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July 2016    |    News and Updates


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ZEV sales by state2
The chart below shows monthly U.S. zero emission vehicle (ZEV) sales from January 2011 to May 2016. The interactive map on the Sales Dashboard website also displays electric vehicle (EV) sales by state.

Number of nationwide EV sales Jan. 2011-May 2016. Center for Sustainable Energy, Auto Alliance, R.L. Polk & Co, 2015 (2016). Retrieved August 22, 2016 from

White House to accelerate electric vehicle adoption in the U.S.3
In addition to announcing over $4 billion in loan guarantees toward the support of commercial deployment of innovative EV charging facilities, the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Transportation have published a guide to highlight examples of federal support and technical assistance for plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) and charging stations. The guide provides a list of current tax credits and incentives applicable to PEVs and EV charging.

Organizations agree to accelerate electric vehicle market4
The American Public Power Association and the U.S. Department of Energy will be partnering to advance EV adoption and charging infrastructure deployment for private and commercial vehicles. They will also develop a Community Action Plan focusing on smaller communities with under 200,000 electric customers.

Electric bikes may play a part in CA’s Zero Emissions Plan5
According to Next City, about $8 million in funding will be available in the second year of the California Air Resources Board (ARB) Car Share and Mobility Options project. This means cities and nonprofit organizations will have the option to apply for funds for electric bike sharing projects, and California will be able to explore bike sharing programs to reduce transportation emissions.


Electric Vehicle Charging Station Etiquette

As the number of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road continues to climb, EV owners are coming to experience congestion at their favorite public EV charging stations. Unlike fueling stations for internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles for which drivers abide by etiquette that they have learned from generations of drivers before them, EV fueling stations are new and pose a few issues that call for some clear etiquette to be defined. Many online blogs and EV sites have weighed in on the topic of EV charging etiquette, but we found the below graphic, a compilation of advice from EV customers on the Clipper Creek website, to synthesize the consensus of the EV community well.6
Read more about charging etiquette here.

EV Etiquette graphic. Source used with permission from:

Solar & EV Go Together Like PB & J

In regions of the country where renewables make up a good portion of the power mix, like California, driving a car powered by electricity clearly makes more sense. However, in regions with more carbon-intensive power, the advantages become less striking. One way to ensure that miles travelled in your electric vehicle (EV) are clean is to install rooftop solar.

Read further here for more information about solar and EV packages.

Envision Solar charging station. Source used with permission from:

The Humboldt EV Experience

When looking to purchase a car, consumers are faced with too many choices. Add electric vehicles (EVs) into the mix and the possibilities continue to confound. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) versus battery electric vehicle (BEV)? Range versus price? The list goes on. Of course much of the decision depends on user experience, and who better to advise than folks with firsthand EV driving experience? The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) sent out surveys to local EV users in the community, ranging from new to seasoned owners, who graciously relayed their experience of driving an EV in Humboldt County.

How long have you been a plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owner? 

Anonymous: 70 days
Chip Sharpe: Since March 2014
Gilly and Jeff Black: We have had a PEV for just 5 months - a Kia Soul.

Read on here to learn more about the Humboldt EV experience. 

City of Rio Dell charging station.

Home is for Recharging

Having an electric vehicle (EV) means needing to be able to reliably recharge it overnight in order for it to be used to reach your destination the next day. This typically means having a charger at home or in the garage for your vehicle to sip on as you sleep. Charging at home offers several advantages over public charging, including more control over costs, and more control over where your electricity is coming from.
Read more about home recharging here.

Nissan Leaf at Alternative Fuels Clean Cities Symposium 2016.

4th of July Event Highlights

On July 4, Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) partnered with Eureka Main Street to promote electric vehicles (EVs) while enjoying the annual 4th of July Festival activities. We invited individual EV owners to showcase their cars for event attendees to see. At the end of the day, there had been a Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus, Chevy Spark, and three Teslas generously displayed in Old Town Eureka. Many people stopped to chat and enjoyed themselves.
Enjoy more event highlights here.

EVs at Eureka Main Street 4th of July EV Car Show 2016.


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LEGAL NOTICE: This document was prepared as a result of work sponsored by the California Energy Commission.  It does not necessarily represent the views of the Energy Commission, its employees, or the State of California. The Commission, the State of California, its employees, contractors, and subcontractors make no warranty, express or implied, and assume no legal liability for the information in this document, nor does any party represent that the use of this information will not infringe upon privately owned rights.

All pictures by Redwood Coast Energy Authority unless otherwise noted.

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RCEA will be at the Humboldt County Fair this year, on August 24 and 25. We will be promoting the statewide Energy Upgrade campaign, encouraging people to conserve energy, and have info on how electric vehicles (EVs) can help California achieve its petroleum-reduction goals. Check out RCEA's events page for the most up-to-date information.

Project Background

Funded by the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuels and Vehicle Technology Program, the North Coast Plug-in Vehicle Project is being led by the Redwood Coast Energy Authority along with implementation partner Humboldt State University’s Schatz Energy Research Center. The purpose of this bulletin will be to provide relevant local, state, and national news related to the deployment of vehicles powered by electricity. For further information about the project, visit or contact Redwood Coast Energy Authority at 707.269.1700 or

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