Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Inspection Preparation

This past weekend we attended a day long event on sustainable living and green technologies at Parc des Rapides in Lasalle organized by Heritage Laurentien.

Although I was born and raised in Montreal, I have never visited this park and was pleasantly surprised by the natural beauty of this well preserved habitat. One can visit the bird sanctuary, admire the wildlife, bike or walk along the riverside or simply sit and have a picnic while enjoying the view. The weather was just right and we met various interesting people displaying their items which included solar ovens, solar panels made of recycled aluminum cans, rain water collectors, water saving techniques and ofcourse we were their with our e-Protege EV conversion.

I am now in the final stages of the inspection preparation with two things that need to be addressed before I schedule an appointment (get better tires and resolve the ABS brake fault). I also know that I will have no problem driving the distance to and from the inspection center. Example, driving 46 kilometers only requires four hours of charging to fully replenish the battery pack.

I did some quick math and determined that the cost to travel 46 kilometers is 65 cents or 1.4 cents per kilometer:

120 Volts AC x 15 Amps = 1.8 Kilowatts x $0.08 (Average Hydro Quebec Kilowatt Hour Rate) x 4.5 Hours = $0.65

$0.65 / 46 kilometers = $0.0141 or 1.4 cents per kilometer

Clean, green and efficient!

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