporate Technical Services at East Kentucky Power Cooperative. Part of his job is attending meeting across the nation with other utilities, automobile manufacturers and EV focus groups. He is also the leader of the EV working group of which I am … Continue reading "Interview With Scott Drake with EKPC"

Duration:00:11:54