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Amping Up Awareness of Electric Vehicle Benefits In Nevada

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State Senate Candidate Heidi Gansert and Cynthia Ryan, EAANN's Communications Director, following a test drive of Ryan's "Zero Emission" Nissan LEAF.
State Senate Candidate Heidi Gansert and Cynthia Ryan, EAANN's Communications Director, following a test drive of Ryan's "Zero Emission" Nissan LEAF.

State Senate Candidate Heidi Gansert, left, and Cynthia Ryan, EAANN’s Communications Director, following a test drive of Ryan’s “Zero Emission” Nissan LEAF.

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The Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada (EAANN) is hosting a series of public events designed to raise awareness of Electric Vehicles (EVs) and their beneficial impact on Nevada’s environment and economy.

An estimated two hundred people came to the EAANN recent Electric Vehicle “Show & Shine” on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Virginia Lake park, with some attendees, including State Senate candidate Heidi Gansert, taking test drives of EVs such as the Nissan LEAF.

After her LEAF test drive Heidi Gansert said, “As an engineer, I am extremely impressed with how far electric vehicles have advanced in a short time. Gansert continued, “I appreciate the work being done to demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits these vehicles provide Nevadans, and look forward to helping to lead the conversation about their use in our state. Education and awareness is a vital first step. Thank you to EAANN for sponsoring an impressive educational event showcasing an emerging industry and technologies that will only strengthen Nevada’s future.”

Ryan noted that her LEAF a study published by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) that found that electricity is the cleanest fuel for powering transportation in Wahoe and Clark counties, significantly reducing air pollution and emissions as compared to gasoline engines.

In addition to significant environmental benefits, the SWEEP study also found that EVs provide significant economic benefits to Nevada. The entirety of the SWEEP report can be found under transportation studies at www.swenergy.org.

The EAANN will have another major EV education event in September as part of the national “Drive Electric” week. Like the Electric Auto Association of Northern Nevada on Facebook or look to electricnevada.org for future updates on the September EV education event.

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Chuck Swackhammer July 25, 2016 - 2:27 pm

Solar and Electric Vehicles are a natural match like bacon and eggs or peanut butter and jelly. Nevada needs to review it’s PUC ruling that punishes those that want to power their cars from the sun. In the mean time there are ways to get around this. Most rooftop solar is “grid tied”, but there are other options like “grid assisted” where no energy is pushed onto the grid and any surplus is stored in batteries. If the sun isn’t able to power your whole load the rest can be received from the grid. You don’t even need permission from your utility to install such a system. Yes it cost a little more but so does “grid tied” in Nevada. I see this as a viable option and will be installing this type of system when I move to Nevada later this year. Just do a google search for “grid assisted solar”

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