2017 HUDSON VALLEY DRIVE ELECTRIC WEEK POUGHKEEPSIE 

Now is a great time to buy an electric vehicle (EV)! There are incentives and support available to both you and your local government which make it attainable and affordable for consumers to purchase EVs, and make more public charging available.  
 

In this segment NYSERDA’s Clean Energy Communities Program will be outlined, including a case study of how the town of Red Hook was able to receive state rebates for their charging station installations, as well as a discussion about how to capture funding specifically for your municipality. There will also be a Q&A session at the end with time to mingle and get all of your questions answered.

Where:​ Marist College, in front of McCann Recreation Center

​(South entrance, closest to the Mid-Hudson Bridge and bear left)

Date:​Sunday, September 17th

Time:​ 1pm – 2pm 

There will be an electric car show running concurrently from 12pm-3pm where officials and the public can chat with local electric car owners to get their perspective on driving the cleanest and quickest cars out there. 

 All programs are free and open to the public. 

Search ‘Drive Electric Poughkeepsie’ to find the official event site, 

Or send email to hudsonvalleyev@gmail.com for more details or for any questions.

USA Fully Electric Car Sales Up 47% In 2017 says CleanTechnica

Sept 9 by Zachary Shahan

The US electric car market has continued to grow at a rapid pace in the past year — led by California’s particularly strong electric car market, of course. From January through August, sales of 8 fully electric cars* grew 47% in the country. Sales of 6 plug-in hybrid cars were up 30%. Overall, that meant sales of these 14 plug-in car were up 40%.

August 2017 vs August 2016 was less dramatic but still a period of strong growth. Fully electric car sales were up 19%. Plug-in hybrid sales were up 4%. Overall, that meant a 13% increase in plug-in car sales.If the Tesla estimates** are to be believed, the Tesla Model S was far ahead in the #1 spot, the Chevy Bolt held tight at #2, the Toyota Prius Prime rose to #3, the Tesla Model X dropped to #4, and the Chevy Volt and Nissan LEAF retained their places at #5 and #6, respectively. Ah, gone are the days of the neverending LEAF vs Volt battle at the top of the charts (which was a super tight competition for years).


If you look at the January through August stats (which are educated estimates** but certainly not exact), the Model S is crushing it (despite its high price tag). That hints at how extremely competitive the car is in its niche segment. The Volt has a slight lead over the Model X, which has an even slighter lead over the Toyota Prius Prime. The Chevy Bolt has a gap to cover to catch up with any of those models, but now that sales are picking up and availability is nationwide, it has potential to climb up the ranking and perhaps even land on the podium by the end of the year.

Bmw i3
BMW i3
Chevy Bolt
Chevy Bolt
Prius Prime and Nissan Leaf
185th Tesla Model S ever sold
185th Tesla Model S ever sold
Tesla Model X
Tesla Model X
We can surely expect electric car sales to keep increasing as Tesla Model 3 production ramps up, the next-generation Nissan LEAF arrives on dealer lots, and overall EV awareness rises. I would be surprised if our report one year from now doesn’t show a more dramatic electric car sales increase of 82% at this point in time.

Kia Optima Plugin Hybrid Electric Vehicle Test Drive on Huffington Post

The best way to sum up my review for the Huffington Post was What a Plugin Hybrid! Ok. Thank you. Good night. No I'll go on here.

Sleek, smartly packaged, and now updated to be more fuel efficient than ever before. And with the same Parallel Hybrid System as the Plug-In, the 2017 Optima Hybrid offers a fun driving experience that sets it apart from other hybrids.

One of the reasons I wanted to compare the MPG on the hybrid versus the plugin hybrid. Sometimes I’ve noticed telling them apart besides the all electric range is how well it can hold that mode. The Prius Prime can hold a charge pretty darn good. So can the 2017 Kia Optima Plugin? Well this is an impressive beast. It starts with the conservative 29 miles all electric until you actually use the car! It easily got 35 miles all electric in ECO mode and toward certain times got close to 40 miles all EV. People ask how could that be? An electric car loves slow traffic In part due to regenerative braking. Yet this drive system was strong and got 40 miles once in all electric mode while in stop and go traffic.

Just reporting the truth folks!

Nothing more!

So while this more luxury plug in hybrid electic car starts at around $35,000 it does NOT disappoInt at all folks! It’s a great car except that it one day should have more range all electric. Some things to consider!! As US News and World reports in relation to the hybrid (same for plugin versions too).

The 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid is a great choice. Only the Ford Fusion Hybrid costs less (by a couple hundred dollars), but the Kia packs more standard features into its cabin than the Ford does. The Optima Hybrid’s 7-inch touch screen is a nice touch – and it’s better than what you’ll find in Space is better in the Optima Hybrid, too. Its battery placement gives it good cargo room compared with competitors like the Toyota Camry Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid. Front-row legroom favors the Optima Hybrid, but the Camry Hybrid offers more rear legroom.

However as Edmunds reports (not in my Huffington Post piece about the interior; it's not the best out there. There was something left to be desired in the interior. To wow me. I mean applause to keeping people accustomed to the brand but add some two tones, more real wood or even bamboo. Now we are talking!

To continue in this comparison to the hybrid, Car and Driver adds (see I’m not the only one who felt it’s been since 2014) and what’s new mentioned about the Drivetrain:

At lower speeds, the Optima PHEV disguises its mass well. The electric side of the powertrain gives it the usual instant EV response, and even when left in its default hybrid mode, the majority of low-speed urban operation relies on pure electric power as long as the battery has charge. The driveline doesn’t manage the magic-carpet impression that hybrids with variable-ratio planetary gears convey under gentle use, but the automatic’s stepped ratios mean it doesn’t suffer from slurred transmission response when the driver orders quicker, gasoline-propelled progress. Drivability issues that we noted when we tested the 2014 Optima hybrid seem to have been addressed; the electric and gasoline sides of the powertrain now work together seamlessly.

For the entire review on the Huffington Post

My Huffington Post Test Drive Review of 2017 Prius Prime

What a fun car! No seriously. What a fun car!

Here’s an excerpt from my Huffington Post piece on it. 

The 2017 Toyota Prius Prime is certainly one to four steps up from the original plugin Prius. Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week. 

Yet, as Car and Driver reported, the Prius Prime has a carbon-fiber hatchback made at Toyota’s Motomachi plant in Japan where the carbon-fiber Lexus LFA supercar came together. Also, compared with the previous plug-in Prius, the Prime gets double the battery capacity. The new 95-cell, 8.8-kWh battery pack accounts for 265 pounds of the claimed 285-to-365-pound weight gain over the regular Prius as well as a reduction in cargo capacity of roughly 5 or 8 cubic feet, depending on the liftback in question. But it allows up to 25 miles of electric-only driving, 10 more than the previous plug-in and 25 more than the liftback that essentially runs only as a gas-electric hybrid. A smaller, yet higher-powered, onboard charger replenishes the battery more quickly than in the old PHEV, or in 5.5 hours on household 120-volt power or two hours and 10 minutes when fed 240 volts.

For the entire review



Interior Toyota Prius Prime, Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week.Toyota Prius Prime Plugin hybrid electric car test. Over 900 miles. $5.00 in the car for my week.Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week. Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week. Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week. Back seat middle armrest room inside

Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week. Two toned
Loved the Two Tones on the seat

Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week.

Digital dash Besides the doubling of EV miles, the carbon fibers to make it lighter or the redux on the interior and front grille. However, I had heard this is one of the most efficient electric motors on the block hands down. With a combined MPG of 96 on average in ECO mode and plugging in every night; I drove close to 900 miles and put an extra $5.00 in the car for my week.
Digital dash

2017 Toyota Prius Prime Advanced (viewing the newly shaped air vents on side by driver)


Test Drive Results 2016 Chevrolet Volt Plugin Hybrid Electric Car

This version of the 2016 Chevrolet Volt plugin hybrid electric car is a take on looks and technology from the old Cadillac ELR. While the ELR had an amazing grill and leather dashboard, everything else was pretty much the same.

One of the cool things they did too was move the cup holders and charger in front of the back two seats. In the older Volt they had everything between both seats which didn’t enable a third seat option or an arm rest.
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Chevrolet estimates that Volt owners who charge regularly can expect to drive an estimated 1,000 miles or more between fill-ups, based on economy of a GM-estimated 102 MPGe (electric) and 41 combined mpg on gasoline power.
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Really though, one of the best parts of the 2016 model is going from around 26 mile all electric range to over 53 miles (rated by EPA).

That is around 90 percent of most trips in any given day!!

The new Volt has a rate of 53 miles of electric but in normal mode I got 60 Miles all Electric every time.  Tests showed closer to 60 miles in ECO driving Mode; many drivers will go months at a time

New look for the Volt – Much Better!
One of the noticeably new features of the Volt was its looks. New lines and contours makes this a real car. What I mean is it looks like a normal non eco car. That makes it noticeable to the guy on the utility line to a woman in a parking lot.

Chevrolet MyLink (recommended app download)
Chevrolet Volt

Chevrolet MyLink organizes and integrates your technology so you can enjoy every ride. More information here:http://www.chevrolet.com/mylink/2016-volt.html.

ChargePoint (recommended app download)

ChargePoint is the largest and most connected network of EV charging stations around. With more than 33,000 EVSE places to charge from all major networks, the most real-time data and personalized features, our newest EV charging mobile app makes it easy to plug in wherever you go.