So, the new Dodgers management has been exciting to watch in the moves that they will take to “win”.
I was notified that after the disappointment that was the 2012 Season that the EV chargers in Lot N WERE going to be upgraded to J1772. That was at least positive.
Then, the Dodgers tweeted the following in the beginning of 2013 –
Blue to Green! Measures toward being energy efficient will be instituted- new water valves, flush fixtures, waterless urinals, etc.
11:38 AM 08 Jan 13
Wow. I thought. This is really going to happen! The Dodgers will definitely be upgrading the chargers in Lot N for EV Dodger fans (heck even EV Opposing team fans can plug in).
Well, my excitement just got squashed by a very nice follow up email from Reconnect CA/Clipper Creek-
From: Stacey Barhydt <Stacey@clippercreek.net>
To: Dennis Pascual
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 2:36 PM
Subject: Re: Fwd: Eligible upgrade site for Reconnect – Dodger StadiumDennis,Hope you’ve been well and having a Happy New Year! I had a note to contact you about Dodgers Stadium and the EV Charging stations . . . unfortunately we just found out that they are demolishing this site and accompanying infrastructure to make way for some new plans.New infrastructure won’t be available for some time, thus they’ll miss the grant deadline.Very sorry! But maybe the parking lot will be better in the future.Thanks again for all your efforts, we really appreciate it!Stacey Barhydt
Reconnect CA Program Support
530-887-1674 x 312
I guess the Dodgers Tweet was just PR… They’ve decided to go backwards on their commitment to the environment… (which is a shame.) These new enhancements to Dodgers Stadium just took out the Prime Ticket Section that I was sitting in last year to watch the 8 or so Dodgers game that I went to under the Premium Mini Plan that we decided to sign up for with our 2011-2012 Lakers Playoffs budget. (credit another early Lakers playoffs exit with those funds.)
So, Guggenheim Baseball Management (Mark Walter, Magic Johnson, Stan Kasten, Peter Guber, Bobby Patton and Todd Boehly) what are you guys going to do for your EV driving Dodgers fans? What made you guys decide to back-track on EV chargers at Dodger Stadium? Or do we still blame part of it on Frank McCourt because he’s still part of the parking lots around Dodger Stadium? There were some old legacy chargers in Lot N. Sure, it was a far walk from where my seats had been (you’ve torn up that section, so I’m not sure where I’ll be sitting next year since it would look like the Lakers probably won’t be in the Playoffs in 2012-2013 and I will have my early summer free, though… the Kings might be getting some of those dollars as well now that the NHL has pulled its head out of its…)
So, rather than just complain, let me propose something else… a mix of 110V and 240V chargers in ALL Dodger Stadium Parking Lots. A Baseball game can go for 3-4 hours. Some of your PHEV like the Volt or plug in Prius can use gas and can be filled up over 110V just fine during the game. Those that need a faster charge (such as the Leaf or my ActiveE) and are pure EV can use the Level 2/240V chargers during that time to get their capacity back. 110V can do in a pinch to at least get enough juice to get to another 240V elsewhere. That would show that the Dodgers really are looking to go from Blue to Green! If you really wanted to understand your crowd, I would even suggest some higher capacity NEMA 14-50 for those Dodgers fans that are just now taking delivery of their Tesla Model S (I’m anticipating getting mine during the dog days of August and beginning of September.) C’mon Dodger Ownership!
The Dodgers and practically any business can get some of its costs to install chargers back with grants that have authorized some reimbursement for installing public charging facilities.
Lastly, I got the following email from Chargepoint today –
Did you install an EV home charging station in 2012 or have plans to install one in 2013? We have some great news for you. The recent fiscal cliff deal passed by Congress includes tax credits for purchase and installation of an electric vehicle charging station. The Section 30C credit for Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refueling Property includes a credit of up to $1,000 for purchase and installation of a charging station for personal use.
Additionally, Section 30C includes a 30 percent credit, capped at $30,000 for business/investment use per site. This means that any ChargePoint customer who installed EV charging stations in 2012 or who plans to install EV charging stations in 2013 may qualify for up to a $30,000 tax credit per site. So tell your employer or favorite retailer (hint, hint).
For more information, please visit:
2011 IRS FORM: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8911.pdf
(Subject to change, updated by the IRS)
Please consult with your tax advisor to determine your eligibility.
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So, between ReconnectCA and Chargepoint, Dodger Stadium could’ve been able to get upgraded for a lot less than it would’ve cost anyone else.