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On driving Seattle to Portland and back yesterday: tl;dr go by biodiesel next time
 
I drove my Mitsubishi i-MiEV from Seattle to Powell's books in Portland and back in a day. I could have done the same trip in my Volkswagen Jetta but I've been thinking about the situation in North Dakota and decided to make this trip as low-carbon as possible in an act of solidarity w/ Native people #noDAPL

Here's how the costs for the trip work out:

$29.47 were the total "fueling" or quick-charging fees:
$9.47 on Blink Network for 3 sessions billed per kWh
$19.99 on AeroVironment for 8 sessions billed as a flat monthly subscription which includes unlimited charging sessions

Over the course of ~400 miles, this works out to about $0.07 cents per mile for a single monthly electric drive from Seattle to Portland. Because of the absurdly regressive nature of that flat monthly subscription to AV, this approaches $0.0266_ if one were to drive that route once per day to average out the fee.

So it takes twice as long in my iMiEV and costs half as much as the same trip would driving my Jetta on ethically-sourced carbon-neutral(ish) fuel from Dr. Dan's Biodiesel in Ballard (B100 at $4.75 / gallon) which would have been about $47.50 if I kept a light foot on the pedal along with cruise control and is what I would usually do instead of a long electric road trip.

Making the drive to and from Portland on petro-diesel (B5 at $2.50 / gallon) would be about $25 but entails fossil-carbon emissions as well as higher particulate emissions than biodiesel.

Driving a car with the current average 25 MPG at $2.59 would be $41.60; more expensive than diesel.

Driving a car like the Chevy Bolt or a Tesla which can do 200 miles on a single charge would dramatically change the economics and practicality of making such a trip. A single quick-charge in or near Portland would enable a return trip without stopping.
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A nice example and/or explanation! Thanks +lee colleton​!
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The poster Restoring Puget Sound which is posted in the REI flagship store in Seattle makes no mention of electric vehicles or their benefits relative to fossil fueled combustion vehicles in improving water quality. Also, the Ranger Station has an outdated map which doesn't show the West Coast Electric Highway routes along #i5 #us2 & #i90 #WCEH
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Comments to the +Yurok Country Visitor Center:

I'm excited by the possibility of solar-powered electric vehicle charging at [your] visitor's center! Also, the nearby filling station could put in an electric car fast-charger for people passing through. I've driven my electric car from Canada to Mexico along the West Coast Electric Highway in Washington and Oregon as I participated in the 2013 BC2BC All-Electric Vehicle Rally. Travelling through California was difficult because there weren't enough fast-charger stations.

This time, I drove my 2002 VW Jetta which runs on 100% BioDiesel (B100). There are a few places which offer pure biofuel in California but none on the North Coast. In Oregon it's available for less than petrodiesel but in Washington and California it's more expensive. The subsidies for these various fuel sources are complex and interrelated, so I'm not sure how it would work out for y'all to use biofuels or offer them for sale. However, we can only put so much fossil carbon into the air before The Overturn.

Thank you for all that you do.
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I spotted a Seattle Public Utilities van coming out of the closed 6th Avenue North By The Gates Foundation #throughglass
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Filming the police on the anniversary of Mike Brown's murder. #FTP #throughglass
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Howdy Internetazoids and welcome to another episode of ThoughtCrime Thursday!

Here's a link roundup of #SEAspy  camera coverage gleaned from seattleprivacy.org/press

Police surveillance cameras in Seattle:

They're up! https://www.thestranger.com/seattle/you-are-a-rogue-device/Content?oid=18143845

They're down! http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/11/12/the-seattle-police-department-disables-its-mesh-network-the-new-apparatus-capable-of-spying-on-you

They're not tracking y'all! http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2013/11/14/department-of-amplifications-aruba-would-like-to-clarify-a-few-things-about-its-wireless-mesh-network

But SPD can haz #FaceRec software http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-police-buy-facial-recognition-software-should-citizens-be-worried

People gather for a #hackathon  *to help SPD upload / redact* #bodycam  */* #dashcam  video* http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/lsquohackathonrsquo-asks-techies-to-aid-spd-on-sensitive-video-issues/

Industry players were there and I advocated w/ Adam Monsen and Phil Mocek for an #OpenSource solution http://www.geekwire.com/2014/seattle-police-hackathon-substantial-first-step/

SPD starts posting blurred video https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/09/seattle-police-posting-body-camera-footage-youtube-transparency

But then I noticed that ATF has installed at least 2 video cameras in the Central District http://www.kiro7.com/news/atf-confirms-it-installed-two-surveillance-cameras/28760196

Who knew that these cameras were being installed? Seattle City Light, at least https://www.thestranger.com/blogs/slog/2015/08/06/22659062/22659062-the-mystery-of-the-central-district-surveillance-cameras

Brian Bennett sez their cameras are supporting an ongoing criminal investigation. Is this #WeedAndSeed  *to suppress competition for the now legalized* #marijuana  *business in Washington State?* http://crosscut.com/2015/08/atf-confirms-surveillance-cameras-installed-throughout-seattle/

The ACLU is "looking into it" http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/federal-agents-install-video-surveillance-cameras-in-seattle/

+KING 5 News *does a video spot* about "#privacy advocates being upset" but characterizes them as outsiders. Finds locals who are tough on crime and are pro-safety. Young Black men aren't so hot on being surveilled. "If you're doing the right thing, who cares if they're watching you?" Bruce Harrell says he didn't know about the cameras http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/federal-agents-install-video-surveillance-cameras-in-seattle/

Oh hey by the way we're tracking drivers by #ISM signals ( #Bluetooth / #WiFi ) but don't worry it's just for signal timing not for composing a full facial recognition #TRAPWIRE #TotalInformationAwareness scheme http://crosscut.com/2015/09/seattles-new-technology-tracks-how-we-drive/

We install extremely expensive and privacy-invading cameras to nab restaurant workers dumping grease instead of going after the restaurant owners or just giving them barrels for #biofuel feedstock collection http://komonews.com/news/local/seattle-utility-used-atf-cameras-to-nab-restaurant-workers-dumping-grease
2016 Jan-13 | KOMO 4: Seattle utility used ATF cameras to nab restaurant workers dumping grease 2015 Dec-10 | KIRO 7: Feds want Seattle test of gunshot detection system Sep-08 | Crosscut: Seattle installs new system to track individual drivers Aug-07 | KING 5: Mixed reaction to ATF surveillance cameras in Central District Aug-06 | …
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I drove my Mitsubishi i-MiEV from Seattle to Powell's books in Portland and back in a day. I could have done the same trip in my Volkswagen Jetta but I've been thinking about the situation in North Dakota and decided to make this trip as low-carbon as possible in an act of solidarity w/ Native people #noDAPL

Here's how the costs for the trip work out:

$29.47 were the total "fueling" or quick-charging fees:
$9.47 on Blink Network for 3 sessions billed per kWh
$19.99 on AeroVironment for 8 sessions billed as a flat monthly subscription which includes unlimited charging sessions

Over the course of ~400 miles, this works out to about $0.07 cents per mile for a single monthly electric drive from Seattle to Portland. Because of the absurdly regressive nature of that flat monthly subscription to AV, this approaches $0.0266_ if one were to drive that route once per day to average out the fee.

So it takes twice as long in my iMiEV and costs half as much as the same trip would driving my Jetta on ethically-sourced carbon-neutral(ish) fuel from Dr. Dan's Biodiesel in Ballard (B100 at $4.75 / gallon) which would have been about $47.50 if I kept a light foot on the pedal along with cruise control and is what I would usually do instead of a long electric road trip.

Making the drive to and from Portland on petro-diesel (B5 at $2.50 / gallon) would be about $25 but entails fossil-carbon emissions as well as higher particulate emissions than biodiesel.

Driving a car with the current average 25 MPG at $2.59 would be $41.60; more expensive than diesel.

Driving a car like the Chevy Bolt or a Tesla which can do 200 miles on a single charge would dramatically change the economics and practicality of making such a trip. A single quick-charge in or near Portland would enable a return trip without stopping.
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Seen on a bicycle rack in Seattle
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fried homemade organic sauerkraut patties #throughglass
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there's a yellow helicopter hovering over South Lake Union #throughglass
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There are many intersections in Seattle which don't clearly label the lawful direction at #TrafficCircles such as this one. The vehicle behind me proceeded straight ahead, instead of taking the required swerve to the right. This presents a risk of head-on collision and is also a hazard to cyclists #SEAbikes #VisionZero

With more than a thousand traffic circles installed and demand for further construction, they should be retrofitted with clear signage by +seattledot to match +wsdot

For more information on traffic circles & roundabouts, see the following links:
http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/trafficcircles.htm
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/safety/roundabouts/
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I charged my electric car for several hours at The Streamline tavern in Seattle with the owner's permission. I'd intended to only stay for an hour, but then I realized that my portable charging setup was broken because of a snapped ground prong and I'd not yet made repairs to the plug.

There are few public places to charge an electric car in Lower Queen Anne, so I'm grateful for this sort of opportunity. Maybe they'll put in a dedicated #EVSE instead of the through-window and under-table method I employed.
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