Thursday, March 4, 2010

Electric Vehicle Parking Spots Scoped Out

Due to the Nature of Private Property issues, and Security Standards, I ended up having to stop by the Vice President's office for a little help getting permission to take the requested sample parking place pictures, but I did get permission before days end at work!

So - I scoped out one spot in current car-pool areas, next to a light pole (Wooden), and one spot in the general parking next to a Steel Light Pole of which there are two lines of three like that there, and each of which could suit up to 4 EV Spots with power, and finally I scoped out a sample spot in the Long-Service Parking area, for our more senior members to take advantage of!

In the end - we will ultimately find out how well my employer is serious about supporting Electric Vehicles!

(March 6, 2010 update: There are two lines of three steel poles, & Amazon Book Addition)

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Electricfly goes Back to the Future!

While at work today, I spoke to our Director of Facilities and mentioned - "We have wheelchair parking spots, and car pool parking spots, so when can we get a couple of Electric Car Parkings Spots with a plug?"

Having had a similar conversation a couple of years ago in a different setting, and getting an unenthusiastic or unsupportive response then, I was surprised when he told me he wants to promote Electric Cars!

So - to scout out a possible parking spot of preference - I drove electricfly to work, late this afternoon, got some things arranged with Security and some tips and instructions, and drove back home. I had walked to work today - so I needed to grab the car and go back to take care of a few things to begin the process.

So - now it is back on the charger after the trip, and I noticed while driving it there - the 'weakest link' batteries - were #3, and #8. However - When recharging - I still nticed - the Accessory Battery had gone down to just 10% SOC, and the Battery # 4 was at 40% SOC! The Rest were at 70 - 80% SOC. So - Until I get the New Lithiums from EV Components - I might need to pick up 2-3 new Trojan SCS150 Batteries to tide me over.

I will save the further details until there is some meat that goes with these new bones, but for now - stay Tuned for EV Parking!