San Diegans could get $20,000 off price of electric car

August 15, 2017 by  
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Elon Musk might have just ushered in the era of affordable electric vehicles with the first Tesla Model 3 cars rolling off the production line, but south of the Fremont factory in San Diego there is another great deal going on. Starting this month and running through the end of September, San Diego Gas & Electric customers can take advantage of a $10,000 discount off the purchase of a 2017 Nissan Leaf or a 2017 BMW i3. When the state of California’s $2,500 EV rebate and the $7,500 federal tax credit are added, SDG&E customers could potentially get $20,000 off the price of an electric car. The utility also offers an annual bill credit of up to $200 for driving an electric vehicle. Related: New lithium-ion battery from Japan could double electric vehicle range “All-electric cars have fewer parts which result in no oil changes and less maintenance costs,” the SDG&E website states. “Electric cars on freeways and neighborhood streets in the San Diego region reduces greenhouse gases and improves air quality. Moreover, when EVs plug into SDG&E’s grid they receive 43% renewable energy and no coal.” According to SDG&E, there are more than 1,100 public charging stations in the utility’s territory with plans to reach 3,500 charging stations. Charging infrastructure is increasing across the state — the California Energy Commission has awarded nearly $65 million to pay for more than 7,800 electric vehicle charging stations. + SDG&E Via The Verge Images via BMW and Nissan

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Nissan Announces Racing Version of LEAF

April 18, 2011 by  
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Nissan has announced that it will unveil a racing version of its all-electric LEAF called the NISMO RC at the New York Auto Show on April 20. The NISMO version will feature a carbon fiber body, rear-wheel drive, a shorter wheel base and will sit about a foot lower than the standard LEAF.  It weighs in at 2,068 pounds – about 40 percent less than the standard version.

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Google Invests $168 Million in Huge Mojave Desert Solar Project

April 15, 2011 by  
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Google announced this week that it will be making its largest renewable energy investment to date by investing $168 million in Brightsource Energy’s Ivanpah solar thermal power plant in the Mojave desert.  The plant will have an installed capacity of 392 MW. The Ivanpah plant began construction last year and should be completed in 2013.  It will employ 173,000 heliostats, each with two mirrors, to concentrate solar energy onto a tower where the heat will make steam that turns a turbine and creates electricity.  While other solar thermal projects are in the works in the Southwest, Ivanpah is the largest solar tower project so far. This type of solar power technology is one that Google is trying to improve upon themselves.  The company announced last year that it was working on a more efficient mirror technology that could lower the cost of solar thermal plants

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Electronics Companies Vow to Triple E-Cycling Rates

April 14, 2011 by  
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A group of consumer electronics companies have vowed to up their e-cycling rates to 1 billion pounds a year by 2016, which would more than triple the amount of electronic waste recycled in 2010 (300 million pounds). The project is called the eCycling Leadership Initiative and was coordinated by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).  Some of the major companies that have signed on to increase their e-cycling efforts include Best Buy, Toshiba and Sony, but the project will see a wide range of players all working together to meet the goal.

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Pop Open Umbrellas of Love to Heal Surviving Haitians

January 19, 2010 by  
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Stormy weather abound, the people in Haiti need healing help more than ever. The pop song Umbrella has been on my mind lately as it’s been rainy here in San Francisco

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