Posts filed under ‘electric vehicles’

How to get comfortable with electric vehicle range anxiety

Lately eMeter staff have been driving from our San Mateo offices to to other Bay Area locations in the SS eMeter — yes, our company car is an all-electric Nissan Leaf. Generally we haven’t had much concern about driving range or where to charge the battery, since going to San Francisco and back is only about 50 miles.

However, my last trip had some interesting twists that pushed the limits of driving range…

Full post by Larsh Johnson: Getting comfortable with electric vehicle range anxiety

April 3, 2012 at 11:47 pm

SS eMeter: voyage to the Networked Electric Vehicle Conference

Recently I was on a panel at the Networked EV Conference in San Francisco. This was a perfect outing for theSS eMeter — our company’s new all-electric Nissan Leaf.

Driving the 23 miles from our San Mateo office to San Francisco used about one third of the battery charge. Yes, if you suspect I’m a lead-foot driver, you’re right — and something about speeds starting with an “8″ still plague me. Fortunately, this was an uneventful drive.

Parking in downtown San Francisco is as costly as ever — but the parking attendant had heard of the EVs and was eager to get to park one. I gave him a few pointers on operating the vehicle, to most of which he replied, “Oh, just like my car…”

My conference panel, “Networked EV Charging Infrastructure: Fast Charging, Networked Cars and Emerging Business Models,” was preceded by a 3.9 earthquake (mild by Bay Area standards) which failed to empty the PG&E Auditorium. I took that as a positive sign of the audience’s interest in the panel’s topic.

My fellow panelists were ECOtality North America CEO Don Karner, and SDG&E smart grid architect Josh Gerber. Moderator Emma Ritch of Greentech Media asked some tough questions.

Some highlights from this panel…

Full post: SS eMeter’s voyage to the Networked Electric Vehicle Conference

October 29, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Don’t tie electric vehicle charging to smart grid requirements

Getting more electric vehicles on the road is a good idea — but electric vehicle charging does not require smart grid solutions. In fact, tying EV infrastructure to smart grid policies and solutions would only inhibit EV adoption.

Full post by Larsh Johnson: Keep the smart grid away from my electric vehicle!

September 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Too much wind power? How the smart grid can help

While many nations, states, and utilities are working hard to increase renewable energy production, managing these resources is a challenge. In particular, when it comes to managing wind energy, you really can have too much of a good thing.

This week the World Wind Energy Association issued its 2011 half-year report, saying the world market “regained momentum after a weak year in 2010… This capacity can cover almost 3% of the electricity demand all over the world.”

Though a small absolute number, this 3% is already too much — creating operational and financial challenges for the grid in Texas, the Pacific Northwest, Germany, and elsewhere.

Fortunately the smart grid offers one potential (although partial) solution…

Full post: Too much wind energy? How the smart grid can help

August 30, 2011 at 2:08 am

Dealing with Tesla envy

The SS eMeter (our company’s new Nissan Leaf all-electric vehicle) has been visiting nearby Menlo Park, Calif.

Recently she stopped in to see her cousins at the Tesla Motors dealership there.

Full post (by Larsh Johnson): Tesla Envy

July 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm

San Francisco round trip: electric vehicle road trip report 3

By Larsh Johnson, eMeter Chief Technology Officer

Last week, I took the SS eMeter (our company’s new Nissan Leaf all-electric vehicle) on an overnight tour of San Francisco and returned to our headquarters the following morning — a round trip of about 55 miles.

All in all, a very comfortable trip — and one that I hope to do often! Here’s how it went…

Full post: Electric vehicle road trip report 3: San Francisco round trip

July 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Second opinion on the Nissan Leaf

By Scott Smith, eMeter Vice President for Global Technical Services

Earlier, my eMeter colleague Chris King gave the SS eMeter (our company’s new Nissan Leaf electric vehicle) a favorable review. Last week I took this car for a test drive.

The keys and car have been returned. Actually, I dropped it off on Saturday and ran from it to rent a conventional car.

I have come to a conclusion: I would never buy a pure EV given the current state of this technology and infrastructure…

Full post: Nissan Leaf: second opinion

July 19, 2011 at 5:56 pm


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