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EVs on the Radio

WMNF - Kim was a natural on the radioKim and I had the great privilege this week of being guests at WMNF 88.5 Radio.  We were invited by Tom Krumreich, and the hosts were John Butts and the stations News Director Rob Lorei.  Phil Compton, from the Sierra Club, was also a guest on the show.  They are sponsoring an EV event this Saturday 9/21/2014 from 11am-3pm)  in Oldsmar, called the Drive Electric Tampa Bay.

WMNF-showing Leaf to host John ButtsThe topic of the radio program were EVs and their role in sustainability (you can listen here).  It was great hearing from callers, who asked various practical questions about what it is like to own and drive an EV.  Kim was able to give her perspective, both as a driver and a psychologist, while I focused more of the technology side.

WMNF - Our host Rob Lorei on the right and Sierra Clubs Phil Compton on leftWe were able to discuss our blog on the program.  I was also able to explain the web app I developed for EV owners – evgram.me – so this was also a launch of that in a bigger way.  Kim and I will have bith our cars at the Drive Electric Tampa Bay event, where we plan on answer people’s questions and also show other EV drivers how the app could help them.  I hope that it can be spread to as many people nationally as possible, to help with ‘charge rage’ and other communication issues.

WMNF- in the studio with host John ButtsAgain, EVs are a terrific technology, but we will have to adapt how we think and act in order to capitalize on the environmental benefits.  This is critically important as part of the huge effort needed to reduce green house gas emissions. Kim and I consider this blog, the evgram.me app, and our EV outreach efforts as  our way of helping us take ownership of the climate change disaster – and take action.  Everyone can do something, no matter how big or small.  We are not powerless.

Thanks again to everyone at WMNF.  The tour John Butts gave Kim and I of the green facility was most impressive.  The grounds out front were a beautiful example of native plants too.  WMNF is full of empowered, motivated people!

Resources:

You can listen to the whole hour long show here at WMNF 88.5 : http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/sustainable-living-show-discusses-the-use-of-electric-cars-and-the-drive-electric-tampa-bay-event

The link to the EV event is : http://www.driveelectb.com/

evgram.me app is here: http://evgram.me/

I just realized WMNF has a car donation program to raise funds, so if anyone out there is dumping their old ICE vehicle for an EV, you might consider donating it: http://www.wmnf.org/car_donations

Sierra Club of Florida: http://florida.sierraclub.org/

 

evgram.me – my app to help with the human side of EV ownership

I am a computer engineer who programs web apps and websites, so naturally I had an idea early on for a mobile web app about EVs.  There are already apps from Chargepoint and Plugshare that help you locate charging stations (you can also do it on google maps).  But I had an experience about two weeks into driving an EV that opened my eyes to an issue that I think most of us will experience a little culture shock … sharing!  Specifically, sharing public EV charging stations.

I am pretty religious about monitoring my EV charging sessions.  I use both the built-in apps for the Volt and Leaf – as well as the various charging station websites.  So I was surprised one day when I got an alarm that my car had been unplugged.  Turns out someone had driven up and unplugged my car!!!!!!

I did some reading online about different EV drivers experiences with this happening.  What to do when you are desperate for a charge and all the plugs are taken?????

So I decided that this was something that was a real issue, one that will only grown in importance as the number of EVs on the road grow and grow.

The following are some of the graphics I developed to explain my mobile friendly web app evgram.me – if you are an EV driver I invite you to help me beta test the app.  All you need to do to get started is to join evgram.me, and then print out little cards with your unique evgram.me code on it (or a hang tag).  So join up for free and let me know what you think.

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