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General EV Videos

Thursday, August 25th, 2011
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Jared had done several EV videos covering lots of topics and bits and pieces of his electric car.  In his videos you can see performance info, data logging, hardware installed on the car, go for a ride along in his EV and see a few EVrelated projects he has done over the years.   He is open for ideas on other videos that might interest you so tell him what you would like to see and he will try to get you those videos.

Jared’s Electric Vehicle Channel

For other pictures and details, you can always check out his website :

EV Talk

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011
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David Murray is one of our NTEAA member has started a small series of videos talking about EVs.  Nice little videos putting a lot of information together for everyone to understand.  They are worth checking out when you get time.  All of these videos are on YouTube.

Episode 1 – The Future is Electric

Episode 2 – Electric Fiero

Episode 3 – EV Myths

Episode 4 – Perpetual Motion

Episode 5 – What about the Toyota Prius

Episode 6 – All About Hybrids

Episode 7 – Jeep Wrangler EV

Episode 8 – Green Drive Expo

Episode 9 – Plugin Hybrids

Episode 10 – The Coal Powered Car

Episode 11 – Interview with Toyota Mechanic

You better go check your car

Friday, January 14th, 2011
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I (Jared) thought that I would share a funny little story that happened to me year or two ago.  I was at a restaurant in Dallas at a Fiero Club Meeting.  We were just hanging out in the parking lot checking out all of the Fieros.  We all went to the patio to eat some BBQ and someone came up to the group and asked who owned the Fiero at the end of the line.  I said that was my car why.  He said, You better go check your car.  Someone is siphoning your gas.  I got a pretty good chuckle about that and I said, well they are going to have to suck pretty hard to get any gas out of that car because its is an electric car.

We all got a good chuckle out of that and then we went and checked out the car.  But it was pretty funny that he thought the yellow cable I had coming out of my “Gas Cap” and plugged into the wall was someone siphoning my gas.  So when you are at a public location recharging you never know what your might hear.

Charge Point Charging Station Experiance

Sunday, January 9th, 2011
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I (Jared) thought I would share with everyone my charging station experience.  I knew I would need a recharge in order to make it back home from our January Monthly Meeting.  So I got to Half Price Books early to pick up a little extra charge.  To get the charging station to turn on, I had to call an 800 number and give them my name and contact info and they activated the station.  I plugged in my car and then I checked out Half Priced Books while it charged.

After we adjourned to the parking lot from our meeting, we spent a lot of time around the EVs but I never checked on my EV.  When everyone finally left, I checked out my car to see how much of a charge I got.  To my surprise, my charger wasn’t even running.  I only gained about 5 miles of a charge, that’s not enough to get me home.  I checked the charging station and it said “Current Overload”.  My charger only pulls a max of 13 amps (only a small charger).  The plug that is in the charger is a 20 amp service plug (has the 1 sideways pin).  I called the 800 number and it was just a call center, they didn’t know what current overload meant.  They started to tell me that the level 1 charger station is only 110 volts so my batteries must have pulled more voltage than it could handle.  So I just told them ok and to unlock the station so I could unplug.  I ended up going to Neil’s place to pick up enough of a charge to make it home.  The station said I pulled 1.3 Kwh.  So it must have ran a little over  an hour and then they cut me off (I was there for 4 hours).  I don’t understand how I triggered an over current condition with only 13 amps on a 20 amp circuit, but even if it was legitimate, they shouldn’t of just stranded me at the store.  I think they should have cut it off for 10 minutes and let things cool down and then restarted the charging again.  I don’t think they should have cut off the charge session unless it was a serious problem like a short.  So my charging station experience so far isn’t a good one.  The station turn off and they had my phone and email and they never contacted me and left me stranded at the store.   Anyway, since I was at a charging station I wanted a photo op, so I took the Level 2 J1772 plug and set it onto my regular charge port.  But it looks like I plugged in with the level 2 charger.  Enjoy the photo!