No Electricity? No Challenge for Electric Vehicle Owners
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Posted by: Will Beckett
No Electricity? No Challenge for Electric Vehicle
Owners For immediate release:
Contact: Charlie Garlow, 202-564-1088Or: Dave Goldstein,
301-602-4892 Hurricane Sandy's power interruptions have been no challenge for members of the
Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington, DC (EVA/DC) who use their
EVs to help power their homes. "When the lights went off at 12:30 a.m., I
plugged my refrigerator and coffee maker into my Nissan Leaf," said
Rockville, MD EV owner Doron Shalvi, "saving my food and waking up to hot
Doron, together with EVA/DC members Bob Bruninga, Dave Davidson and Scott
Wilson, is on the leading edge of electric car owners who have found a way to
use their batteries as an emergency power source for their homes. Each uses a
device called an inverter to change direct current (DC) from their batteries
into alternating current (AC) for the house.
Scott Wilson, another Leaf owner says, "I run an extension cord to the
kitchen, connect the fridge and coffee maker, and I have enough 'juice' to last
for about four days."
If the power stays out longer than that, Doron, Bob, Dave or Scott can simply
drive their EVs to one of 130 public charging stations in the
Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area - or to friends' homes with electricity
- and refuel. They are then ready to "charge" their kitchen
appliances for another four days, much to the appreciation of neighbors who are
invited to store their frozen food.
EVA/DC President Charlie Garlow, who has also used this arrangement with a
Plug-in Prius, believes that this will become a standard feature on electric
vehicles in the near future. "We had a party for the neighbors at my house
during the last power outage," said Charlie, "and there was plenty of
ice and cold drinks to go around."
For more information on the Electric Vehicle Association of Greater Washington,
DC, please visit www.evadc.org or contact President Charlie Garlow at 202-564-1088.
Doron Shalvi (Rockville, MD) can be reached at 301-496-8434.
Bob Bruninga (Annapolis, MD) can be reached at 410-293-6417.
Dave Davidson (Glen Burnie, MD) can be reached at 240-271-0120. Scott Wilson (Silver Spring, MD) can be reached at 301-924-7479. President Emeritus Dave Goldstein can be reached at 301-602-4892