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What EVs would 6 iconic 1980’s TV shows be driving today?

The lazy days of summer are upon us – when we are planning vacations, enjoying fruity cocktails and daydreaming or planning our activities for the coming weekend (especially popular on Mondays).

This past weekend, I was driving across town with the windows down. From another car, I heard the old theme song for the TV show, The A-Team, and that made we wonder what kind of EV would B.A. Baracus be driving if the show aired today (and they were into driving electric vehicles).

So to help you break out of your own back-to-work blues, we’ve compiled a list of six TV shows from the 1980s that featured a car, truck or van and what those vehicles might have been if they were EVs set in present times.

We pulled our list from The 80 Best TV Shows of the 1980s and it was by no means a scientific study, so we apologize in advance if we overlooked anyone. The EV info comes from Plugin Cars.

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dukes-hazzardNo. 6 Dukes of Hazard | Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid

Original Run: 1979-85
The Dukes of Hazzard has been in […]

By |July 20th, 2015|News|0 Comments|

Choosing the best cities for electric vehicles

Best cities for electric vehicles

Often we are reading a blog post or news article about the best cities for electric vehicles.

Such information is great to know, especially if you live in a city without electricity. But in many cases, I think any city can be best for electric vehicles when the fit is right for you. The number one factor for deciding whether to purchase or lease your first EV is to first understand your daily commute.

If you live in southeast Oregon and need to travel 100 miles in any direction to get someplace, then you may want to consider another type of alternative-fueled vehicle. But if you are like most of us, and you travel 5, 10, or 15 miles, on your daily commute then driving an EV may be a great fit, especially if your workplace offers charging (we do at OpConnect).

Now, many of those aforementioned articles highlight the rebates and other cost savers and incentives that one community may have over another, but that is basically just noise unless you actually live in that city or community and can take advantage of those benefits. I don’t know […]

By |June 9th, 2015|News|0 Comments|

Riding the new TriMet Orange Line

30-Second Video of TriMet’s new Orange line

OpConnect stations will be installed along the route

Want a 30-second commute to work? Watch this time-lapse video of the first trip with passengers of the new TriMet new Orange Line, scheduled to come on line this fall, connecting downtown Portland with SE Portland, as well as Milwaukie in Clackamas County.

Coming next fall, starting Sept. 12, the new light rail line will follow a 7.3 mile route along the congested McLoughlin Blvd/Hwy 99E corridor, giving underserved residents some needed relief from snarled congestion. The Portland metro area is expected to gain an additional 1 million residents over the next two decades, so building out our inventory of alternative transportation options, including public transit, is needed and pretty awesome.

OpConnect will be installing its electric vehicle charging stations at the new Park & Ride locations as part of the project. Additionally, OpConnect will work with Tri-Met, Portland State University and the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC) center to explore ways to integrate and/or incentivize EV adoption to increase usage of public transportation.

Learn more about the new Orange line: http://catchtheorange.com/

Read more about last weekend’s First Trip event in The Oregonian’s coverage.

If […]

By |May 20th, 2015|News|0 Comments|

OpConnect Hawaii & Hawaii Energy Offer Electric Vehicle Drivers 60 Percent Charging Discount During Pilot Program

 

OpConnect EV Charging Station near Foodland in Maui

OpConnect Hawaii and Hawaii Energy recently launched a pilot program to encourage residents with photovoltaic (PV) systems to charge their electric vehicles (EV) during off-peak demand hours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in an effort to shift electricity loads.

Hawaii Energy, the ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program serving Hawaii, Lanai, Maui, Molokai and Oahu, is aiming to find out at what price PV customers would be willing to charge their EVs during the day when renewable energy is most abundant.  This would shift EV charging electric loads to off-peak demand hours rather than peak hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. when the majority of residents return home and usually start charging.

In order to qualify for the pilot, participants need to be a verified Net Energy Metering (NEM) customer, meaning they must have an approved photovoltaic system connected at his/her residence. 

To receive the 60 percent discount, participants are required to follow these steps:  1) Sign up to become a free OpConnect member online (http://bit.ly/1CbmGA8), and add funds for future charges.  2) Participants will receive an email to verify their electric […]

By |April 15th, 2015|News|1 Comment|

Incentives for Electric Vehicles and Infrastructure by State

If we are really serious about EV adoption, then we need to get serious about installing EV charging stations in the ground.

Researchers from Japan to New York have seen upticks in EV adoption when additional EVSE infrastructure was added in a community. Heck, even Carlos Ghosn is quoted saying infrastructure equals EV sales.

Over the past century, we’ve spent trillions of dollars to develop a sophisticated global infrastructure around petroleum. Gasoline service stations are now so common in the industrialized world that people often forget conventional cars have a limited range.

We are in the early stages of building the same type of infrastructure around EV charging. Whenever we see a concentrated initiative to boost EV infrastructure, we see EV sales grow.

One of the biggest challenges to simply adding more infrastructure is the cost for both the equipment and for the installation.

We’re often asked if we know of any rebates or other programs that will help offset these costs.

The short answer is yes there are such programs. The longer answer is that “yes” depends on where you live. It seems like there hundreds of opportunities across America with each state, city, electric utility, environmental agency offering one type of incentive […]

By |April 6th, 2015|News|0 Comments|

Earn LEED certification points by adding EV charging stations

Unlike many parts of the U.S., Oregon is enjoying unusual summer-like weather the past few weeks. As a result, you will see many cherry trees, daffodils and other flowers blooming throughout the state.

Just as Oregon’s growing season gets an early start, so does the building season here and in other parts of the country. If you or developers you know are planning new construction this year, you should consider adding an electric vehicle charging station to the project.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council, projects can earn LEED certification points by adding EV charging stations.

If you forgot or didn’t know, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, which was developed by the USGBC. It is a point-based rating system used to measure a new or existing building’s environmental “greenness.” Obtaining an LEED certification can help a building save on ongoing operating costs. A LEED certification also is seen by many companies and consumers as a table-stakes minimum they require for deciding to locate in a building, or in doing business with a business.

Adding EV charging stations also enables tenants to offer workplace charging, which is quickly becoming the norm in America’s workplaces.  

“Workplace charging enables both large and small organizations […]

By |March 3rd, 2015|News|0 Comments|

7 Benefits of Networked Charging Stations

For those new to OpConnect, one of the things you should know about us is that we have been advocates for networked charging stations since the summer of 2008 when we started developing our first EV charging stations.

Our background had been in networked communications and security software that our parent company, Optimization Technologies, had been developing for the aviation industry. We began exploring other industries for our networking tech skills and – since a handful of our employees were already driving hybrids – we began looking into the re-emerging electric vehicle industry.

Back then only OpConnect and one or two other companies saw the benefits of networked charging stations. Fast forward to today, as we still are big proponents for networked EV charging stations. Only nowadays, I suppose we would call it the Internet of Things.

What hasn’t changed are the basic reasons why someone would choose a networked charging station over a non-networked station.

I should also mention that OpConnect was one of three EVSE manufacturers of networked charging stations to be recently selected by the California Department of General Services (DGS) for its “Statewide Contract for Smart Electric Vehicle Support Equipment (EVSE).” OpConnect was selected for both its hardware […]

By |February 17th, 2015|News|0 Comments|

OpConnect Hawaii Expands with New EV Charging Ports and Additional Investment from Ulupono Initiative

OpConnect Hawaii, the biggest provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the islands, announced today the installation of eight new charging ports on Oahu and Maui and an additional
investment from the Ulupono Initiative.

OpConnect Hawaii recently completed installing six charging ports at the new One Ala Moana condominium located at the Ala Moana Center, as well as two charging ports at Foodland Kehalani in Wailuku, Maui. With more than 1,500 registered EV drivers in Hawaii, OpConnect operates the state’s largest network of charging stations with nearly 100 charge spots at sites on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island. 

Along with the new EV charging ports, OpConnect Hawaii also received an additional funding of $65,000 from Honolulu-based Ulupono Initiative, which initially invested $350,000 in 2013. The new investment will go toward strengthening OpConnect Hawaii’s operations and installing the company’s innovative Mark II charging stations statewide.

“Our investment in OpConnect Hawaii demonstrates Ulupono’s commitment to supporting the state’s growing EV industry,” said Ulupono Initiative’s Managing Partner Murray Clay. “We are working closely with OpConnect to ensure our funding helps it provide Hawaii’s EV drivers with much-needed public charging support to alleviate ‘range anxiety’ and promote the use of EVs overall.”

“Ulupono Initiative has been a terrific partner both with its investments and […]

By |December 30th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

OpConnect Adds Cord Management to its EV Charging Stations

OpConnect, LLC, a technology leader in EV charging systems with more than 15,000 charging sessions via its OpConnect EV network, is pleased to add the optional Cord Management System to its product line. 

OpConnect’s Cord Management System (CMS) is designed as an integral part of the charging station, reducing the costs of installing a separate system and resulting in an ascetically pleasing charging station. 

The OpConnect CMS will return the charging cord to the charging station body after use, and provides clearly visible and easy-to-use “docking” ports for the industry-standard J1772 charge couplers in the front of the unit.

The OpConnect design uses a counterweight system (similar to the tried-and-true designs used for years on fossil fuel pumps) that minimizes the complexity and potential for maintenance issues.

The City of Portland is the first customer to install OpConnect Mark IIC units with the CMS.

OpConnect’s CMS option can also be retrofitted to currently installed OpConnect Mark II units.

OpConnect charging stations are located throughout the U.S. and provide charging in a variety of settings ranging from the workplace to retail shopping malls. The OpConnect EV charging station system has been in production since 2010.

The charging stations are tested and certified, according to national safety standards, […]

By |June 18th, 2014|News|0 Comments|

OpConnect’s New Responsive Website Allows Visitors To Engage More Easily

You may have noticed that we rolled a new responsive website over the weekend. We believe the new site will allow us to share even more information with drivers using our OpConnect stations, as well as those folks who are considering purchasing an OpConnect charging station or one of our other products.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be adding tutorial videos, white papers, FAQs, and more to the new site about why we think our products and services are industry leaders.

In the meantime, you may notice the new menu above the header. This provides quickly the information drivers and others need most and fastest – whether that is finding a station, logging into the member or site owner dashboards, or calling or emailing our support team.

The new website also features a responsive design, which means it is flexible for viewing on any device whether it is a PC, smartphone or tablet. While a lot of OpConnect website features are available via our smartphone app (such as making a reservation at a station), not everyone is going to have that app downloaded (yet) and want answers to their questions quickly.

By having our website coded this way, we believe […]

By |June 9th, 2014|News|0 Comments|