Kia EV6 and V2L

André Laurence, of EV-olution is seen here running V2L tests  on a Kia EV6

As an RV’er this is interesting as it indicates you can plug your RV directly into the Kia EV6 using the V2L (vehicle to load) adapter to power your RV during dry camping and get at least some useability.

It looks like the V2L could be used to connect directly to an RV you just need to only run one or two things at a time. Appliances like AC units and electric space heaters cannot be used at all and that’s ok as long as you know what appliances you can use and when and how to use them.

It really helps those of us with RV’s see we are slowly getting to the place with EV cars and trucks to eventually power the RVs for days of dry camping. Even the RVs are slowly heading in the electric mode and eventually will help increase the driving range. The overload reset tests are good to know nothing in the Kia EV6 will be destroyed just need resetting. If we are doing one or two things at time, we can do most of what we need. The trucks like Ford F150 EV and Chevy Silverado EV will do more and still a learning curve there too.
We are on the road to progress!

Nissan Leaf 7-1-4

Road Trip! Can our Nissan Leaf all-electric car
make it from Santa Barbara to San Simeon ?
Will it work on a Tesla charge station? Click above and see!

I will say there is a saving going solar on your home.  We went from a $400 per month electric bill to SCE to $190 per month to SolarCity to lease purchase our solar over the next 20 years with no money out-of-pocket.  Now we are only $0.79 per month to SCE.  There is a saving driving an electric car even if you do not have solar on your home, it is still less than paying for gas.  What really surprised me was the combination of solar on our home and driving our all-electric Leaf.  We found that driving the Leaf around town about 35 miles a day and charging at home with our solar only raised our electric solar bill by about $0.50 per month.  I ask my SolarCity rep if I was missing something because it didn’t make any sense to me.  He said yes, you are missing something, the SCE transmission charges which are 70% of everyone’s bill.  He said once you start producing your own energy from solar at home, and not paying those transmission charges, you now see how little power you really need or use.

My recommendation for now, do not buy an electric car, lease one.  Especially if you can write it off on your business.  We are still in the VHS vs Beta phase of battery technology and 300 miles of range and more will be here soon, as in the next three years!  Here is another option for range anxiety.  We have recently noticed a growing number of people who don’t care what kind of car they have.  If they are going on a long trip the cost of renting is so low they would rather rent a car for a long trip then put all the miles on their car also risking accidents and damage to their car.  My last trip to Las Vegas was about $15 per day plus gas 2 tanks one there and one back for a total of about $200 from Santa Barbara round trip.  Eventually electric cars will be less expensive to rent than gas because there is almost no maintenance.  The future of transportation looks good and you might not even want or need an electric car that goes more than 100 miles.  We don’t.  We will just rent one.

All this really made me see how we have all been ripped off for that last 100 years to pay the price for GAS.  As you can see in 2014 we are still fighting and killing people around the world so we can keep our price of gas down.  I’ll pass on that and you should too!  I love this country and our military personnel that help defend it.  Unfortunately we have all been suckered into putting money in someone else’s pocket, not ours.  We really need to wake up and help our self and the rest of the world!  It’s time to KICK GAS and help others do the same.