facebooktwitterRSS
- Advertisement -
  • Most Commentedmost commented up
  • Most Emailedmost emailed up
  • Popularmost popular up
- Advertisement -
 

« News Home

Solar-powered Volt stops in Valley



Published: Fri, June 8, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.

By LEE MURRAY

TheNewsOutlet.org

CHAMPION

Greg Kuss of Green Energy Ohio stopped by the Warren Joint Apprenticeship Training Center to recharge his Chevrolet Volt.

  Electric Vehicles

Green Energy Ohio stopped in Champion today on a 534-mile trip around Ohio promoting the electric Chevy Volt. Green Energy Ohio board member Greg Kuss has owned a Volt for one year and takes us for a ride.

Green Energy Ohio stopped in Champion today on a 534-mile trip around Ohio promoting the electric Chevy Volt. Green Energy Ohio board member Greg Kuss has owned a Volt for one year and takes us for a ride.

photo

The Vindicator Randy Summer Director Global Hybrid Electric Vehicle Business and Technology demonstration Thursday in Champion looks under the hood of a Chevy Volt during Green Enegy event in Champion.

The stop Thursday was part of GEO’s Tour del Sol, a five-day jaunt around Ohio powered largely by solar energy. The trip started in Columbus and ends today in Cleveland.

Kuss is driving the 534-mile Tour del Sol — the Tour of the Sun — to promote “the good news of combining renewable energy and electric cars,” visiting training centers and university campuses across the state to recharge his car.

Green Energy Ohio is a statewide nonprofit that promotes environmentally and economically sustainable energy in Ohio. Kuss has been a board member for 12 years.

Kuss said that last year, 60 percent of the electricity he used to run his Volt came from the sun. Being in the solar-panel industry, he said, gives him access to an array of panels daily. On the road, his car charges up at charging stations such as the one at the training center.

“The fun thing will be, when we do this next year, there will be more charging stations and longer-range cars,” Kuss said. “Sometime in the future, we’ll be able to zip around Ohio not only on electric, but on electric and renewable [energy].”

Greener energy is available to all Ohioans, Kuss said. Consumers can choose cleaner electricity through their current utility company at a slightly higher rate.

“Not everybody can put up a solar panel. But you can make the choice for maybe 5 or 7 percent more [on your electricity bill when you] buy an all-green mix,” Kuss said. “All utilities have that now because it’s mandated.”

Kuss is an advocate of energy independence. “I can plug in and run my world off electricity. That makes me environmentally minded, and I want to be part of that solution,” he said.

Eric Davis, training director at the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers 573, trains electricians on how to install charging stations. The training center offers classes for that certification.

He explained why some consumers are nervous about investing in an electric car, citing “range anxiety” as one of the common concerns.

“It’s still in its infancy. People worry that they can’t go very far before the charge runs out. It’s slow to catch on, but it’s coming,” Davis said. “We can’t continue to be solely dependent on fossil fuels.”

Across the road from the training center is the building in which Delphi Packard researches, designs and builds components for electric cars.

The Tour del Sol is carrying one of Delphi’s portable chargers, which features a household plug that enables the car to be plugged into any 120-volt outlet.

Delphi is currently in the research-and-development stage of the next generation of charging stations, including a drive-on pad that can charge vehicles wirelessly.

The pads, which can be installed into a garage floor or under a parking space, use magnetic-resonance technology to wirelessly charge the vehicle.

Delphi has 16 staff members working on this technology alone, which is likely to remain in the development phase for the next three to four years, company officials said.

Bill Spratley, executive director of GEO, is traveling with Kuss. He said he was excited about the trip and about the future of renewable energy. He drew parallels between their journey and that of Thomas Edison 100 years ago.

“Thomas Edison had an electric car, and in 1912 he drove it 170 miles from London to Scotland,” Spratley said. “He also developed a prototype suburban home” that would run on wind energy. “We now have the auto technology and the renewable-energy technology to make that vision real,” Spratley added.

Kuss and Spratley finish their road trip in Cleveland today.

“And may the force of Thomas Edison be with us,” Spratley said.


Comments

1Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

It did not seem hard to fine stories about it , The last link shows that we have had them since 1796

http://www.scribd.com/doc/39858169/Ed...

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/brea...

http://www.earlyelectric.com/timeline...

Suggest removal:

2DwightK(1300 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Cost doesn't concern me too much because this is all still in the experimental and early adoption phase. If we never throw gobs of money at things to see what works and what doesn't we'll always have the same things we do now.

Remember, a mass produced electric car wasn't even available ten years ago. Now we just have to decide if we have enough money to buy one and then choose which one we want to park in the garage.

Suggest removal:

31loaf(100 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I don't expect to live long enough to recoupe the expense of an electric car even when and if they get one that really works. So far all they are is a rich man's toy.

Suggest removal:

4UticaShale(854 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Electricity comes from the outlet in the wall. It just magically comes out and is clean, no emissions, no global warming.

Suggest removal:

5VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

As I commented in another similar article, the cost recovery period fpr purchasing an electric car verses a traditional gasoline engined vehicle is about 10 years to break even.

I too would love to be able to operate an electric vehicle powered by the sun and I believe this is a viable solution, but we are just in the beginning stages unfortunately. In another note, the solar gathering cells are still in their infancy and most are made in China now. The public has been very slow in accepting solar energy, except for the Amish community, who have applied solar power to many segments of their daily life. They charge their buggy wagon batteries, electric fences, well pumps and their cell phones with solar power.

Suggest removal:

6howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I guess most people on here are not aware of the history of electric cars in Ohio. Maybe you should go and check out the Packard Museum in Warren they have some Bakers on display.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baker_Mo...

Suggest removal:

7howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

As for the design of the Chevy Volt, even that is not new and was made in Ohio. Check out this article on the Owen Magnetic.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Mag...

Suggest removal:

8YTownPride(7 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

I have a Chevy Volt and I am 100% in love with it. *(and no I do not work for Lordstown on any affiliate).

Times are changing and even at cost, we must break this tie to foreign oil and our carbon foot print. I fill up my Volt about every 1100 miles with 9 gallons of gas. It costs me about $.80 to charge it...and I typically am under my 35-40 mile range a day.

Add to it that the Volt is stylish, sleek AND green...I'm willing to pay that price. Forget an ugly Prius. The $7500 rebate and 8 year Voltec powertrain warranty DID however influence my decision.

A++++ to early adopters who are setting the path. Let's just all hope we don't go down the EV1 path again!

Suggest removal:

9wkgeorge(2 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Response to Ianacek:

This might clear up the confusion about London to Scotland trip by Edison:

"Edison’s vision was to make the longest-lasting battery in the world and the cars he built were a part of that quest,” said Mr Burrell. “He came from America to live in Dukes Street, in London, and built three cars, one of which he drove from Scotland to London, charging it up along the way. The final leg, 170 miles, has still never been beaten."

(http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/2...)

By the way, I also have solar panels and manage to both heat and A/C my old house in the Middle Atlantic region with enough energy left over to run a Chevy Volt 20,000 miles/year. So you either need more solar panels or a better insulated house. Or maybe just a new inverter-driven heat pump.

Suggest removal:

10wkgeorge(2 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Response to Ianacek:

This might clear up the confusion about London to Scotland trip by Edison:

"Edison’s vision was to make the longest-lasting battery in the world and the cars he built were a part of that quest,” said Mr Burrell. “He came from America to live in Dukes Street, in London, and built three cars, one of which he drove from Scotland to London, charging it up along the way. The final leg, 170 miles, has still never been beaten."

(http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/2...)

By the way, I also have solar panels and manage to both heat and A/C my house in the Middle Atlantic region with enough energy left over to run a Chevy Volt 20,000 miles/year. So you either need more solar panels or a better insulated house. Or maybe just a new inverter-driven heat pump.

Suggest removal:

11Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Great car the one I have in Fl. has 50.000 on it . LOVE IT LOVE IT

Suggest removal:

12redeye1(4696 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

http://www.flixxy.com/volkswagen-levi...

Check out the above website . Now this a cool car.

Suggest removal:

13commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

Poor sucker that buys a used Volt 7 years from now.

Suggest removal:

14Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 6 months ago

BLA BLA BLA
Why is it that Delphi is doing good since they got rid of all the over paid salary who ran the company into the ground

s

Suggest removal:


News
Opinion
Entertainment
Sports
Marketplace
Classifieds
Records
Discussions
Community
Help
Forms
Neighbors

HomeTerms of UsePrivacy StatementAdvertiseStaff DirectoryHelp
© 2014 Vindy.com. All rights reserved. A service of The Vindicator.
107 Vindicator Square. Youngstown, OH 44503

Phone Main: 330.747.1471 • Interactive Advertising: 330.740.2955 • Classified Advertising: 330.746.6565
Sponsored Links: Vindy Wheels | Vindy Jobs | Vindy Homes