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This Bruin Broke His Foot and Still Commuted the Green Way

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Besides U-C-L-A, Kevin Borg’s favorite letters of the alphabet might be EV, as in electric vehicle. Borg, currently the assistant athletic director for facilities & project management in UCLA Athletics, started commuting to campus from his South Bay home in 1988. Initially, he drove alone to his job in the Morgan Center, followed by an eight-year stint as a UCLA vanpool driver.

In 2016, Borg bought a Ford Fusion plug-in hybrid sedan and switched back to a solo commute. He did this to be able to fit more work into his day without extending his on-campus work schedule. Borg has been able to do this thanks to his in-car Bluetooth receiver for hands-free phone calls and his DMV-issued Green Clean Air Vehicle decals which allow him to drive solo in the 405 Freeway carpool lane. He normally parks on the north side of Structure 7, where unlimited Level 1 charging is available for EVs.

Last March, Borg broke his fibula and needed to use crutches and a knee scooter to move around campus and his office. After obtaining a temporary parking placard for individuals with temporary disabilities from the DMV, he spotted ADA parking stalls available on the opposite end of the structure near an elevator and began to park there.F86A3272

“One day, after pulling into one of the ADA parking spaces, I noticed EV charging equipment mounted overhead,” Borg said. “I followed the directions and began using it every day. What a sweet, convenient, experience. You just push a button, an attachment drops down for easy plug-in, and when you leave, you unplug the cord and it automatically retracts slowly upwards.”

Fully accessible Level 2 chargers are located in parking stalls in each of three ADA spaces for EVs in Parking Structures 2, 7 & 8. These are part of UCLA Transportation’s ongoing efforts to address demand for EV charging for faculty, staff, students, patients and visitors, and meet the goal of converting two percent of all structure spaces (approximately 400) to EV-available by the end of fiscal year 2017-18.  Once these are all in, the department will evaluate how this initial expansion is working, with the expectation that even more EV charging capability will be put in place based on customer demand and increased EV ownership.

Once Borg fully healed and completed physical therapy, he was able to return to EV parking on the north side of Structure 7 in a regular parking stall. Looking back on his experience, Borg said he is thankful to the University “for encouraging a carbonless footprint and providing resources which allow employees and visitors to take advantage of convenient EV charging.”

 

 

 

Metro Plans for All-Electric Fleet by 2030!

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OrangeLineMetroLast week the Metro Board approved the purchase of 95 electric buses and set a goal of converting their entire fleet from natural gas to zero-emission vehicles by 2030.

This is huge. With 2,200 buses, Metro has the second largest bus fleet in the nation. Its vehicles operate day in and day out over the course of many hours. The challenge will be finding electric buses that can meet Metro's rigorous operational demands.

During the Board of Directors meetings last Thursday, Metro approved contracts to purchase 60 40-foot zero-emission buses from BYD (the same vendor as UCLA's electric BruinBuses) to be used on the Silver Line, and 35 60-foot electric buses for the Orange Line.

The Orange Line will be fully converted by 2020, and the Silver Line will be entirely green by 2021, if all goes according to plan.

For more information, read the report from Metro blog The Source.

 

Is Chevy Bolt Turning Point For EV Market?

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chevyboltGeneral Motors and Chevrolet recently released the first wave of new Chevy Bolt EV’s in the states of California, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia, and Massachusetts.

Marketed as a small crossover, the new Chevy Bolt comes equipped with the interior space and footprint of a subcompact vehicle, all of which is valued at the price of $30,000, after the $7,500 federal tax credit offered on all electric vehicles.

With an impressive mile range of 238 miles, the Chevy Bolt is the most affordable EV model to date, compared to the $70,000 price tag on all-electric Tesla models.

 

 

Nissan Offering Bruins $10K Toward LEAF Purchase

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nissanleafThis offer has just been extended!

Now through the end of September, Nissan is offering all UCLA staff, faculty, and students a $10,000 incentive to be used toward the purchase of a 2017 Nissan LEAF.

Those with valid Bruin ID cards who decide to purchase a LEAF—which is an electric vehicle (EV)—will also qualify for a Clean Fuel Permit. With this permit, you’ll be able to receive complimentary Level 1 EV charging in various parking lots and structures across campus.

Here are more reasons to seriously consider buying an EV:

  1. No oil changes ever
  2. Never buy gas again
  3. Potential state HOV lane access
  4. Up to 107 mile range
  5. 24 months of complimentary public charging off campus
  6. Eligible for UCLA Clean Fuel Parking Permit (includes daily Level 1 charging on campus)

For more information about this deal, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact your local Nissan dealer. Additional Nissan incentive information can be found at bit.ly/uclanissanleaf.

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Gear to Make Your Electric Vehicle Even More Eco-Friendly

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EV UCLAAs a driver of an electric vehicle (EV), you've made the crucial leap toward eco-friendly transportation. Not only could you be receiving government subsidies for your environmentally-conscious choice, you're also emitting less carbon emissions that contribute to pollution and climate change. While you deserve a pat on the back for your eco-friendly choice, you don't have to stop at the purchase of an EV. Below are five upgrades, gear and tech on the market that will make your EV more eco-friendly.

Upgrade to Efficient Tires

Your old tires can drastically decrease your car's energy efficiency. Avoid neglecting your tires by monitoring for any potential wear and replacing them as needed. Vehicle tires sold by Continental offer eco-friendly options that lower rolling resistance while cutting down carbon dioxide emissions. With temperature-activated functional polymers, these tires offer strong traction and long tread life, allowing you to remain safe in your vehicle in even the worst weather driving conditions.

Install LED Lights

Light emitting diode, or LED, lights are not only environmentally friendly — they're also cost effective and efficient. LED lights have a longer life-span, lasting up to 25 times longer than their counterparts. They also don't contain any mercury, reducing their overall global footprint and environmental impact. LED lights also use less energy and emit less heat than traditional car lights. They're easy to maintain and highly resistant to breaking, allowing you the comfort of driving safely on the road for longer periods of time.

Use a Solar Charger

If you charge your electronics, including smartphones or tablets, using your car's power adapter port, you could be draining your car's battery and its efficiency. With a solar charger like the R7 7 Watt Rollable Solar Panel from Power Film Solar, you can charge electronics without draining your vehicle's battery. This means a longer life span for your car's battery and less periodic maintenance and replacement.

Invest in a GPS Tracking System or Route Planner

One of the easiest ways to make your vehicle more eco-friendly is to practice efficient driving. This includes avoiding speeding while accelerating and braking at a steady pace. A GPS tracking system, including systems sold by Mastrack, is great to keep tabs on your car. But it also provides you with alerts, including:

  • Real-time traffic
  • Google maps to provide you directions
  • Check engine notifications
  • Maintenance monitoring
  • Mileage tracker

You'll also receive alerts if you're driving too fast, which will allow to monitor your average speed and track your vehicle's overall efficiency. For those days you're running errands all over town, download a route planning app such as Route 4 Me that will plan the most efficient commute in just a few seconds. Finding a concise route will save you time and money, and shorten your drive time by up to 35%.