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The EV Diaries - Electric Cars - Electric Vehicles

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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Get Your Charge On!

There are 3 levels of charging currently available in America. They are also creatively named; Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3. What’s the difference? What’s the availability? Why does it matter? I want to hear from you. Tell me your thoughts and ask me your questions via email. DM me on Twitter and Instagram or by giving the show a rating on your favorite podcasting app. Thanks so much for listening.

10mins

24 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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Episode 50!

Episode 50 seems like a good opportunity to look back at the 5 most significant things I’ve learned over the past episodes leading to this moment. Thank you for allowing me to hit this milestone and here is many more episodes showcasing how electric vehicles can fit into small-town American life.

20mins

21 Jan 2020

Rank #2

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80/20 “Rule” of Charging

Maintaining your battery’s state of charge between 20% and 80% will increase the longevity of the battery. Find out why. Link to pushevs.com story. Amazon Echo EK

8mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #3

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Dingell’s Got A Plan Part 2: Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want

I wrap up my thought about the Dingell proposal by looking at another automobile study. EVs have a tough row to hoe in America, especially in small-town America (STA), but we knew this going in. Links to the articles in the show description for part 1.

12mins

17 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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California DMS Gas Pump Logic

California has some new rules in place that impact the EV charging infrastructure. I am confident that they are designed to protect the consumer but how much upheaval will it create?

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27 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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2017 Chevy Volt Update

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.

8mins

28 Nov 2019

Rank #6

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Tesla Crash Report

Last week, the NTSB released a report about two fatalities involving Tesla’s Autopilot feature. Clearly there were system failures which always leads to discussions about the risks involved with autonomous technology. As always, thanks for listening. You rock!

12mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #7

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First Impressions: Tesla Cybertruck

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 “these parts” will agree. There are definitely some innovations and features that are appealing and we will see variations of them from here on. Bottom line, Tesla has developed something unseen and unusual which is what we expect from Tesla. The Cybertruck may be a flop in small-town America, but it’s impact to automotive history will be felt for generations. Let me know what you think. Email or DM me. Please leave a review on Apple Podcast.

9mins

22 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Ameren Customers Can Save With Power Smart Pricing

Interesting article on a listserve post regarding Ameren customers in southern Illinois. Do you know if your utility has rates or riders in place that can save you money? You should call to find out.

8mins

2 Mar 2020

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How Long Should A Battery Last

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?

10mins

25 Nov 2019

Rank #10

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Charger Ramblings & Rattlings

This is what happens when I think out loud. I begin thinking about the need for infrastructure and then decide, for me, I may be putting to much emphasis on it considering my daily drive habits. There is a lot to consider about this EV thing. So which is most important in your opinion, infrastructure or getting the EV? Tell me your thoughts and ask me your questions via email. DM me on Twitter and Instagram or by giving the show a rating on your favorite podcasting app. Thanks so much for listening.

11mins

28 Oct 2019

Rank #11

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Want to Take a Test Drive?

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 would make more available, but that could be cost prohibitive. What is the solution?

9mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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I’m Shaking Like a Leaf.

I got a pretty sweet notification from Touchstone Energy about some additional rebates available on the Nissan Leaf. I decided I needed to look at the $7500 Federal Tax Credit available on electric vehicles and how it works. Also, if you want a Tesla or a Chevy, ACT FAST! The tax credits on these end soon. Find out more at fueleconomy.gov. Let me know your questions and comments via email or find me on Twitter and Instagram or by giving the show a rating on your favorite podcasting app. Also, you can tell me I have an accent- it came with the territory. I’m just trying to convince people that EVs are the way to go even in small-town America. Help me spread the word. Thanks for listening.

5mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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Tax Incentive Extensions and Holiday Greetings

Last week, Congress had the opportunity to modify and extend the EV tax incentives. It became a bargaining chip and eventually was dropped. You can still get the $7500 tax credit on most qualifying EVs and you have an opportunity to get part of your charging equipment cost reimbursed. What ever you celebrate this time of year, I wish you peace and joy. Thanks for listening.

6mins

24 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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NRECA Study: Part 3-The Conclusion

In this episode, I wrap up my analysis of the NRECA EV Study with in-home charging incentives.

25mins

21 Dec 2019

Rank #15

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Articles Detrimental to The Cause

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.

9mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #16

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EV-ICE Crossover Extravaganza

As I continue my experiment, I’ve noticed some habit changes. Also, I began doing some battery research. I’ve discovered a lot that you do to maximize MPG will actually help extend battery range. Do you have any tips?

8mins

31 Dec 2019

Rank #17

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Mourning the i3 REx

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.

8mins

29 Nov 2019

Rank #18

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So Many Options…

I’ve gone complete circle and am contemplating a used EV now, but manufacturers are announcing new models almost daily. I’ve been obsessed with the Mini for so long, could I be overlooking a better choice? I’m just talking it through things to keep in mind shopping for used EVs.

8mins

10 Jan 2020

Rank #19

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Timing Is Everything

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 a rate with residential demand charges you understand this directly, but if you are just on a flat kWh rate, it might not be as obvious. Utilities have to pay more for energy generated “on-peak” which is times of high use on the system. If you just plug in your EV any ol’ time, you could be negatively impacting the utilities ability to keep rates low. Let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear from you; ben@evdiaries.com or DM on IG and Twitter @evdiaries. AND you can now find me on FaceBook @evdiaries. Thanks for listening.

10mins

15 Nov 2019

Rank #20