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Lewis & Clark thesis

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Posted by Todd Liebergen on November 13, 2008, 4:17 am
Hello Everyone,

For my senior thesis at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I
am studying the willingness of hybrid drivers to use plug-in stations
if their cars had this capability.

The results of this survey will provide valuable information for
governments and green businesses that want to promote energy
efficiency by developing recharging stations for electric vehicles.

If you drive a hybrid car, please help me by answering this survey.
The survey takes less than five minutes and your answers are

Visit the site below to fill out the survey:

You can also help by forwarding this email to friends and family that
drive hybrids.

Thank you SO MUCH for your help. You participation in this research is


Mario Landau-Holdsworth

Posted by Was Istoben on November 13, 2008, 4:29 am

Here is a story about the solar-charged "hourcar" in Minneapolis.  It may
fit your thesis.


Posted by Was Istoben on November 13, 2008, 4:42 am

Encountered a couple of problems with your survey:

1.  There is no "none of the above" choice in the question regarding where
one would plug their Prius in when away from home.

2.  The decision to buy a plug-in Prius would, in my case at least, depend
on the cost of the option.  In other words, if it was a 5K option I'd buy it
immediately but at 10K I'd not buy it in the foreseeable future.

Posted by Michael Pardee on November 13, 2008, 12:53 pm
I had the same problem - when I checked none of the boxes in question 11 it
complained. I finally checked the "shopping center" box because it was the
one that could occasionally be far enough from home to be of interest. I
live within three miles of everything else on the list.

I also think there is a logistical problem with the concept of charging away
from home. The entire reason for a hybrid as opposed to an EV is that
recharging is of at most secondary importance. In practice, I doubt I would
elect to recharge a plug-in hybrid away from home.


Posted by Was Istoben on November 13, 2008, 5:45 pm

Yep.  I also got the error when I didn't check any of those.  Can't recall
which one I picked in order to move on, but the problem will result in his
collecting invalid data for his thesis.  I would recharge my Prius when away
from home but would probably do so the garage of a person I visit regularly.

A related problem I envision would be the PHEV's power cord.  I'm aware of
three different off-peak charging schemes, all of which involve hardware
limitations.  There are probably a dozen or more such schemes.  In my case,
the jack I would plug my car into would have to be powered through a relay
controlled by my power company.  Moreover, the jack would have to be
sufficiently unique that I couldn't plug unqualified devices into it.
Off-peak charging would be half the price in my case and of great benefit to
my provider.  Without a standard, however, we could both end up missing an
opportunity.  If there was a standard, the charging stations would have to

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