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What are Plug-in Electric Vehicles?
Plug-in Electric Vehicles or "PEVs" are vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, 18-wheelers, subways and even trains!) that are "fueled" with electricity that comes from the electric grid or electricity generated on-site from solar PV panels. See www.DistributedPV.com or www.RooftopPV.com for more information.
More about Plug In Electric Vehicles:
Plug-in Electric Vehicles come in two basic forms;
Those PEVs that use both gasoline and electricity. Plug-in Electric Vehicles are similar to hybrid vehicles but have larger batteries with a receptacle "plug" for re-charging the vehicle's batteries.
Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) use only electricity like the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla BEV. (BEV's do not use any gasoline, therefore have no engines or gasoline tanks.)
Plug-in Electric Vehicles have no:
"black boxes" or other complicated engine electronics
sophisticated engines that only the car dealership can work on
expensive emissions controls
Plug In Electric Vehicles have ZERO EMISSIONS!
Plug-in Electric Vehicles never need; tune-ups, oil changes, transmission repairs or engine replacements!
There's Only One Simple System at the "heart" of every electric vehicle, battery electric vehicle, plug-in electric vehicle and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle - which is the "electric drive system." The electric drive system takes the place of all of the items above, and outside of the batteries, can last 25 to 30 years or over 1 million miles, and without any
Some Plug-in Electric Vehicles
Now Have Ranges Exceeding 300 Miles on One Charge!
Different models from various manufacturers of Plug-in Electric Vehicles have different ranges.
Some Plug In Electric Vehicles can travel only about 40 miles on battery/electric power before the need to switch to the gasoline engine.
New Plug-in Electric Vehicles are capable of traveling > 300 miles before their batteries need to be re-charged using only about $3.00 worth of electricity!
PEVs will cost about 2.5 cents of electricity per mile with PEV's requiring 4 miles per kilowatt-hour and electricity prices of $0.10/kWh
the cost of driving 300 miles in a Plug-in Electric
Vehicle to a gasoline-powered car:
A gasoline-powered car that gets 20 miles-per-gallon at $3.00/gallon for gasoline, would require 15 gallons of gasoline to travel 300 miles - which equals $45.00.
The same 300 mile trip in a PEV requires only $3.00 for electricity!
$45.00 for gasoline versus $3.00 for electricity
There is no comparison!
Plug-in Electric Vehicles are Now a Viable Alternative
The Department of Transportation has determined that approximately 80% of commuters travel less than 40 miles to and from work each day. With Plug-in Electric Vehicles now exceeding 100 miles on a single charge, PEVs are now a viable alternative for people commuting up to 100 miles to and from work each day.
Multiple Benefits, Advantages and Reasons for Switching to Plug-in Electric Vehicles!
American Energy Independence!
Plug-in Electric Vehicles are easy to re-charge. Simply plug-in your PEV to your home's electric supply when you return from work each day.
Re-charging your PEV is simple! If you can plug-in a hair dryer, you can plug-in your PEV using a regular 110-volt household electrical outlet or a 220 volt electrical outlet using a special PEV plug. The 220-volt electrical outlet is the same outlet as your electric clothes dryer. The 220 volt electrical outlet can be installed any time by an electrician in less than 30 minutes if you don't have one located near your PEV.
No more trips to the gas station or indirectly supporting terrorism by having to buy oil from middle-east/OPEC countries!
PEV's have zero emissions (when re-charged with electricity from solar PV panels or other renewable energy resources).
PEV's help clean our air
PEV's reduce the use of fossil fuels
PEVs are the best choice for a cleaner, more sustainable environment!
Plug-In electric charging stations are being deployed rapidly across the USA. You will soon be able to "fill-up" whether you go to work, park downtown on the public streets or even at the supermarket! Eventually, gas stations will offer the option to "fill-up" with electricity as they will have a quick-charge "fill-up" capability from their own Rooftop PV solar power plant!
What is Battery Energy Storage?
Battery Energy Storage, and Battery Energy Storage systems, use stored electrical power in batteries, and feed this energy to the electric grid (building, or facility) at times when it makes economic sense. For a "Net Zero Energy" building or facility, a Solar Cogeneration, or Solar Trigeneration energy system is used that stores excess solar power in the Battery Energy Storage system during the daytime, for use when the sun goes down, and during inclement weather.
Battery Energy Storage is an ideal solution for utility-scale wind farms, particularly in Texas, when most of the renewable energy is generated at night when the power isn't needed.
Battery Energy Storage is also an ideal demand side management or load leveling solution.
Decentralized Energy is the opposite of "centralized energy." Decentralized Energy energy generates the power and energy that a residential, commercial or industrial customer needs, onsite. Examples of decentralized energy production are solar energy systems and solar trigeneration energy systems.
Today's electric utility industry was "born" in the 1930's, when fossil fuel prices were cheap, and the cost of wheeling the electricity via transmission power lines, was also cheap. "Central" power plants could be located hundreds of miles from the load centers, or cities, where the electricity was needed. These extreme inefficiencies and cheap fossil fuel prices have added a considerable economic and environmental burden to the consumers and the planet.
Centralized energy is found in the form of electric utility companies that generate power from "central" power plants. Central power plants are highly inefficient, averaging only 33% net system efficiency. This means that the power coming to your home or business - including the line losses and transmission inefficiencies of moving the power - has lost 75% to as much as 80% energy it started with at the "central" power plant. These losses and inefficiencies translate into significantly increased energy expenses by the residential and commercial consumers.
Decentralized Energy is the Best Way to Generate Clean and Green Energy!
we make and distribute electricity is changing! The
generation, transmission and distribution system (the electric
"grid") is changing and evolving from the electric grid of the
19th and 20th centuries, which was inefficient, highly-polluting, very
“dumb.” The "old" way of generating and distributing
energy resembles this slide:
The electric grid of the 21st century (see slide below) will be Decentralized, Smart, Efficient and provide "carbon free energy" and “pollution free power” to customers who remain on the electric grid. Some customers will choose to dis-connect from the grid entirely. (Electric grid represented by the small light blue circles in the slide below.)
Typical "central" power plants and the electric utility companies that own them will either be shut-down, closed or go out of business due to one or more of the following:
failed business model
inordinate expenses and high operating costs to run central power plants
utilities and their central power plants are inefficient and generate excessive pollution/emissions
continued reliance on fossil fuels to generate energy
Decentralized energy, carbon free energy, clean power generation and pollution free power technologies ARE the future - whether the utility giants recognize this fact or not. These green and sustainable energy technologies will reduce, and one day eliminate America's dependence on foreign oil - making America energy independent while reducing and eliminating Greenhouse Gas Emissions - and could mean the end of central power plants as well as the utility companies that own and operate them!
"Changing the Way the World Makes and Uses Energy" sm
Solar Power now "Cheaper than Coal!" sm
"Concentrated Solar Power - The Technology That Will
Save Humanity." ~ Dr. Joseph Romm
Replacing the "brown" power generated from fossil fuel power plants with renewable energy power plants such as Concentrated Solar Power or HCPV solar power plants, not only generates green power, but eliminates Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Hazardous Air Pollutants, while reducing the Earth's Fever and imports of foreign oil!
Zero Energy Market to Become $1.3 Trillion/year Industry by
Net Zero Energy Buildings Are Coming;
What About The Buildings Already Standing?
The market for Distributed PV, also known as "Rooftop PV"
will be a $60 billion/year market by 2013!
hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of billions of dollars every year for
oil, much of it from the Middle East, is just about the single stupidest
thing that modern society could possibly do. It’s very difficult to think of anything
more idiotic than that.” ~ R. James Woolsey, Jr., former Director of the CIA
Price of Addiction
to Foreign Oil
According to R. James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, “The basic insight is to realize that global warming, the geopolitics of oil, and warfare in the Persian Gulf are not separate problems — they are aspects of a single problem, the West’s dependence on oil.”
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