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The BBC Takes Notice

September 4, 2013

Kismet led me last Saturday to the Virginia Park Farmers Market to investigate charging stations, putting me face-to-face with the Editor of BBC Autos, Matthew Phenix. He introduced himself after seeing the Porsche plugged in, and explained that he recently published a piece for BBC Autos online entitled Electric Dreams: Vintage Cars Ripe for EV […]

Riding the Diamond

June 13, 2013

Since my Porsche 914 is now officially registered with Sacramento as an EV, my next step is to apply for a CAV (Clean Air Vehicle) white sticker, so I can parade down the diamond lane with impunity. The DMV offers an explanation of the white, green, and the now defunct yellow stickers on their website, […]

Best DMV Visit Ever

March 12, 2013

These were the only people ahead of me in line at the DMV last Monday at 7:30am. Early birds get in and out much faster than those who like to sleep and drop in later. It requires standing outside in the Southern California cold for a half hour, but when the doors open at 8am, […]

In the CAN

January 13, 2013

CAN stands for Controller Area Network, which is a protocol adopted by the auto industry to allow micro-controllers and other devices in a vehicle to communicate with each other. Shown above is a CAN adapter sold by Ewert Energy Systems that lets the Orion BMS communicate with a computer. Data flows from the Orion’s CAN […]

Sliding Scale

January 9, 2013

I routinely pass by these public scales on my jaunts about the neighborhood, but this morning I made a pit stop to test the accuracy of my weight gain prediction. The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for this 1974 1.8 liter 914 model is 2690 lbs, as reflected on the original sticker on the driver […]

Charging Etiquette

November 2, 2012

For my birthday, my lovely wife took me out to dinner at Andrew Weil’s True Food Kitchen at Santa Monica Place. I looked forward to using the Recargo app to find the charging station nearest the restaurant. As expected, there was a bank of five stations at street level in the parking garage, just a […]

Gas to Electrons

October 1, 2012

Now that the electric Porsche is roadworthy, let’s discuss the real benefits of owning an EV in terms of battery life, range, and energy expense. One way to compare gas to electrons is by breaking down the cost of charging the batteries in relation to miles driven and lifespan. The lithium iron phosphate cells in […]

Charge Cards

March 1, 2012

As a followup to my previous post about EV charging stations, I’ll share here that I received both of my charging network membership cards in today’s mail. . The Blink Network InCard came in a nice, plain, green-looking, 100% post-consumer, soy ink-printed, foldout envelope, with the plastic card nestled inside. The printed instructions were so […]

Charge the Charge

February 22, 2012

I just created a ChargePoint account online, which provides maps and access to public Level 1, 2 and 3 EV charging stations, reports the status of those stations, and even allows reserving a charger for given time slots. All of this can happen on-the-go using the ChargePoint smartphone app. The account includes an RFID ChargePass […]

Check the Bling

June 26, 2010

    The lettering above will replace the stock “914 1.8L” lettering on the rear fascia. This will be one of the rare deviations from a perfectly stock restoration (aside from an electric motor, of course). These plates took almost 3 months to arrive.  I stood in line at 7am for an hour to collect […]