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August 2016    |    News and Updates


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New BMW showroom in McKinleyville2
BMW of Humboldt Bay may debut its new showroom at 1781 Central Ave. in September or October 2016. The new, bigger space, will feature an electric vehicle (EV) display. 
Prepping power grids for the EV revolution3
Discussions have been underway to address the effect of EV adoption on the grid and electricity costs. Rocky Mountain Institute’s Chris Nelder outlined risks associated with ill preparation, but greater electricity demand on the grid also presents an opportunity for utilities and power generators, as well as for distributed renewables to reduce grid demand. 
KEPCO to use utility poles as EVCS4
South Korea’s power supplier, the Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO), is conducting a trial test in the city of Busan to install EV chargers on telephone poles. The results have not yet been determined, but the approach is anticipated to cut installation costs associated with purchasing land and stand-alone stations.
Upgrade Athens County offers interest free loans for energy efficient vehicles5
In December 2015, the Ohio University Credit Union in Athens County launched an EV loan program with opportunities for individuals to receive a loan of up to $30,000, interest-free, to buy an EV or PHEV. The program was initiated to incentivize more residents of Athens County to go green, and will end in December 2016.


Looking at the Future of EVs in California and Beyond

Forecasting the future is hardly a strict science, but there are some emerging themes that shed light on the next decade of electric vehicles (EVs) in our region. A good starting point is California state policy since it exerts considerable influence on one of the largest vehicle marketplaces in the nation.
Read more about exciting developments here.

Annual U.S. PEV Sales. Source used with permission from:

Mapping a Route for Your EV Through Humboldt County

Mapping a route for your road trip in your electric vehicle (EV) through Humboldt County has never been easier. With 14 total Level 2 EV charging station (EVCS) locations on the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) network and numerous other public and private chargers around the county, you’re sure to have enough juice to get you through--that is if you plan your trip accordingly. When devising a route to, from, or through our gorgeous county, there are several important variables to consider before you hit the road.

Read further here for more information about planning your charging route.

City of Ferndale EVCS site.

EV Community Spotlight

This month we spoke with an anonymous local plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) owner. They had plenty of insight about PEVs. Read on to hear what they shared!
RCEA: What aspects about your PEV do you enjoy? 
A: All aspects, but particularly we like knowing we're decreasing our carbon footprint, especially with solar panels to fuel the Volt.  Also, the Chevy Volt has plenty of torque, so it is a quick car when you need it to be.

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

Chevy Volt PHEV.

What EV Makers Have in Store

This is an exciting period for electric vehicles (EVs). Established manufacturers, as well as newcomers, are innovating at an unprecedented speed. There are a number of high-quality EV options available today, with ranges of anywhere from 60 miles to just over 100 miles. Considering the average American travels under 40 miles per day,12 currently available EVs can satisfy most drivers’ needs. However, an EV with a 200 mile range or greater offers drivers more flexibility, enabling longer trips and less time recharging. While Tesla has accomplished this greater range in both the Model S and Model X, their six-figure price tags put them out of reach for many people. Fortunately, the following upcoming EVs promise to deliver greater flexibility for a much more affordable price.
Read more about next steps for Nissan, Tesla, and Chevy here.

Nissan Leaf charging port at 4th of July EV Car Show 2016.

Accessible Charging

How to best provide universal access to electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure has been an ongoing debate here in California. Ensuring that EV drivers with disabilities can park in front of, navigate to, and operate charging equipment has been a mission of the Division of the State Architect (DSA).
Enjoy more DSA accessibility changes here.


Accessible route diagram example. Source:


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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.

Redwood Coast Energy Authority


The Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) will be celebrating Energy Awareness Month throughout October, and will be at the Festejando Nuestra Salud Health Fair on Sunday, October 16 at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka with information on the link between energy and a healthy environment.

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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