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Education and EV Project Expansion FAQs

These questions are intended to help answer frequently asked questions regarding the EV Project expansion. Should you have any further questions, please email info@ecotality.com. Thanks!

What new markets were added to the EV Project?

The EV Project expanded to include the metropolitan areas of Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia. This amounts to 21 metropolitan areas in all that are contributing valuable data to the EV Project.

What was required to be eligible as a residential participant?

For a limited time, eligible residential EV Project participants  received a free Blink Wall Mount charger and an installation credit up to $400. In order to be eligible to become an EV Project participant, an EV driver needed to meet the following requirements:

- Own or lease Nissan Leaf or Chevrolet Volt
- Live in a valid zip code that is participating in The EV Project
- Own their home and intend on residing there through the end of 2013
- Have a garage or carport that is or can be Wi-Fi enabled
- Is willing to share their charging data through the end of the EV Project, scheduled for December 2013.

How do I find out if I am eligible as a commercial host site?

For a limited time, interested commercial host sites will receive free Blink Level 2 hardware as well as an installation credit up to $1000 in the new markets of Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Commercial host sites may also receive a free Blink DC Fast charger as well as a subsidized installation cost. For more information on commercial host installations, please email sales@ecotality.com.

What are the benefits to becoming an EV Project partner as a commercial host site?

Commercial hosts will not only attract environmentally responsible customers to their place of business, but will distinguish themselves as trailblazers supporting the early EV adopters to reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil.

Questions about electric vehicles, charging and the overall EV Project? You’re in the right place!

What is an EV?

The term “EV” is used to denote all grid-connected electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrid (PHEV), range-extended (REEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV).

What is a BEV?

A BEV, or battery electric vehicle, is a vehicle powered by an electric motor. BEVs run on batteries charged by electricity, similar to cell phones or digital cameras. Because BEVs run purely on electric charges, they emit no tailpipe emissions, making them a clean, environmentally friendly driving option. With The EV Project, consumers are able to charge their vehicles at home and on-the-go with our strategically placed charging stations. The Nissan LEAF is a BEV.

What is a PHEV?

A PHEV, or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, has both an electric battery and a gasoline engine. PHEVs run on an electric charge and convert to gasoline when the battery runs down.

What is an HEV?

An HEV, or hybrid electric vehicle, combines the engine of a traditional gasoline vehicle with the battery and electric motor of an electric vehicle. The combined engine allows HEVs to achieve better fuel economy than traditional vehicles. HEVs do not need to be plugged in.

What is an EREV?

An EREV is an extended range electric vehicle. An EREV has an electric motor that powers the car, so the owner plugs in the car at home which charges a small battery pack. This allows the electric motor to be propelled by electricity for 20-60 miles using zero gasoline. Then, an onboard generator such as a gasoline fueled engine, diesel fueled engine, ethanol fueled engine, etc. kicks in to power the electric motor further. The GM Chevrolet Volt is a EREV and estimates a driving range of 230 miles per gallon.

What is the Nissan LEAF?

The Nissan LEAF is a zero-emission electric vehicle. It is a 5-passenger hatchback with a range of over 100 miles on a single charge, powered by advanced lithium-ion batteries. The Nissan LEAF became available in the U.S. in the fall of 2010. Visit http://www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car/ for more information about the Nissan LEAF. To see images of the Nissan LEAF, click here.

What is the Chevrolet Volt?

The Chevrolet Volt is an electric vehicle with a range extender. The Chevrolet Volt runs on electricity from its battery, and then it runs on electricity it creates using a traditional gasoline-powered engine. Owners can drive up to 40 miles on the electricity stored in the battery - totally gasoline-and emissions-free. After this stored power is used, the Chevrolet Volt's gasoline-powered, range-extending generator automatically kicks in to provide electrical power. This allows the Chevrolet Volt to drive up to 300 more miles before you need to plug it in or fill it up again. To see images of the Chevrolet Volt, click here.

Why was the Chevrolet Volt selected for The EV Project?

The expansion of the EV Project in June 2010 allowed the addition of more EVs, and General Motors had announced plans for significant deployment in many of the same markets already included in the EV Project. In addition, the Chevrolet Volt’s deployment to other markets will allow additional studies in infrastructure performance.

What is Level 2 charging?

Level 2 charging systems recharge EVs in 4-6 hours utilizing 220 volt power. Level 2 charging systems are typically used for overnight charging at home or at businesses that operate fleets of EVs.

What is DC Fast Charging?

DC Fast Charging allows vehicles to be recharged in minutes rather than hours. For The EV Project, DC Fast Chargers are being deployed in high-density areas of each of the launch markets and in major transportation corridors to allow EV users to commute between major cities.

Why were only Arizona, California, Tennessee, Oregon, Washington, Texas and District of Columbia chosen as launch markets?

Those markets were chosen through ECOtality’s EV Micro-Climate program. ECOtality’s EV Micro-Climate program is an integrated turn-key program that advances select areas for the adoption of electric transportation. ECOtality North America is highly experienced with installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in residential, commercial and public environments, and has installed more charging stations for on-road applications than any other company. ECOtality developed its EV Micro-Climate program as means of utilizing this experience to develop rich charge infrastructures, focused on Level 2 and DC Fast Charging systems, as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. This program provides a blueprint for a comprehensive EV infrastructure system and provides detailed action plans for its successful execution and continued maintenance. Lessons learned from tests in these markets are providing a roadmap for widespread EV use.

What will be the environmental impact of this program?

Each Nissan EV saves as much as 436 gallons of gasoline per year compared to a comparable internal-combustion engine sedan (assuming 12,000 miles per vehicle per year). For the entire fleet of 5,700 demonstration Nissan EVs, the fuel savings may be as high as 2,050,909 gallons of gasoline (48,831 barrels) per year. During the two-year demonstration period, up to 4,101,818 total gallons of gasoline (97,662 barrels) may be saved. The Chevrolet Volt will have similar savings, assuming the driver operates on the battery only.

How much will it cost to charge a car?

Consumers who charge at home will spend between fifty cents to $1.50 per day, depending on utility rates in their area.

How do I become involved in The EV Project?

Business owners who would like to have charging stations installed at their place of business, or government entities, utilities and organizations interested in becoming Project partners can sign-up here. Although we are no longer accepting residential applications, EV drivers are invited to participate in the Project by signing up for a Blink Membership to charge their vehicles at any of the almost 3,000 publicly accessible Blink Chargers. Plus, as a thank you for your interest in The EV Project, for a limited time, we'll waive our membership fee.

How do I purchase the Nissan LEAF?

Individuals interested in learning more about The EV Project can visit www.theEVproject.com and sign-up to receive regular updates. Business owners who would like to have charging stations installed at their place of business, or government entities, utilities and organizations interested in becoming Project partners can also sign-up at www.theEVproject.com. Individuals and fleets interested in participating in the program by purchasing a Nissan LEAF must register at www.nissanusa.com/leaf-electric-car.

How do I purchase the Chevrolet Volt?

Individuals and fleet operators interested in buying or leasing a Chevrolet Volt should start at the official website – http://www.chevrolet.com/volt.