Posts Tagged ‘electric car’

Getting a charge out of (and into) electric vehicles in California

July 26, 2011

The times they are a changin’.  And the cars they are a chargin’!

Our sister company, Linc Lighting & Electrical, has installed the first electric vehicle (EV) charging stations of their kind in downtown Laguna Beach, California, as part of City’s wider effort to implement an array of climate protection measures.   The EV charging stations were officially unveiled at a June 21 press event conducted by the Laguna Beach City Council and attended by my colleagues at The Linc Group. 

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An EV charging station in Laguna Beach--A state-of-the-art Coulomb system installed by Linc Lighting & Electrical

“We are proud to be a part of this sustainability initiative in partnership with the City of Laguna Beach,” said Ken Sapp, vice president of Linc EnergyHub. “The Linc Group is strongly committed to providing superior, sustainable services to all of our clients across all of our service areas, including IT, electrical, lighting, controls and HVAC. We also are pleased to have the opportunity to work once again with Coulomb Technologies to help deliver leading sustainability solutions.” 

LLE is also installing charging stations for Nissan Leaf purchases and supporting business locations. 

I’m particularly excited by the in-home installs.  We have the ability, with our GreenHomes Partner locations in San DiegoFresno, and Hayward to work hand-in- hand with LLE, not just with charging stations, but to look at the whole house and find ways to save energy–offseting the electrical consumption of the car!  That’s a huge deal.  And the Energy Upgrade California incentives help pay for the home improvements.  Less gas, less smog, lower utility bills, and money back!  It’s a quadruple win!

You don’t have to buy an electric vehicle to start saving in your home and taking advantage of the cash back rebates.  And the funny thing is, the improvements make sense even without the rebates.  You wind up with a more comfortable, healthier home with lower utility bills.  Good stuff!

Cheers,
Mike

Ford announces electric Focus for 2011 calendar year

January 8, 2011

With Ford announcing the electric Focus will hit the roads in 2011 (2012 model year), I’m looking down the street and around the corner and seeing very real implications for electricity generation and capacity.  Translation: I expect very real upward pressure on electric rates.  And improving the energy efficiency of your home with help you save money now, and save more as rates increase.  Of course, you could decide to bet that a lot of people will decide they want new coal-fired plants in their backyards and that will help keep rates from going up.  But I’m not convinced that’s either the wise or the likely path.

I think electric vehicles are going to be a big part of our future and help move us toward greater energy independence and energy security.  Along with that I believe improving the energy-efficiency of our buildings, including our homes, is going to play a critical role.   And it makes sense to start preparing today.  What do you think?

Thanks,
Mike


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