I'd like to send out a big thank you to JoeS for his wonderful hospitality over the past few days. My wife had a professional conference in San Francisco last week, so we took the opportunity to add on a few days of vacation afterwards and were hosted by Joe at his beautiful solar-powered hacienda overlooking hundreds of acres of rolling nature preserve! Besides the decades-worth of EV and solar projects to play with, he took us on a TESLA day trip down to Monterey and Carmel, complete with a supercharging experience at one of the new owners' lounges.
We drove Mitti on a local day trip to the Intel Museum and the Winchester Mystery Mansion (built by a guilt-ridden gun heiress), and I got to add several EVs to my list of test drives, including a lithium-powered Sparrow (pocket rocket). Thanks to Joe's connections, we got an onsite visit with the CEO of PowerFlex Systems http://powerflex.com/
PowerFlex recently added a slew of L2 EVSE and a dual-standard DCFC to Los Altos High School, integrating them with the huge 200 kW/400 kWh battery installed in 2015, fed by a 515 kW solar array that was installed in 2011! http://www.engiestorage.com/caiso-market-entry-green-charge-distributed-energy-storage-mvla/
Thank You Joe!
Finally, I got home on the 4th to find my best friend acquiring his ultimate EV conversion project- a custom crewcab, long bed, manual-transmission 1985 Ford Ranger with a dying engine. More fun with funky vehicles to come!