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Driving an Electric Vehicle: Why Didn't I Do It Sooner

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Invited Talk for Royal Oak Neighbourhood Talks aka RON Talks November 2, 2016

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Driving an Electric Vehicle: Why Didn't I Do It Sooner

  1. 1. Driving An Electric Car: Why Didn’t I Do It Sooner? Dr. Valerie Irvine @_valeriei RON Talk on Nov. 2, 2016 Photo by Fabien Rochet // CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
  2. 2. Personal Profile • Sold a Toyota Siena minivan in 2013 • Bought a used 2011 Nissan Leaf (first gen) • Family profile: –One adult –Two tweens –Two small dogs
  3. 3. GARTNER’S HYPE CYCLE FOR EMERGING TECH
  4. 4. MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE ALONG THE HYPE CYCLE …IN IMAGES and GIFS
  5. 5. TECHNOLOGY TRIGGER
  6. 6. PEAK OF INFLATED EXPECTATIONS
  7. 7. TROUGH OF DISILLUSIONMENT
  8. 8. TROUGH OF DISILLUSIONMENT … IN BED LATE AT NIGHT
  9. 9. SLOPE OF ENLIGHTENMENT
  10. 10. PLATEU OF PRODUCTIVITY … MORE LIKE EMERGING RESENTMENT FOR USING FOSSIL FUELS UNNECESSARILY
  11. 11. The Other 5% Of The Time: Over 3 Years PROBLEM Random call to pick up someone from ferry Forgot to plug in my car once External plug shorted from rain Travelled to Vancouver four times Travelled to Up Island: Duncan Level 3 charger was out of commission Travel to Parksville with 5 of us and 2 dogs WHAT HAPPENED Not enough range. They took a cab Don’t recall. Didn’t go out? Cab? Don’t recall. Didn’t go out? Cab? Took the car twice. Rented once. Borrowed once. Needed space tho We took a later ferry. BC Ferries let us charge in their lot and on their ferry. My fault for not checking Added on 2 hours to the trip for charging
  12. 12. Why This Talk? • How do you like it? –Love it! • How far can you go? –Depends… • How long does it take to charge? –Depends…
  13. 13. My Charging Patterns • Did not install an in-home level 2 charging station (the 4-hour one) • Use a high-gauge extension cord (for safety) and charge mine on the street (level 1 charging which is about 15 hours) • Charge almost exclusively at home
  14. 14. Lessons Learned On Charging • Some chargers require a card to access vs. credit card, but can still be used if you call the 1-800 number and have an account • Use of apps to locate them and if check-in used, then able to determine if available • Problem with districts like Oak Bay who make access to chargers difficult (e.g., parking their staff or district gas vehicles in there to block it) • Access to charging stations is NOT a privilege
  15. 15. The Money Mindset The car might be more expensive? – Often rebates are available – Gas & maintenance costs transferred to car payments – The car becomes disposable. With the amount I spent on gas, I end up with a free car after 10 years. It doesn’t matter if newer models come out making mine obsolete (e.g., new Leaf has 27% more range) – Or consider savings (approx. $2500/year) toward car share membership to use a truck at times of need or to rent a car or cab if needed in a pinch
  16. 16. My Driving Habits • Went from “Swirvine Irvine” who was an assertive accelerator to a smart accelerator • Speeding reduced • Gamification option: novelty • I focus on the speed and “energy bar” • Highway driving at speed limit • Coasting to gain “range”
  17. 17. My costs over 3 years • $7.50 for a light bulb • $150 for a regularly scheduled check-in (might be a money grab, but I have to do it to preserve my bumper-to-bumper warranty)
  18. 18. My Storify on Driving an EV
  19. 19. Questions: virvine@gmail.com @_valeriei Also, check out: http://victoriaevclub.ca/ where there are much more knowledgeable and involved people

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